July - September

Wellington City Council cancels Guy Fawkes and moves fireworks Sky Show to Matariki
Wellington's mayor is pulling the plug on the city's 22-year-old Guy Fawkes festival in favour of the Māori New Year festival, Matariki.

Mayor Justin Lester said Matariki ought to be a cornerstone celebration, rather than the long-running November tradition, which marked the anniversary of an attempt to blow up British parliament more than 400 years ago.

Wellington's Sky Show, which is usually held in November, is the largest annual fireworks display put on by a city council in New Zealand.

But from next year, the council will move its annual major fireworks event to the cultural festival in July.

Earlier this year, the council committed $500,000 in its annual plan budget to making Wellington New Zealand's capital of culture, with half of that money pegged for the city's Matariki celebrations in 2018.

The Matariki festival would initially start as a one-day event next year, but would develop into a longer festival.

Lester said plans were under way for a programme of events for the month-long event, which occurs around June and July every year.......

Ngati Whatua keen to reclaim port space
Spokesperson Ngarimu Blair is encouraging New Zealand First leader Winston Peters to stick with his campaign commitment and make a moving the port to Northland a coalition bottom line.

He says the port has a shabby colonial history, with the Auckland Harbour Board, now Ports of Auckland, reclaiming and selling land relentlessly since the start of the city.

"They’ve progressively reclaimed that part of the Waitemata from Okaa pa which is Point Erin all the way to Tauraarua pa by Parnell Baths and all of our former fishing villages in between, like Te To, Horotiu, Te Hikarama, Tangirere, Waiaatarau and so on," he says.....

Next Census to include updated iwi measures
Statistics New Zealand has released an updated iwi statistical standard, which will guide how to collect, organise and describe iwi information.

Stats NZ kaihautu Rhonda Paku said the new standards better reflected contemporary Māori needs.

The new standard will be used in the 2018 census and by other government agencies collecting iwi information in survey, administrative and other data collections, Ms Paku said.

"Iwi statistics using the standard help iwi, government, and other organisations in planning, monitoring, and decision-making."

Ms Paku said it was expected the changes would result in more data becoming available for and about iwi and iwi-related groups.....

New initiative for Hastings crime
A Maori initiative to address low-level crime as an alternative to prosecution will be trialled in Hawke's Bay.

Hastings is among four new areas to have been chosen to be part of the iwi justice panel programme.

An iwi panel, which is used as an alternative to prosecution, is a meeting at which a panel of community members, an offender, victim and their whānau discuss the offence committed.

They work together to focus on harm caused, develop a plan that addresses factors related to the offending and help get the offender's life on a more positive path.

Iwi panels were trialled in Gisborne, Hutt Valley and Manukau in 2014 with the programme still continuing in these areas.

It will now be rolled out in Hastings, Northland, Papakura, Waikato and Rotorua.....

Auckland Council seeks law change to allow compulsory Māori ward councillor
Auckland Council will seek a legislative change to allow it to make an elected Māori councillor role compulsory.

Auckland councillors on Thursday voted 10 to five in favour of a Māori ward, in principle.

But the complex logistics of introducing one means legislation would need to change in order for it to be in place in time for the next local body elections in 2019.

Councillors were also worried that if they decided in favour, a public backlash could cause a petition to be launched, which if it attracted about 51,000 Auckland residents, then a $1 million "for or against" poll would have had to take place funded by Auckland Council.......

Council claims gang member's dream home on Māori land is illegal
Black Power member Kevin Moore has built a house the council says is illegal on Māori Land he's been squatting on for more than three years.

Moore, a member of the gang for more than 30 years, and a group of associates moved on the Rohutu Block at East Beach, Waitara in 2014 and have refused to leave.

In recent months a timber house with a large deck surrounding it has sprung up on the site and Moore claims he's done nothing wrong by building it as the land belongs to him as tangata whenua and he didn't need approval from the New Plymouth District Council for any construction.....

River log jams prompt rethink
Hancock Forest Management has gone back to the drawing board for a new look at a proposed crossing of the Mangakahia River to carry heavy machinery to harvest a pine plantation at Pakotai, 48km northwest of Whangarei.

The company is redesigning the crossing after Te Uriroroi, Te Parawhau and Te Mahurehure hapu objected to its construction during a meeting between Hancock, hapu representatives, the Northland Regional Council (NRC) and locals on Te Tarai o Rahiri Marae at Pakotai three months ago.

The culvert crossing proposed by Hancock at the marae meeting consisted of seven precast concrete sections, similar in appearance to those used for cattle underpasses on roads, placed side by side on the river bed so water flowed through them.

Hapu representative Millan Ruka said the crossing would be better described as a "bridge" rather than a "culvert".

"We find it culturally insensitive and poor planning to have this bridge interfere with the wairua of our shared Mangakahia River," he said.

"Hapu katoa have aspirations for waka to hikoi te awa Mangakahia. We all share this river and are duty bound to collectively kaitiaki te awa for its mauri, its tuna, its mahinga kai and all living creatures in it."

Mr Ruka suggested using a helicopter or a fly-wire to carry logs across the river as the proposed crossing was clearly an impediment in the water......

Northland hapū and conservationists fight for river access
Local Māori and conservationists have claimed the right to access a Northland river today - by driving though the middle of a working dairy farm.

Fed up with the delays, local hapū and the conservation group piled into a couple of 4-wheel drives today for a hikoi via the paper road-cum-farm race to the river.

He said all over the country, Māori and Pākehā had been shut out of riversides like this one because of land development - not only farming but also lifestyle subdivisions.

"I could almost guarantee you probably haven't seen a gathering of our people here in 50 years, though we're just a small group today. It's quite significant, and it's symbolic to let landowners know that it's essential to regain our presence in such places.".....

Give Māori control over their own data
Māori need greater access to—and say over—data collected about them if they are to fulfil tino rangatiratanga, or self-determination, and transform the lives of their communities, a founding member of Te Mana Raraunga/Māori Data Sovereignty Network told Victoria University of Wellington’s inaugural Data in Our Digital Futures symposium.

Ms Mikaere is also lead adviser to a group focusing on data issues established last year by the Iwi Chairs Forum, a platform for leaders from more than 70 tribal organisations around the country.

She told the symposium that data broken down into iwi, and not just about Māori more generally, was vital to tino rangatiratanga.....

Whakatane Golf Club to sell confiscated land back to local Maori
Local Maori, Ngai Taiwhakaea, say the land was originally confiscated in the 19th century and they've wanted it back since.

"We're no longer going to sit silently. For a long time we just sat silently and just watched them playing golf and just let them play on our land," said Manukorihi Tarau, Ngai Taiwhakaea spokesman.

Whakatane Golf Club was putting 16 hectares up for sale. But the sub-tribe argued it should get it for free because after confiscation, the land was taken again in the 1920s under the Public Works Act.

"They're no longer using it for that fact, I believe it should be coming back to our hapu," Mr Tarau said.

Last night there was a breakthrough when club members met to sort through the bids and to listen to the history.

"Yes, I think that the people last night felt that there was an injustice and that the meeting last night started to put some of that injustice to rights," said Bob Thompson of Whakatane Golf Club.

And so there's a deal, with a Ngai Taiwhakaea land trust successfully bidding for the land, but not revealing the price.

"It was nice to be able to work in harmony with our neighbours," Mr Thompson said.

Mr Tarau said: "We don't think we should be paying for land that belongs to us. But at the end of the day, the gesture from trustees to buy it for us, we support it."

But there's still a bump in the road to compromise. Tonight protesters are taking action over a related dispute, blocking access to the land and a nearby beach until further notice......

Māori seats decision 'should be for Māori to say'
A decision on the future of the Māori seats in Parliament isn't one for the Pākehā majority to make, the Māori Women's Welfare League president says.

Prue Kapua criticised the institutional racism of successive New Zealand governments in her speech to the League's conference in New Plymouth today and said a referendum on the Māori seats would yet another example of it.

A decision on whether we have Māori seats is not a decision for the Pākehā majority to make."

Ms Kapua said the League stood outside politics, but may have to extend its advocacy role following the demise of the Māori Party.....

Owhata Primary School signs memorandum with local hapu
Owhata Primary School have signed a memorandum of understanding with Ngati Te Roro o te Rangi, which will see a permanent hapu representative on the school's board.

This morning the school held a pohiri for key stakeholders and community groups that work with the school to witness the signing.

The agreement means the representative will be appointed by iwi rather than going through the same election process as other board members.....

One in four Maori in precarious state
Editor Bridgette Masters-Awatere says one in six New Zealanders including one in four Maori are now living in precarious situations.

They include the poor, unemployed, elderly, disabled, homeless, students, and refugees.

She says a welfare system where people don’t get what they are entitled to, and get penalised if they try to take steps to lift themselves out of poverty, needs to change....

Maori lined up for cabinet posts
Labour deputy leader Kelvin Davis says Maori will be well represented in cabinet if Jacinda Ardern gets the chance to form a government.

"There’s Maori MPs in all of the parties, 13 in ours. Over half I think of the New Zealand First Party will be Maori. There is no doubt going to be Maori in cabinet positions but that comes down to Jacinda and myself having a good talk and there's a lot of water to go under the bridge yet," he says.,,,,

First-time councillor Jill Day appointed as Wellington's new deputy mayor
Wellington Mayor Justin Lester has appointed a first-time councillor as his new deputy, in what he admits is a bold move.

Day, the first Maori woman selected for the deputy role in Wellington's history, said: "It's humbling to have been appointed to this role. I'm excited to play my part in making the city we love better."

Day, a former a primary school teacher, holds the council's children and young people and Māori partnerships portfolios, and had been effective in strengthening the council's relations with iwi, he said......

Māori incorporation funded to undertake land use assessment
An Iwitea Māori Incorporation will receive up to $40,000 from the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) to find the best sustainable use for their land.

The best land use assessment will help the Whakaki 2N Incorporation investigate opportunities that could lead to increased productivity on their collective land blocks through diversification and alternative land use options....

Ngāi Taiwhakaea protest for land ownership
Descendants of Ngāi Taiwhakaea stood in protest outside the Whakatāne Golf Club to oppose the sale of a block of land.

Members of the golf club met last night to discuss the sale of sixteen hectares of land, meanwhile the hapū of Ngāi Taiwhakaea stood outside the club protesting.

The hapū say that land belongs to them and one of their graveyards is close that area. One of the descendants says the land should be returned to the hapū......

Christchurch city council spent $14k on finding a name for new library
The Christchurch city council spent that much hiring an external creative agency to come up with a name for the library being built on the corner of Gloucester St and Cathedral Square.

It hired Plato Creative earlier this year to determine a suitable way to name the facility, and to come up with an English descriptor. It cost $14,650.

It recommended the English descriptor be A Place of Discovery, which would be used mostly for communications and marketing.

City councillors on Thursday decided to call the library Tūranga, the name gifted by Matapopore Charitable Trust and Ngāi Tūāhuriri.

While most city councillors were happy with the Maori name, they did not seem fussed with the English descriptor that Plato Creative came up with......

Racism to blame for aversion to compulsory te reo Māori
Earlier this month, our country celebrated te reo Māori as New Zealand's indigenous language. One week out of the whole year dedicated to highlighting the current health and future aspiration of something truly original to Aotearoa.

Compulsory te reo in schools was used as a political football in the lead-up to the election. However, political parties seldom unravel what keeps te reo Māori in a state of survival: systemic racism. Yes, racism.

This highlights the pivotal need, in tangent with universal te reo Māori, for the compulsory teaching of the New Zealand Land Wars. Partner this with amending the ‘Oaths and Affirmation Act 1957’ by introducing a pledge from new citizens to Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and mandatory attendance at tikanga Māori workshops; then te reo Māori and the founding worldview of Aotearoa would be much more familiar in our everyday lives as New Zealanders.....

Definition of a Māori MP
Identifying the difference between a Māori MP and a MP who is Māori is vital to ascertain real Māori representation in parliament both historically and today.

Post 2017 election, the media are stating that Māori have more representation than ever before. The purpose of this short post is to raise awareness of the such comments.

When defining what is a Māori MP, we must not define what a Māori is.....

Waikato District Health Board and Waikato iwi sign MoU for Māori health

Today (27 September 2017) a special signing event was held at Waiora Waikato Hospital campus to mark a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Waikato District Health Board and Iwi Māori Council that will lead the way for radical change in the delivery of health and disability services in the Waikato for Māori.

“It is a historic moment for us as a DHB and also represents a symbol of strong relationships with our iwi as we move forward to improve the status of Māori health,” board chair Bob Simcock said.....

Auckland Council considers creating Māori councillor role
Elected Māori representation is in Auckland Council's sights.

On Thursday Auckland councillors will vote on whether or not to establish a Māori ward.

As a way to help implement Treaty of Waitangi obligations, the Māori ward would take the place of one of 20 governing body members, not including the mayor.

If there is public backlash and a petition is launched, attracting more than 5 per cent of eligible voters, in this case 51,000 Auckland residents, then a $1 million "for or against" poll would need to take place......

Rotorua Lakes Council appoints new general manager Maori
Rotorua Lakes Council has appointed Gina Rangi as its new kaiwhakahaere, or general manager Maori.

Ms Rangi, a lawyer, has specialised in working with Maori communities on Treaty of Waitangi and resource management matters for the past 17 years.

She is also a director of geothermal and energy company MB Century and trustee for farming and geothermal trust Tuaropaki.

Council chief executive Geoff Williams said Ms Rangi's appointment heralded a new and important step in the council's journey to develop its bicultural capability and work effectively with Te Arawa.....

Wellington Girls' College making te reo Māori compulsory for all year 9 students
Wellington Girls' College is set to introduce compulsory te reo classes for all year 9 students, after years of obstacles.

The scheme, which begins next year, was something principal Julia Davidson said the school had been working towards for the past five years, but a lack of suitable teachers had made it impossible until now.

"The time has come and we're in a very fortunate position to have the staffing to do that ... I know that not every school has the ability to have two staff helping them.....

Free dental care offered to low-income Maori and Pacific Islanders
A project targeting the oral health of low-income Maori and Pacific Islander adults is currently under way in Linwood.

Free dental services such as extractions and fillings are on offer to those living in Linwood and surrounding areas....

Rahui over Napier marina to protect against typhoid-like outbreak
With six cases of paratyphoid fever now confirmed, a rahui will be placed over the Napier area where the illness is thought to have stemmed from.

Now, local hapu leaders are looking to put out a rāhui over the area. A rahui is a form of tapu restricting access to or use of, an area or resource by unauthorised persons.

A Ngati Kahungunu Iwi incorporated spokeswoman said they were concerned by the whanau who had been affected by the fever, and for those who could become affected if they weren't aware of the illness.

The purpose of the rahui would be to protect our people, she said. They would be confirming more details about the rahui soon.....

Native Affairs: Racism in NZ – Seeking Justice
Police say they've achieved a 35% decrease in Māori youth prosecutions since 2012, under the Whanau Ora based Turning of the Tide policy. But prosecutions for repeat Māori offenders rose up to 5%. And last year, there was no change in the number of first-time Māori offenders.

But the head of the School of Law at the Auckland University of Technology Kylie Quince says despite two years of police recognising unconscious bias, there has been no reduction in the number of Māori being arrested. "No, absolutely not. There's been zero impact."

"All the research shows that most people have an unconscious bias towards people that look like them, sound like them and behave like them. And the flipside to that is that we then tend to have suspicion or don't grant the benefit of discretion to people that are different to us or sound different from us."

Superintendent Penny says police leaders do workshops on the Treaty of Waitangi and New Zealand history. Every officer is challenged to examine their own biases. "So when you are challenged about actually we might have some cracks as individuals, as leaders, yeah, it hurts. And it's hurt some of our people because they say we’re not racist."....

Native Affairs: Racism in NZ - Educate Me
A recent unconscious bias in education report claims some teachers have lower expectations of Māori students and this may influence their achievement.

The report also suggests Māori students take on board negative stereotypes and live down to this expectation.....

Native Affairs: Racism in NZ - A Sick Disparity
A senior lecturer in public health says institutional racism is rife in the New Zealand health sector.

Last month, Dr Heather Came told the United Nations that policy and decision-makers are usually not Māori and do not listen to Māori.

"How we do institutional racism in NZ is that we're incredibly monocultural and so we squash out everything that isn't Pākehā.....

Council halts work after hapū cries foul
Road works in Ōngarue have been halted to protect a sacred burial site.

Members of Ngati Raerae are upset at what they view as a lack of respect from the Ruapehu District Council, after earth works were done on a section of Ōngarue-Waimiha Road.

Two koiwi [skeletal remains] are thought to be in the area and the hapū is now in discussions with council to safeguard the site.
A karakia was placed on the site by kaumatua when they heard news of the earth works.....

Māori Party founder Dame Tariana Turia plans to return to save the party
A change of mood from disappointment to optimism for the Māori Party with news of the return of Dame Tariana Turia.

Dame Tariana Turia says, "I'm going to be working alongside a whole lot of people actually who have called me since the election to say that they are being very pro-active, that they want to start bringing people together to start coordinating a whole range of activities."

Names like Dr Lance O'Sullivan and Shane Taurima have been suggested as potential replacements for Te Ururoa Flavell. Dame Tariana says the Māori Party should take this chance to regroup and realign its values....

Maori seats referendum the defining issue - Brash
But what are the merits of the case against separate Maori electorates?

"There are certainly plenty of Maori in Parliament now - 29 out of 120, or almost a quarter of the total Parliament, only seven of them elected in Maori electorates," Dr Brash said.

"The Deputy Leader of both National and Labour, the Leader and Deputy Leader of NZ First, and even the Leader of ACT all have Maori ancestors and would be entitled to enroll on the Maori roll - and none of them needed a Maori electorate to get them into Parliament," he said.

Maori social statistics suggest that there is much wrong with the situation of too many Maori, Dr Brash said.

"That just shows that having separate Maori electorates over the last 150 years has done little to improve that situation," he said.

Duncan Garner suggested today that having a referendum on the Maori electorates would invite a "hikoi from hell", Dr Brash said.

"But when a veteran Maori politician (Winston Peters) is simply asking the public whether or not they should be retained, that should surely be applauded, not something warranting any kind of hikoi, let alone one from hell", Dr Brash said.....

Maori Party loss won't mean abolishing Maori seats - National
Labour took all seven of the Maori seats, knocking the Maori party out of Government and National leader Bill English said he has spoken to co-leader of Maori Te Ururoa Flavell to offer his commiserations.

Co-leader, Marama Fox, had fears this would mean Winston Peters would come in and knock out Maori and the Treaty of Waitangi from all legislation.

Mr English said their negotiations with Mr Peters will not involve this particular topic.

"As I think we stated during the campaign, we had no plans to abolish the Maori seats, effectively it changed the policy."

But what the coalition talks between National and New Zealand First will contain is anyone's guess....

No referendum on Māori seats: Ardern
There will be no referendum on the Māori seats in coalition talks with New Zealand First, the Labour Party leader says.

Labour party leader Jacinda Ardern has repeated her pledge that the party will not agree to a referendum on the Māori seats in coalition talks with New Zealand First.

She said the future of the Māori seats is one for Māori to determine - not through a binding referendum of all voters......

Ruapehu Alpine Lifts granted a new license
Ruapehu Alpine Lifts (RAL) has been granted a new license to operate Mt Ruapehu's Tūroa, New Zealand’s second largest ski area.

RAL chief executive Ross Copland says, "We're absolutely thrilled to reach this historic agreement together with Ngāti Rangi, Uenuku and the Department of Conservation.

The new licence includes protection of the peaks, waterways and their sources. Both Iwi Chairs agree that upholding their cultural values has been paramount to discussions. “This was to ensure we are all able to continue to enjoy the magnificence and uniqueness Koro offers us”......

Te Ururoa Flavell says Māori Party can rise again, if Māoridom want it
With tears in his eyes, Māori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell said the Maori Party should go on - but not with him.

Labour's dominance in all seven Māori seats on Saturday night - including Flavell's Waiariki - has seen the Māori Party completely booted from Parliament.

If National forms a government with NZ First then no MPs from the Maori seats will be in government, and a referendum on their very existence may go through.

"When it really comes down the crunch, what is it going to be like without an independent Māori voice in Parliament?" Flavell said.

"New Zealand has spoken, so I guess that's exactly what they want, to go back to the age of colonisation, where the paternalistic red and blue parties tell Maori how to live," Fox said on The Hui.

"They've gone back to colonisation, back to Winston Peters who wants to put a referendum on the Maori seats.

While both won't be looking to enter Parliament again Flavell said there was still possibility for the Māori Party to be resurrected - but only if Māori showed they wanted it......

Iwi panel for Maori offending
A new collaborative initiative between southern iwi and police aims to tackle the overrepresentation of Maori offending and imprisonment.

Southern district Maori responsiveness manager Acting Inspector Damion Rangitutia is working with runanga in the district to establish iwi community panels, which will provide an alternative to court-based justice for eligible offenders.

The initiative attempted to address the underlying issues causing offending at the lower levels of seriousness.

Although Maori made up about 9% of the population of the district, they accounted for 21% of offending......

Te reo Google maps a step closer
New Zealanders have embraced a project to have the correct pronunciation of Māori place names spoken on Google Maps

Project lead Kirstin Te Wao said more than 54,000 New Zealanders have pinned 9000 cities, town and street names across the country - names they would like to hear pronounced correctly on Google Maps.....

Board welcomes increase in visible te reo Māori
The Independent Māori Statutory Board welcomes a raft of new Auckland Council initiatives that will increase visibility of te reo Māori.

Last week, the council announced a switch to bilingual signage, coming soon to Auckland’s many council facilities and parks. The council has said it will incorporate te reo as signs are replaced, from November. Changes will occur over time, at minimal cost to Aucklanders.

Another recent project saw the addition of spoken te reo in the lifts of Auckland Council’s Albert Street building.

The council also launched a new app last month, known as Kete Kōrero. Originally developed for staff, the public can also download it (from iTunes) to improve pronunciation, use more reo more often, or be ready to sing waiata as called upon.

“Maori in Tāmaki Makaurau told the Board they wanted compulsory te reo to be included in the Maori Plan, which the Board produced in 2012. We are very pleased to see that policy converting into action.

“We also want to keep the momentum going, and we see some incredible opportunities to move us forward as a bilingual city. Announcements in te reo throughout buses, trains and ferries, Māori names for stations and new roads and bilingual wayfinding ......

New Plymouth set to become a lifestyle capital
Mayor Neil Holdom shared his vision for New Plymouth as a lifestyle capital at the second meeting of the district council's new iwi committee.

Chairwoman Liana Poutu said iwi and hapū would be engaged across all 10 focus areas.

"Looking at the walkway extension, iwi and hapū will be engaged with that. And I guarantee we will be engaged in Destination Taranaki. We are engaged all the way through."

Poutu asked that the phrase Building a Lifestyle Capital could be translated into te reo Māori.

The committee also approved a grant to Katere-ki-te Moana Marae at Waiwhakaiho of $26,863.60 for an upgrade of bathroom facilities.

Iwi member Colleen Tuuta said the marare needed some renovations to do community activities.....

Council and iwi work to establish a Local Leadership Body
A symposium on co-governance was held on Tuesday (19 September) to mark the development of the Local Leadership Body (LLB) between Gisborne District Council and Turanga iwi.

"The LLB opens the way for both parties to develop a new and enduring relationship."

Mayor Meng Foon also acknowledged the importance of nurturing relationships with iwi and enabling a local solution for the sustainable management of natural and physical resources.

Mayor Meng Foon says the LLB is providing for the traditional relationship of iwi with their ancestral lands, water, sites, wahi tapu and other taonga.

"What was good for iwi was also aligned with was what good for the community. There’s an opportunity to transform our communities for the better with co-governance." .....

Police U-turn after officers told not to ticket drivers from poorer suburbs
Police chiefs have backtracked on an instruction telling officers not to target drivers in Christchurch's eastern suburbs because those motorists could not afford tickets.

The Star has learned an internal police task memo went to officers this month as part of a strategy aimed at educating drivers instead of penalising them.

Officers were told to avoid targeting drivers in east Christchurch.

Instead, police can give them compliance, or refer them to a programme to get a licence or an agency to assist with employment in order to be able to pay for a warrant of fitness.

Hill said that was the intent of the task, and it had been "reworked" to reflect that. 
As part of a plan to reduce Maori offending by 25 per cent by 2025, police were looking at the ways in which Maori and people from lower socio-economic areas were entering the justice system.....

Hamurana Springs entrance fee imminent
Visitors - including locals - will soon have to pay to walk around Hamurana Springs, with the iwi that owns the popular attraction set to introduce an entrance fee.

Ngati Rangiwewehi says the fee, which comes after 18 months of research, will help maintain the pristine area.

Ngati Rangiwewehi communications spokesman Russell Harrison said it is not yet known how much the fee will be....

