Oct - December

Iwi frustrated as locals take to Te Mata Peak track
The Hawke's Bay tribe that sought to have a track on Te Mata Peak removed is disappointed the path is proving popular with locals.

Craggy Range Winery has agreed to remove the new track and restore the land after it was criticised by Ngāti Kahungunu and the Environmental Defence Society
Cycle tracks and walkways and even a road have covered the other side of Te Mata peak for years, but the iwi said the track disfigured the mountain which depicted the reclining figure of ancestral chief Rongokako.

People have been flocking to the track since it was unveiled however, something Ngāti Kahungunu Trust chair Ngahiwi Tomoana was unhappy about.

"There was no consultation when it was etched into the mountain, and now it is being used by the general public.

"Just because it is popular does not make it right."

Mr Tomoana said he had been assured by the winery it would restore the land, and he expected that to happen......

More on the above here > Woman fights to keep controversial Te Mata Peak track
And more here > Safety concerns prompt Craggy Range to fence off controversial track

Rāhui not enough say Waitakere Ranges mana whenua
Te Kawerau a Maki says the rāhui it imposed on the Waitakere Ranges is not enough to stop the spread of the deadly kauri dieback disease.

It is now calling for the Waitakere Ranges to be closed completely.

But with over 16,000 hectares and endless entry points, Auckland Council says that's not possible.

A rāhui was imposed by mana whenua a month ago, to stop foot traffic through the Waitakere Ranges in hopes of minimising the spread of kauri dieback.

A rāhui can be lifted after an agreed lapse of time - but not before the spread of kauri dieback stops, or a cure is found.

Until then, Ashby says: "As long as there is a problem, the rāhui will stand.".....

Whanau Ora about to be re-booted under new government
It was a key policy of the now defunct Maori Party but Whanau Ora, which helps at risk families, is now getting a re-boot under the new government.

The programme has helped nearly 13,000 families in seven years, costing the country $73 million this year.

Whanau Ora Minister Peeni Henare is pushing for more funding and wanting to know whether people from the Pacific are getting enough help.

He's also interested in expanding the programme by setting up businesses to employ those from struggling families.....

Polytech reconsiders one chance drug test policy
Maori public health advocacy group Hapai Te Hauora is welcoming a move by Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology to rethink its student drug testing policy.

The polytechnic, which has campuses in Rotorua and Tauranga, introduced drug testing for trades students in 2016, picking up an 8 percent fail rate in its first semester.

Students who don’t pass are given one week to retest, at their own expense, or they are withdrawn from the programme.

Hapai chief executive Lance Norman says drug testing should not be a barrier for young people considering a career in the trades.

While testing is needed for safety reasons, any positive results should be followed up with offers of counselling and other appropriate supports to move students away from possible addiction and into their chosen career pathway.....

Prison nursery for river restoration trees
Prisoners will work alongside iwi and volunteers in an effort to restore the Waiotaka River, which flows into Lake Taupo.

Waikato Regional Council’s Natural Heritage Fund has given $126,750 to Project Tongariro for the three year project.

The committee has also approved a grant of $84,000 for the Waikato Raupatu River Trust and Nikau Whanau Trust towards the purchase of 13 hectares of the Matahuru Wetland at Lake Waikare, and $154,990 for Mahakirau Forest Estate Society Inc to help with the next four years for predator control work......

Intellectual property lawyer cautions businesses over use of Māori words
An Intellectual Property lawyer says the use of the word haka on food franchise burger fuel products is inappropriate. The kūmara fries product says Kūmara Fries at Burger Fuel is like eating a Haka'. Burger Fuel says no offense was intended and apologise for any offense caused.

Burger Fuel has likened the eating of kūmara fries to a haka and has some customers thinking twice.

An intellectual property lawyer Lynell Tuffery Huria says the use of the word haka on their food packaging is inappropriate.

“Incorporating something that refers to the Haka which is an important part of Māori tikanga and it forms an important role within Māori society being associated with food in a flippant way is clearly inappropriate.”......

Kaikōura aims for the Great Walks map
Local authorities and iwi in north Canterbury have applied to have popular walkways around Kaikōura elevated to 'Great Walks' status.

Kaikōura community stalwart Gina Solomon said the aim of getting the tracks official status was to help boost the recovery of small towns like Waiau, Mt Lyford, Ward, Seddon and Hanmer, and reinvigorate an element of iwi history in the area......

Māori Education Overview
There have been incremental shifts in Māori succeeding in education however significant equity gaps still exist between Māori and the total population......

Time to sort out Te Mata Peak track shambles
There is no doubt that before any construction on the track was started, our local iwi, Ngati Kahungunu, should have been consulted. Craggy Range Winery, it seems, was genuinely trying to do something good.