Election & Maori Still Experiencing Second Class Citizenship
Whatever the results of the election this weekend, all New Zealanders should be concerned at the withholding of democracy for Maori electors and what the longer-term implications of this might be for Aotearoa New Zealand, argues a Maori politics and policy lecturer from Massey University. Despite claims that misinformation and mistreatment of Maori voters has been isolated to a few polling booths and polling booth staff, Veronica Tawhai insists ongoing reports from a range of electorates across the country confirms the issue is endemic......

Māori views 'essentially left out' on super age hike - TPK
The government's decision to raise the pension age would have "significant impacts" on Māori, and there was a lack of public consultation, Te Puni Kōkiri says.

"We consider the Crown has clear obligations to consult with Māori before making final decisions about changes to superannuation eligibility.

"Māori views were essentially left out of this decision-making process.

"This is just more evidence that National doesn't take Māori views seriously and we need a new government with a commitment to put te Tiriti at the heart of all important decision making....

Maori part of future cities plan
New Zealand cities need to change, and acknowledging their Maori history and presence is part of it.

That's an element in a new book put together by the New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities, hosted at the University of Otago, Wellington.

Maori researchers have looked at the foundation role Maori have had in shaping urban spaces and giving us a sense of history and place - especially where iwi have received major Treaty settlements....

Pacific and Māori more affected by poverty-based illness
Heath spending has been a major issue over the course of the election campaign, but some health organisations say it should be part of a bigger picture effort to tackle poverty.

Rheumatic fever prevention has been a big focus of the Government's health strategy, with it having spent $65 million on a five-year prevention programme. However, the disease continues to disproportionately affect Māori and Pacific people.

The Institute of Environmental Science and Research found that of the 123 cases of rheumatic fever last year, 80 were Pacific people, 48 were Māori, and 5 were ethnically European. ....

Marlborough's first immersion school not just for Māori
Demand has been higher than expected for Marlborough's first te reo Māori immersion school.

Omaka Marae is on track to open Te Pā Wānanga for term 1 next year with 20 students.

Marae manager Kiley Nepia said the roll had not been finalised though, so families could still register their interest.

Nepia said there was interest from Pākehā and overseas families living in Marlborough.....

Council and iwi move towards working relationship
TURANGA iwi and Gisborne District Council are one step closer to seeing what a co-governance relationship could look like after holding a local leadership board symposium yesterday.

It is a move towards iwi and GDC working together on the sustainable management of natural and physical resources, in a post-Treaty of Waitangi settlement environment.

It is a result of Treaty settlement legislation, specifically the Ngai Tamanuhiri Claims Settlement Act 2012 and the Rongowhakaata Claims Settlement Act 2012......

Hauraki settlement put off until election done
Tauranga Iwi Ngai Te Rangi has succeeded in its efforts to stall the signing of Hauraki’s deed of settlement.

Chair Charlie Tawhiao says he has received a letter from Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson saying it was not possible to sign the Hauraki Collective deal at this time in the absence of agreement between iwi groups.....

A vote for NZ First a vote against water tax - Winston Peters
Mr Peters attended a rally in Morrinsville, Waikato, on Monday, where he told farmers that it wasn't just Labour who were planning a tax on water - it was National too.

"Some time after the election you're going to find out that what you thought was only the charge of one party, will be the charge of the Government as well," he said.

"Maori are demanding that farmers be charged for water and it's all in their claim, it's all in their documentation, it's all in their website - so why haven't the people been told?"

Mr Peters said New Zealand First's primary bottom line was the removal of race-based preferential treatment.

He said those types of initiatives were destructive to Maori first and foremost, and he wouldn't offer his support to a party that had such laws in place......


MP explains the process of selling Thurston Place land
The Thurston Place land was held by the Crown for education purposes until the Waimokoia school was closed and a decision was made not to open a new school on the site. The land was subsequently declared surplus to education requirements.

When land is declared surplus by the Crown, it cannot decide to use it for another purpose without first fulfilling obligations under the Public Works Act, or under Treaty settlement legislation.

In short that means previous landowners or local iwi are first in line to have the opportunity to buy the land. If those that are first in line refuse, then the Crown has far greater options to decide what to do with the land.....

Rongoā Māori practitioners raise mana of traditional Māori medicines
A plant's healing power is the focus of a new rongoā Māori medicine course in the Waitākere Ranges, Auckland.

The sold-out six-week course is a first for Joanne Hakaraia, who is also co-founder of Sisters Indigenous, a natural product company focused on promoting traditional medicinal knowledge.

"In the old days we used to hold quite tightly to the knowledge of the forest, worried what would happen if large companies found out about these natural resources," said Hakaraia.....

Free doctor visits at Auckland marae aim to improve Māori health
A free GP clinic has opened on an Auckland marae to provide healthcare for those who have trouble accessing it.

The clinic opened at Haranui Marae in Otakanini on August 31 and had a six-month trial period.

Lead by Te Hā Oranga, doctors from Silver Fern Medical Centre and Waimauku Doctors operated the monthly clinic.

Patients had 20 minute appointments rather than the traditional 15 minute consultations.

There was no cost to attend but people needed to be enrolled with Te Hā Oranga or be willing to enrol on the day......

Tolaga Bay set to benefit from revolutionary maths philosophy
Tolaga Bay is set to benefit from a maths philosophy developed by Dr Roberta Hunter that draws on Māori patterns and culture to help raise the achievement levels of Māori in maths.

Dr Roberta Hunter reinvented the maths wheel to work specifically with Māori and Pasifika children.

"Māori really are very strong and very good at maths. What they need help is to actually to get the teachers to actually look at what they come, what they already know and hear their voice and move them forward, so it's really them being given opportunities to use the maths they already have."

Her philosophy uses their culture and everyday environment to work through mathematics like algebra as an example.....

Vote For New Zealand Declares Anti-Labour/National Campaign
6 Day Anti-Labour/National Campaign

A hard-hitting campaign called Vote For New Zealand has declared "A Six Day War New Zealand Must Win" to "jolt New Zealanders awake to what it describes as "the relentless surrender of New Zealand sovereignty to a rich tribal elite by both Labour and National governments, for reasons based largely on lies".

Campaign spokesman Perry Spiller says that both parties are equally guilty, and if a kingmaker cannot win enough votes on Saturday to stop the surrender, "the Maori king's wish for a share of sovereignty for Maori by 2025 will seem pessimistic".....

Strengthening iwi involvement in decision making
CO-GOVERNANCE between Turanga iwi and the Gisborne District Council in regard to local authority decision-making will be discussed at a local leadership body symposium in Gisborne tomorrow.

The symposium will look into New Zealand’s post-Treaty of Waitangi settlement environment, and will highlight that a key form of cultural redress is to strengthen iwi involvement in local authority decision-making — particularly the sustainable management of natural and physical resources.

The hui will discuss the objectives of the Local Leadership Board, which is a result of Treaty settlement legislation, specifically the Ngai Tamanuhiri Claims Settlement Act 2012.....

New dawn for Maori history in schools - NZSTA
Implementation of the New Zealand history curriculum resource, Te Takanga o te Wā was launched in style at Te Papaiouru Marae in Rotorua on Saturday.

Celebrations centred around signing of te Mana Orite (the accord/agreement/declaration) by education sector groups.

This launch marks the culmination of several years of development and trials, and the release of Te Takanga o te Wa for year 1-8 schools around the country to implement in their own rohe.

NZSTA is delighted to welcome Te Takanga o te Wa into the light of day.....

Maori Party's Iwibank aspiration
An "Iwibank" is needed to expand development of Māori land, housing and business, Māori Party co-leader Marama Fox says.

The party aspires to "set up a Māori bank to administer housing, land development and business start-up loans", its economic policy statement says.

It's 177 years since the Treaty of Waitangi was signed, and yet New Zealand still hasn't developed a banking system that can cope with making loans to develop communally owned land.

An Iwibank would require start-up capital from the taxpayer, but Fox envisions it as drawing capital from iwi organisations and trusts........

Electoral Commission Undermining of Maori Rights
Only a week into early voting, complaints have been laid with the Electoral Commission about misinformation being provided to Maori electors, causing confusion and non-voting amongst Maori electors and refreshing previous claims of deliberate sabotage by polling booth staff of Maori votes. Veronica Tawhai, a Maori politics lecturer and citizenship educator at Massey University, has received numerous complaints from Maori electors across the country regarding the Electoral Commission. However, her requests that a memo be sent immediately to all staff to ensure accurate information is being provided to electors appears to have been ignored, calling into question the commitment of the Commission to ‘democracy for all’.....

Bill English proposes taking Waitangi Day 'on the road'
Prime Minister Bill English has announced he won't attend Treaty grounds on Waitangi Day.

"Waitangi does not represent well the relationship between Māori and Pākehā in New Zealand," he said on Sunday.

"New Zealanders, including a lot of Māori, [aren't proud of] the shenanigans that go on."

Mr English is calling for Waitangi Day "to represent truly the pride New Zealand should have for achievements around the Treaty".

Mr English is now considering taking Waitangi Day "on the road" if re-elected, an idea suggested to him by many after his decision earlier this year....

Hongi, our national greeting
The hongi, a touching of noses, is known around the world as a New Zealand greeting yet not actually used by all Kiwis. But with the resurgence of all things Māori, could that change?

University of Canterbury professor of Māori research, Angus Macfarlane, said the origins of the hongi held an important role in Māori mythology.

The god Tāne-nui-a-Rangi, moulded the shape of the first woman, Hine-ahu-one, from earth and breathed life into her by pressing his nose against hers......

Maori Party calls on Labour to sort out water ownership before taxing it
The Maori Party says Labour has to sort out who owns freshwater before its begins taxing it.

"You can't start charging for something you don't own," co-leaders Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox said in a statement tonight.

Labour had said it would respect iwi rights in relation to water.

"If that is the case, then those rights and interests need to be determined before anyone starts taxing water.

"Any discussion around water rights, interests, management, quota, ownership, pricing or quality must involve hapu and iwi and the same goes with any potential land tax.".....

Labour supporting Te Reo Māori in schools
Labour will support a future where New Zealanders from every background will have the ability to use Te Reo Māori in everyday conversations, says Labour’s Deputy Leader and Māori Development spokesperson Kelvin Davis.

“Labour will commit to a target that by 2025 every child during ECE, primary school, and intermediate school has Te Reo Māori integrated into their learning.

“We will also ensure that by 2025 every student at high school, once at the point they become able to choose their own subjects, has the opportunity to learn Te Reo Māori.....

Māori Parliament's 100 year anniversary celebrated
Iwi and officials from across the country gathered yesterday to honour the 100 year anniversary of the Kiingitanga Māori Parliament.

A selection of archival manuscripts and photographs created by members of the Māori Parliament were also exhibited for the first time to mark the centennial milestone.

On 14 September 1917, the Kiingitanga opened their Māori Parliament at Rukumoana Marae on the outskirts of Morrinsville.

After Tainui was devastated by large scale land confiscation, the second Māori king, Kingi Tāwhiao, proposed a separate Māori Parliament and asked the crown for an independent commission of inquiry into land confiscation.....

Waikato Regional Council take up reo Māori challenge
For the first time staff at Waikato Regional Council have taken up the Mahuru Māori challenge to speak Māori during the whole month of September.

The Council has also launched an APP to mark Māori language week.

The boss is leading by example by taking up the reo challenge.

"The language is a treasure," said Chief Executive Vaughan Payne. "I want to support the Mahuru Māori challenge, to support my colleagues."....

Affordable housing unlikely as iwi eye former prison land
Those developing Shelly Bay are in pole position to develop swaths of Crown land on the hill above – but hopes for affordable housing there seem likely to be limited.

A Land Information NZ (Linz) report to Cabinet shows that the Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust (PNBST) intends to take up its rights of first refusal at Wellington's former Mt Crawford jail and Watts Peninsula land nearby.

But it also shows that the majority of the peninsula, jutting from Miramar into Wellington harbour, is set to become a reserve free from development.....

From banned in schools to celebrated in the streets; Porirua kids design city's first bilingual te reo Māori road signs
Once banned from schools, te reo Māori has now been used by Porirua kids to make the city's first bilingual road signs.

Students from Te Puna Mātauranga, an iwi-based learning support and education centre, in Takapūwāhia have one message for motorists: āta haere - slow down.

Their message adorns new traffic signs that have gone up on the streets around Takapūwāhia Marae, and are the first bilingual road signs in Porirua with more to come as old signs need replacing or new ones introduced around the city.....

Gangs part of justice solution
That's one of the suggestions coming out of a hui of Auckland Pasifika leaders and Maori and Pasifika non-government organisations that called for a complete overhaul of the corrections and justice systems....

Māori Party release ‘manaaki tangata’ vision for Auckland
“The Māori Party wants an Auckland where tangata whenua, Māori and Pacific peoples in this city are not left behind. An Auckland where whānau are strong and independent,” the party’s candidate for Tāmaki Makaurau, Shane Taurima, told the crowd gathered at the popular Saturday morning market.....

Iwi warning over National farm sale plan
An iwi advisor is warning National's plan to sell state-owned land to young farmers will be under intense scrutiny.

National has announced it would sell some state-owned Landcorp farmsthrough lease-to-buy agreements over five to 10 years.

Landcorp owns 85 farms and most are subject to Treaty of Waitangi claims with iwi having right of first refusal.

An iwi advisor, Willie Te Aho, said National needed to sort that out first or it risked a backlash from Māori.

He said one disputed Landcorp sale he was involved with ended up in the Supreme Court.....

Te Reo Maori brings richness to Parliamentary events - Kura
Kura co-ordinates the Māori element of all parliamentary events, including last month’s dissolution of the 51st Parliament. He will also oversee the Māori element of the opening of the 52nd Parliament, which will take place after the general election.

Kura says te Reo Māori plays a fundamental role in both occasions, acknowledging the partnership signed by Māori and the Crown under the Treaty of Waitangi.

"Including a Māori element demonstrates that the partnership is in motion. We see that every three years, Parliament ends and opens again, but the mana whenua is always here. You could distinctly see it during the dissolution as we were standing on Parliament steps, the Crown and representatives on one side and local iwi was on the other......

Flying squad plan disaster for Maori
A justice policy analyst says New Zealand First’s proposal for a police flying squad has been tried before, and it was a disaster, especially for Maori and Pacific communities.

Party leader Winston Peters is proposing an elite unit under the Police Commissioner to help communities suffering from crime waves like burglaries and violence.

Mr Workman says it's not the job of political parties to determine police operational policy.....

RNZ listener takes offence to 'over Māorification' of the station
A Radio New Zealand listener has been told his multiple complaints about "over Māorification [sic]" on the station were "offensive, derogatory and dismissive".

The Broadcasting Standards Authority have roundly dismissed the complaints, with BSA chair Peter Radich writing: "His complaint disregards te reo Māori, which is an official language in New Zealand, and he has persisted in wasting Authority time and resources".

A BSA decision reported that the complainant, named only as HM, sent six emails outlining his concern that a female newsreader said a word sounding like "ho [sic]" because of "over Māorification" on RNZ National......

Preston Russell Law hold Māori language tutorials for staff
In an effort to broaden their knowledge of Te Reo Māori, staff at Preston Russell Law have been taking daily lessons at the firm.

For September, staff have been having daily lessons at the firm which cover the basics of Te Reo Māori. It is led by one of its law graduates Georgia Woodward.

Services manager Christine McLeod said for 15 minutes a day staff at the firm have been learning the basics of Te Reo and have been encouraged to use it in the office.....

Settlement gives Maru wide footprint
A Hauraki negotiator hopes the iwi's collective settlement can be signed off before next week's election, leaving the incoming Governemnt wiht just the task of legislating all the individual and collective settlements.

Ngati Maru's settlement is valued at about $28 million, including its share in the former Landcorp dairy units at Pouara on the Hauraki Plains.

Mr Majurey says it includes a range of properties that mark the tribe's Matakana ki Matakana footprint.

"So properties in Te Puna/Katikati through to central Tamaki and out onto the motu of Tikapamoana - Waiheke, Aotea, and round the peninsula Ahuahu, so a wide spread of properties. Also the recognition of the treaty breaches is important and a commercial and financial base to help us grow the putea for the people," he says......

Republic talk raises questions of crown contract
Manurewa MP Louisa Wall says a debate over republicanism is a chance to celebrate the role of Maori as as New Zealand's indigenous people.

Labour leader Jacinda Ardern says she supports the country becoming a republic, which has sparked charges that would be an attack on the relationship Maori have witht he crown through the Treaty of Waitangi.

Ms Wall says it is an opportunity to look beyond colonial history, but Maori need to be in front of any discussion.

"For a lot of our whanau, the Treaty of Waitangi is incredibly important and it does set a context for a series of relationships with the crown that can't be ignored so if you were to erode that contract we have, what does that mean in terms of our positioning in Aotearoa New Zealand," she says.

Ms Wall says even above the Treaty of Waitangi, Maori have status as the indigenous people of Aotearoa New Zealand, but there is no acknowledgement of that anywhere in the law.

Language resource 'Wai Ako' looks to normalise te reo in mainstream schools
Wai Ako is a te reo Māori resource created by Roimata Smail, a learner of the Māori language. Smail says that despite an individual's level of knowledge, te reo Māori should be part of daily conversation.

Smail says, "My husband teaches eight year olds at an English medium school."

Having come out of New Zealand's mainstream education system with little knowledge of te reo, Smail believes that Māori education should be a daily feature of every school.....

$12.7m airport upgrade to begin
Local Iwi have the role of developing better welcoming and farewell messaging along with creating artwork that will tell a story about some of the local Iwi's history and culture. There will also be coverage of the history of Tauranga Airport dating back to its opening in January 1939.....

The Green Party wants all primary school children to be learning Te Reo Maori by 2030.
Leader James Shaw made the announcement alongside a hikoi to Parliament this morning, marking 45 years to the day since the Maori Language petition was delivered.

Mr Shaw says they will establish a taskforce to implement Te Reo Maori as a core curriculum subject in all public primary and secondary schools from year 1 to year 10 by 2030......

'Learning Māori makes you clever' - school principal
A Māori principal has hailed new Māori-language education data as showing that "learning Māori makes you clever".

The new data, produced by Statistics NZ to mark Māori Language Week, shows that unemployed and low-income Māori parents are the most likely to enrol their children in Māori-speaking schools.

Ministry of Education figures already showed that students in Māori-language schools were more likely than other Māori students to leave school with Level 2 of the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) - 78 per cent from Māori-medium kura against 62 per cent of Māori students from English-medium schools in 2015....


Māori seats once again focus of debate heading into general election
As New Zealand heads into a general election in two weeks, the role of its seven Māori seats is a focus of debate.

The seats are a distinctive feature of the New Zealand parliament. Every area of the country is covered by both a general and a Māori electorate, giving reserved representation to the indigenous Māori people.

Throughout the history of the Māori electorates there have been several calls to abolish them, most often when they have been integral to forming a government majority. This time is no different......

Hauraki claims lined up for settling
The treaty settlement process in Hauraki is starting to wind up, with Ngati Patukirikiri, Ngati Maru and Ngati Tamatera settlements now going out for ratification after being initialled last Friday.

But there's disquiet in one iwi that their process is being rushed.

Ngati Rahiri Timutimu initialed its settlement in July, but some members have asked the Waitangi Tribunal to intervene.

The crown is offering $5.5 million in financial redress and 17 culturally significant properties, including reserves on Mount Te Aroha maunga.

The iwi wanted the whole maunga, but the crown says it must be shared with the wider Pare Hauraki......

Kids can earn DoC's new te reo medal at four Hawke's Bay sites
The Department of Conservation is giving a new Kiwi Guardian medal to Hawke's Bay kids who combine te reo and conservation.

There are four Kiwi Guardian sites to explore around Hawke's Bay to earn Kiwi Guardian medals, but the Toa Tiaki Taiao medal could also be earned elsewhere.

"To earn this medal, kids are encouraged to use te reo and spread the word about great nature locations, while learning about its Maori cultural significance," DoC's Nic Toki said.....

National’s Water Sell Out
Taupo’s tourist operators face serious ‘Koha’ bills from Tuwharetoa, resulting from the old political party’s racially separatist agenda on water rights and control.

Under a hitherto unknown licence, Tuwharetoa is demanding thousands of dollars of annual Koha from tourism operators to use Lake Taupo.

One Tuwharetoa demand, dated March, is for $25,000. This isn’t from some idle disaffected radical claimant but is from none other than Tuwharetoa’s CEO - Topia Rameka.....

Major bank calls young Māori students for 5k business scholarships
Westpac has called for prospective Māori business students to apply to Te Waiu O Aotearoa Trust scholarships. Scholarship winners will be awarded $5,000 towards their study costs for 2018.

Māori students heading into tertiary study next year are encouraged to apply for one of up to four Te Waiu O Aotearoa Trust scholarships, the bank said.......

150-year-old land grievance resurfaces in Tauranga
The fuse continues to burn on an unresolved 150-year-old land grievance that climaxed in a dramatic confrontation between Maori activists and police in 1987.

Peri Kohu, a Ngai Tamarawaho kaumatua, said there had been no resolution to the grievance centred on Lot 45 - the site of the former Town Hall that now included the city library.

There has never been a will to resolve it," he said......

NZ First candidate promises to remove Treaty from law
A New Zealand First candidate has promised to scrap the Waitangi Tribunal and remove all references to the Treaty of Waitangi from legislation.

She went on to say, "NZ First wants to scrap race-based policies. NZ First wants to scrap the Waitangi Tribunal. NZ First wants to remove Resource Management Act iwi clauses."

"NZ First wants to remove all references to the Treaty of Waitangi from legislation. NZ First wants a binding referendum on the need for Māori seats. A vote for NZ First is a vote for a colour-blind party. We want Kiwi, not iwi."....

NZ First Leader dismisses Waitangi Tribunal pledge
A New Zealand First candidate who told a public meeting in Auckland the party wants to scrap the Waitangi Tribunal has been quickly countered by her leader, Winston Peters.

Kym Koloni, who is contesting the Northcote seat, said it was party policy to get rid of the Waitangi Tribunal and any references to the Treaty of Waitangi in legislation.

Mr Peters was not at the debate, but has dismissed Ms Koloni's comments.
He said last night that Ms Koloni's statements did not represent the party's policies, and he or his staff would be talking with her "post-haste"....

Call to teach NZ history to combat rising racism
Two former prime ministers are urging schools to teach more New Zealand history, with one, former National Party leader Jim Bolger, warning that ignorance of the past is behind the rise of racism.

The ministry was about to publish updated Māori history guidelines for primary and intermediate schools, and from this year was spending $1.91 million a year to create new resources based on local stories from iwi, hapū, whānau and communities, she said.....

Maori side of the story to be told at controversial Otahuhu monument
A petition to move the controversial monument commemorating Colonel Marmaduke George Nixon has been dropped on the provision that Māori involvement in the battle is also recognised at the site.

However, he said formal recognition at the Nixon Memorial would be made in regards to the Māori (Rangiaowhia) telling their story, which was how Māori were pursued as prey and how many, including woman and children, lost their lives during the settler invasion of the Waikato in the 1860s.

Te Pou said he thought it was "a reasonable and just outcome" and that the aim of the petition was to provide educational context at the site.

He said it would give Rangiaowhia the chance to tell their story in a way they were happy with.....

Labour forgets Treaty and Māori in republic call
Māori Party co-leaders Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox say Labour Party leader Jacinda Ardern is once again ignoring Māori in favour of political expediency by pushing for New Zealand to become a republic.

“Here we are, less than two weeks out from a general election and without any consultation with the treaty partner, the Labour leader announces she wants to do away with the Queen,” says Mr Flavell.

“Removing the Queen as our head of state removes the Treaty of Waitangi and Māori rights in this country guaranteed to us under our nation’s founding document.”.....

Flavell suprised by Labour's new Whānau Ora package
Labour deputy leader Kelvin Davis says they are pledging to give Whānau Ora an extra $20 million and a Whānau Ora Reviewer, but Māori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell says more is needed.

Labour Māori MPs claim their $20 million booster package will strengthen Whānau Ora and the Independent Reviewer they want at a cost of $500,000 will be responsible to Parliament for notification of where changes are needed.

Kelvin Davis says, "Under our $5 billion budget for vulnerable families is where that Whānau Ora funding will come from."

In 2015, Whānau Ora secured almost $50 million in funding for 230 navigators to 2019. In 2016, it received an extra $40 million to 2020. In 2017, it got another booster of $10mil for new operating funding to 2021......

Some South Canty education providers say every week is Māori Language Week
Some South Canterbury education providers have made no special plans to celebrate Māori Language Week this year, because they are increasing the amount of te reo Māori they use throughout the year.

However others say it is important to acknowledge the week as it reinforces that New Zealand is a bicultural country.

"Every week is Māori Language Week," she said.

Schools were "absolutely" increasing the amount of te reo Māori used in curriculums all the time, she said.

It was important for New Zealand to be strong in recognising itself as a bicultural country, before it embraced multiculturalism, she said.....