However, the winery was probably a bit naive in not realising that this was always going to be politically and culturally sensitive and they could have done more......

The Court of Appeal’s New Judge Joe Williams: Could He Be New Zealand’s First Chief Justice
And he raises the possibility of being the country’s first Maori Chief Justice, following the retirement of incumbent Dame Sian Elias.

Justice Joe Williams has been the chief judge of the Māori Land Court, chaired the Waitangi Tribunal, a justice of the High Court before his elevation to the Court of Appeal.

In an interview on Radio New Zealand, he said he was inspired by early contemporaries at university including Māori lawyer Annette Skykes and Shane Jones.

“I discovered the idea of aboriginal title, of aboriginal self governance which was very mainstream in Canada … and brought them back to New Zealand.”

Justice Williams worked on major treaty claims in his role on the Waitangi Tribunal such as the Wai 262 claim which looked at law reform affecting Māori culture and identity.

As historical claims come to a close, he said the next issue was working out how the treaty fitted into modern law policy.

“I think there’s a big conversation to be had both within the community and within the government about the role of a treaty specialist tribunal once historical claims are completed,” he told RNZ.......

Palmerston North Airport adopts the legend of Hau
Visitors to Palmerston North Airport are being greeted by a new collection of art works celebrating a Māori legend.

A love story and a traveller's tale, the Legend of Haunui-a-Nanaia has been adopted by the airport to illustrate its place and role in the central North Island.

Working with Rangitāne kaumatua, the walls around the baggage claim carousels have been painted to depict the story of Hau and his journeys that gave names to the Whanganui, Rangitīkei, Manawatū and Wairarapa rivers......

Council leases boat to Tauranga tribe
A powerful inshore boat owned by the Bay of Plenty Regional Council is to be leased to Tauranga iwi Ngai Te Rangi.

The council has agreed to ''strengthen its relationship'' with the tribe by entering into a three-year lease of its vessel Taniwha for a peppercorn rental of $1 a year.

''Ngai Te Rangi are keen to collaborate with council staff in support of key management responsibilities,'' council regulatory services manager Eddie Grogan said.

He told a recent council meeting that the iwi was deeply concerned about its lack of ''connectedness'' with Tauranga Harbour......

Backtrack on Te Mata Peak zig-zag path
A controversial zig-zag walking track on one of New Zealand's most iconic hillsides is to be removed.

Craggy Range Winery said today the walkway on Te Mata Peak in Hawke's Bay would be removed.

"Following discussions with Mana Whenua and other concerned groups this week, Craggy Range Winery has decided the best resolution to the concerns surrounding its new walking track on Te Mata Peak's eastern slopes is to remove the track, restore the land and return it to the previous owner," Craggy Range said in a statement......

Māori ancestral knowledge about fungi to be taught in schools
A new resource to reconnect students to Māori ancestral knowledge about fungi. Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research have launched their new book Fungi of Aotearoa at Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngā Maungarongo in Auckland.

Co-author Georgina Stewart says, “Traditional knowledge from ancient times has been included regarding the uses of some fungi species present in New Zealand.”

Manaaki Whenua Land Researcher Peter Buchannan says, “It occurred to me that this knowledge is not European knowledge, this is Māori knowledge- and do Māori know it? Is it in the pūtaiao, the Māori science curriculum, is there a way to get it there?”

“There will be other knowledge within Māoridom which is not known outside, but what we tried to do is at least collate the knowledge which is in written form and reintroduce it back into the schools. Students can understand a little about the importance of fungi.”

The booklet and teacher guide that will be going to 108 maori immersion schools across NZ.....

Hakapella buskers keep Whangarei shoppers upbeat in central mall
A Hakapella performance kept Christmas shoppers in Whangarei's central mall upbeat on Thursday and yesterday morning.

Appreciative spectators gathered around as members of the extended Maunsell whanau sang and danced to a blend of contemporary Christmas and traditional Maori songs, given a special a capella touch.....

Ingidenous rights under scholar's microscope
An Auckland researcher has been given an international scholarship to investigate how United Nations guidelines on indigenous rights can be applied to New Zealand law.

Auckland University law lecturer Andrew Erueti has been named the Fulbright Ngā Pae o te Maramatanga Scholar recipient for 2018 and will conduct research at the Univeristy of Colorado in Boulder.

He will focus on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which was endorsed by the New Zealand government in 2010.

"I'm essentially looking at the implications for that endorsement or reforms related to Māori rights in Aotearoa New Zealand," Dr Erueti said.......

Call for better iwi consultation on filming at national parks
The Department of Conservation in the top of the South Island is urging filmmakers to brush up on protocols and cultural awareness when filming on public land.