Moana Reo Māori takes to the skies with Air New Zealand
The te reo Māori version of Academy Award® nominated Disney animated film Moana Reo Māori will be featured on Air New Zealand flights from November this year.

“We believe this is a great way to help normalise Māori language as we have the potential to reach millions through our various channels with Moana Reo Māori.”

Air New Zealand will be exposing Moana Reo Māori through its social media channels, inflight magazine Kia Ora, and inflight entertainment. Air New Zealand will also have te reo speaking cabin crew and ground staff helping to host at the Auckland and Wellington red carpet premieres of Moana Reo Māori......

Speaking te reo Māori imporant for Kiwi business leaders
Many Pākehā business leaders have embraced the challenge of addressing their staff in te reo Māori.

Mighty River Power chief executive Fraser Whineray said speaking te reo was culturally and commercially beneficial when dealing with the business of natural resources, as his company did.

He said he could not speak fluent te reo but used his favourite words, ka pai(good) and mahi (to work), when he could.....

'Kia ora, Dunedin Hospital'
Dunedin Hospital has taken a leaf out of Shortland Street's book and people ringing the hospital this week can expect to be greeted with the words "Kia ora, Dunedin Hospital''.

The greeting, along with other Maori words and phrases such as "morena'' and "ka kite ano'', are likely to be heard more often this week as businesses, schools, organisations and individuals celebrate New Zealand's indigenous language during the 42nd annual Maori Language Week.

Southern District Health Board executive director of Maori health Pania Coote said people using cafes at the hospital would be encouraged to try ordering in Maori with the assistance of booklets on how to order your kawhe (coffee).

Dunedin, Wakari and Southland Hospitals would all have displays promoting te reo Maori in the foyers.

Yesterday, ANZ Bank introduced te reo Maori as a language option on its ATMs....

'It's tokenism': Brand expert calls for more te reo police cars
A New Zealand brand expert has challenged New Zealand Police to make more te reo police cars.

Principal of Voice Brand Agency Jonathan Sagar believes it's time New Zealand stopped making token gestures to the Maori culture and fully adopt te reo words into Kiwis' everyday vocabulary.

Sagar, who is passionate about authentic communication and Maori culture, praised the police for their initiative but hopes it'll lead to long-term change.

"As a country why can't we use Maori names all the time?" Sagar told the Herald.

"Why can't the police permanently change the name 'police' to 'Pirihimana' rather than just do it for Maori language week. If you want a Maori name, have one.....

Waikato Regional Council helps spread the word in te reo
A new free app is being launched tomorrow during Māori Language Week to help upskill Waikato Regional Council staff in te reo and tikanga Māori (protocol).

Media are invited to attend the launch of the app from 2.30pm-3.30pm at the council’s chambers at 401 Grey St, Hamilton.

The Kawe Kōrero app has easy to access information on Māori language, pronunciation and protocols. It also features waiata and video.

The app has specifically been developed to help staff, councillors and other councils to effectively communicate in partnerships with iwi and Māori. It will also be available to the general public by downloading from iOS or Google share platforms.....

Mana and Māori Party relationship strong, but no merger yet
The Mana Movement and Māori Party say a merger of the two sides is a possibility, but not until after the election.

During a hui on Auckland's North Shore on Sunday, Mana leader Hone Harawira and Māori co-leader Marama Fox said old differences and rifts had been left in the past.

The future would be one of cooperation, they said.

A merger between the two parties was always on the cards, Mr Harawira said.

"But right now, we just want to focus on doing the best we can, win as many of these seats, the Māori seats back into Māori hands.".....”

Waikato-Tainui language option added to Westpac ATMs
From today the 70,000 tribal members of Waikato-Tainui iwi will see te Reo Waikato on automatic teller machines up and down the country in addition to the standard Māori language option.

It is the first time a bank has offered an ATM language option distinct to one iwi.

The roll-out begins this week in Waikato, as part of Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week).

The dialect will be introduced on more than 90% of the bank’s ATMs, and be available to all customers.....

Porirua’s first bilingual sign slows down traffic
Āta haere! Porirua’s first bilingual sign slows down traffic

“I’m really thrilled to see these bilingual signs going up in the city. Māori is an official language of New Zealand and making it more visible throughout our community acknowledges its mana,” says Mayor Mike Tana.

“Today is the start of Māori Language Week. It’s a chance for us all to celebrate the taonga that is te reo Māori and look at ways in which we can support revitalisation. This is just a small step, but many small steps result in real change.”....

Tension causes division among Hauraki members
Members of a Hauraki iwi have complained to the Waitangi Tribunal it is being rushed into a settlement.

The Ngati Rahiri Tumutumu members say the Crown’s settlement policies are causing division and dissent within the iwi.

A deed of settlement was initialed in July giving the iwi $5.5 million in financial and commercial redress and 17 sites of cultural significance, including reserves on Mt Te Aroha......

Tauranga is New Zealand's most mispronounced place name
Tauranga has been identified as New Zealand's most mispronounced place name on Google Maps.

Since the website launched on Friday, more than 18,600 pins have highlighted the incorrectly pronounced place names - and Tauranga has the two most common.

According to the website, Tauranga is the number one place in the country that Kiwis say is mispronounced on Google Maps. The second is Totara St at Mount Maunganui.

Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori (Māori Language Commission) chief executive Ngahiwi Apanui their vision was to have te reo Māori resonate throughout the entire country.

"We want to see and hear te reo Māori everywhere - on the streets, in shops, in schools, on radio, on TV and online," Mr Apanui said......

Māori police cars as offensive to taxpayers as to Maori
The Taxpayers' Union says the Police need to focus on catching crooks, not spending money on rebranding Poice cars with Māori designs, as a silly PC-PR gimmick.

Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers' Union, says, "Back in 2015 we criticised the Police for buying a ridiculous branded tractor (pictured). The gimmick was apparently to highlight rural crime and cost taxpayers $60,000."

"The Police's PR arm needs to be slashed. The money would be much better spent on catching crooks than sign writing and media tours."

"The Māori Police cars are as offensive to taxpayers as they are to Maori."....

Restoring Māori names for Manawatū places
Palmerston North's Waitoetoe Park will increasingly be known as Ahimate Park after research into its history revealed its cultural significance.

The city council is about to direct its staff to take the steps necessary to make the renaming formal.

It is part of a developing trend for greater public acknowledgment of the cultural history of many of its places, especially its reserves and areas along the Manawatū River.

Another recent adoption of a Māori name alongside a more European one was the branding of Te Āpiti/Manawatū Gorge.

'Pirihimana' cop car unveiled for Maori Language Week
A number of police cars are undergoing a radical makeover as part of Maori Language Week.

The new look police vehicle will have the Maori translation for police "pirihimana" written on it.

The blue and yellow lines on the vehicle have also had an overhaul to resemble a "koru-esque" design, according to the Waikato Police Facebook page.

A police media spokesperson confirmed NZ Police was planning something special for Maori Language Week, but would not provide any more details to the Herald until Monday morning when it was due to be announced.......

Treaty based partnership at core of church's developing vision
The rebuild of Taranaki Cathedral will go beyond bricks and mortar, with the church leadership seeking to develop a genuine partnership between Māori and Pākehā.

Archbishop Philip Richardson told the audience the creation of a Treaty of Waitangi based and gospel-focused community was at the forefront of the project, along with the development of a complementary governance structure

Consultation with Māori leaders and iwi groups, including Ngāti Te Whiti, was ongoing and the Anglican church wanted to involve as many people as possible in creating its vision, he said.

'I don't trust them completely' - Marama Fox likens Foreshore and Seabed to Labour's water tax
Marama Fox says she could absolutely see Labour’s water tax ending up as a court battle like the Foreshore and Seabed.

In TVNZ's minor party debate, the Maori Party co-leader said if Labour was to put a tax on water, it does not mean the Crown has ownership.

"The Waitangi Tribunal came out and said Maori have rights akin to ownership in water," she said.

"We need to recognise those rights under the Treaty of Waitangi and we need to work together as a community."

She said did not trust Labour "completely" when it came to them placing a tax on water, and likened it to the Foreshore and Seabed Act in 2004. 

White trash policies put TOP's Morgan in a spin
Opportunities Party leader Gareth Morgan says anti-Maori policies by National and New Zealand First are leaving the centre open for Labour.

He says New Zealand First's Winston Peters seems to be relying on cynical attacks on the Treaty of Waitangi and the Maori seats.

"Isn't he basically saying to us New Zealand First has figured out there are more redneck or white trash votes to be gained than Maori votes so they are out chasing them and now of course they are head to head with National who are doing exactly the same,

He sees a great future for Maori if the right policies are put in place......

Dave Dobbyn popular hit delivered in Māori
Māori pop group Maimoa Music are joining melodies with kiwi music icon Dave Dobbyn, to celebrate Māori language week.

It's the renowned kiwi song Welcome Home sung in Māori.

"Nau Mai Rā, feels really good," said Dobyn.

"It feels, it's an honour and a privilege to sing in te reo."

Taurima says Water rights similar to Foreshore and Seabed rights
Māori Party candidate Shane Taurima says the new foreshore seabed issue Māori are facing right now is the ownership of water.

Taurima, who is running in the race for Tāmaki Makaurau says, "The same language that was used by the Labour Party back in 2004 is the language that you are hearing right now. They are saying that everybody owns the water and that's what they said about the seabed and foreshore and that's why they put the seabed and foreshore in Crown ownership."

Labour's Deputy leader Kelvin Davis agrees.....

Auckland local board member to speak exclusive te reo Māori in meeting
Te reo Māori will be spoken exclusively at an Auckland local board meeting for the first time.

Will Flavell, a Henderson-Massey Local Board member, said he wanted to speak te reo Māori at its next meeting on September 19.

Flavell said this was important to him as a Māori and because September 11 was Māori Language Week.

An Auckland Council spokesperson confirmed that it would be the first time a local board member would speak exclusive te reo for an entire local board business meeting.

Flavell, the first Māori to elected into the Henderson-Massey Local Board in 2013, said he wanted to naturalise the use of one of New Zealand's three official languages in the community.

An interpreter would translate for him and if there was a positive reaction from other local board members and the public, Flavell would consider speaking te reo Māori in future meetings......

Normalising Te Reo Māori on the sports field
Te Kura Kapapa Māori o Ruamata boy’s hockey team have made it into the final of the Olympic Stick competition in Pukekohe, beating Te Puke High School 2-1 in the semi-final today. Coach Tenga Rangitauira says the Māori language is one of the reasons they're succeeding.

A key player in the side, Moko Rangitauira Edmonds says, “Firstly, they don't understand what we're saying. Secondly, it's good because Te Reo Māori is the main language of our school, so there are many benefits.”

He maintains that this is an aspect of Māori language immersion schools, who follow the principles of the Te Aho Matua philosophy.

“It's important to extend language use beyond the walls of the school with sports, kapa haka and at home, so that the language gets out to the world.”...

Local board set to introduce Māori signage
Manurewa Local Board is planning to introduce bilingual Māori / English and dual signage in the workplace and the community.

Board chair Angela Dalton says board members and staff are keen to embrace te reo Māori and initially decided to introduce signs for things like the reception area, kitchen and meeting rooms.

“The more we talked about it the more excited we got and we realised we had a real opportunity to take the lead in our community in showcasing te reo Māori throughout Manurewa," she said.....

Google Maps wants public's help to master Māori place names
Google Maps promises it will start pronouncing Māori place names correctly by the end of the year.

And the tech giant wants the public's help to determine which names are being mispronounced by the app's automated voice.....

Waitangi Tribunal asked to intervene in rush to settlement
Ngāti Rāhiri Tumutumu claimants have asked the Waitangi Tribunal to intervene to halt the Treaty Settlement process for their Hauraki iwi.

The claimants seek to terminate the current settlement ratification process and provide an opportunity for their concerns to be heard before any further steps are taken. The Crown has refused to pause.

The claimants say that they are being coerced into a decision-making process that is of utmost importance to the future of their iwi, their marae, and their future generations. They are asking the Tribunal to recommend that the Crown stop and engage with the whole iwi before moving forward. They are also asking that the Crown update their entire Treaty settlement policy......

Hastings accountant teaches colleagues te reo
Tane Huata is on a mission – to break stereotypes surrounding Māori and help non-Māori get a better understanding of his culture, by teaching them the language.

The 27-year-old accountant at Staples Rodway in Hastings was inspired to start a weekly email introducing his colleagues to basic words and phrases in te reo after seeing a video on social media highlighting how many Māori names and places were mispronounced.

Every Tuesday for the past two months he has sent the email out with the phonetic pronunciation of the word or phrase, and examples of how to use them. The company is now considering rolling out the initiative nationally.....

Justice 'needed' over memorial of colonial commander who led attacks in NZ Wars
Tom Roa, a descendant of the hapu attacked by Nixon, isn't advocating for the memorial to be removed, but wants discussion about also recognising the Māori killed by Nixon's forces.

In February 1864, Nixon and 1500 armed colonial troops stormed the Waikato village of Rangiaōwhia where elderly men, women and children were killed.

Nixon was shot and his troops set alight the town church, killing 12 people who were hiding inside. Nixon died about three months later.

"Nothing has been done or was done, as far as I'm aware of, to address the injustice of what happened.....

Activists reunite for Kīngitanga Day
The day starts at 9am with a guest panel of residents from the Parihaka settlement in Taranaki talking about the significance of the recent reconciliation ceremony with the government, He Puanga Haeata. The event took place in June this year and acknowledged the atrocities suffered by the community in 1881 when armed Crown troops stormed the pacifist village. The reconciliation package includes a $9m development fund, a formal Crown apology and a commitment to an ongoing relationship between Parihaka and the government.

The day will conclude with a guest panel featuring members of the radical Māori activist group Ngā Tamatoa who, through a series of high-profile protest actions in the 1970s, galvanised public discussion about the rights of Māori, the recognition of the Treaty of Waitangi and the role and status of Te Reo Māori.

Four new charter schools announced by govt
They include a Christchurch outpost of Auckland's Vanguard Military School, and an iwi-run junior high school for children in years nine to 11 in Gisborne, Tūranga Tangata Rite.

There will also be a Māori bilingual secondary school to go with the primary school run by the Manukau Urban Māori Authority in South Auckland, and City Senior School, an inner-city Auckland school with a focus on science, technology, engineering, maths and arts.....

The strive for Mana Maori Motuhake to continue irrespective of election results
​The strive for Mana Māori Motuhake will continue irrespective of Election Day results. This is from the leader of the Mana movement following the announcement by the Māori Party that they wish to continue their working relationship even if Mana doesn't win the Tai Tokerau seat.

Hone Harawira says, "It's only right that our work towards achieving Mana Māori Motuhake does not end on Election Day, no! It's a long-term goal,....

Mika Haka & Pita Paraone fire up over Māori seats
Presenter Oriini Kaipara posed the question to Pita Paraone whether he agreed with his party leader to abolish the Māori seats. While Paraone was adamant that Winston Peters wants to have a referendum, which he said is different to abolishing the seats, Mika Haka quickly intervened saying, "It's exactly the same thing!"

Mika Haka said, "Our bottom line in The Opportunities Party is we will not negotiate with any party that wants to do any referendum or do anything to do with the Māori seats."

He went on to say, "Goodness gracious, you've got the language, got the water, got the land, what else do you want? Nope! Not happening."

Pita Paraone ended with his position, saying that Māori should determine what should be the future of the Māori seats......
Video on the above here (re Maori seats about 8.39 minutes in) > http://www.maoritelevision.com/news/politics/election-aotearoa-maori-standing-on-party-lists-and-general-electorates-face-part-3

Te Tai Tonga candidates wade into water debate
Māori Party candidate, Mei Reedy-Taare quickly interjected arguing the longstanding question of who owns the water should take precedence, before implementing any taxes.

“We shouldn’t be talking about royalties and taxes, we should be having a kōrero about who owns the water. We haven’t yet determined who owns it and who can accept royalties and taxes. That’s what the Māori Party believes we should be doing. Labour thinks everyone owns the water and of course National thinks no one owns the water but in fact the Treaty of Waitangi and the Waitangi Tribunal say Māori own the water.”....

Moana Jackson says the Govt. has no regard for the UNDRIP
The Conference on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was held at Te Papa in Wellington today, marking 10 years since it was formed.

Māori lawyer and constitutional expert Moana Jackson (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu) says, "The government has no regard for the UNDRIP."

He says, "The government has said for example it can't be used in treaty settlements which is denial of the Declaration itself."

Sir Pita Sharples (Ngati Kahungunu, Ngai Te Kikiri o te Rangi, Ngati Pahauwera) says, "The government has no regard for the Māori language."

He also said, "The Prime Minister said last week that (primary) schools in New Zealand can learn the languages of the world there's funding for that. The neglect of the Māori language, which is unique to this land, isn’t being acknowledged."

Jackson says, "I think the main importance of the Declaration is that it reaffirms what our people have always said and we've always claimed in the Treaty. We did not cede sovereignty, we continue to have tino rangatiratanga, the right of self-determination, and that is stated very clearly in the Declaration to be a right to all indigenous peoples including Māori.”....

Whānau-based law firm issues challenge to legal sector for Māori Language week
"To support Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, we thought the legal community could do our bit to ‘let the Māori language live” by making a few small changes each day of the week," says Kaupare Law Ltd, director Alana Thomas.

The firm has the following suggestions on how to incorporate the Māori language into each work day.....

Stamps featuring modern Te Reo Maori words being rolled out in bid to highlight living language
A brand new set of postage stamps is being rolled out today featuring Te Reo Maori words that look to highlight the modern Maori language.....

Call for Ōtāhuhu colonial leader memorial to go
An Auckland man is challenging the mayor and council to begin a conversation about removing Ōtāhuhu's statue to infamous colonial commandeer Colonel Marmaduke Nixon.....

Climate change is the critical election issue for New Zealanders
“The Maori Party is calling for legislation to protect freshwater and give it the status of taonga. We want to ensure that Te Mana o Te Wai (the mana of the water) is the overarching objective for freshwater management.

“As Maori we understand, more than anyone else, the importance of protecting the environment. This is part of our role as Kaitiaki. Before we were colonised we lived in harmony with the environment. Urbanisation and industrialisation have eroded our values and practices that protected the environment.”

“The Maori Party has developed a comprehensive range of environmental policies to manage the production of waste, restore the health and wellbeing of waterways, and improve the biodiversity of our marine areas.”….

More than Māori Language Week Required for Full Partnership
The Equality Network (EN) are calling for the Government to commit to a full partnership between Māori and the Crown to fulfil the promise of Te Tirīti, and insist that this means more than just promoting Māori Language Week once a year.

Members of the Network, a non-partisan organisation of 37 members united by the vision of the a vision of a more equal Aotearoa New Zealand, say that the Government must commit to fulfilling its obligations under Te Tirīti.

Wharehinga, who is of Te Aitanga a Mahaki, Ngāti Porou, Rongowhakaata, Te Arawa and Ngāti Wai descent insists that our legislative processes need to go under the microscope. He says that one solution could be to establish an Upper House made up of 50 percent Māori representatives and 50 percent Crown representatives. “Their job would be to review any new laws coming through to make sure they are fair for all. They’d have to power to kick back those laws to the house of Representatives to rework. This way we can ensure that the rules are fair and just for all, and that these past sins that breached Te Tirīti will no longer be repeated.”.....

Maori under threat if human rights skimped
Labour deputy leader Kelvin Davis says National's assault on human rights is a threat to all Maori.

"Will this creep in to gang associates. Will they have fewer human rights than others and then by definition almost every Maori in New Zealand is a gang associate because we all have got cousins and uncles who have been in gangs," Mr Davis says.

He says the definition of human rights can't be left to the whim of a minister.......

New approach to engaging Māori with river data launched
A new approach to engaging Māori communities with conservation and digital technologies has been launched today. The project is a collaboration between Tuia Innovation, KotahiNet and Touch Media.

Sensors for continuously monitoring some aspects of river water quality will be installed at five sites across the Upper Waikato River. The intention is to monitor the condition of the water as it flows through the Te Arawa River Iwi rohe area. The five sensors will be located in the Te Arawa River Iwi areas from Huka Falls to Atiamuri.

Project leader Juan Prado of Tuia Innovation said, “There is an opportunity to combine ‘kaitiakitanga’ and recent technology developments,

Mr Prado also explained, “This project will seek to educate and train local Māori as well as potentially create work experience-type roles as pathways for Māori into the digital technology sector, particularly in the areas of IoT systems and big data.”

The project has secured funding from the Ka Hao: Māori Digital Technology Development Fund administered by Te Puni Kōkiri. The project is scheduled to be completed by mid-2018.....

Hikoi through Whangarei over Porotī bottling
More than 200 people have marched through Whangarei this morning to protest plans for a water-bottling factory at Porotī Springs.

The springs, located west of the city, have been owned by Māori since the 1890s.

Private Auckland company Zodiac Holdings has water rights to the aquifers that have fed the springs for 35 years.

It recently applied to Whangarei District Council to build a bottling factory on its bore site.

With banners flying, the marchers filled the carpark of the Northland Regional Council for a mass haka......

Hundreds sign up to stick to Te Reo
More than 600 people have committed to speaking only in te reo Māori for either a full day, a week or the entire month in September.

Auckland Girls Grammar School Māori language teacher Rhonda Reedy Tibble decided she would commit to speaking Te Reo for the entire month regardless of who she was speaking to, or where she spoke it.

She sent an email to every staff member at the school to notify them in advance and has since received many messages of support.

She said although she was a fluent speaker of Te Reo, using it in a mainstream setting would be challenging.....

Tolaga Bay Area School takes up Mahuru Māori
Tolaga Bay Area School and Kahukuranui are getting behind the kaupapa of Mahuru Māori, where only Māori is spoken for the entire month of September.

All teachers at the school are also encouraged to get involved regardless of nationality.

Pele Takurua says, "Because we have our European teachers here is it a challenge, but we can write things down on paper if they don't understand what we are saying. But some of them are really putting in effort with their pronunciation, phrases and words that they know."

The aim is to make Māori a normal part of everyday life no matter what month it is.....

Poukōkiri Rangahau Māori- Senior Librarian Māori Research North
As Matariki brings into focus the past year, Auckland Libraries is starting to sow the seeds for our future. We are actively bringing our vision to life and embracing the opportunity to leave a legacy for our communities and many generations to come.

We are looking for a committed and passionate Poukōkiri Rangahau Māori - Senior Librarian Māori Research to join our team. We are enthusiastic about helping our communities to weave texture and meaning into their whakapapa through both teaching and facilitating research methods. From this perspective, this role plays a vital role and influences our community's understanding, connection and sense of identity.

As part of Te Kura Tawhiti - Research, Heritage and Central Library team you will guide people to effectively use Māori heritage and research collections including databases and to extend access to and knowledge of these resources across the network and into communities. You will coach your research team to support whakapapa and Māori research, and design and support activities that promote Māori resources and tikanga Māori. You will also support customers with their use of other research resources.......

Marama Fox to help Maori into home ownership
"I've worked in the community for more than 30 years ... trying to get system change into the way we view ourselves, the way we view the world and the way the world views us to ensure Maori have success as Maori and to expand the knowledge of our ancestors."

"People say it's been a long nine years, well actually it's been a long 150 years and our people have sat on the sidelines being kept out of the political movement."

"The thing with Maori money and iwi money is that it stays in the regions and it will always stay in the regions because that's where our people are from."

Ms Fox said in the last three years the Maori Party had secured more than $400 million to support Maori initiatives throughout New Zealand to "bring people out of poverty, on to the breadline and beyond"......

Historic pardon for Tuhoe prophet confirmed
The Crown will officially pardon a Tuhoe prophet and leader was arrested in 1916 during a raid in which his son was killed.

Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell announced today that the Crown will sign the historic agreement at the site where Rua Kenana was arrested on April 2 1916.

On that day 70 armed police went to Maungapohatu to arrest Kenana and in a gun battle killed his son Toko Rua and Te Maipi Te Whiu.

Charges against Kenana were later dismissed or resulted in his acquittal but he was sentenced to 18 months prison on an earlier charge of "moral resistance".....

New waterfront lanes will have Māori names
A new development in Wynyard Quarter is acknowledging Auckland’s Māori history with a set of new laneways.

Ratified by the Waitemātā Local Board last week, the five new laneways will be named after Māori lunar and celestial systems.

Chair of the board Pippa Coom said the names recognised the city’s obligations to mana whenua......

Māori MPs to Front Up for Māori Youth at Education Summit
Orakei Marae is set to host a political panel of local Māori MPs who will face questions from Ngāti Whātua rangatahi.

“To secure our future leaders, we are exposing our rangatahi to as many opportunities as possible. The political panel will give them an opportunity to ask the hard questions and help them make informed choices for the upcoming election.” says Antony Thompson from Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua.

The panel will see Labour’s Peeni Henare, Marama Davidson for the Greens, Tasha Hohaia representing the Māori Party and Mika for the Opportunities Party present their election policies to around 100 Māori high school students from Auckland and Northland.....