The eight iwi in the northern South Island, Te Tau Ihu, are still trying to bed in systems post Treaty settlement and are struggling to cope with late requests for permits.

The Department of Conservation processes applications for filming permits then considers how much iwi need to be involved in the decision.

Regional operations director Roy Grose said iwi must normally be given at least 20 days to respond, but that was not always happening.....”

Manawatū River Accord Community Grant Funding Awarded
Seven community groups have been successful in securing financial aid from the Manawatū River Leaders’ Accord community grants.

The grants aim to assist non-profit organisations such as community groups, schools, catchment care groups and iwi/hapu with projects that will help increase engagement with Manawatū waterways and improve water quality in the catchment. This year there was $80,000 to award to community projects that met the criteria.

The sixth project will reinforce Kaitiakitanga (guardianship/convservation) values of customary taiao ūkaipō landmarks within the Ngāti Te Rangiwhaka-ewa hapū of the Rangitāne tribal district of Tamaki Nui A Rua......

Mt Egmont/Taranaki will become a legal personality
Mt Egmont/Taranaki will become a legal personality, in its own right, with joint responsibility shared between local Māori and the government in an agreement signed with the eight iwi of Taranaki in parliament today says Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little.

“At the heart of iwi aspirations is the importance of upholding the mana of Ngā Maunga, and recognising the traditional tikanga-Maori relationship between Taranaki iwi and their Maunga.

“The legal personality requirement recognises the mountain’s status in a similar approach taken with Te Urewera and Te Awa Tupua Whanganui River as all Crown-owned land within the National Park will be vested in a legal personality,” says Andrew Little......

Baseball NZ to incorporate Māori designs into new logo
CEO Ryan Flynn is hoping to incorporate Māori designs when the new logo launches next year.

Baseball New Zealand has been consulting with Professor Robert Jahnke from Massey University, and Dave Bishop from the Porirua City Bombers club over suitable Māori designs.

“I would like to see a respect paid to our indigenous culture.....

Ngāti Maru and the Crown sign Agreement in Principle
The Crown and Ngāti Maru have signed an Agreement in Principle to settle the historical Treaty claims of Ngāti Maru, the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little announced today.

Ngāti Maru are an iwi in the Taranaki Region with about 1000 registered members at the last census.

“In 1865 the Crown’s confiscation of land in Taranaki took half of Ngāti Maru’s traditional rohe from them.

The agreement includes a total value of financial and commercial redress of $30 million. It outlines, in broad terms, the shape of a future settlement which is to be negotiated in the coming months......

New Zealand Community Trust Bay of Plenty grants for November
New Zealand Community Trust awarded the following grants in the Bay of Plenty region in November.

* Katikati Maori Wardens Charitable Trust Association - $4000 - Towards accommodation costs to attend a camp in Kaimai.

* Ohinemutu Kapa Haka- $5000- Towards kapa haka uniforms, poi and guitars.

* Rangiuru 2H Maori Reservation - Makahae Marae - $3085.95 -Towards a defibrillator and a first aid kit.

* Te Arawa Kapa Charitable Trust- $30,000 - Towards venue hire for Te Arawa Kapa Haka Regional Festival. ......
Other grants Here > http://www.nzherald.co.nz/rotorua-daily-post/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503438&objectid=11964079

Te Arawa working group to focus on climate change
The group has been established following feedback from iwi and hapū and aims to ensure tangata whenua are leading the discussions about what can be done on a local level.

Ms Douglas believes it is crucial to consider issues like climate changes through a cultural lens.

“It’s in our history to respond to environmental changes and look for alternative pathways. Look at the Mt Tarawera eruption. We have a history of being adaptable and moving forward.

“We also are very innovative. Often iwi Māori are at the front of new technology and innovation and this is a real opportunity to show that....... 

Maori mood growing for name change
Maori constitutional scholar Dr Moana Jackson says there would be an appetite in Maoridom for a change in the country's name.

Moana Jackson says the issue of a name change came up surprisingly often during the 250 hui he has held on constitutional change based on Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

"There's been discussion about it already in the sense more and more people are now suggesting we should use names like Te ika a Maui and Te Waka a Maui and so on instead of the hardly romantic and evocative names of North Island and South Island and the fact more people are calling the country Aotearoa," he says.....

Museum improvements
Things are changing next year at the Dargaville Museum with a new name, refurbishment of the Lighthouse Function Centre and renovations on the Maori display area.

“I also thought we needed a Maori name to bring us in line with bilingual New Zealand and a name with a point of difference. So I looked up the history of Joseph Dargaville and how chiefs from different iwi sold him the Tunatahi block which Dargaville now sits on. I thought it was a very inclusive and cooperative story.