Anger at Hauraki tribal support for East-West Link
Blair said it was also important to have the support of both Waikato-Tainui and Te Runanga o Ngati Whatua for the stance taken by their respective resident tribes at the hearing.

"It angers us however that Hauraki-based iwi such as Ngati Maru and Ngati Paoa who are not ahi kaa (continuous occupiers) here submitted in support or remained ‘neutral’ on the motorway. This is the problem when boundaries are not respected as NZTA conveniently give equal weight to the korero of iwi who do not live here. Those Iwi should simply leave this to us as we are the ones left dealing with the consequences of this roading," says Blair....

76,491 strong petition to remove Mike Hosking as moderator
76,491 strong petition delivered to TVNZ to remove Mike Hosking as moderator

Mike Hosking’s flippant comments last week on who could vote for the Māori party last week were one more indication that he is unfit to moderate the Election Debates, says Erica Finnie.

Erica presented a combined petition today to Head of News at TVNZ, John Gillespie. 76,491 Kiwis outraged by his role in the Debates signed the combined petition asking TVNZ to replace him.....

Marama Fox takes out top spot on Māori Party's list
Marama Fox is leading the Māori Party's list heading into next month's election.

She's been placed ahead of her co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell, who called Mrs Fox a "mana wahine".

"I've seen her juggle nine children, several select committees, nationwide roadshows and be a voice and beacon of hope for thousands of disadvantaged whanau," he said....

Inquiry into marine and coastal law given national priority
The Waitangi Tribunal has granted priority for an inquiry into the marine and coastal area law and takutai moana claims. Deemed a national priority, the inquiry will focus on the legislative framework and applications process established under the current law.

Pita Tipene of Ngati Hine says the granting of priority for an inquiry into the Marine and Coastal Area Law signals a return for his people to the river of chiefs, Taumarere.

"Sir James Henare said that Ngati Hine and the respective hapu of this district have the rights to these waters and all this coastal area. Its pleasing news for our people and no doubt tribes across the country will welcome it because this inquiry is a national priority."...

UN finds Ihumatao grievance justified
A United Nations committee has criticised the way the Government pushed through a special housing area that will destroy ancient habitation sites near Auckland International Airport.

The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has strongly recommended the scheme be reviewed.

The committee noted the inadequacy of the consultation with mana whenua and called for a review, in consultation with all affected Maori, [of] the designation of Special Housing Area 62 to evaluate its conformity with the Treaty of Waitangi, the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and other relevant international standards......

UN finds Ihumatao grievance justified

Racial Discrimination: UN Committee recommendations on NZ
The paragraphs listing concerns and recommendations about the Treaty of Waitangi and the collective and individual human rights of Maori are outlined below (for the full text, please refer to the Concluding Observations), and include:......

Horizons councillors vote against a Maori constituency
Horizons Regional councillors butted heads during a fierce debate about Maori representation at the council, before deciding against it.

On Tuesday, the council decided not to establish a Maori constituency, despite five councillors out of 12 wanting more Maori representation.

Council chairman Bruce Gordon was the last to vote against a Maori constituency, which finalised the decision.

Every six years, the council reviews the level of Maori representation and participation......

Horizons councillors vote against a Maori constituency

Call to back a consultation for a National Language Policy
“We believe a multilingual country means speaking English, Maori and at least one other language. But teaching selected languages is not enough. It’s much wider than just education. It requires an overarching policy.”...

Downsizing and delays as Northland top-of-the-line wellness centre too costly
Northland DHB will be seeking extra government funds for a primary care facility at Bay of Islands Hospital, after the iwi partner decided its design was unaffordable.

Ngati Hine Trust commissioned a design for an integrated whanau wellness centre, Te Hauora O Pukepuke Rau, and intended to get building under way last year. But last month, the trust told the DHB it would not be proceeding with that plan.

On Monday, DHB board members decided to seek approval from the Ministry of Health and the Capital Investment Committee to complete construction of a primary care facility on site at Bay of Islands Hospital, including an outpatient suite if possible. ....

Second language support should be for universal te reo Māori
The Green Party has reiterated its commitment to universal te reo Māori in schools, following National’s education announcement yesterday.

“It’s good that National is open to Kiwi kids learning a second language andte reo Māori should be at the front of the queue. We want a more ambitious plan for te reo Māori in schools, and the Green Party will make that happen in government,” said Māori development spokesperson Marama Davidson....

Second languages: Good idea, but can't be done - principals
Mr English told The AM Show on Monday morning the money would be allocated in next year's Budget, and the scheme would roll out in the "next couple of years after that".

But Whetu Cormick, president of the NZ Principals' Federation, told host Duncan Garner Mr English was "out of touch".

He said there aren't enough teachers to cover the basic curriculum or te reo Maori, let alone languages like French and Mandarin.

"The fact of the matter is we have a teacher supply issue right across the country," said Mr Cormick, saying "thousands" more would be needed to offer second languages.......

Reo soon on Auckland buses.
The Auckland Maori Statutory Board has its sights set on Auckland Transport as a vehicle to drive wider use of te reo Maori.

Chair David Taipari says it has pushed the council agency to use more bilingual and te reo Maori signs.

He says it was a waiting for the council's Te Waka Anga Mua Maori advisory unit to come up with an implementation strategy, which has now been delivered.

It shouldn't cost a lot.

"Signage is a part of what they do so why can't they do both languages at the same time. We have no reason to understand who there is any opposition to that and we are comfortable that Auckland Transport is going to get on with this," Mr Taipari says.

He hopes the new signs will start going up next month.

Raukawa Decline Water Application
Raukawa will not give written approval for a Resource Consent Application from NZ Pure Blue Springs Limited to take water from Te Puna (the Blue Springs).

The Raukawa decision followed consultation with marae, uri and kaumātua, and came after the August 16 decision by the Waikato Regional Council to put the application from NZ Pure Blue Springs Limited on hold.

The council advised the applicant that for it to consider having a non-notified process it required written approval from Raukawa and the affiliated parties it represented......

Maori Board added to mayoral housing team
Auckland mayor Phil Goff says Maori are feeling the brunt to the city’s housing shortage and affordability crisis.

He has made the Independent Maori Statutory Board part of the steering group to implement the recommendations of a mayoral task force on housing......

Signage helps raise Maori profile at school
Pakuranga College has seen new signage in te reo Maori being put up around the campus.

It's the idea of students of the school's Whanau Tutor, which is made up of like-minded Maori students interested in learning about Maori views and their individual identities.

The project started earlier this year and so far they've named in the Maori language, the library, tuck shop, food technology room, student centre, careers room, their Waiora House, and sports office......

Calls for prominent Te Arawa voice in geothermal economic conversation
Te Tatau o Te Arawa chairman Te Taru White is calling for Te Arawa to be at the centre of Rotorua's geothermal energy conversation following National's $150,000 announcement to explore geothermal opportunities in the Bay of Plenty.

For generations, Te Arawa has embraced Rotorua's geothermal landscape and harnessed its energy.

Te Tatau o Te Arawa chairman Te Taru White says, "Te Arawa has always had an unbroken relationship with the geothermal sources. A lot of the ngāwha used for bathing, cooking, all those sort of things, have been unbroken.".....

MPs say Māori own water
On Native Affairs' Leaders Debate, it was revealed by the majority of the MPs that Māori own all freshwater and follows National's stance that nobody owns the water.

The Māori Party, Mana and The Opportunities Party all agree, Māori own all fresh water......

Council delivers on Tamarawaho promise
It’s taken almost 14 years, but Tauranga City Council is finally delivering on a promise to sell or gift land to Ngai Tamarawaho.

The $3.6 million site in Chapel St, leased to a service station, is a swap for land nearby that was on the list of treaty settlement properties which the iwi gave up so it could be used for the off ramp for the second harbour bridge......

Ngaati Rangi sign deed of settlement
Ngaati Rangi has celebrated the initial signing of a Deed of Settlement estimated to be worth about $25 million in financial compensation alone.

Lead negotiator, Che Wilson said the signing at Parliament last Thursday was another important step in the Crown recognising breaches suffered by the iwi......

A new dawn for Māori TV
“It’s a beautiful place. It’s a boost for te reo Māori. We’re moving into a different realm of broadcasting. Hopefully it will attract more people to be part of the kaupapa and present our stories because that’s what Māori Television is all about,” said Flavell.

This morning’s traditional ceremony was also attended by Members of Parliament, iwi, local community representatives, schools and industry partners. It will be followed by an official opening of the new premises at 10am......

Aotearoa ready for Maori culture and history
A veteran educationalist says New Zealand is ready for the introduction of localised Maori history and culture into every school.

A teachers’ group Te Takanga o te Wa has prepared a resource kit which will be launched at Tama Te Kapua Marae in Rotorua next month.

He says it could take five years to implement the programme fully across the country, as not just schools but iwi and hapu need to respond.

"Schools will then enter relationships with their local marae, what a great place to start and talk about their marae, tupuna in their marae, look at the mountains out there they tell a story. The rivers tell a story, the environment tells a story. We are going to be listening to the vibe. The vibe of Papatuanuku," he says......

No one owns water, Judith Collins tells business leaders
Energy and Revenue Minister Judith Collins has dismissed questions of iwi or any other ownership of water, saying it is not a finite resource as it falls from the sky.

Collins appeared with other MPs on a resources panel at the Deloitte-BusinessNZ election conference at Te Papa in Wellington today.

"If you consider... that nobody owns the water, then that is pretty clear as soon as you start saying you do own water, then you have property rights, which then have all the ramifications - whether it is iwi or anybody else - relating to those rights," Collins said in response to a question from the floor.

"We don't believe that water is a finite resource, because every day, particularly if you are in Auckland, it rains. So we have worked out where it comes from."

Collins' comments come after Labour dismissed comments from Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson that Labour's proposal for a tax of about 2c per 1000 litres on commercial waters users could force Treaty of Waitangi settlements to be renegotiated because a royalty asserted ownership, and would inevitably force a counter-assertion that Maori owned the water. Labour was "dicing with death", he said.......

Māori Party co-leader would "struggle" to work with Winston Peters
Māori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell says he would find it extremely difficult to work with Winston Peters after the election.

In Election Aotearoa’s first leaders’ debate, the Minister for Māori Development seemed to rule out the likelihood of working with Peters saying he would find it a struggle to work with the NZ First leader for a number of reasons.

“One, he wants to get rid of the seats that we currently hold, two, he was there on the back of Māori seats and has the cheek now he wants to get rid of it, three, he votes against treaty legislation and yet those are negotiated by iwi, four, he wants to ditch Whānau Ora and on and on, he wants to end treaty settlements for goodness sake he will be hard,” said Flavell......

Local bodies not up to treaty tasks
A Bay of Plenty Regional Councillor says many councils aren’t doing enough to manage their responsibilities under the Treaty of Waitangi.

There is a need for councils, starting from the top, the understand their treaty obligations and commit the resources to meet them.....

Are you a story teller from your local community?
We’re looking for stories to form new resources for learners aged 0-18 years. These will be used across Communities of Learning|Kahui Ako, early learning (kōhanga, puna reo and ECE centres etc), primary and secondary school including te reo Māori classes, immersion/rumaki units, kura and wharekura......

Cool Heads Needed To Resolve Vexed Questions Around Water
“A royalty implies ownership. That ownership will certainly be contested by iwi and the Govt has never asserted ownership in that way. I think the Labour has just bumbled into it.”

English believes the groundwork had been established to treat Maori claims as “highly localised.” With agreement about regional co-management,

For decades Labour and National had stuck to the line no-one owned water while accepting Maori had an interest. It is a much-debated point both politically and legally.

National had ruled out a pan-Maori fisheries type settlement as unworkable. It is essentially a cap and trade mechanism with allocations based on use and Maori interests, with the Govt able to alter and limit use when demand on the resource is too high.

National thinking on this is leaning toward is some sort of tradeable water right and resolving Maori interests by giving co-management rights over some water bodies and greater say for Maori in RMA processes. This would not necessarily set a price on water.

Both National and Labour’s approaches face a potential backlash from NZ First and likeminded voters who see concession to Maori interests as “race-based.”

NZ First seems to believe it is possible to charge for water, sort out allocation and not recognise any Maori interest. The political result would make the Foreshore and Seabed debate look like a polite chat over a cup of tea.......

Government cautioned about Maori settlement complacency
Judge Reeves said much has been achieved in the settlement redress but there is still more to do. "This should serve as a timely reminder to the Government not to be complacent about past settlements and not to make the same mistake the Labour Government did with the Seabed and Foreshore issues where the rights of Maori to have claims determined by a court were legislated away. The Crown may have a bad institutional memory but I can guarantee you that Maori never forget.......

Desperate Minister trying to stitch up Treaty legacy
“The Minister is simply trying to ensure his legacy by signing as many Treaty deals as possible before the election. In doing so, he’s trampling all over existing settlements,” says Mr Blair....

Council not opting for separate Maori wards
THE local bodies election of 2019 will not feature separate Maori representation on Gisborne District Council.

But they have not accepted an optional recommendation to “consider whether or not to introduce Maori representation”.

Mayor Meng Foon does not support separate Maori representation......

Auckland Transport called on to fast track te reo Maori on buses, ferries and trains
Auckland Transport (AT) is being called on to make its buses, ferries and trains bilingual with te reo Maori signs.

Independent Maori Statutory Board (IMSB) chairman David Taipari said AT should fast track its implementation of te reo Maori signage on public transport and to set a date for it to be fully bilingual.

IMSB, which was formed by Auckland Council in 2010 to promote Maori issues in Auckland, had been advocating for bilingual signage since 2011.

"Bilingual signage is a demonstration of respect in regards to Maori culture," Taipari said.

"This is a missing piece of infrastructure needed to support the growth of Maori tourism and entertainment."

A New Zealand Institute of Economic Research report done for IMSB estimated the international tourism value of a visible Maori identity in Auckland would be more than $600 million per year, he said.......

Calls for a tax on water - the real issue of water rights
Hapū of Poroti say calls for a tax on water are a diversion from the real issue of water rights. They're in preparations to march in opposition to an application to build a water-bottling factory in their community, while for generations the community says they've been denied any role whatsoever in the management of their own resource.

Across the road at Maungarongo Marae, locals say the recent calls by political parties for a water tax are a diversion from the real issue of water rights.

Lorraine Norris says, "Tax! Let us not forget the real issue and the real issue is the mana of the tangata whenua. It is their resource! They are the ones who should be able to say what happens to the resource.”

Tribal leader Taipari Munroe says, "We continue to maintain that we are the authority over this resource handed down by our ancestors to the current generation. Despite the various water tax policies announced during this election campaign, let's not forget the real issue here.”.....

Bicultural effort success
A Central Otago group set up to support bicultural practices says it is helping educate the community about Maori culture.

Te Roopu Awhina was formed just over a year ago and was pleased with progress made, its chairman, Stewart Hawkins, said.

The group was instigated after a recognition there was a need for a Maori resource/support group that could advise people and groups on bicultural practices and lobby for change, Mr Hawkins said.......

Negotiations result in agreement between Crown and Moriori over treaty claim
An $18 million treaty deal has been struck between the Crown and the Moriori people.

Last week, Treaty Minister Chris Finlayson announced an agreement in principle had been reached between the two groups after 12 months of "intense negotiations".

Finlayson said when the islands were annexed to New Zealand in 1842, the Crown failed to take appropriate action to stop the treatment of the Moriori, despite its pleas for help.

"The Crown acknowledges Moriori was left virtually landless from 1870, hindering its cultural, social and economic development," Finlayson said.

He said the Crown also acknowledged it contributed to the myths that the Moriori were "racially inferior and became extinct".

Negotiations towards the deed of settlement between the parties will continue in the coming months......

National Standards failed experiment
The New Zealand Principals' Federation says the national standards experiment has been going on long enough for schools to know repeated testing isn't the way to lift student achievement.

President Whetu Cormick says the fears the profession voiced when the policy was introduced seven years ago have come to pass,

He says former education minister Hekia Parata championed the policy as a way to bring the bulk of Maori students up to their peers, but that hasn't worked.

What has worked to improve standards are the Maori Achievement Collaboratives which now involve about 160 schools......

Dev Academy taps Maori spectrum consolation fund
A fund set up as an alternative to giving Maori an allocation of fourth generation mobile telephone spectrum could help 42 Maori into careers in information technology.

Enspiral Dev Academy, which offers fast-track training, says the Ka Hao Maori Digital Technology fund, managed by Te Puni Kokiri and MBIE, will fund the new Maori web development scholarships.

It extends Dev Academy's Te Uru Rangi scholarship programme, which has been running since 2015.

The scholarships will be worth $7000 with applicants paying the remaining $3500 to do the 18 week course.....

NZ Steel in A$100M profit turnaround, future more secure
The underlying ebit result excludes A$26.2m of revenue from the Taharoa ironsands export business, which was sold during the year to Maori interests for an undisclosed sum.....

Labour, Greens and Māori Party 'could change the world' - Marama Fox
With the Labour Party making another surge in the polls this week, the Māori Party is signalling to leaders on the left that they are keen to stay 'at the table' after the election if Labour are in power.

"I know our people lean left and they'd love to see us in a coalition arrangement with Jacinda, Metiria not anymore, but somebody from the Greens and Marama Fox and Te Ururoa Flavell," co-leader Marama Fox told The Hui.

"We could change the world - I think that would be amazing."

"We would work with anybody… we've said it over and over again, if we're honest, if it came down to it, our people choose - we go back to our membership and we say, 'Alright, here we are - what do we do?'"

But with the anger over the foreshore and seabed legislation still bubbling under the surface, Ms Fox says if there is to be any arrangement with Labour in the future they would take a one-eye-open approach......

Maori Party selects Wendy Biddle despite past financial scrutiny
The Maori Party has chosen as its candidate for Rotorua a woman who was involved in a financial scandal at an iwi radio station.

Wendy Biddle left Raukawa FM in Tokoroa under a cloud, and an investigation later found she'd paid more than $60,000 to her husband but invoices were only provided later.

She also admitted using the electronic banking password of another trustee to authorise payments.....

How to commemorate the land wars?
It's about the New Zealand land wars, something Ward, 75, admits he knew nothing about.

"My generation is quite ignorant of the wars and if we became more informed of what happened it would help with tolerance and respect. We want ongoing peace and harmony for our mokopuna, our grandchildren."

It got Ward thinking and since then he has been talking to people all over town about having a memorial erected in New Plymouth in time for the commemoration.

But there's not much point in deciding the location or the type of sculpture or symbol without having discussions with iwi, he said, so, on Thursday night Ward put his idea to new Te Huinga Taumatua Committee at its inaugural meeting.....

Palmerston North school Mana Tamariki seeking way out of financial trouble
A financial recovery plan has been launched for Palmerston North school Mana Tamariki after outspending their income by more than six figures, two years in a row.

The Maori immersion school topped the list of Manawatu regional schools that posted an operating deficit in 2015, with $206,027 more going out than coming in, and saved funds of just $23,348 at the end of the year.

The school's deficit in 2014 was $155,683.The school's 2016 report is currently being audited.

Mana Tamariki caters for children from preschool through to the end of high school. It was started as a kohanga reo in 1989, and a home-schooled kura opened in 1995. In 2010, the school opened a new $3 million building in Grey St that attracted architectural awards.....


Celebrations under way for Māori King
Celebrations are under way for the 11th anniversary of the coronation of the Māori King, Kīngi Tuheitia.

Tūrangawaewae Marae in Waikato is expecting thousands of visitors from iwi throughout the country during the four day event.

The Māori King's celebrations began yesterday by honouring the passing of Kīngi Tuheitia's older sister and others who have died in the last year.

Kīngi Tuheitia is the seventh Māori monarch since the Kīngitanga movement started in 1858......

The Opportunities Party announces Bay advocate Buddy Mikaere as candidate
Buddy Mikaere clearly recalls the lightbulb moment which saw him switch up his community advocacy role into something more formal - list candidate for The Opportunities Party.....

$6.2m Ngati Kahu ki Whangaroa settlement bill passes third reading
A Far North iwi's $6.2 million Treaty of Waitangi settlement was brought to an end as it passed its third and final reading in Parliament.

The Ngati Kahu ki Whangaroa settlement includes a financial redress of $6.2m, and will give the iwi ownership of 15 cultural sites, including 2275ha of the Stony Creek Station, south of Mangonui....

Ngati Rangi clears path for other Whanganui iwi
The iwi, whose rohe covers the western and southern base of Ruapehu, initialed its deed of settlement yesterday, five months and two days after signing an agreement in principal.

It includes $17 million in financial redress, the $8 million Karioi Forest, some other properties and commercial projects, and the potential to build 50 houses at Waiouru.....

$9m redevelopment of Mana College, Porirua
Mr Macindoe says the college has a strong commitment to Maori and Pacifika values, and its motto ‘Akona te mahi pai’, which translates to ‘Learn to Work Well’, was gifted by Ngati Toa.

“I know the college, which has its own Marae complex, will be keen to ensure that its strong cultural identity will be supported by the new facilities.....

Deed of Settlement signed with Ngāti Hei
The Crown has signed a deed of settlement with Ngāti Hei settling the iwi’s historical Treaty claims, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Christopher Finlayson announced today.

“Ngāti Hei suffered significant land loss as a result of transactions in the 19th century as well as the alienation and degradation of its cultural taonga such as the kauri forests of the Coromandel,” Mr Finlayson said......

Agreements in principle signed
“The long overdue agreement with Whakatōhea addresses serious breaches of the Treaty by the Crown including the confiscation of large stretches of Whakatōhea land which forced many iwi members to move to inadequate reserves.”

It also sets out redress of $100 million which includes specific funding for Te Reo revitalisation, Education Endowments and the development of Whakatōhea’s reserves.

The agreement with Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua includes total financial and commercial redress of $7.2 million as well as cultural redress valued at $500,000.

“The majority of the Ngāti Whātua historical claims have been settled through settlements with Ōrākei, Kaipara, Te Uri o Hau and Te Roroa,” Mr Finlayson said. “Today’s Agreement in Principle, together with the Kaipara Harbour Framework Agreement signed in 2014, focuses on resolving all outstanding historical claims of the iwi.”...

Agreements in principle signed

Pressure put on Waikato electorate hopefuls at candidates meeting
Other written questions ranged from what party policies were on capital gains tax, Health and Safety Act, mental health services and the future of the Maori seats.

The candidates' response about the future of Maori seats was of particular interest to the audience.

Labour strongly supported Maori seats, which was met with applause.

But most people agreed with Stevenson, who said it should be up to Maori to decide what happens to the Maori seats.....

Govt to apologise for labelling Maniapoto iwi 'rebels'
Southern Waikato iwi Ngāti Maniapoto has signed an agreement in principle with the government to settle Treaty breaches potentially worth $165 million.

In the King Country, the boundary held up and Ngāti Maniapoto provided shelter for their Waikato and Taranaki whananga which led to the iwi being labelled 'rebels" by the Crown.

In the redress, the Crown has indicated it will apologise for the label, something historian Vincent O'Malley said was significant.

The Crown has indicated the financial redress will be around $165 million and it will apologise to Ngāti Maniapoto for Treaty breaches which caused prejudice for the iwi.....

University Entrance recognises learning in Te Marautanga o Aotearoa subjects
Students can now achieve University Entrance on the Māori medium pathway through the inclusion of subjects and standards from the Māori medium curriculum, Te Marautanga o Aotearoa, in the approved subjects list.....

Agreement in Principle signed with Moriori
The Crown has signed an agreement in principle with Hokotehi Moriori Trust to settle the historical Treaty of Waitangi claims of Moriori, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Christopher Finlayson announced today.....

Maori hapu to buy Mobil site in Chapel St
A $3.6 million council-owned harbourside property in Chapel St (Tauranga) leased to Mobil is to be sold to Maori sub-tribe Ngai Tamarawaho.

The council has decided to sell the property on terms to be agreed with the Judea-based hapu. The parameters of the sale agreement were still confidential....

Government view of Maori stuck in past
The Green's Te Tai Tonga candidate Metiria Turei says government still looks at iwi as if they were dealing with a 19th century people.

"That was a really interesting conversation because any government from this point on is going to have to deal with iwi and hapu who are highly educated, really well resourced, really economically engaged, and furious at the inability for government to take care of their people like it is suppose to - that was part of the treaty deal," Ms Turei says......

Should Te Reo Maori be made compulsory in New Zealand schools?
Compulsory Te Reo Maori in schools, it's a policy that divides opinion but not at one of New Zealand's premier private schools.

Christ's College in Christchurch, a school almost as old as the Treaty of Waitangi itself, is breaking the mold.

The school with a roll of 95 per cent non-Maori students has taken the bold step and made Te Reo compulsory for year nine students in the hopes of starting a national debate.

Joe Eccelton from Christ's College says the move is to enhance the cultural perspective of students.....

Credit Union Central apologises for te reo incident
A school principal who filled out a bank withdrawal slip in Māori has been refused service at a bank in the Bay of Plenty township of Whakatāne. Ripeka Lessels has laid a formal complaint but since the incident yesterday, Credit Union Central admits they were wrong and have apologised.