“So we called a hui with local Maori to discuss the name ‘Te Whare Taonga O Tunatahi,’ (Whare Taonga translates to museum) and that had support.”

Therefore the museum now has two new signs bearing it’s new name at the entrance and on the outside wall. Matching signs are also above the door to the museum and the lighthouse function centre. “It’s just unified and taken ownership of the building.”

A blessing and celebratory event for the signs, and to honour the gift of the new Maori name, is happening on Wednesday, December 20......

Kaikoura vote for Maori Ward
Kaikōura District Council has voted to create a Māori ward. They say it's a natural progression from the positive working relationships forged between Māori and Pākehā during the community's earthquake recovery. But as Irena Smith reports, the decision now hangs on the public's response, and Kaikōura’s sole Māori councillor says this needs to change

Maori perspective needed in death debate
The Anglican Bishop of Te Tai Tokerau wants discussion on David Seymour's euthanasia bill to encompass wider questions of end of life and palliative care.

"I would welcome a discussion about how we understand life, how we understand death and the phases of life just before death. All the wisdom of our culture and the Maori world view I believe would speak very well on this issue.....

Ngāti Tuwharetoa Claims Settlement Bill passes First Reading
Minister Andrew Little welcomed and acknowledged the rangatira of Ngāti Tūwharetoa who were at Parliament today as their claims settlement Bill passed its first reading this morning.

“The government is committed to settling historical Treaty grievances and to building a new partnership between the Crown and Māori.

The settlement includes the following redress:

* Cultural funds, totalling $3,950,000, to support the aspirations for cultural and environmental revitalisation of Ngāti Tūwharetoa.

* Transfer of 32 sites of cultural significance to Ngāti Tūwharetoa.

* 8 geographic name changes.

* The establishment of the Tongariro Trout Hatchery and Freshwater Ecology Centre Trust, to be managed by Ngāti Tūwharetoa, the Minister of Conservation and the Tongariro National Trout Centre Society Incorporated (who will each appoint two trustees). The Downs whānau (a whānau of Ngāti Tūrangitukua who are a hapū of Ngāti Tūwharetoa) will also appoint a trustee.

* The establishment of a statutory board, Te Kōpua Kānapanapa, to restore, protect and enhance the environmental, cultural and spiritual well-being of the Taupō catchment.

* Membership on the Rangitāiki River Forum.

* Financial redress of $25 million.

* Commercial redress including Taurewa Station and part of Karioi Forest on settlement date, and the right to purchase other Crown properties.

In 2008 Ngāti Tūwharetoa received a share of Crown Forest Land in the Central North Island valued at $203 million as part of the Central North Island Forests Iwi Collective settlement.
Ngāti Tūwharetoa are also part of a collective of iwi the Crown will engage with in future negotiations regarding the Tongariro National Park......

Petition to demand a poll on Maori Wards – Whakatane District Council
Who can sign the petition?

A person who signs the petition must be a current elector within the WDC area (either resident or non-resident ratepayer elector and includes those on the Unpublished Roll).

How much time have I got?
If the required number of signatures are not received by early February next year it is likely that a poll will not be held, or not be held in time, to prevent Maori Wards being introduced for the next Local Body elections in 2019.

What do I need to do?
Download and print out one of the forms below. Circulate among your friends and family and when completed post to:.......

Full information and forms here > https://wardswhakatane.com/

Fire signals outrage at Moungaroa sale
Descendents of the original owner of Moungaroa, or Blagdon Hill, have lit a fire evoking the signal fires of the Taranaki wars, in protest against its sale by Chorus.
They said the telecommunications company's sale of the hill near New Plymouth threatens to destroy the archaeological site there.

New Plymouth District Council originally acquired Moungaroa from Te Kaho Heremia of Te Atiawa in the 1930s under the Public Works Act, for a reservoir that was never built.

Two fire crews, supported by police, arrived about 9pm and extinguished the fire. No arrests were made......

Most teachers are using te reo Māori
The Council for Educational Research council's national survey of primary and intermediate schools found just 1 percent never use the language with students.

"Increasing the number of teachers who speak te reo Māori, and the level at which they can speak it and use it with their students, should also be a priority," the survey report said.

The survey found of the 771 teachers who responded, 10 percent used Māori most of the time in their classrooms and 44 percent spoke it quite often......

Hosking comments 'inaccurate and misleading' - BSA
The Broadcasting Standards Authority has upheld a complaint that comments made about the Māori Party by Seven Sharp host Mike Hosking were inaccurate, misleading and breached the accuracy broadcasting standard.