The client, Ripeka Lessels, says, “The matter lies with him not wanting to acknowledge our language. That's what it is.”.....

Fearon Park art acknowledges Maori history
Mt Roskill's Fearon Park has had an injection of Maori culture.

A five piece sculpture installation at the entrance of of the park was funded by Auckland Council's Regional Public Art budget.

The cost of the artwork was $100,000 with an additional $35,000 spent on landscaping.........

Murupara animal control partnership hailed a success
A partnership agreement which has seen local iwi assume responsibility for animal control in Murupara has been hailed a huge success.

Since Whakatane District Council reached an agreement with Ngati Manawa in January, local animal control officers Ned Howden and Rua Te Pairi have been patrolling the area, with positive results.

"This has proven to be a really positive partnership, and the impact of having these two locals involved is emphasised by the acceptance of the community when people are approached in regard to dogs, abandoned vehicles or even overgrown sections,"Whakatane District Council community regulation manager Graeme Lewer said......

Research shows impact on young Māori of widening inequalities
Associate Professor Joanna Kidman from Victoria’s Te Kura Māori (School of Education), says her research team found that rising levels of poverty had left Māori youth with fewer resources to prepare for the future.

“Some young people report high levels of anxiety about the years ahead and this affects the long-term decisions they make for themselves and their families. We want all young people to think about the future with resilience and hope but instead we are seeing too many young Māori falling between the cracks.”

Schoolchildren celebrate Maori culture
More than 800 pupils from 16 area schools performed in the biennial festival to promote Maori language and beliefs which was organised by Resource Teacher of Maori in Otago Services’ Lauana Thomas, Tu Mai Ora’s Suzi Flack and Te Wananga O Aotearoa. Te Runanga o Moeraki representatives Nola Tipa and David Higgins acted as comperes.....

Whetu Cormick – focusing on Māori achievement
I am pleased about is the way the current administration has shone the spotlight on Māori education. They may have presented us with the wrong solution in that national standards will certainly never assist us in lifting Māori student success rates, but they have challenged us to think hard about how we do improve the learning of our young Māori people.

NZPF, in partnership with Te Akatea, the Māori Principals’ Association focussed their attention on school culture. It was perfectly clear that if our young Māori students were going to succeed they would have to feel comfortable at school. They would have to feel a sense of affiliation – that school was their place and they had a stake in it. School could not feel like a foreign place with foreign beliefs and values. There had to be a cultural match. It was recognised that too many schools were dominated by Pākehā cultural values and beliefs.......

New Site for Hastings Te Kura Kaupapa Māori
A new site has been purchased for Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Wānanga Whare Tāpere o Takitimu in Hastings, Education Minister Nikki Kaye and Associate Education Minister Tim Macindoe announced today.

“I’m delighted to announce that the Ministry of Education has purchased 90-120 Bennett Road in Waipatu, Hastings, to provide a long-term home for the kura,” says Ms Kaye......

Water take affects Blue Spring's mauri, say local iwi
Iwi concerns over water being drawn from Putaruru's Blue Spring has put an application to bottle billions of litres for export formally on hold.

Raukawa, a South Waikato iwi, told told the Waikato Regional Council resource use directorate taking water directly from the spring would diminish the "mauri, wairua and mana of Te Puna (The Spring)".

Raukawa also said the tribe would be adversely affected and the relationship Raukawa descendants have with the spring would be eroded.......

Respect for diversity recognised
Raumati South woman Di Daniels has been selected as a finalist for the 2017 Women of Influence Awards in its diversity category.

With a backlog of experience supporting Maori and indigenous people in New Zealand communities, Di is recognised for having gone above and beyond in her services.

Brought to New Zealand from Guernsey, an island off the coast of France, as a five year old, Di attended school on the Kapiti Coast.

There, she developed a strong sense of connection to New Zealand's indigenous culture and history.

"I found it extraordinary that my parents made no attempt to connect with the indigenous people of the land they'd chosen for us to settle in.

"Pakeha New Zealanders don't acknowledge that they walk on brown ground, and lack respect for the mana whenua of where they live."

"There's a huge gap in New Zealanders' understanding of New Zealand history, Te Tiriti o Waitangi and Te Ao Maori.

For 15 years I was part of a network of Waitangi trainers nationwide who worked with community groups, corporates and the public sector to raise awareness and promote understanding.......

Māori men face greater chance of going to prison
Māori men between the age of 19-25 are two times more likely to be stopped and questioned by police.

They are four times more likely to be apprehended than non-māori, six times more likely to face charges in court and eight-10 times more likely to have an appearance in court end in a conviction leading to a custodial, or community-based sentence.......

Further progress for historical Treaty claims
The House of Representatives sat through extended sitting hours this morning to pass the Ngatikahu ki Whangaroa Claims Settlement Bill through its third reading.

“Today brings Ngatikahu ki Whangaroa’s long journey to settlement to an end,” Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Christopher Finlayson said.

“The number of Treaty settlement bills progressed this term demonstrates this government’s commitment to the full and final resolution of historical Treaty claims,” Mr Finlayson said. “A total of 14 Treaty settlement bills have been passed this term settling the historical Treaty claims of groups from the Far North, Taranaki, Whanganui and the Wairarapa.”.....

Current Electoral Law Discriminates Against Māori And Must Go
Former Mayor of New Plymouth, Andrew Judd, and Māori Party candidate for Te Tai Hauāuru, Howie Tamati, are joining forces to ask the Government to get rid of a law which discriminates against Māori.......

Crown admits failing to stop Māori from 'enslaving' Moriori
The Crown has admitted they failed to stop Māori people from driving the Moriori out of their land, and contributed to the myth that Moriori were "racially inferior and became extinct".

An agreement has been signed in principle with the Hokotehi Moriori Trust to settle the historical Treaty of Waitangi claims of Moriori, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Christopher Finlayson announced on Wednesday.....

National Backs Race-Based Water Taxes. Had Enough?
“Instead of environmental improvements, money will fill the coffers of those who make up the Freshwater Iwi Leaders’ Group.

“This is as serious as it gets. The two old parties has National selling out and writing race-based water ownership into law whilst accusing Labour’s proposed water tax of being the trigger to justify it. The two old parties are constructing a nightmare for the New Zealand economy.

“It is hidden in the Tuwharetoa Deed of Settlement that National negotiated and Labour backs. Extracts of which are with this statement and the public need to ask themselves this question: ‘Why did they not tell us of their secret plans?’....

Labour cannot be trusted to defend and protect Māori rights
The Māori Party condemns Labour’s arrogant proposal to tax commercial water use and says the issue of who owns the country’s water needs to be addressed before there is any talk of imposing a tax on the resource.

“Who owns the water? Labour says everybody, National says nobody, but the Waitangi Tribunal says Māori. It determined in 2012 that Māori had rights equivalent to ownership under the Treaty of Waitangi and that those rights were to be protected by the Treaty,” says Mr Flavell.

“What we say is that any discussion around water issues be it rights, interests, management, ownership, pricing or quality must involve hapū and iwi,” says Māori Party co-leader Marama Fox.

“To deny Māori rights and interests to something that the Tribunal accepted was a taonga would risk a repeat performance of the foreshore and seabed saga and we all know how that ended........

Bootcamps, prison not the answer for our rangatahi
Plans to impose boot camps and imprison rangatahi who have ‘lost their way’ will not work and will not be supported under the Māori Party’s watch, says Māori Party candidate for Tāmaki Makaurau Shane Taurima.

“We see the National Party’s policy for dealing with wayward children as an attack on Māori and Pasifika children and youth, so we’re absolutely opposed to it.

“Their plans will impact the hardest on Māori and Pasifika rangatahi and whānau, and perpetuates the injustice and abuse our people already and continue to experience, in state care,” says Mr Taurima.......

2017 Te Reo Māori - Māori Language
Only 3 per cent of New Zealanders, fewer than 130,000, can hold a conversation in te reo Māori. However, more than 300,000 young people are studying te reo Māori at school, and 10,000 are studying it at a tertiary level. Te reo Māori is being revitalised and the language is growing to meet our ever-evolving, modern world

Four buyers in running for Auckland affordable housing land
A contentious deal over Auckland Council-owned affordable housing land has been widened to include four possible buyers, after a spat over the price.

Auckland mayor Phil Goff said Panuku was now also talking to three iwi groups who were potential buyers.

"I think the four potential buyers came about because the conglomerate of buyers at the beginning decided they each wanted to put separate bids in," said Mr Goff......

Maniapoto signs Agreement in Principle with Crown
Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Christopher Finlayson said, “Negotiations began earlier this year and reaching today’s milestone demonstrates the commitment and hard work of Maniapoto.

“Work can now begin on developing a detailed deed of settlement," said Finlayson. 
The Agreement in Principle includes a Crown acknowledgement and apology for its breaches of the Treaty of Waitangi, financial and commercial redress of $165 million, and the return of sites of cultural significance.

Maniapoto iwi consists of approximately 35,000 descendants whose traditional lands encompass the King Country from Kāwhia Harbour to the Waipingao Stream in the west and are bordered inland by the ranges of the Pureora Forest Park......

Charging royalties does not assume ownership': Ardern defends water tax
Labour leader Jacinda Ardern has taken aim at Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson saying he made criticisms of her party's water policy that he knew were untrue.

Finlayson has warned that Labour's proposal for a tax of about 2c per 1000 litres on commercial waters users could force Treaty of Waitangi settlements to be renegotiated because a royalty asserted ownership, and would inevitably force a counter-assertion that Maori owned the water. Labour was "dicing with death", he said.

"We reject that," Ardern said today. "In fact, I have to say that Chris Finlayson has been a Minister I have held in high regard. He has been well respected for the work he has done on Treaty negotiations.

"I think the fact he has come out now and made this claim when it is patently untrue, when the chairman of the Maori Council [Sir Edward Taihakurei Durie], ex-Waitangi Tribunal, also dismissed it, and evidence from a number of claims where there are explicit clauses that exclude water, says to me he has made a statement that he knows to be untrue. And I think that is disappointing.".....

Mask slipping on institutional racism
Peace Movement Aotearoa says New Zealand's shortcomings in upholding indigenous rights are about to be laid bare.

"If you look at all the issues around lands, territories and resources, if you look at the institutional racism in the administration of justice in particular, that is one that we focus on, health and education, all the statistics associated with that quite clearly show the treaty relationship is not being followed by any New Zealand government," Ms Hughes says......

Treaty warning over Labour's water tax
Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson is warning that Labour's water taxes could force existing full-and-final Treaty of Waitangi settlements to be opened for renegotiation with iwi.

He said the policy overturned accepted policy of successive Labour and National Governments of the past 25 years that no one owned the water.

Governments applying a tax on water was an assertion of Crown ownership "and then that gives rise to the counter assertion that Maori own water".

"They are dicing with death, quite frankly," he told the Herald.

"It opens a complete Pandora's Box......

Health board steps in as trust pulls out of $8m Kawakawa project
A multi-million-dollar project to upgrade Bay of Islands Hospital and build a new health centre in Kawakawa is in disarray after one of two partners in the project pulled out.

However, Northland District Health Board (NDHB) is vowing to continue with the project, saying its $9.9 million hospital rebuild is continuing as planned and it will now also build the adjoining health centre.

The "integrated wellness centre", called Te Hauora o Pukepuke Rau, was to have been built by the Ngati Hine Health Trust at a cost of $8m but the iwi health provider is understood to have pulled out on Friday due to a lack of funds......

New grant will boost leadership and strategic skills of Maori enterprises
A new $60,000 grant from BayTrust will be used to help upskill the leaders of five Maori enterprises across the Bay of Plenty to ensure their businesses grow and succeed.

The governance training programme will be delivered by Te Whare Hukahuka - a social enterprise which works with iwi organisations, land trusts, and Maori community trusts across New Zealand....

Maori Party: National's boot camp plan an 'attack on Maori and Pasifika children'
The Maori Party has vowed to oppose National's plan to crack down on youth offending - saying the proposals are "an attack on Maori and Pasifika children".

National's support party issued a press release this afternoon, strongly condemning the election-year policy that was announced yesterday.

Maori Party candidate for Tamaki Makaurau Shane Taurima said the plans wouldn't work and will not be supported under his party's watch.

"We see the National Party's policy for dealing with wayward children as an attack on Maori and Pasifika children and youth ... it perpetuates the injustice and abuse our people already and continue to experience," Taurima said......

Winning Waikato lecturer blends computer science with Maori culture
A blend of Maori culture and technology has proved award-winning for a Waikato lecturer.

Waikato University computer science senior lecturer Dr Te Taka Keegan was presented with the 2017 Prime Minister's Supreme Award for Excellence in Tertiary Teaching and a kaupapa Maori Sustained Excellence award. Both were presented at Parliament this week, along with a total of $30,000 in prize money.

Keegan - who has no formal teacher training - remains the only person ever to teach computer science in te reo.

While the course no longer exists, he still teaches using three Maori philosophies: Kia hiki te wairua (lifting the spirits), kia hihiko te kaupapa (incite the passion) and kia hora te aroha (sharing the love)......

Māori Party says 'we can be the change-makers'
The Māori Party is pitching itself as a potential king-maker in the upcoming election, saying it's open to supporting either National or Labour.

The Māori Party wants to introduce a target of eliminating homelessness by 2020. It also wants to cap the rent for all social housing and force a compulsory warrant of fitness on all rentals.....

Rotorua, city of two languages
Popular tourism destination Rotorua hopes to attract even more international interest by becoming officially bilingual.

The idea's proponents hope te reo Māori will become more visible in the city's most popular areas.

"You'll expect to see Māori signage - many of them will be added to, so the 'stop sign' might have 'taihoa' added to it. When you go into a cafe you might see some of the menus actually done in Māori. It just adds significant value to us culturally, socially and economically."

Rotorua mayor Steve Chadwick said the cost of implementing the bilingual scheme would probably cost about $1 million.

She said that was a small price to pay for the increase in revenue they expected on top of the city's annual $20m tourism industry.......

Aquifers likened to a mother's womb
Contamination of aquifers could be prevented if their sacredness within the Maori belief system was respected, a local leader says.

Marei Apatu, Te Kaihautu (chief executive) for Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga, one of six Taiwhenua of Ngati Kahungunu Iwi Inc, said if councils and communities held aquifers in the same regard as the Maori belief system then it could prevent contamination similar to that in Havelock North last year.
Water is a taonga (treasure) and many of our traditional beliefs are based around water, he said.
Rain comes from the tears of Ranginui (sky father) pouring on to Papatuanuku (earth mother) and turning into rivers and streams which are her veins and then out to Te Moananui A Kiwa (the sea)....

The fight for Indigenous Peoples’ rights continue
Māori Party co-leaders Marama Fox and Te Ururoa Flavell say the International day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples helps shine a light on the continuing battle for indigenous peoples’ rights

“You can trace our roots in protest and fighting for indigenous rights from the Foreshore and Seabed through to our more current issues like the Kermadec Sanctuary and the Resource Management Act,” Mr Flavell says.....

Iwi will appeal ironsand mining off Taranaki coast
Protesters are gearing up to fight a landmark decision which will allow a mining company to dredge 50 million tonnes of ironsand a year from the South Taranaki Bight.

Ngati Ruanui's Debbie Ngarewa-Packer told the crowd gathered to hear the decision at Patea Area School the fight is not over.....
More on the above here > Local iwi oppose $1.1 billion mining project off Taranaki coast 

Catchment group and iwi join forces
The Pourakino Catchment Group and local iwi are putting a game plan in place for increasing plantings and improving water quality in the catchment by working together.

The group hosted a field day at Oraka Aparima Runaka marae recently, talking about the nursery run by the marae and how the two groups would work together to grow and plant trees in the catchment.....

Breastfeeding among Māori lower than any other group
Breastfeeding rates among Māori mothers are lower than any other group, according to a recent report, with suggestions a need to return to work is to blame.....

Te reo Maori pin to help make it easier to korero
Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell is optimistic a newly launched #kōrero pin will make it easier for people to use te reo Maori when they’re out and about.

"Similar pins overseas have been successful in helping revitalise language.

It signals that the wearer has an interest in speaking in te reo Maori, even if they are not yet fluent," says Mr Flavell.

"When you see someone wearing this pin, or tohu, it’s a sign that you can approach them in te reo Maori and ‘give te reo a go’."....

Jacinda Ardern - Keen to entrench Maori
"We actually think the Maori seas need to be treated he same way we treat all the other laws around elections and that means you should have at least 75 percent of parliament agree what you are going to do with them. That's not the case at the moment so we want to make sure that's firmly entrenched in our law," she says......

Mana: Tax the rich to free the poor
Mana leader Hone Harawira says New Zealand has allowed the rich to take too much of the country’s wealth, and it’s time to take it back.

The former Te Taitokerau MP has released his policy prescription to take the seat back from Labour’s Kelvin Davis, starting with writing a constitution based on the Declaration of Independence He Whakaputanga and the Treaty of Waitangi.....

​Up to 87 percent of prisoners unemployed before prison
An Official Information Act response to No Pride in Prisons states that up to 87 percent of New Zealand’s prisoners were unemployed immediately before their imprisonment.

“Prisons ultimately fail to address crime and social harm. Instead, they lock up the poorest and most vulnerable members of the population, the majority of whom are Māori.”.....

Northland export education strategy launched
The Tai Tokerau Northland International Education Strategy, launched today in Waitangi, will help Northland take advantage of the opportunities provided by export education, Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Paul Goldsmith says.

“Many international students value the opportunity to experience tikanga Māori and te reo in an authentic setting. Northland delivers a uniquely New Zealand experience.” ....

Next step in encouraging Maori doctors: DHBs where they can flourish
The next stage for helping to grow the Maori health workforce is to make sure DHBs are places they can flourish, the doctor leading the University of Otago’s Maori student support programme says.
Associate dean (Maori) and director of Kohatu, Otago Medical School’s centre for hauora Maori, Joanne Baxter says changing the health workforce is her aim, with a view to tackling health inequity.
Speaking at this year’s RNZCGP conference in Dunedin, Dr Baxter said only two to four per cent of New Zealand’s current registered health professionals are Maori.

Almost a third of all babies born in New Zealand are Maori, she says......

Mental Health Services Need Māori Partnership to Be Improved
It is their belief through lived experiences Māori will have the solutions to improve mental health services, but if they are not included at the beginning of finding solutions then the opportunities to partner with Māori in a mana enhancing manner will not provide the broader perspectives and authentic involvement of Māori.....

Māori welcome Labour's freshwater royalties plan
Māori involved in freshwater disputes have welcomed Labour's proposal to charge bottling companies royalties and use the funds to resolve Treaty of Waitangi water claims.

That resolution was expected to involve allocating a share of freshwater royalty revenue to Māori.

"Certainly if royalties are to be paid our hapū would expect that would come to them.".....

Two Treaty settlement bills passed
The House of Representatives sat through extended sitting hours this morning to pass the Rangitāne Tū Mai Rā (Wairarapa Tamaki nui-ā-Rua) Claims Settlement Bill and the Ngāti Pūkenga Claims Settlement Bill through their third readings.

Both settlements provide acknowledgements, apologies and redress for past breaches of the Treaty......

Waitangi Tribunal ruling upheld for Whakatōhea claimants
"Ngāi Tama Haua Hapū of Whakatōhea are pleased to advise that Deputy Chief Judge Savage has ruled in favour of the applications granting an Urgent hearing into the Crowns recognition of the Whakatōhea Pre-Settlement Claims Trust Board (PSCT) Mandate." says Peter Selwyn in a public statement yesterday.

Attorney General Chris Finlayson (National Party) and Minister of Maori Affairs Te Ururoa Flavell (Maori Party) have shown a lack of good faith towards Ngāi Tama Haua Hapū through this process to date which has also strained relationships inside Whakatōhea as a consequence......

Wellington Phoenix embrace spirit of the taniwha in new logo
The club's new logo, unveiled in Wellington on Thursday morning, includes the Māori inscription 'E Rere Te Keo' and is a representation of the Phoenix-like spirit of the taniwha.

The central concepts are mana (respect); kaha (strength); whanau and iwi (family and tribe). These central concepts are important as the Phoenix honour the past, acknowledge the present and create their future.

The inclusion of Māori culture is a start to celebrating the diverse cultures associated with the Phoenix, the club said....

Keegan taking reo down to ones and twos
A Waikato University lecturer acknowledge as one of the country's top educators says he gets the most satisfaction from creating opportunities for te reo Maori to be used in a wide variety of environments.

"Computers don't speak in an inherently spoken language, they speak in ones and zeroes so they can handle languages even with as few resources as Maori but what needs to happen is for people to use their language, our language in all environments - radio, tv, computing, social media environments," he says.....

Porirua city gives nothing to racism
Porirua has become the first city to endorse the campaign called 'Give Nothing to Racism' launched in June.

Tana says, “Here in Porirua we had Holy Family School who signed up straight away and part of that kōrero was around children's names not being spoken properly, so it gave me the idea to say look we should be supporting our children and we should be having that conversation.”

Tana says it's the small seemingly harmless acts, comments or jokes that help feed racism and says it isn't welcome in Porirua........

Students back Te Awanuiārangi push for indigenous-university status
Some Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi students are backing the wānanga's push to be recognised as an indigenous university, despite opposition from mainstream universities.

In a Facebook post, Te Awanuiārangi council member Sir Harawira Gardiner highlighted their push to receive indigenous-university status that will enable them to attract overseas students. The Vice Chancellors of eight universities disagree with the move......

Massey Debate Puts Te Reo Māori on Election Agenda
New Zealand First was forced to defend its te reo Māori policies on last night’s televised debate ‘Te Reo Anamata’, hosted by Māori Television’s Native Affairs and Massey University, Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa.

Mr Parone denied the recent attack by New Zealand First leader Winston Peters on Māori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell for speaking te reo in Parliament reflected a lack of commitment to the language.

Green candidate Jack McDonald told the crowd the Greens were the only party bold enough to drive the kaupapa of universal te reo in schools and he said it would be one of the key priorities going into the election and in post-election negotiations as well.

But National MP Jo Hayes said the country was not ready for compulsion.

Mr Flavell said New Zealand needs a range of initiatives that support te reo becoming a natural part of “being of this land and of this place”.

“I was one, who in the past, said everyone learn te reo – if you’re not there, get off the bus and go somewhere else. I’ve actually changed my attitude now. We’ve got to take the whole country with us.”

Labour MP Adrian Rurawhe said while Labour was committed to seeing te reo in schools, care had to be taken with the language around policies.

Mr Paraone also claimed New Zealand First would concentrate on training te reo Māori teachers.....

UN Declaration implementation gap must be addressed
“Māori, like many other indigenous communities throughout the world, are painfully aware of the major implementation gap between what indigenous rights are protected through the Declaration and their realisation in practice. This must change.”

“The Declaration offers real opportunities for positive change for tangata whenua, and Aotearoa New Zealand. However, almost 10 years on from its adoption, a lack of political will, resources and commitment has meant this is still to be realised......

Forest managers look to unlock Whakarewarewa, Tokorangi potential
A new management arrangement for Rotorua's much loved Whakarewarewa/Tokorangi forest block is poised to "unlock the potential" of the area.

The current management licence, operated by the Rotorua Lakes Council, is being described as inflexible and doesn't allow scope for new activities and increased commercial returns.

The council is now looking to go into a co-governance arrangement with forest owners CNI Iwi Holdings.

The proposal will be voted on by the Rotorua Lakes Council's Strategy, Policy and Finance Committee tomorrow......

Tribal groups gather for iwi leaders' forum at Whakatane's Tutahi Marae
The Iwi Chairs Forum was hosted by Ngati Awa at Te Manuka Tutahi Marae, in Whakatane last week with more than 170 attendees and 49 Iwi present.

In addition to the Iwi chairpersons, a number of government ministers were also at the forum, including Simon Bridges, Te Ururoa Flavell, Anne Tolley, Maggie Barry and Nick Smith.

Key things discussed were; helping implement an inclusive constitution for Aotearoa, freshwater, conservation, health, housing, biosecurity, te reo and Maori history being taught in all schools, Whanau Ora and Maori economic development.......

Greens keen to extend treaty settlement process
As the process of settling historical treaty settlements comes towards an end, the Green Party wants to open it up again fix what it sees as anomalies and injustices.

It wants to review the process and allow settlements to be revisited where situations have changed or where claimants say they were shut out of original negotiations.

It would also ensure claims can only be settled with the agreement of the original claimants and remove the Crown’s large natural groupings approach to settlements.

Other elements of the package include requiring a 75 percent vote of parliament to remove the Maori seats, opposing any referendum on their future, and changing the law to stop voters using referendums to stop councils creating Maori wards.....

Māori Party endorses strong relationships with Asian community
Wetex Kang, a former pharmacist and nutritionist, says he first met Tame Iti at the gym.

Kang says to achieve that, Māori and Asian communities need to work together.