In this discussion, Hosking asserted that only those enrolled in a Māori electorate were able to vote for the Māori Party. He said “…you can’t vote for the Māori Party because you’re not enrolled in the Māori electorate”.

The Authority upheld the complaint and say that the alleged clarification broadcast on 24 August 2017 was flippant and too general to correct the inaccurate information for viewers.

Voters not enrolled on the Māori electoral roll can cast a party vote for the Māori Party, or vote for one of the 18 Māori Party candidates representing general electorates in the 2017 General Election......

Iwi Chairs have questions for the Government over charter school closures
The Government looks set to face tough questions from iwi leaders at Waitangi next year over plans to close charter schools.

The Labour-led Government is following through on its campaign promise to shut down charter schools and is working with each one to see if they can transition to a special character school.

Education Minister Chris Hipkins has written to the sponsors of the country's 10 charter schools saying the Ministry of Education will meet with them in February, but until then all contractual agreements remain in place.

It's understood the ICF is suggesting closing the schools could breach Treaty of Waitangi principles......

Reo strategy will require crown effort
Maori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta is keen for the crown to hold up its end in revitalising te reo Maori.

"The focus will be on the crown and having a reo revitalisation strategy that we can work in partnership with Te Matawai to achieve. The key agencies that will be critical to help deliver that will be Te Taura Whiri, Te Mangai Paho and Maori TV. Obviously Maori radio is caught up in that aspiration as well," she says.....

Iwi part of climate strategy
Climate Change Minister James Shaw says iwi and landowners will be important allies as he develops plans for a zero carbon economy.

He says Maori assets are heavily affected by climate change, whether through rising seas or extreme weather.

"I actually find working with iwi in particular to be a real breath of fresh air because most of them are saying we are in this for the really long term and also climate change is one of their highest priorities," Mr Shaw says.......

Datacom and MIT Bachelor of Digital Technologies Scholarships
Datacom and Manukau Institute of Technology are backing two new scholarships for students studying towards a Bachelor of Digital Technologies degree. The two scholarships aim to encourage increased diversity in the tech sector with one available to a female student and the other to an applicant of Pacific or Māori descent.

With the new government announcing that first year fees will be free in 2018, the scholarship is structured to cover half a student’s tuition fees in second and third year between Datacom and MIT. As part of the scholarship, Datacom will be mentoring these scholarship students and offering an internship during their third year of study.

To qualify for the scholarship you must:

* Be either female or Māori or Pasifika......

Scholarship to attract Māori and Pasifika young leaders
A new Lincoln scholarship is hoping to draw young Māori and Pasifika leaders into tertiary study by reducing some of the costs of living on campus.

Coming on the back of the fees free announcement by the Government, the Lincoln University Māori and Pasifika Accommodation Scholarship offers up to 20 students $5000 towards their on-campus accommodation costs.

Applicants need to have demonstrated commitment to Māori or Pasifika leadership and advancement within their school or extended community.....

Whangārei to host next Rangatahi Court
Northland will be the next region to have a Kōti Rangatahi, Rangatahi Court, to be hosted by Terenga Parāoa Marae in Whangārei.

It will become the 15th Rangatahi Court since the first court was established in Gisborne in 2008, and will be opened officially at a ceremony on 24 February 2018.

Rangatahi Courts aim to provide the best possible rehabilitative care for young offenders by reconnecting them with their cultural identity, and meaningfully involving local Māori in the process.....

Iwi will seek return of plaque marking its blessing of Craggy Range winery
The iwi that blessed the Hawke's Bay's Craggy Range winery feels betrayed by the cutting of a track on Te Mata Peak and will be seeking the return of a commemorative plaque.

Ngāti Kahungunu blessed the winery at the foot of the eastern flank of the peak when it opened in January 2003.

Iwi chairman Ngahiwi Tomoana was so infuriated by the winery's cutting of the new track up the eastern face of the peak, that he has arranged a meeting with the company in the coming days, and will request the return of the plaque.....

Ngāi Tahu mapping project reveals original Māori placenames in Southland
An online atlas developed by Ngai Tahu could open up a conversation about recognising Māori placenames, Southland iwi say.

The website Kā Huru Manu launched only a few weeks ago and features the Ngāi Tahu Atlas - an interactive map showing the original Māori place names and associated stories within the Ngāi Tahu tribal area.

The atlas shows Te ana-au is the correct spelling for Lake Te Anau, and Moturau is the correct Māori name for Lake Manapouri.

There was potential for dialogue about using these names officially.......

Auckland Domain parking ban to be enforced
Pukekaroa, the volcanic mound in the middle of the sportsfield area, was once a pā site and is of great significance to the mana whenua of Tāmaki Makaurau. The enforcement of the parking ban provides a tool to protect this taonga and site of significance.

Independent Māori Statutory Board spokesman Renata Blair says Ngati Whatua Orakei and Waikato-Tainui in particular are very pleased that the parking ban will now be enforced.

“This was the site where the first Māori King, Potatau Te Wherowhero resided."

“In previous times it was a thriving Tainui village and any archaeological taonga on the maunga will be protected by the measures taken by the Domain Committee."

“The original carvings on the sacred site were recently restored in 2017 at Pukekaroa and I am pleased that these will also be protected.”.....

Bilingual Rotorua moves into the first phase
Bilingual Rotorua is entering into its first phase - with bilingual signage at city entrances and the creation of te reo zones in playgrounds and reserves among the first steps.

At a Rotorua Lakes Council Strategy, Policy and Finance Committee meeting last week Te Tatau o Te Arawa chief executive Te Taru White and lawyer Kerri Anne Hancock presented the business case for Rotorua Reorua (Bilingual Rotorua).

In August Rotorua was declared New Zealand's first bilingual city......

Maori greetings on way for welcome signs
Visitors travelling into Dunedin could soon be met by Maori greetings alongside the Gothic font on the city's new signage.

Enterprise Dunedin director John Christie, said the Maori Participation Working Party would consult with local runaka over coming months on suitable greetings.
Once the greetings have been agreed, they would be added to the existing six Dunedin signs.......
Maori demand voice in mental health regime
Maori health workforce development organisation Te Rau Matatini is backing a national group representing Maori who uses mental health services.

"We tend to find western mental health services become individually focused and forget our whanau. For Maori that is not OK. We need to increase the recognition of Maori and their preferences and views of what they need to help them heal and support their recovery of any mental health challenges they may be experiencing," Ms Baker says.......
John Drinnan: Maori news unit to boost te reo?
Maori broadcasters are forming closer ties, boosting the prospect of a Maori news unit that would service multiple media, sources say.

The moves coincide with the new Maori language agency Te Matawai and its attempts to lift the slow uptake of te reo.

All Maori media are coming to grips with that lack of progress, but Maori TV gets most flak because it was created specifically to boost te reo......
Kawerau shooter's appeal on basis of Maori sovereignty dismissed
An attempt by Kawerau siege shooter Rhys Warren to have his conviction overturned on the basis of Maori sovereignty has been dismissed.

Warren sought leave to appeal from the Supreme Court on the basis that New Zealand courts had no jurisdiction over him, and he was a different person from the "legal fiction" of Rhys Warren.

The Supreme Court justices ruled that Warren had no basis for appeal......

Multicultural NZ Briefs Govt on Promoting Inclusive Aotearoa
Multicultural New Zealand has delivered a briefing to the Incoming Ministers outlining key issues and opportunities facing ethnic, migrant and refugee communities in New Zealand.

Multicultural New Zealand has made a commitment to raise the consciousness about the Treaty of Waitangi and the status of Māori. Multicultural New Zealand believes that Te Tiriti o Waitangi is for all peoples living in Aotearoa.

“Huarahi Hou is one component of a much bigger effort to help move us towards a truly Treaty-Based Multicultural Aotearoa New Zealand” said Mr. Narayanan...... 

Nongfu Spring seeks combined consent hearing
“If consent is granted, we will create real local jobs for local people, particularly Māori,” says Gleissner. “When completed, the plant will employ 60 staff (up from eight staff currently) and will deliver considerable benefits to the communities of Te Teko, Kawerau and Whakatane.”

Most of the positions have been earmarked for local Māori as was promised by Nongfu Springs’ Chairman Zhong during meetings with iwi last December, he adds......

Waiheke Island marina plan drives wedge between Māori groups
Waiheke Island Māori leaders are railing against Ngāti Paoa Iwi Trust for not joining their opposition to a planned marina.

Piritahi Marae trust member Paora Toi Te Rangiuaia said he was "really angry" that the iwi trust, which has mana whenua status on the island, has not supported groups that are trying to stop a 186-berth marina being built at Kennedy Point on Waiheke.

The island's marae has joined the appeal by SKP (Save Kennedy Point) against Kennedy Point Boatharbour Limited's plans to construct a marina and floating car park that would occupy 7.3 hectares of Putiki Bay. Island resident Ron Walden has also lodged an appeal....

Northland's Maitai Bay faces seafood ban to replenish stocks
“A rāhui is about to be put in place at a popular Northland holiday spot in order to replenish sealife stocks.

Local iwi, hapū and community members will declare Maitai Bay and neighbouring Waikato Bay on the Karikari Pensuila a no-take zone from next Wednesday, December 20.

It will last for more than two years until March 2020.