Tame Iti says, “They are our guests and we are the indigenous people. People like them don't just come here lightly.”

He says, “Recently, we met up and started a beehive farming venture in my area of Te Mahurehure in Ruatoki.”

“When we sat down together, and we know this is an election year, I said to him, you have a big mouth, a loud voice, it would be better for you to contest a general seat in Auckland.”...

Poroti Springs hapu not happy about bottling plant consent application
Whangarei hapu are "devastated" by an application to build and operate a water bottling plant at Poroti, saying "our water is being stolen".

Zodiac Holdings Limited, now known by its parent company's name, New Zealand Spring Water, has applied to the Whangarei District Council for resource consent to construct and operate a mineral water bottling plant at 649 Mangakahia Road, which would result in 20 direct jobs.

Millan Ruka, a spokesman for Te Uroiori; Te Parawhau; and Te Mahurehure ki Whatitiri hapu, said the hapu were devastated.

"Essentially our water is being stolen. Now it's finally signed and sealed because they have the consent to take the water and now they have the application to build the plant," he said.....

Ardern says Maori seats 'important', English coy as poll shows most Kiwis want electorates to stay
Jacinda Ardern says the Maori seats are important, while Bill English is not declaring his hand on the issue after a 1 NEWS Colmar Brunton poll showed more than half of voters want the seats to stay.

The poll was taken after Winston Peters announced three weeks ago that a referendum on the Maori seats was a bottom line for New Zealand First support after the election.

Asked their view on the Maori seats, 55 per cent of respondents said they should be kept, 13 per cent said they should be abolished as soon as possible, and 23 per cent said they should be abolished some time in the future.....

Kupe Scholarship helps Ngaruawahia student pursue Te Reo Maori dream
A dream to normalise Te Reo Maori is becoming more of a reality for Hinekura Simmonds who has been granted $15,000 to help with her studies.

Introducing the Maori language into everyday activities for young children is a tactic she hopes to implement in the future.

"On a broad societal scale [my aim] is that reo will be normalised and you'll hear it everywhere.

"I think the only way to achieve the goal is to make it compulsory in all centres......

Enhancing Mātauranga Māori and Global Indigenous Knowledge

Nurse shortage unhealthy for Maori
The New Zealand Nurse's Organisation says continued disparity in what nurses can earn working in Maori and community health services compared with what they would get from district health boards is affecting recruitment and broader efforts to improve Maori health.....

Tauranga Iwi Thank Ministers For Their Actions and Suspend Protest Action For The Time Being
Protest action in Tauranga by local iwi will be temporarily suspended following undertakings given by Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson in Parliament last week that he would not sign a deal with the Hauraki Collective until all issues have been worked out.

Ngai Te Rangi Iwi chairman Charlie Tawhiao said that both Minister Finlayson and Minister of Maori Development Te Ururoa Flavell have heard the concerns of Tauranga iwi after initially trying to push through the Hauraki settlement against the wishes of Tauranga iwi and residents.......

Waimangu Volcanic Valley Returns to Iwi
Ngāti Rangitihi and Tūhourangi are delighted to confirm the settlement of their joint purchase of Waimangu Volcanic Valley Limited.

In late June, Te Mana o Ngāti Rangitihi and the Tūhourangi Tribal Authority, supported by Te Puia | New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute, made a conditional offer for the business and assets of Waimangu Volcanic Valley Limited. This was conditional on the transfer of existing lease arrangements.

The Department of Conservation has now confirmed those lease arrangements will be transferred to Te Mana o Ngāti Rangitihi and the Tūhourangi Tribal Authority and remain in place until 2056.....

Auckland DHBs commit to employing more Maori and Pasifika youth
Waitemata District Health Board has joined with Auckland District Health Board and Counties-Manukau District Health Board to commit to giving Maori and Pasifika youth better work opportunities.

The three DHBs have signed on to take part in Auckland Council's Youth Employment Pledge, an initiative focussed on dropping youth unemployment by working with employers, youth services and schools to create opportunities for young people.

Chair of the three DHBs, Dr Lester Levy, signed onto the pledge last week.

He said the DHBs needed to move with the tide as the communities they serve become more diversified in age, ethnicity and skill and that the commitment would address those living with social disadvantage......

Labour rules out Māori seat referendum
The Labour Party is ruling out a referendum on the Māori seats, even if that's a bottom line for a deal with New Zealand First.

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has promised a referendum to let voters decide if the seven Māori electorates should remain.

Labour said it will be up to Māori alone to say if the seats are no longer necessary. 
The party's new deputy leader, Kelvin Davis, told TV3's The Nation there was no push from within Māoridom to abolish the seats.

"Those seats were foisted upon Māori back in the 1860s just to really control our voting power and we have become quite fond of them to be honest.

"We really don't want them to go.".....

No Pride in Prisons name change upcoming
Prison abolitionist organisation No Pride in Prisons is preparing to change its name to People Against Prisons Aotearoa after a majority vote at its 2017 annual general meeting.

“People Against Prisons Aotearoa, or PAPA, is a reminder that Papatūānuku underlies the struggle for mana motuhake and the nationwide liberation of Māori in Aotearoa..”

$1.78m for new youth development partnerships
Youth Minister Nikki Kaye today announced that in 2017/18, the Government will invest a total of $1.78 million into the Partnership Fund that supports youth development opportunities created in collaboration with business, philanthropic, iwi and other partners.....

Green Party will honour Te Tiriti in Government
The Green Party has today announced a set of commitments to honour and implement Te Tiriti o Waitangi in a new progressive government.....
More on the above here > Honouring Te Tiriti  

SOUL is going to Geneva to report on Govt’s racist policy
SOUL, the mana whenua-led campaign working to protect Ihumātao from permanent destruction, is taking its case to the United Nations in Geneva in a bid to be heard by the New Zealand Government.

After highly successful presentations to the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues at the UN in New York in April 2017, SOUL will now appeal to the Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) for support to prevent Fletcher Building Limited’s high-priced housing development on confiscated Māori land.......

Vesting agreement signed for Māori Arts and Craft Institute
Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell along with the Whakarewarewa Joint Trust have signed a vesting agreement that will ultimately transfer ownership of the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute from the Crown, to Iwi.

Mr Flavell says it’s an important step to strengthen the Crown’s relationship with Wāhiao Tūhourangi and Ngāti Whakaue in this historical establishment.

“This is a significant step in strengthening the relationship between the Crown and Wāhiao Tūhourangi and Ngāti Whakaue.....

Biosecurity Award recognises innovative Māori network
A national Māori Biosecurity Network led by researchers at Lincoln University has been recognised in the inaugural New Zealand Biosecurity Awards.

Te Tira Whakamātaki’s founders, Melanie Mark-Shadbolt and Dr Amanda Black from Lincoln University and Dr Nick Waipara from Auckland Council, set up the network to ensure Māori have a voice in New Zealand’s biosecurity system, and to integrate Māori perspectives and solutions into biosecurity research.

“A biosecurity system that can better reflect Māori knowledge, culture and perspectives is what we are ultimately aiming for,” she said.

“By harnessing the contribution, skills and views of Māori, who have the longest memory of our environment and ecosystems, Te Tira Whakamātaki are helping to ensure New Zealand has the best biosecurity system........

Bayleys launches Tu Whenua division
A new Bayleys Commercial division, Tu Whenua, has been established to connect the Maori business community with new ventures and opportunities in property and business transactions.

The Maori economy is now valued at over $50 billion (iwi themselves at over $8b), providing a significant opportunity not only for Maori, but for New Zealand as a whole.

Kamo says when working with iwi and the Maori business community, there are extra layers of complexity that can be missed if not truly understood.

"One instance is that for iwi undergoing, or who have undergone, treaty settlements - a balanced view on the potential economic returns as well as social, heritage and cultural aspects are required.......

Historic day as Te Puia returned to local iwi
An historic process to hand back ownership of Te Puia to local iwi has been signed off today in Rotorua.

During a ceremony held at Rotowhio Marae at Te Puia, the Crown, represented by Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell, signed a vesting agreement that will lead to the iconic Te Puia New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute business being vested into Wahiao Tuhourangi o Whakarewarewa and Ngati Whakaue interests.

Whakarewarewa Joint Trust (WJT) chairman Malcolm Short said the agreement was significant and unique in a number of ways.....

Billionaire's water request extended to smooth Maori concerns
A luxury lodge's request to irrigate 60,000 litres of water a day from a stream has been extended to ease local iwi's concerns.

A manager of Helena Bay Lodge, owned by Russian billionaire Alexander Abramov​, filed a resource consent with the Northland Regional Council (NRC) on March 23, asking to be granted the right to take water from the Te Mimiha stream to keep the grass at its entrance green in summer.

NRC resource consent manager Stuart Savill, said the lodge had had the council's decision deadline extended indefinitely.

He said they did so because the Ngatiwai iwi's Mokau Marae in the area were still worried about the effect the irrigation could have on the eels and tuna in the stream that some of the community catch to eat.....

Meka Whaitiri: Leadership shows Labour keep faith with Maori
They are passionate, talented and hard-working MPs who will do a great job of communicating and representing our Labour message, values and vision for Aotearoa New Zealand.

This new leadership team also represents an important recognition of the unique, historic relationship between Māori and the Labour Party.

We currently hold six of the seven Māori seats and - despite the claims of our opponents - our collective Māori voice and perspective in the party is valued.

Now more than ever, Māori need inspiring, visionary political leadership with actual solutions for our people.

We in Labour are committed to making real change for Māori with transformative and aspirational policies - all fully costed and achievable.

Having a Māori deputy leader ensures this ongoing commitment to improving the lives of Maori will remain a priority for our campaign.

Small meeting supports Maori council seats
Less than 30 people attended on Wednesday night, less than the turnout at a meeting in Highbury on Tuesday, with several people having attended both.

Speaker Don Esslemont said he opposed special entitlements for any group, and believed his opinions were "widely held".

He said the meetings the council had organised to provide more information about the Maori ward proposal had been designed to be welcoming to people who believed those of Maori ancestry had a special place.

"There are other views, and I have not heard anyone tonight express them.
"Nearly everyone has been at the meetings because they support a separate Maori-based electoral system."

He said the councillors would be "very unwise" to think the meetings represented public opinion.....

What's next for Mt Crawford as LINZ moves ahead with disposal of prison site?
Changes are on the way for the Miramar Peninsula after the Government confirmed it was another step closer to offloading the Mt Crawford prison site.

"This means we are currently looking at whether we need to offer the land to former owners. If not, the property will be offered to local iwi under their right of first refusal."......

National Backs Water Royalties for Some
New Zealand First says the National Government is being two-faced over water royalties, with one Waikato iwi set to receive six-figure sums from Chinese-backed NZ Pure Blue.

“New Zealand First repeats the challenge to Raukawa we made at the recent Local Government NZ Conference, and that’s to deny it is being promised money from Chinese-backed NZ Pure Blue,” says the New Zealand First Leader and Member of Parliament for Northland Rt Hon Winston Peters.

“It must be a good amount, six figures we are told, because it’s apparently swayed them over plans to extract up to 6.9 million litres of water a day, 2.5 billion litres every year, from Putaruru’s iconic Blue Springs.....

Te Reo Maori has come a long way ... but there's still a long way to go
For all of us who are actually driving the reo and believe in it, there's thousands of our people who aren't. The big question right now is there's wonderful things happening but how can we make it even more wonderful for all of New Zealand," says Dame Iritana Tawhiwhirangi .....

Maori encouraged to support Maori council seats
A proposed Maori voting ward to ensure at least one or two Maori are elected to the Palmerston North City Council has been met with support at a public meeting.

Speakers at Tuesday's meeting in Highbury said the process was far from perfect, and it was not the way they would have chosen to ensure Maori took part in council decision making.

But, attendee Whitiora Paterangi was won over by the end of the meeting, and thanked the council for putting the proposal out for discussion.

Representative Chris Whaiapu said the process was not developed or set up by Maori, and was in conflict with Maori values.

"But it is the only process we have to get to the council table.

"And once we are there, we might be able to make a difference for the future."....

Maori Affairs Select Committee recommend Waitara Land Bill be approved
Waitara residents are one step closer to buying the confiscated Maori land they live on.

On Wednesday, the Maori Affairs Select Committee presented a hugely-delayed report to Parliament in which it recommended the New Plymouth District Council (Waitara Land) Bill be passed, but with changes.

New Plymouth District Mayor Neil Holdom has called the findings a historic moment for New Zealand.....

Bilingual literacy programme launched in Flaxmere
Six hundred books along with 600 puzzles all written in English and translated into Māori have been given to the school as safety resources.

QR codes help the teachers and children with the correct pronunciation of the Māori langauge (sic),

"It's an important component. Te reo is one of our national languages and there is an increasing interest and need for people to speak the language and this is learning for some adults and children," says the principal Fay Wooster.

The literacy programme is a joint partnership between the local Fire Service and New Zealand Police.

It's a first for the Hawke's Bay region with the hopes of rolling out the literacy programme nationwide......

Iwi support hapu/marae autonomy and decision making in water take requests.
Iwi support hapu/marae autonomy and decision making in water take requests.

The Ngatiwai Trust Board has asked the Mokau Marae to work with Helena Bay Lodge who sought a consent to take up to 60,000 litres of water a day from a local stream which passes through the property, to irrigate the Lodge grounds.

The consent application put forward by Helena Bay Lodge was withdrawn in early July so that more studies and monitoring can be done by Mokau Marae. Both parties agree the health of the river is paramount.

Ngatiwai Trust Board Chairman Haydn Edmonds says “This is why we are working with our local marae, that are potentially most affected, the Regional Council and the Helena Bay Lodge to find a satisfactory outcome.”.....

Maori Party offers olive branch to Jacinda Ardern
The Maori Party has offered an olive branch to Labour's new leader Jacinda Ardern, saying its members want it to work with Labour.

The party currently supports the National-led government, despite its formation as a breakaway of Labour.

"Maori people throughout the country are telling me they want our party to work with Labour if it's in a position to form a government after September 23," party president Tuku Morgan said in a press release.....

New journal to share Maori knowledge
A new journal that aims to share knowledge created by those working within Whanau Ora provision has been launched by the urban Maori authority Te Whanau O Waipareira.

Co-edited by Professor Meihana Durie, head of Massey University’s Te Patahi-a-Toi, the first issue of Te Kura Nui O Waipareira showcases a range of Maori health and social service approaches and research.

Waipareira CEO John Tamihere said the Journal was born from frustrations that Maori providers and community researchers have felt in regards to the established pathways for publishing and circulating new Māori knowledge......

Christchurch police on Maori offenders: 'We need a different approach'
In the past year, Hirone Waretini and his team have had to come to terms with something difficult – failure.

Five years ago, police launched a national strategy, Turning of the Tide. The goal was to turn around the high numbers of Māori who were involved in crime and road crashes, and the high numbers of Māori becoming their victims.

But it hasn't worked.

As Canterbury Police Māori, Pacific and Ethnic Services district manager, Inspector Waretini has those numbers always on his mind.

At last count, 8 per cent of Christchurch residents were Māori - yet Māori made up about 20 per cent of the people apprehended by police, he said.

More than half of New Zealand's prison population is Māori - 51 per cent.

A six-year national strategy Turning The Tide was launched in 2012, timed to finish in 2018.

It aimed to cut the number of Māori first-time offenders by 10 per cent, cut repeat offenders and repeat victims of crime by 20 per cent, reduce Māori apprehensions, and reduce the number of Maori killed or seriously injured in road crashes by 20 per cent.

But a review of progress on the strategy last year found there had been no change in the first time offender rates, an increase in repeat offenders, and trust and confidence in police within the Māori community had dipped......

New initiatives bring iwi and Ministry together
Minister for Children Anne Tolley says the Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki is working with iwi to strengthen whānau connections and improve children and whānau participation in decision-making.

“There are a number of initiatives underway to build stronger connections with iwi to ensure children and young people are connected to their whānau and have safe, loving, stable homes,” says Mrs Tolley.

“This collective approach ensures the right people are engaged in decision-making so we can address the needs of Māori tamariki in prevention, early intervention, care support, transition to independence, and youth justice.....

Labour pledges to get 20,000 Māori into home ownership
The Labour Party says, if elected, it will get more than 20,000 Māori into home ownership with a $20 million boost for support services.

The party also announced other measures, including letting iwi access collective mortgages to build on iwi land.

A special Māori Housing Unit would also be created within the party's proposed Affordable Housing Authority....

Labour threatens Māori Party with electoral annihilation
Labour's threatening to wipe the Māori Party off the map, but the Māori Party's star candidate is calling it an empty threat.

The Labour Party is launching its Māori electorate campaign and a Māori housing policy at Nga Whare Waatea Marae in south Auckland this morning.

They've enlisted former TV weatherman Tamati Coffey to stand against Māori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell in Waiariki. It's the party's only electorate seat.....

Maori Ward Options
We are reviewing how our Māori community is represented ahead of local government elections in 2019. We want to know what you think about establishing ward/s, for a councillor/s elected by those registered on the Māori electoral roll.

City and district councils around New Zealand are discussing how Māori voice in their communities can best be represented. The option of having a Māori ward was developed by the New Zealand Parliament as a way to enhance the role and perspective of Māori in local government decision-making.....

Employers need to evaluate how they employ youth
Jody Hamilton says, "Everyone actually needs to change if we want to get our young Māori into mahi and I mean everyone from employers, Government agencies, service providers, schools, and our young people our rangatahi we all need to make some change."....

Rotorua step closer to becoming 'bilingual city'
Rotorua has "made history again" after councillors agreed to go ahead with a proposal that could see Rotorua become the first official bilingual city in New Zealand.

Rotorua Lakes Council today voted unanimously to explore outside funding options and proposals for the idea, first introduced by Maori Party co-leader and Waiariki MP Te Ururoa Flavell, and subsequently backed by the council's Te Tatau o Te Arawa Board during the council's Annual Plan process earlier this year.

Councillors gave themselves a round of applause after the motion was passed, with mayor Steve Chadwick called it an "amazing decision". .....

Most Taranaki high schools have had te reo Maori as a compulsory subject for years
While debate has been raging in Auckland about whether to make te reo Maori compulsory in schools, Taranaki educators have been offering the language for years.

What's more, interest in the subject is booming, principals say.
Earlier this month Auckland Grammar landed itself in controversy when it made the move to introduce mandatory te reo Maori classes to its Year 9 students

Te reo Maori in Taranaki secondary schools:

* New Plymouth Girls' High School - optional at all Year levels

* New Plymouth Boys' High School - all Year 9 students receive 40 hours while other Years can pick up the subject as an elective

* Francis Douglas Memorial College - classes are compulsory for all of students from Years 7 to 9 and optional from Years 10 to 13

* Hawera High School - all Year 9 students take te reo Maori a core subject and optional in following Years

* Inglewood High School - compulsory in Year 9 and optional beyond

* Opunake High School - a core subject for Years 9 and 10 and optional for following Years

* Waitara High School - all Year 9 students receive 32 hours while optional for additional Years

* Sacred Heart Girls' College - compulsory across Years 7 to 9 and optional beyond

* Coastal Taranaki - optional at all Year levels

* Spotswood College - compulsory in Year 9 and optional beyond

* St Mary's Diocesan School - Currently not taught at any level, optional or otherwise

* Stratford High School - Year 9 students receive 40 hours while other Years can pick up the subject as an elective

* Te Wharekura o Te Pihipihinga Kakano Mai I Rangiatea - full immersion

Gisborne District Council to start review of representation process
GISBORNE district councillors will begin their representation review process at their August meeting in preparation for the 2019 local body election.

Before the elections, councillors have to hold a representation review, consider the establishment of Maori wards and decide whether the election uses the single transferable vote (STV) or the traditional first past the post (FPP) voting system....

Nationwide first for Hawke's Bay iwi
Northern Hawke's Bay iwi Ngati Pahauwera is expected to be the first in New Zealand to be granted coastal Customary Marine Title, despite the iwi board's disappointment with a Crown offer that excluded the central focus of the Mohaka River mouth.

But in Hawke's Bay yesterday, Minister of Treaty Settlements Chris Finlayson QC stressed no one loses any rights, saying if people want to launch their boat where they always have done nothing changes - as is the situation with 12,500 cases of "bluewater" rights, where landowners have had long term rights to the water's edge.

Iwi chairman Toro Waaka expects unsatisfied parts of the application will be argued in the High Court, to which the iwi has already applied.

Mr Finlayson expects that while many applications around the country might "not see the light of day," there will be others that follow a similar path, possibly including some of the other 12-13 applications affecting Hawke's Bay coastline.

Applications under the Act closed in April and Mr Finlayson said: "We've now got a whole lot of cases. In my view, there will be a couple of big ones.".....

Winston Peters takes issue with the use of Te Reo Maori in Parliament
The leader of NZ First was forced to the withdraw and apologise for accusing the Maori Development Minister of "hiding behind the Maori language" when giving answer's in Parliament's bear pit.

Answering question from Labour Minister Kelvin Davis in the House, about homelessness and the sale of state houses, Minister Te Ururoa Flavell delivered his answers in Te Reo - his right under the rules of Parliament.

NZ First leader Winston Peters, who is not fluent in Te Reo, interjected. Although Peters' comments were not clearly picked up on the microphones inside Parliament, he seemed to yell "stop hiding behind the Maori language"....

Māori digital tech fund recipients to receive $3.6mil
Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell and Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith have today announced the recipients of the first round for the Ka Hao: Māori Digital Technology Development Fund.

“The first round of funding for Ka Hao will provide a total of $3.6 million for the 20 successful applicants,” says Mr Flavell.

“There are some really exciting initiatives ranging from online te reo tools to environmental monitoring systems which will provide skilled opportunities for whānau.

The fund is a joint programme between Te Puni Kōkiri and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, with Te Puni Kōkiri as the lead agency. The $30 million fund was established as part of Budget 2014 and was originally known as the Māori ICT Development Fund.....

Company taking Blue Springs water mainly overseas-owned
During the three-hour meeting, attended by about 40 people, Hartnett is understood to have said that most of the US$170 million ($228.3m) to be invested in the new venture would go into the bottling plant to be established at the old Carter Holt Harvey site near the Putaruru Hotel.

Iwi were also told 237 jobs would be created from the venture, only 10 of which would be filled outside New Zealand.

The meeting got heated at times as those attending asked Hartnett questions - some which remained unanswered, according to the source.

The company wrote in its water consent application to the Waikato Regional Council that it had consulted with the Raukawa Settlement Trust and had the support of the South Waikato District Council. The council has said a donation will be made to a community trust by the company in return for their support.

The Herald understands iwi are also expected to receive a donation for their support.......

Winston Peters: 'Your water rights are going out under your nose
Secret meetings are being held in Wellington between iwi and the Government to set up a separate entity that handles water allocation rights, New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has claimed.

"Your water rights here are going straight out of control under your nose and you are not being told by the regional council here as to what they have done," he said.

Peters was referring to minutes of a meeting he requested under the Official Information Act (OIA) confirming Prime Minister Bill English, Nick Smith, Simon Bridges, Te Ururoa Flavell and Waikato regional chairman Alan Livingston met with representatives from iwi including Tainui, Raukawa, Te Arawa River Iwi, Ngati Tawharetoa and Maniapoto to discuss the Waikato and Waipa River Review.

Peters said the minutes he had told enough of the picture.

"It tells you this - that there is going to be a new statutory body that you've never heard about which will control the outcome where water is concerned.....

Maori and DOC to work closer in Ruapehu
The Department of Conservation [DOC] is restructuring its offices in the Central Plateau so it can work closer with local Maori.

A recent Treaty of Waitangi settlement with one of the iwi in the area - Tuwharetoa - would have implications for DOC said regional director for the Central North Island, Allan Munn.

He said offices in Ohakune and Turangi would be strengthened while the Whakapapa office may be smaller and might even be managed by Tuwharetoa. There would only be one manager for the area, instead of two.....

Debate puts Te Reo Maori onto the election agenda
In the lead up to the General Election, Massey University is hosting a debate on its Wellington campus to explore the policies of New Zealand’s major political parties to ensure the future of te reo Maori and its continued revitalisation.

Te Reo Anamata - the Future of Te Reo debate will be hosted by Te PÅ«tahi-a-Toi, the Massey University School of Maori Art, Knowledge and Education in conjunction with Maori Television’s flagship current affairs programme Native Affairs.

The debate will be hosted by Native Affairs presenter, Oriini Kaipara, and will feature Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell, and the MPs Jo Hayes for the National Party, Adrian Rurawhe for Labour, Jack McDonald for the Greens and Pita Paraone for NZ First.....

Tūhoronuku defends spending on overseas travel
The group that has received most of the $6 million given to fund the Ngāpuhi settlement process is defending trips to Sydney and Perth, saying they were worthwhile.

But the co-leader of an opposing group says taxpayers should be disappointed and angry.

Documents released under the Official Information Act show Ngāpuhi has received $6 million from the government since 2009 to help the huge North Island iwi decide who has the right to negotiate with the Crown.