Rāhui coordinator Whetu Rutene says it comes after extensive hui and consultation.....

Young Māori students attempt to heal Lake Taupō
At 12pm today parents and students of Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Whakarewa i te Reo ki Tūwharetoa will visit eight sites around Lake Taupō to recite karakia, pao and waiata in the hope it will help heal the moana from all the toxins in it.

With the temperatures set to rise over the festive season, local iwi of Lake Taupō are concerned about the algae bloom that is poisoning the heart of the city.

Although some areas have been given the all clear, the heat could do more damage to the moana and the people.

Earlier this year the kura kaupapa students paddled around the edge of the lake to hear its stories and to feel the mauri of its waterways and bays......

Historical trauma behind high suicide stats
An expert in indigenous suicide says the crown was told 30 years ago of the links between colonisation and Maori suicide and chose to ignore it.

She says colonisation disconnects whanau from their whakapapa, their land, their cultural knowledge and their language, adding up to massive historical trauma......

Wishlist: Goff wants govt to kick in for new stadium
Auckland mayor Phil Goff's wishlist includes getting the government to kick in for a new downtown stadium, and a law change to allow Māori seats on his council.

He noted the council's recent vote to seek a law change allowing the creation of Māori seats on the council, without needing to reduce the current number of general seats.....

Pukekohe High School opens house of learning for Māori, Pacifica and international students
At 5.55am on December 16, the sun will rise in the east, lighting up the face of Pukekohe High School's new whare waananga.

It's been a long time coming, 15 years to be exact, but after two years of planning, consulting and constructing, PHS will open the doors to its new whare waananga on Saturday morning.

"It is important to preserve our Māori culture and to normalise aspects of it in a safe way so it isn't considered a taboo subject and so that we can celebrate Māori culture as a bi-cultural society under the Treaty of Waitangi."

"It's a building of cultural significance and [it should be] used correctly with the right tikanga and kawa (the Māori way of doing things)," said Tipene......

Embedding cultural practices into mental health services
Despite growing evidence for the role of culturally-centred programmes in addressing mental health needs, few programmes have been embedded into practice, says one researcher who hopes to change all that.

Dr Kahu McClintock, Research Manager with Te Rau Matatini, has just been awarded $789,771 to test the use of indigenous approaches for helping at-risk Māori and Pacific youth....

Don Brash at Whangarei play to learn why te reo should be spoken more
Former National and Act party leader Don Brash will attend the powerful Whangarei Girls' High School play Waiora tomorrow night to receive a lesson of his own.

After hearing Mr Brash asking why he should have to listen to Maori being spoken on National Radio during an interview with the station earlier this month, the show's director decided to invite him along to the show to find out.

Mr Walker contacted Mr Brash and invited him to attend Waiora in the hope that he might find the answer to his question in the performance and Mr Brash has taken up the challenge and confirmed that he will be attending at 7pm tomorrow night......

Māori Student Centre established at Massey
Māori students at Massey will be well supported in the future with the establishment of Te Rau Tauawhi, the Māori Student Centre.

The centre aims to enhance and inspire educational success and will have staff on all three campuses who will also support distance students.

Founded on tikanga Māori principles of whānau manaakitanga, whanaungatanga and mātauranga the centre will provide a range of general and pastoral care services to help prospective and current students and their whānau to engage with the University. Services will include promoting Māori student participation and success, mentoring programmes, helping to connect students to existing Massey services, facilitating relationships with career and employability services, and establishing Māori cohort learning supports.......

No right to platform for racist views
An Otago Ngai Tahu leader has slammed his local newspaper for running an opinion column attacking use of te reo Maori by broadcasters.

The column in the Otago Daily Times by fishing writer Dave Witherow drew widespread criticism, including a rebuke from Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy.

Tahu Potiki says Mr Witherow is known in the region for voicing anachronistic red neck views and it is to the ODT’s shame that it gave him a voice.

Mr Potiki says the same applies for former National and ACT Party leader Don Brash, whose only role now seems to be stirring up controversy by attacking things Maori......

Removing Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki Māori and National Standards
The following Cabinet paper covers decisions relating to:

* The removal of the requirement for kura and schools to use and report on Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki Māori and National Standards from 2018

* Strengthening the focus on progress and good quality assessment in aromatawai information in teaching and learning and in reporting to parents, whānau and boards of trustees

* Beginning work, in 2018, to design a new approach to assessment and reporting, based on child progress across the curricula

* Stopping the proposed transfer of teacher professional learning and development to the education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand......

Engaging with Māori
If you want to make an application, first make sure you have spoken to all the right people and consider how your plans might impact iwi every step of the way.....