More than $5m ($5,844,823) has gone to Tūhoronuku, which was set up in 2014. Opposing group Te Kotahitanga, which has been working on new negotiating framework Maranga Mai, received just $165,000.

Iwi members have been critical of Tūhoronuku's spending for many years, including on international travel, but Mr Tau said the trips had been worthwhile.

Mr Tau said members of the group had travelled to Sydney and Perth. "The use for us going to Australia is that we've got about 20 or 25 Ngāpuhi [individuals] over there ... we went to Sydney and Perth on three occasions and we had attendances of 40 to 50 every time."

But one person who attended those hui said one meeting attracted just a handful of people, including family members.....

TOP leader Gareth Morgan draws large crowd in Rotorua
Mr Morgan said his party wanted to put together a New Zealand constitution with the Treaty of Waitangi at its core......

Waikato-Tainui tax bill a disgrace
The self-congratulations by Waikato-Tainui for its record profit announcement today is soured by the fact it doesn’t pay company tax on the vast majority of its investments, points out the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union. The tribal authority, Te Whakakitenga o Waikato, today announced a net profit of $137.8 million, an increase in tribal wealth by $128 million to $1.07 billion, despite the group paying only twelve thousand dollars of income tax in the previous financial year. The small amount is because most of the tribe’s commercial investments can avoid paying company tax, even if no profits are distributed or spent on the tribe’s charitable activities.

Jordan Williams, the Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union, said “While politicians complain about overseas companies like Google and Facebooknot paying their fair share of tax, everyone is turning a blind eye to these enormous tribal and religious empires which pay almost no tax, despite only a tiny proportion of the profits going back into the communities they are meant to serve. It is a disgrace.”

“Even of those parts of the group which pay tax, most are subject to a lower ‘Maori authority’ rate – something National said they’d get rid when they were in opposition.”.......

Davis threatens to resign if two charter schools closed down
The Labour Party is opposed to charter schools but would continue to support kura kaupapa and special character schools.

Te Kura Hourua O Whangārei and Te Kāpehu Whetū are both charter schools in Northland.

The MP Kelvin Davis said Māori wanted a measure of autonomy over the education of their children.

Whangarei Sistema-style music project granted $40,000
Nick Grew says learning an instrument teaches students more than just music.

It also teachers essential skills such as respecting taonga and teamwork.

It is because of this belief the Whangarei Girls' High School (WGHS) head of music applied for, and won, a $40,000 grant from the Ministry of Education's Teacher Led Innovation Fund which will allow him to carry out an 18-month project exploring how to raise Maori achievement through orchestral playing.....

Strong opposition to te reo Maori to English name change for Omiha on Waiheke Island
There has been an overwhelmingly strong negative response from the public on a proposed name change from te reo Maori to English for a village on Waiheke Island.

Consultation is currently underway on a suggestion to change the name for Omiha to Rocky Bay. The village overlooks Kuakarau Bay and Omiha Bay on Waiheke Island.

The New Zealand Geographic Board (NZGB) received a proposal from Waiheke resident Nobilangelo Ceramalus to change the name in March 2016. The proposal was accepted for consultation, with submissions being open until September 22.

To date, 135 objections to the change have been received by the NZGB, compared to just five in support. Of the submitters, 52 per cent were from Waiheke Island...,..

Three concerns for the coming election
The New Zealand Seniors Party have many concerns going into this coming election, below we have outlined 3 of them to comment on.

One of our key concerns coming into this election is the growing racial divide and reverse apartheid that is taking place in New Zealand as a direct result of the race based political policies. It seems that nothing can be done in New Zealand now without Maori involvement, there is even talk of Maori being involved in the Americas cup defence in 4 years’ time. Emirates Team New Zealand represent all New Zealanders so why do Maori want to be involved? NZSP believe we are all New Zealanders no matter what ethnic background we come from and until we can all accept this we cannot move forward as a nation....

Corrections launches new haka to get more Māori workers
The Department of Corrections has launched a new haka in a push to get more Māori working in prisons.

Forty-six new recruits took up the challenge to perform the haka at their graduation ceremony in Wellington......

How to Build Relationships with Māori and Pacific Peoples
Businesses and organisations wanting to build relationships and collaborate with Māori and Pacific peoples are being urged to register now for the CulturePRO Masterclass in Auckland next month.

The two-day high-ticket event held at Ōrākei Marae in Auckland provide cultural and social awareness insights when working with Māori and Pacific communities......

Ngāpuhi Rūnanga Chair defends $6mil settlement expenditure
Ngāpuhi Rūnanga Chair Sonny Tau today spoke to Te Kāea over the controversial spending of nearly $6mil of government funding to date to facilitate the settlement of Ngāpuhi treaty claims known as Te Paparahi o Te Raki.

Tau says renewed enquiries into funds spent to date to facilitate the Ngapuhi settlement is a political football in an election year.

“Ngāpuhi is the largest of all tribes by far in this country and 10 times bigger than most. So the amount of money being spent to settle with Ngāpuhi is justified.”

Tau says that in the six years to 2013 alone, the Government spent $76mil on the facilitation of tribal claims and settlements.

“The $6mil spent here doesn't even compare to the full cost. Ngāpuhi is in the spotlight and the $6mil spent has made this a political issue in an election year.”

Tau says a further $15mil has been spent to date on historical research in support of Te Paparahi o te Raki claims.....

Ken Mair: It is time to put the ASPIRATIONS of Tuna first
Te Wai Māori Trust recently hosted the second National Māori Tuna Conference at Wanganui.

We were pleased to bring together over 200 iwi, commercial and customary fishing interests, scientists and policy advisers from central and local government, independent experts and scientists to talk about Tuna (Eel).

For the first time the innate values, or rights, of a natural resource are defined at law via kawa, our indigenous world-view.

The steady undermining of the status of tuna is akin to the undermining of our whakapapa.

....an invigorating debate about the pros and cons of the various legal options that could uphold Te Mana o Ngā Tuna, namely legal protection, legal recognition or legal personality......

Christchurch national marae housing 'first' in South Island
A $3 million project to build six three-bedroom homes on Christchurch's Nga Hau e Wha National Marae is expected to be finished late November.

The social housing properties, on the marae reservation in Pages Rd, Aranui, are the first of what could ultimately become a 17-home papakainga – a form of housing development that happens on multiple-owned Maori or ancestral land.

Marae Nga Maata Waka housing manager Arana Talbot said the development was believed to be one of the first in the South Island.

"It is unique in that it is on the national marae, the only one in the world which has been declared by statute a place for every New Zealand citizen."....

Maori seats a constitutional issue.
Maori Party leader Te Ururoa Flavell says entrenching the Maori seats doesn't go far enough in securing their safety.

"It's a constitutional issue they must be retained. We're talking seven seats, for goodness sakes, not as though we're taking over the whole Parliament" he says.....

Combined Wairarapa council to go to vote - probably
South Wairarapa Mayor Viv Napier said the commission must believe there was enough support to proceed with a proposal and she wanted to see what the community decided.

The final proposal includes a few changes from the draft which was released in March. The powers and scope of the transition body charged with setting up the new council would be reduced and there would be iwi representation on that board.

The law restricted the commission from making some changes that were asked for by submitters such as changing the number of Wairarapa councillors on the regional council, setting budgets for community boards, establishing Maori wards, ring-fencing finances or guaranteeing area offices in specific locations......

Educators welcome new te reo in schools
The primary teachers' union has welcomed a new report that outlines a plan for te reo Maori to become a core curriculum subject.

The Maori Language Commission commissioned the New Zealand Council for Educational Research report, which proposes raising the status and increasing the use of te reo by making it a core curriculum subject beginning in Year 1 in 2020 until it is included in all levels up to Year 13 by 2037. NZEI president Lynda Stuart says teachers understand the importance of nurturing te reo for all New Zealanders but often don't feel equipped or confident enough to teach it effectively.....

Auckland Grammar hires first Māori language teacher
Auckland Grammar, one of New Zealand's leading secondary schools, has hired its first ever teacher of te reo Māori.


He believed te reo Māori should be taught at all schools throughout the country. ....

Speakers at symposium inspiring Maori
Foxton's Te Pa Harakeke o Te Awahou Maori Immersion Early Childhood Centre recently held their bi-annual fundraising symposium with prestigious Maori leaders sharing their stories.

Alongside other speakers, Sir Mark Solomon told his story of becoming a key player in Ngi Tahu's Treaty of Waitangi settlement, and Maori party co-leader Marama Fox spoke about her journey to becoming a politician

"Keynote speakers placed a wide lens on diverse matters relevant to te ao Maori (the Maori world) while local presenters provided a close-up lens on Foxton issues." ....

Wairoa council embraces te reo
WAIROA District Council formally adopted its te reo Maori policy this week.

Young kura kaupapa student Rongomaiwahine Te Rau o Patuwai’s submission to councillors was the icing on the cake as the council formally adopted its policy, a living document that the community has embraced.

Wairoa District Council is now one of the first local government bodies in New Zealand to approve such a policy, a stepping stone towards becoming the country’s first bilingual community.

The council’s te reo Maori policy is designed to develop and promote the language throughout the organisation......

Winston Peters dismisses flip-flop and says all Kiwis will vote on whether Maori seats should be abolished
A vote on a referendum to abolish the Maori seats will be for everyone "regardless of race", says Winston Peters.

The NZ First leader has ruled out only those on the Maori roll voting in a referendum on whether to keep the seven Maori seats - a bottom-line policy announced at the weekend.

Peters said he made it "very clear" in his speech to party supporters on Sunday that this is a "vote for everybody who is over 18 years of age, who is entitled to be on the New Zealand electoral roll regardless of race".....

Post-settlement iwi making strong returns
Post-settlement iwi making strong returns with capacity to
increase growth further

An extensive financial analysis of 31 post-settlement iwi/hapū shows all recorded a positive profit on commercial assets in the last reported year, with an average return on assets of 8.2%.

“In unique and challenging circumstances iwi are demonstrating their ability to balance risk and reward to deliver strong commercial outcomes” ANZ Head of Māori Relationships David Harrison said.

By comparison, New Zealand’s 30 largest listed companies had an average return on assets of 7.7% and our five largest listed property trusts an average of 5.6% for the same period.

New Maori policy adviser position at New Plymouth District Council
A new job has been created at the New Plymouth District Council - a Maori policy adviser that comes with an annual salary of more than $75,000

The position sits in the council's iwi relationships team and will work with the new Te Huinga Taumatua Committee. 

The council already has two staff members working in the iwi liaison team, but it would be unfair to add working with the committee to their workload, Brown said......

Aorangi trust to receive $3 million for historical grievances
Takapau Central Hawke's Bay, who received a Crown apology more than 150 years on since their homelands were burned to the ground.

The Oruawharo Homestead in Takapau was once home to Aorangi hapū before their papakāinga was burned to the ground in 1864 while out fishing for their families.

The MOU includes $3 million dollars, first right of refusal to 10 different properties in the Central Hawke's Bay area as well as co-management of Whatuma Lake with The Department of Conservation.

"It's not actually a treaty settlement that's been signed today but it's a very important resolution of a long standing grievance that has gone back some time," says Finlayson.....

Shane Jones denies being at odds with Winston Peters over Maori seats referendum
NZ First's Whangarei candidate, Shane Jones, says he's not at odds with his leader Winston Peters over whether there's a place in Parliament for the Maori seats.

In an interview with The Hui earlier this month, two days after he was announced as a candidate, Jones said the Maori seats would continue as long as Maori people "remain on them and want them to continue".

But Jones says that was taken from NZ First's 2014 manifesto and it was the party, and Peters' position, that has changed.

The decision to hold a referendum on whether to abolish the Maori seats sits comfortably with Jones,

He said the Maori seats have been "discredited" since the Maori Party have had them.

"That's a view that I know isn't accepted by other iwi so I myself have not a slither of doubt or concern about the wisdom of this referendum."....
Listen to Pita Paraone on the above > http://www.radiolive.co.nz/home/audio/2017/07/new-zealand-first-mp-pita-parone.html

Applications open for Māori Innovation Fund scheme
“The Commercial Advisors Scheme is a big part of our plan to help Māori, iwi and collectives to get the most value out of their assets.”

The Commercial Advisors Scheme provides up to $60,000 over 18 months to enable Māori collectives to pair up with a commercial advisor to speed up commercial projects already underway, or to identify development options.....


'We'll be here every weekend fighting' - Auckland iwi protest development of gun club on sacred mountain
An Auckland iwi is protesting the development of a gun club on top of the sacred maunga Tuhirangi.

The new Auckland Shooting Club in rural Makarau is threatening to disrupt residents and businesses in the area, including a meditation centre.

Ngati Rango gathered at the hill at dawn this morning, claiming they should have been consulted before it was opened.

"If they don’t shut it down we'll be here every weekend fighting it and pushing it. It can’t go ahead," says Te-Arahi Kapea....

'We'll be here every weekend fighting' - Auckland iwi protest development of gun club on sacred mountain

Peter's referendum call would sideline Māori – Fox
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters is being accused by the Māori Party of trying to take New Zealand back to the dark ages.

"My strategy is to tell everyone out there that you will not be talking to New Zealand First unless you want a referendum on both those issues - mid-term after this election."

However, Māori Party co-leader Marama Fox said the seats could go only when disparity was removed for Māori in this country.

Mr Peters estimates a referendum on Māori seats and the number of MPs would cost around $27 million. The party also wants referenda on legalising marijuana, legalising euthanasia and repealing the anti-smacking law.....

'The vast majority of Māori are on the general roll'
Māori electorates have failed to deliver what Māori really need and should be abolished, New Zealand First leader Winston Peters says.

"The vast majority of Māori, entitled to be on the Māori roll, are on the general roll."

Māori wanted decent and affordable housing and healthcare system, an accessible education system and first world wages, he said.

"Those four things have been totally detoured in the Waitangi industry and what you might call this new breed of Māori politics where the mass of Māori interests are forgotten."......

Brighter Future? Beating a game of bullrush
Last year Māori students were suspended at higher rates than any other ethnic group. They were excluded from school at a rate three times higher than Pākehā and expelled nearly four times as often.

In the last nine years under the National-led government, the number of Māori students passing NCEA Level 2 has grown. Nearly 75 percent passed in 2016, compared to 52 percent in 2008.

But there are also nearly 26,000 young Māori, aged 15 to 24, who are not in any kind of education, employment or training - a number that has not significantly changed in a decade....

Binding referenda on maori seats welcomed
Pro-democracy lobby group, Democracy Action, welcome New Zealand First’s commitment to hold a binding referendum on the retention of Parliament’s Maori Seats, should the Party find itself in a position of power post the general election.

The spokesperson for Democracy Action, Lee Short, says, "The Maori seats are from a bygone era, and should have been removed when MMP was introduced in 1996 - as was recommended by the Royal Commission which led to its introduction."

"New Zealanders’ civil and democratic rights should not be based on race or ethnicity. The National Party’s policy is to abolish the Maori seats, and this policy, to put it to the people, is even better."

Protestors close down Wairoa Bridge
A protest march across the Wairoa Bridge has caused traffic delays this morning.

Local Maori are protesting against the signing of a Treaty settlementbetween the government and a collective of Hauraki iwi that would give them special rights in Tauranga.

A press release from the protest group states for many weeks, the Crown has denied a signing date was set, even after internal emails were intercepted indicating the Crown was secretly organising the signing with Hauraki for July 22.

However, on Friday the Crown admitted the signing is planned to take place on July 22, ‘proving the Crown has been lying to the people of Tauranga Moana' about their plans regarding the Treaty deal.

Speaking to a reporter at the scene, Tauranga Police Sergeant Wayne Hunter says the highway will be completely closed until all of the protestors are across.

The NZTA estimates the road will be cleared by 11.30am at the latest......

Health representation for Māori ‘not good enough’ – Te Rina Moke
A Māori health advocate is accusing the Ministry of Health of breaching its Treaty of Waitangi obligations.

This comes following an AUT study revealed the Ministry disestablished the Te Kete Hauora policy team. It also revoked Maori health plans and reporting from mandatory DHBs, and has scaled back the requirements of DHBs to consult with Maori.....

NZ First promises referendum on Māori seats, reducing Parliament to 100 seats
New Zealand First has announced a new policy at what leader Winston Peters called a "rally" in Auckland on Sunday afternoon.

Mr Peters would hold two binding referendums on the same day. They would be on two issues:

*  Whether to retain or abolish Māori seats,

*  Whether to maintain or reduce the size of Parliament to 100 MPs.

Crown is enabling Hauraki Maori to claim Tauranga
There are generally considered three iwi groups that have long-term control in the Tauranga area, Ngai Te Rangi, Ngati Ranginui and Ngati Pukenga. However, the Crown is now supporting Hauraki's push to take control of that area as well.

With past experience as a guide, Paul Majurey's assertion that the Hauraki Collective extends from Matakana in the north to Matakana Island is an indicator he intends to seek control of Matakana Island in the Tauranga harbour. The same Hauraki/Crown strategy is being played out in other traditional areas of Ngatiwai in Northland and in Tainui areas.....

Southland Mayoral Forum approves new organisation to drive regional strategy
The shareholders will be the province's four councils – Gore District Council, Southland District Council, Invercargill City Council and Environment Southland.

They would hold 75 per cent of the shares, with Ngai Tahu, community and business interests holding the remaining 25 per cent.....

Caution required in all alpine areas of Tongariro Park
All waterways including the lakes on Tongariro and his peaks Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu are sacred to the local Māori tribe. Ngāti Hikairo ki Tongariro kaumātua Te Ngaehe Wanikau asks visitors to the area to keep their own safety and wellbeing paramount and also to respect the sanctity of the maunga tapu (sacred mountains) by not touching or entering any of the waterways including the alpine lakes. Ngāti Hikairo ki Tongariro places extreme importance on their guardian role in protecting not only Tongariro and his peaks, but also the safety and wellbeing of visitors to the region.....

Whānau Manaaki incorporate Māori worldview into kindergartens
Whānau Manaaki Kindergartens is one of the largest providers in the New Zealand early childhood sector. The annual staff conference was held at Te Papa in Wellington where they invited keynote speakers with a Māori lens to give perspectives on the Māori world view in early childhood education.

Whānau Manaaki is a not-for-profit organisation supporting 85 kindergartens from Wellington to Horowhenua.

Māori Cultural Advisor for Whānau Manaaki, Matiu Te Huki (Ngāti Kahungunu, Rangitāne ki Wairarapa) says, “He Whānau Manaaki o Tararua really want to learn the Māori languages and value based systems from the managers to all the staff there is a real desire amongst this family to grow.”

More than 5000 children now attend one of Whānau Manaaki's 85 kindergartens and 20% are Māori.

Te Huki says, “There are 1000 Māori in these kindergartens of this region but we want all the children to learn about Māori things to strengthen aspects of Māoridom in this country.”....

Winston Peters goes on attack against freedom campers
Peters also launched a new attack on the Green Party after Metiria Turei's comment that NZ First had racist policies and Peters had made racist remarks about Muslims and terrorists.

He said it was not racist to question high immigration levels or policies that created a separate system for Maori and others.

He said the Greens promoted separatist policies, such as Maori ownership of water.

He also took aim at National, accusing it of ''separatism by stealth" by putting up Resource Management Act amendments which require councils to consult with iwi over what role they have, and reaching Treaty settlements which gave iwi a stake in local resources and management.

One of those was the recent Tuwharetoa settlement in the Taupo region.

He said the Government's version of the Seabed and Foreshore Act - the Takutai Moana Act - was also trouble in the waiting, saying hundreds of claims had been made to rights over the coastline.....

AUT study finds Maori voices being cut from health sector
Maori representation in the health sector appears to be under threat as targeted initiatives are scaled back.

A study revealed the Ministry of Health disestablished their Maori policy team, Te Kete Hauora, last year along with revoking mandatory district health boards' Maori health plans and reporting, and scaling back the requirements of DHBs to consult with Maori.

AUT senior lecturer in Maori health and author of the study Dr Heather Came believed these were examples of the Ministry "quietly downsizing" their checks and balances to ensure Maori representation.

"These were structural mechanisms to help address institutional racism and enable Treaty obligations to be met. They've removed those and are relying on good faith ... I don't want to leave it to chance.......

A traditional Maori approach to child rearing
Traditional Māori approaches to child rearing are steeped in collective responsibility, rather than conventionally promoted individual approaches.

Associate Professor Leonie Pihama, Dr Naomi Simmonds and Dr Waikaremoana Waitoki at the University of Waikato have been awarded $350,000 funding for A Better Start National Science Challenge in conjunction with Curekids to further investigate the place of mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledges) as a practice to improve the mental health and wellbeing of young Māori.

Dr Pihama says to improve outcomes for tamariki Māori, it is critical traditional approaches to Māori health are revived.

Tai Poutini Māori Tourism plan gets funding boost
Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell has announced a $70,000 investment in Tai Poutini Māori Tourism.

Mr Flavell says the investment supports the preparation and implementation of the Tai Poutini (West Coast) Māori Tourism Strategy and Action Plan to guide iwi investment in the region.

“The Māori economy, is a significant and an increasingly important contributor to New Zealand’s economy with a recent report estimating it to be $50 billion,” Mr Flavell says.....

Fonterra Catches The Maori Separatism Bug Says NZ First
New Zealand First is accusing Fonterra of catching the Maori separatist bug by employing Tiaki Hunia as its new general manager: Māori strategy and just over a month after Mr Hunia was announced by Minister Flavell as the supposed head of the Maori Land Service.

“Is Tiaki Hunia the world’s shortest employed public servant?” says New Zealand First Leader and Northland MP Rt Hon Winston Peters.

“In six weeks, Mr Hunia has gone from the newly appointed head of the Maori Land Service to Fonterra’s newly minted general manager: Māori strategy.

“It proves what chaos it is under Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell, who’d appointed Mr Hunia before his Te Ture Whenua Māori Bill had passed. Yet Mr Hunia has done ‘Māori Development’ of his own and could be joining Fonterra’s $500,000 plus club.

“Why on earth is Fonterra going down this Māori separatist rabbit hole?....

Government announces $50 million to support unemployed youth
The Government is investing $50 million in young people who are not in work or training in the regions.

They're targeting the 5280 most at-risk unemployed young people in Hawke's Bay, Northland, the Eastern Bay of Plenty and East Coast.

"There hasn't been a better opportunity in decades to match unemployed young people with real sustainable jobs in our regions," Prime Minister Bill English said.

The scheme will be funded from Budget 2017, with $8 million of the total amount set aside to support young Maori in to work.....

Incorporating Māori design in development projects
Auckland Council’s Auckland Design Manual (ADM) has launched new Māori design case studies and a video showcasing the design process.

The ADM provides practical guidance for designers and developers and the Māori Design Hub is an an integral part of the manual. The hub explains how the Te Aranga Māori Design Principles can produce locally responsive, culturally grounded design....

Local Maori challenge Lyttelton consent
Ngai Tahi’s legal representation has demanded Lyttelton Port of Christchurch (LPC) commit to a NZ$1m bond to ensure it improves the environment, if consented to deepen its shipping channel from the current low-tide of 12-12.5 metres to about 17-18 metres.

The tribe made the call during a recent hearing before Environment Canterbury on the grounds that traditional harbour food gathering resources were already being impacted by sediment and could likely be further impacted by increased port dredgings....

Teachers frustrated by new charter schools
Rotorua and Taupo teachers are frustrated to hear that two near charter schools will be opening in their areas, calling it a "political experiment".

Launched by the Government, the two new schools in Rotorua, led by iwi Ngati Whakaue, and Taupo will target Maori students and open at the beginning of 2018.

New Zealand Post Primary Teachers' Association regional chair Alex Le Long said they are disappointed because new charter schools won't raise the achievement of our children......

Maori Policy Adviser / Kaitohutohu
The New Plymouth District Council is a local authority organisation that has a new and exciting position for a Māori Policy Adviser / Kaitohutohu to create and contribute to the development, implementation and integration of Council policies to ensure the statutory requirements and obligations in relation to Māori and the Treaty of Waitangi/Te Tiriti o Waitangi are met......

Maori Party proposes $350 million IwiRail
The Māori Party wants to put $350 million into a new rail scheme called IwiRail, which it says will open up the regions to freight and tourism.

Party president Tuku Morgan said the public-private partnership programme could generate thousands of jobs across the regions.

IwiRail would take over leases on existing KiwiRail lines that have been mothballed and work with iwi to build new connections.

Mr Morgan said the party would seek $350 million in post-election coalition negotiations to fund the policy......
http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2017/07/maori-party-proposes-350-million-iwirail.html More on the above here > ‘IwiRail’ nothing less than economic sabotage 

Fonterra Announces General Manager, Māori Strategy
Fonterra today announced the appointment of Tiaki Hunia to the role of General Manager, Māori Strategy/Pouhere Māori.

As Pouhere Māori, Tiaki will play a vital role in continuing to progress our strategic Māori commitments and strengthen Fonterra’s bicultural capability. He will work across the business, to lead, build and implement our vision of a strong partnership with Māori, growing prosperous, healthy and sustainable communities together......

$30m development for new Māori kiwifruit enterprises
This is part of the $30 million investment in the area to convert nearly 90 hectares of semi- and unproductive land into successful grower businesses.

Southern Cross Horticulture in Tauranga won the contracts for plant-supply of the G3 and Hayward kiwifruit vines, and also for orchard construction and establishment.

Brown Brothers Drilling based in Hamilton won the contract to drill the irrigation bores needed for the 10 new orchards.

“Our focus is entirely on establishing high-performing kiwifruit orchards on Māori land for the benefit of owners,” says Blair Waipara, Land Development Manager at Te Tumu Paeroa, “This land is some of the best horticultural land in New Zealand. We’re proud to be working with highly experienced industry players to create a lasting legacy for generations to come”.....

Maori key to good resource management
The scholarships are a partnership between Nga Pae o te Maramatanga the Maori Centre of Research Excellence and the Cawthorn Foundation.

Te Pitau Whakarei Karahipi are for undergraduate students wanting to further a career in science and are worth $5500.

Nga Pae o te Maramatanga Deputy Director Dr James Atari says Maori hold the key to better resource management of coastal and freshwater through indigenous practises and this is what will be explored with the scholarship recipients.

"We have a knowledge system structure that has been grounded in millenium in this country here and I think that is yet to play a part in the business innovation. I think a lot of answers to our environmental woes lie in our own processes," says Dr James Atari.....

March shuts down SH2 for message to Crown over iwi claim at Tauranga
Up to 400 people marched proud and tall as they shut down part of State Highway 2 to tell the Crown Tauranga is not up for grabs.

The group, organised by the Mana Moana Campaign, marched from Katikati's Uretara Domain to the town centre yesterday.

The protest comes amid Treaty of Waitangi redress negotiations between the Government and Hauraki iwi, who protesters say have claimed ownership rights in the Tauranga Moana area. However, the Crown disputes the argument.

Mana Moana campaign lead co-ordinator Meremaihi Aloua said the group's biggest message was "we aren't giving up".....

Two new partnership schools for Maori students in Rotorua and Taupo
Two unusual new charter schools have been approved for Maori students in Rotorua and Taupo

One, in Rotorua, will be what is believed to be the country's first school combining a science and technology focus with a Kaupapa Maori philosophy for 200 children in school years 1 to 10, leaving out only the last three years of high school.

The other, in Taupo, will be a boarding school for 90 mainly Maori boys only in those last three years of high school, Years 11 to 13.....

Complaint upheld over Northland news story
A Northland paper failed to validate claims by an amateur historian that a pre-European race of people settled New Zealand, the Press Council has ruled.

A complaint against the Northern Advocate has been upheld by the council for failing in its duty to provide fair, accurate and balanced reporting.

Last month Kaipara man Noel Hilliam claimed he'd tested two sets of human bones and found one came from Wales and the other was Mediterranean.

The Press Council said the story touched on sensitive historic and cultural issues and found the paper failed to check with the unnamed experts cited, or any other credible historic or forensic experts, to test whether the claims could be valid.

Local iwi kaumatua Ben Hita, of Te Uri o Hau, said the iwi deserved an apology from the paper.

He suggested the paper could attend a kaumatua meeting and make the apology there.

But Northern Advocate editor Craig Cooper told RNZ it would not discuss an apology for the iwi.....

Wellington City Council seeks ok from iwi authorities on new bilingual signage for Southern Walkway
The Wellington City Council is waiting for the ok from local iwi before it reveals new bilingual signage on the city’s Southern Walkway. But because the te reo name of area has been covered up, some people are accusing the council of being bigots. ....

Bay of Islands College on right track – ERO
A glowing ERO report is proof that Bay of Islands College has overcome past divisions and is on the right track, principal John Paitai says.

The report, released on June 30, praised the Kawakawa school's sound governance, strong leadership and the value it placed on students' Maori identity, but especially its efforts to rebuild relationships with the community.

Under previous principal Elgin Edwards, who departed in 2013, those relationships had become toxic, hitting bottom when Mr Edwards trespassed one of the Mid North's most respected kaumatua from the school grounds....

Looking at Maori wards
Whakatane District Council is looking at introducing Maori wards before the next local government elections in October 2019.

The council's Policy committee is looking at introducing Maori wards as a way of promoting grater Maori involvement in decision making.....

Treaty of Waitangi claim targets alcohol harm among Maori
A claim before the Waitangi Tribunal is calling on the Government to raise the price of alcohol in an effort to curb the impact of drinking on the health of Maori.

In his claim, Maori warden David Ratu said the Government had breached the Treaty of Waitangi by not implementing recommendations laid out by the Law Commission in 2010, which included increasing the price of alcohol, raising the drinking age to 20 and restricting alcohol advertising and sponsorship.

Ratu also objected to the Government failing to ensure the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act was consistent with the Treaty of Waitangi......

Green Party's Metiria Turei 'racist' call riles NZ First's Winston Peters
NZ First leader Winston Peters has bailed up Green co-leader Metiria Turei for calling him "racist", saying such attacks would have consequences.

Speaking on Q+A this morning, Turei said Peters was "on a roll" partly because of "a very racist approach to immigration".

"The worst of his rhetoric is coming out."

In response, Peters issued a statement saying it was the Green Party which had "racially separatist policies" and appeared to warn of consequences for the Green Party in any post-election talks.

"My warning to the Greens is don't call New Zealand First racist - an allegation that is spurious - and think there won't be consequences."

He said the Green Party promoted Maori ownership of water - a policy which was separatist....

Educators: make all school children learn Maori history
Spokesman Pem Bird, who chairs a group of 29 iwi-run schools Nga Kura a Iwi, heads a working group pushing for Maori history which includes the School Trustees Association, the Principals' Federation and the two teacher unions.

"This is our country New Zealand saying yes we are ready for it, we want Maori history as a core subject, in other words it has the same status as English, maths, science and digital technology," he said.

The other groups are all backing the campaign, which will be launched publicly next month, although not all want to make the change compulsory......

The Crown has signed a deed of settlement with Ngati Tuwharetoa, the fifth largest iwi in the country.
Ngati Tuwharetoa receive $25 million and an apology. There are also cultural funds totalling $3.95m and 32 properties of cultural significance to the iwi.

The iwi's area of interest covers most of the Central North Island region and is centred on Lake Taupo and the Central Plateau.

Ngati Tuwharetoa received a share of Crown Forest Land in the Central North Island valued at $203m as part of the 2008 Central North Island Forests Iwi Collective settlement.

Within the next year, the Crown will begin cultural redress negotiations over Tongariro National Park with Ngati Tuwharetoa and other iwi and hapu with interests in the park......

Injunction lodged against Ngāti Tūwharetoa treaty settlement
Ngāti Tūwharetoa have signed off a Treaty Settlement package which includes compensation of $25million. However, the tribe's Te Matai trust have lodged a high court injunction against the final Deed of Settlement, in a last ditch attempt to stop it from becoming law.

Their Tongariro Maunga claim will be negotiated at a later date.

"The land subject is the Pakaututu block which was lost through wrongful confiscation as the Waitangi deemed it. We are seeking that land to be returned," said Baker.....

Ngāti Kahungunu oppose law change of protected land
Ngāti Kahungunu will oppose any proposed law changes that would see protected land be used in commercial ventures.

This follows Prime Minister Bill English's comment that the Government would change legislation to allow such projects like the Ruataniwha Dam to go ahead.

"If they want to change the law, then, we should change the government," says Ngahiwi Tomoana, chairman of Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Inc.....

‘Attacking people’s wellbeing not the way to help them towards healthier lifestyles’
Political lobbying and persuasion have replaced community development in public health, and the holistic Maori view of health is not being taken into account, Massey University associate professor Marewa Glover says.

Marginalising someone is not going to support their mauri (life force), she says. She points to a view espoused by Maori health leader Sir Mason Durie, of the need to assess strategies for whether they will support Maori to flourish or languish, and whether they will improve the social determinants of health.

Writing in the editorial of the New Zealand Medical Journal today, she says this simultaneously accepts the universality of Western perspectives and marginalises Maori ways of knowing, and is a form of institutional racism.

Strengthening Maori health is critical to honouring te Tiriti o Waitangi and addressing health inequities.

Disestablishing Te Kete Hauora – the Maori policy team within the Ministry – appears to have compromised the ability of Ministry of Health to fulfil its treaty obligations.

In the absence of health equity, structural mechanisms are needed to ensure Maori input and treaty obligations are met.

To address health inequities, we need Maori-led solutions and a health bureaucracy
responsive to its treaty obligations.....

New assault on access to coastal areas
The National Party's desire to pander to the minor Maori Party led, in March 2011, to the Marine and Coastal Area (MACA) Act. It gives major property and other valuable rights to any Maori tribal group that can prove that it has "exclusively used and occupied an area of coast from 1840 to the present day" (S 58 of the act). Only tribal groups can apply.

This is a difficult condition to meet, because many tribal groups lived near the coast, where they could collect fish. Tribal areas often overlapped. From the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, in 1840, when New Zealand became a British colony and adopted British law, the territorial sea, out to 3 nautical miles from the coast, was Crown (i.e. publicly) owned, with the public having free access to most of it, just as it was in Britain.....

Maori name sign of exciting times ahead for Rotarians
When it comes to the Taranaki landscape, historical Maori place names versus English versions can be a point of contention for many people in the region.

For the Rotary Club of New Plymouth embracing the new name of the Rotary Club of Ngamotu, Taranaki, is a positive step in the right direction.

The service organisation prides itself on diversity and friendship and hoped the name change would inspire a sense of belonging and attract more Maori members.

A few traditionalists wanted to stick to New Plymouth, but after a series of discussions the decision was unanimous when it got to the vote, Fredrich said.

Members who attended a presentation of the story of Parihaka at a local school were so fascinated by the way the kids reacted to the story and the story itself that it inspired them to embark on a journey of discovery into the Maori heritage of Taranaki.

"For us it was about why don't we go back to our original name for this region, why are we New Plymouth?"​ Fredrich said.....

Sanction hurting solo mums by reducing benefit for not naming father
Parents who don't legally identify the other parent have $22 deducted every week for each child. A further $6 per family is added if it continues for over 13 weeks.

Figures released exclusively to the Herald show that over 14,000 parents are being hit with almost 18,000 sanctions in New Zealand. This is over $400,000 a week in Social Security Act 1964 Section 70A benefit sanctions.

In Auckland alone this number totals over 5000 parents and almost 7000 sanctions.

Auckland Action Against Poverty spokeswoman Vanessa Cole called the policy sexist and racist. Over 50 per cent of the penalised parents were Maori.....

Drug laws hitting Maori hardest: academic
Maori are disproportionately represented in prisons which is affecting their future opportunities, an indigenous studies professor says.

Speaking in a whispered and emotional voice, Professor of Indigenous Studies from the University of Auckland, Tracey McIntosh, told the 2017 Parliamentary Drug Policy Symposium at parliament of her dealings with young Maori who've been incarcerated on drugs charges.

Earlier, the symposium was told Maori need to be part of the reforming of drug laws in New Zealand.

"Drug law reform is necessary and long overdue, but must involve Maori and address our needs," Professor Khylee Quince said.

The Treat of Waitangi needs to be taken into account too, she said....

Oranga Tamariki to be debated in Parliament
Labour MP for Manurewa Louisa Wall says a recent Canadian court case should signal to the National Government that placement of tamariki Maori must remain with whanau hapu and iwi first.

" Our Maori children have the right to grow up as Maori children and to have access to their language, their culture. We will be holding the minister and the legislation accountable, to ensure that does not happen to our Maori children in the care and protection system," says Labour MP for Manurewa, Louisa Wall....

Team NZ and Ngāti Whātua's unique relationship
Hundreds of fans gathered at Auckland Airport to welcome home the America's Cup winners. Team New Zealand was also greeted with a traditional welcoming by local iwi Ngāti Whātua who are expected to play a major role in the team's welcome home parade tomorrow.

Paddlers from Tainui will be welcomed here to Ōrākei Marae to prepare alongside Ngāti Whātua for the welcome home parade for Team New Zealand. Team New Zealand CEO Grant Dalton made it clear to Ngāti Whātua that he wants Māori to be heavily involved in the welcoming ceremony. Dalton and Ngāti Whātua’s Alec Hawke have been friends for nearly 40 years....

Tūhoe recognised for working relationships with Crown and DOC
The iwi has received the Prime Ministers Award and the award for Crown Māori Relationships in the IPANZ 2017 Excellence Awards for the partnership developed between Te Uru Taumatua and the Department of Conservation regarding Te Urewera.

Working collaboratively, the Department of Conservation (DOC) and Tūhoe implemented new Treaty settlement legislation which granted Te Urewera legal personhood.....

Tūhoe recognised for working relationships with Crown and DOC

Ngāti Tamaoho bill passes first reading in Parliament
Members of Parliament sat through an extended session this morning to pass the bill.

The Bill has been referred to the Māori Affairs Committee.

According to Finlayson, “Today is a significant milestone for Ngāti Tamaoho and I acknowledge all those who have worked on this settlement over many years.

“This Bill acknowledges the past wrongs of the Crown and provides important redress which recognises the spiritual connection between the iwi and their environment.”

Financial and commercial redress of $10.3 million and a cultural revitalisation fund of $590,000 are expected in the settlement.....

Study shows universal te reo Māori in schools achievable
Te Taura Whiri i Te Reo Māori commissioned the NZCER report, which proposes increasing the use of te reo Māori by making it a core curriculum subject beginning in Year 1 in 2020, until it is included in all levels up to Year 13 by 2037....

Rangitikei councillor says Maori ward fight to go on
Soraya Peke-Mason says the fight to make it easier to establish Maori wards on councils will continue despite a bill aimed at achieving that being voted down last week.

The Rangitikei District councillor said she hoped the matter would be discussed by Local Government New Zealand subcommittee Te Maruata at the national conference this month.

At present the establishment - or disestablishment - of Maori wards by councils can be put to a public referendum if 5 per cent of all voters ask.

But the same can't happen with general wards.

The member's bill by Green Party MP Marama Davidson aimed to address the discrepancy but was voted down by Parliament last week at its first reading.

"It's disappointing that Marama Davidson's bill didn't get passed but let me just say it won't go away," Ms Peke-Mason said.

She said the current system was unfair because a Maori ward was easily overturned by the general public through a referendum process"

"It allows people who are not on the Maori roll to seek a referendum and it's a ridiculous percentage."....

Govt announce funding to grow and support businesses
Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector Alfred Ngaro and Minister for Māori Devlopment Te Ururoa Flavell say Government funding will help support the growth of businesses working to make a difference in their communities.

Speaking to an audience of Social Enterprises and policy leads at the Social Enterprise Summit in Parliament today, Ministers announced $1.85 million of government funding to help grow the Social Enterprise sector and research about to begin on how the business model is working in New Zealand.

Minister for Māori Development, Te Ururoa Flavell co-hosted the event and highlighted how the model is one that will be familiar to Māori.

Ngaro says, “The ingenious approach of social enterprises using standard business practices to support social aspirations and missions was pioneered by our tīpuna.

“Iwi organisations, Māori social service providers, Marae Trusts, and Māori Land Trusts are all independent entities using business infrastructure and commercial strategies to generate income which is then redirected to improve social outcomes for iwi and Māori....

Initiative brings mass Maori submissions to local board plans
Over 300 submissions from Maori to Auckland Local Board plans have been presented thanks to a tripartite initiative between Iwi groups Tainui, Ngati Whatua ki Orakei and Urban Authority Te Whanau o Wapareira Trust.

Submissions raised concerns ranging from more support for Marae, roading, public transportation and unaffordable housing.....

New rural rangatahi justice house opens near Rotorua
Te Toa Matataki is a new youth community house near Rotorua has opened its doors. The initiative is a partnership between the Tuakiri Charitable Trust and the Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki. ....

Heavy hitters talk water
In the submission, Mr Paul said Maori had never ceded their authority over water and, as a result, their “customary rights are still extant”.

Lawyer Moana Jackson told the panel, led by Chief Judge Wilson Isaac, that he believed the Crown had breached the Treaty of Waitangi.

He said the proposed reforms to the Resource Management Act were potentially also a breach of the Treaty.

“Te Tiriti does not grant the Crown any authority, neither kawanatanga nor tino rangatanga, over Maori resources and people. Rather … the parties agreed to a relationship: one in which they and Hobson were to be equal – equal while having different roles and different spheres of influence.

“In essence, rangatira retained their authority over their hapu and territories, while Hobson was given authority to control Pakeha.”

Maori activist Titewhai Harawira made her submission as the Tamaki Makaurau District Maori Council chairwoman. She said they did not accept the freshwater management regime was consistent with the Treaty.

“The water belongs to us and we have our own tikanga (laws) to manage it. We would do a lot better job at looking after our [water] than this Crown has done – that’s for sure.”

Hundreds of hapū protect their rights under the customary marine title
A wave of iwi and hapū applications for the customary marine title is threatening to swamp government and court authorities trying to process them. The deadline for applications under the Marine and Coastal Area Act of 2011 was April 3, leading to a rush of filings from groups seeking to protect their rights.

A Ministry of Justice spokesperson says they received approximately 380 applications for Crown engagement under the Marine and Coastal Area Act by the deadline of April 3rd. The majority of these were received in the 48 hours prior to the deadline.....

Plans under way to pardon Rua Kēnana
Plans are under way to pardon Tuhoe prophet and healer Rua Kēnana, who was imprisoned for resisting arrest after troops stormed his Te Urewera settlement in 1916.....

New evidence of personal and social benefits of university education for Māori and Pacific Peoples
The study found that Māori and Pacific Island graduates have similar rates of employment, similar incomes, and similar levels of voting to other New Zealand university graduates.....

Community group and iwi negotiating rent on Devonport's Mt Victoria
Community facilities on Devonport's Mt Victoria are facing market rents as their leases come up, with Kerr Street Artspace the first off the block.

The Tupuna Maunga Authority is considering five applications for new leases on various Auckland maunga on June 19, 2017.

Kerr Street Artspace owner Depot Artspace has previously paid Auckland Council a peppercorn rent of $1 per year.

Majurey said the market rate for the lease will be determined by an independent registered valuer.

However, he added the Maunga Authority would consider the contribution Kerr Street Artspace made to the maunga before setting a final rate. ....

New plan to protect sea lions
A new Threat Management Plan released today will help protect endangered New Zealand sea lions, Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and Conservation Minister Maggie Barry say.

The New Zealand sea lion/rāpoka Threat Management Plan will continue to involve partnership with Ngāi Tahu as a Treaty Partner and stakeholder groups.

New mechanisms to weave mātauranga Māori throughout each workstream will be developed in partnership with whānau, hapū and iwi, something which has been absent from recovery plans in the past.....

Strengthening end of life care amongst whānau
A new study from the University of Auckland is looking at traditional end-of-life Māori care customs that families draw on to strengthen their end-of-life caregiving activities and support palliative care services. New Zealand's leading palliative care researcher Dr Tess Moeke-Maxwell from the university's School of Nursing says this will have benefits for family carers, iwi and the health and palliative care sectors.

Funded the Health Research Council of New Zealand the study will receive $1.2 million dollars and will run for three years. Lead researcher Dr Tess Moeke-Maxwell says, “Pae Herenga is a study that will gather information about the things whānau do to support someone at the end of their life.” ...

Flying the nest - what kohanga taught me - Opinion:
You were taught to assert your Maoritanga absolutely and unapologetically, probably because you didn't even know that regard for other people's thoughts and lack of self-confidence was even a thing yet.

You see, kohanga reo didn't just teach us how to speak Maori - kohanga taught us a way of seeing the world through the vernacular of the Maori language, within which our belief system is underpinned.

I can walk almost anywhere on this land and feel "at home".

I can feel like this because kohanga gave me the tools and information I require to successfully navigate this country in the context of its historical relationships......

Waikato Regional Council to Allow Iwi to Trade Water
National’s race-based planning is here with Waikato Regional Council voting to give water allocation and trading rights to Waikato Iwi.

“Everything this National Government said would not happen, is happening,” says New Zealand First Leader and Member of Parliament for Northland Rt Hon Winston Peters.

“Waikato Regional Council has approved as a high priority policy: “Iwi rights and interests in fresh water agreed with central government are recognised and provided for”. They even define success as being: “when Iwi have adequate access and rights to water”.

“The implications are massive and turns upside down Waikato’s already controversial Variation 6. Those allocated water will see that clawed-back and given to Waikato Iwi who’ll be free to use it as they see fit.

“This includes selling it back to those it was taken from, but of course, with a margin on top. The Sicilian Mafia would be envious of such a protection racket as it is Koha for Consents....

Shane Jones okay with Māori seats, despite NZ First policy
Former Labour Minister Shane Jones is defying his new party's position on some Māori issues.

Shane Jones will stand for New Zealand First in Whangarei at the upcoming election. The party, led by Winston Peters, strongly opposes race-based policies.

But Mr Jones told Three's The Hui he's in favour of Māori Television and race-based scholarships, and isn't fussed by Māori wards or Māori seats.

"I'm one of the pioneers of Māori language renaissance, so of course I support Māori TV," he said.

"I'm not particularly fussed by Māori wards.".....

Signs provide a window into Auckland's Maori history
Auckland's Maori history will be more widely understood with 20 signs providing a window into the past being erected throughout the city.

The signs are part of a regional project run by Auckland Transport (AT), iwi and local boards. The signs, which cost nearly $5000 all up, tell stories about local Maori history at each location.

"The signs showcase the history, culture and traditions of mana whenua," an AT spokesperson said.

Mana whenua refers to iwi which have authority over a particular area or piece of land. There are 19 iwi who represent mana whenua in Tamaki Makaurau (Auckland). ....

Standards rethink needed says principals president.
Principals Federation president Whetu Cormick hopes new Education Minister Nikki Kaye will rethink the Government’s national standards policy.

He says Ms Kaye is using words like partnership and wanting to work with the sector, but he doesn’t believe schools and kura are funded sufficiently to offer the best education, especially for Maori.....

More jobs for our people means less domestic violence - Che Wilson

Wilson says that iwi shouldn't wait for treaty settlements to address issues concerning the people, one key area of concern for the Ruapehu region being domestic violence as a result of unemployment. "People were getting a hiding in between jobs when the money was running out.".....

Second legal action against government emission targets
The Government is facing fresh legal action over alleged inadequate greenhouse emissions targets.

The new case is being brought by the Mataatua District Maori Council over the Government allegedly failing to fulfil Treaty of Waitangi obligations to protect Maori land and property.

A separate case brought by 26-year-old Waikato student Sarah Thomson, which also questioned emissions targets, wrapped up in Wellington's High Court on Wednesday.

"Under the Treaty of Waitangi, the Crown has a duty of active protection towards Maori in regards to their lands and resources. The allegation is that their climate change policies are breaching that obligation." ....

Experts converge for eel conference
Māori and other eel experts meet in Whanganui this month to talk about how to protect tuna as a taonga and resource.

The second National Tuna Conference is in the Whanganui War Memorial Centre on July 17 and 18. Local speakers include Gerrard Albert, Ken Mair and Ben Potaka.....

Rethinking Maori Prisons (Opinion)
As we are now over 10 000 NZers in prison and with almost 70% of those in prison being Maori, the idea that we should look at Maori leading our prisons on the face of it seems like a really good idea.

Maori feature heavily in prison stats because society as a whole is racist. Everything since the signing of the Treaty proves that.

Building Maori prisons is not the solution to a racist prison system, making society and the instruments of law and order less racist is.....

Whanau Ora making an Impact in Marlborough
A Te Putāhitanga funded initiative in Marlborough has had confirmation that it will receive $1 million to fund a bilingual school, distinctly guided by kaupapa Maori philosophy.

Kylie Nepia, General Manager at Omaka Marae says “We have long held aspirations for a kaupapa Maori school and we are pleased to be partnering with Renwick School to develop and deliver the curriculum for the school which will be called Te Pa Wananga or the learning village”......

New name for Showgrounds Hawke's Bay
The rich relationship which shaped much of Hastings' history will be recognised, with the official return of the Tomoana name to Hawke's Bay Showgrounds.

The showgrounds have been home to the Hawke's Bay A&P Society since 1911, however the land's history extends much further back and links the Tomoana and Nelson families, whose actions shaped the future of the fertile area.

This rich history will be acknowledged by the grounds new - or reinstated - title of Showgrounds Hawke's Bay Tomoana.....

New fire service from today
The start of the new organisation is being marked up and down the country with vary degrees of ceremony. But while they can pull down the old NZFS flag they cannot yet replace it with the new Whakaratonga Iwi flag – because there aren't any, yet.

Whakaratonga Iwi is the new Fire emergency New Zealand motto and is adopted because it reflects the desire of the service to continue to be seen as serving its people.....