Bloody oath! Aussie's te reo request inspires change
Natalie Evans, originally of Australia, will officially become a New Zealand citizen tonight at Auckland’s Town Hall, alongside 510 other candidates.

She asked to recite her oath and affirmation in Māori and her request inspired the Auckland Council to make some major changes to the ceremony.

The new citizens will say the oath and affirmation first in English followed by an option of saying it in Māori, with the words displayed onto a screen.

Karem Colmenares of the Auckland Council says the change is a positive step and will be offered at future ceremonies......

Māori Party president resigns, calls on leaders to do the same
Māori Party president Tukoroirangi Morgan has resigned and is urging the party's co-leaders to do the same.

Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox remain in their positions after the party's disastrous election result.

Ms Fox says she'll do whatever party members want......

New Dunedin boundary signs
Ongoing discussions with the Maori Participation Working Party are leading towards the inclusion of culturally appropriate Maori greetings that are aligned with the local Runaka. Once confirmed, these greeting signs will be added to the scope of boundary city signage work.....

Crown and iwi negotiate Wanganui lands
Negotiations between the Crown and iwi over Wanganui land have reached a "crunchy hard bit", chief Crown negotiator Richard Barker says.

He spoke to Wanganui District Council on Wednesday, saying the Office of Treaty Settlements was active in this area at present.

An agreement in principle between the Wanganui Land Settlement Negotiation Trust and the Crown is expected by mid-2018. A settlement could be agreed a year later.

Mr Barker said the settlement would create a powerful new entity in the district, a post-settlement governance entity, essentially a trust, that would have assets and opportunities.

In the settlement the Crown would hand over cash, Crown property and the rights to purchase further Crown property.

"They will have things that they didn't have before," Mr Barker said.....

Complete treaty settlements by 2020, officials urge
The Office of Treaty Settlements has urged its new minister, Andrew Little, to complete historical settlements with all willing and able groups by 2020.

According to briefing documents to the incoming minister as at October this year, 61 percent of Treaty settlements had been signed by the Crown and claimant groups.

The report said a funding boost of $12.2 million in this year's budget had been successful in implementing a strategy that was leading the way to complete historical Treaty of Waitangi settlements in the next three years.....

Sir Tipene counsels calm conversation on Whakatipu
Sir Tipene O’Regan has shut down Otago regional councillor Michael Laws after he said it was "madness" to change Queenstown’s Maori place-name spelling from Wakatipu to Whakatipu......

Ka mau te wehi, Te Puni Kokiri
“The Labour-led government appreciates the significance and importance of Te Puni Kokiri and its’ role in Māori development, which is why we’ve placed the portfolio back inside Cabinet. It means the crucial calls for Māori receive top level consideration.......

PM promises Māori relations re-set
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern used a visit to Rotorua to spell out what her focus would be for Government, listing confidence, strength, collaboration and something she said had been missing - kindness.

She also promised a new beginning for Crown and iwi relations with Kelvin Davis taking on the new role of Crown/Maori Relations Minister.

"How do we work in partnership beyond the Treaty negotiation process? Us being here is an acknowledgement that Labour holds all the Māori seats, but with that privilege comes huge responsibility," she said.

Ardern also promised a Government that would be accountable to Māori.

"No-one will hold us to account more than our Māori caucus."....

Iwi Forum not going away
An advisor to the Iwi Chairs Forum says the Government will have to deal with the Forum whether it likes it or not.

Willie Te Aho says the forum represents a collective of the Maori treaty partners.

"The crown signed agreements with various iwi that have settled. They apologised for breaches of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and basically said they would b better treaty partners going forward so it’s not a case of if the crown deal with us. They must deal with us," he says.

Willie Te Aho says there is still action before the courts over Maori rights and interests in water, and the Iwi Chairs are one of the groups the Government has to deal with over that......

Harold Maniapoto: 'We have a right, according to the law, to have a seat'
Powerful words were used to illustrate disappointment at Waipa District Council's decision to deny Māori a ward at the next election.

Harold Maniapoto, a member of the council's Iwi Consultative Committee, described it as "a tragedy".

He spoke about the matter to the committee when it met on Wednesday.

He suggested other committee members were also disappointed at the decision.

"We have a right, according to the law, to have a seat," Maniapoto said.

"But non-Māori voted that we should not have that seat. Our democratic right has been undermined something terrible."

"But what I'm pointing out here is a great injustice has been done. Not to Māori, but to citizens of New Zealand - both Pākehā and Māori.

"Your view is your view, and your right is your right, but denying someone else their democratic rights in their own country - I think that's a tragedy."......

Work begins to get Peka Peka to Otaki expressway project moving
Ms Speight has also congratulated Fletchers Construction, the project's constructor, for winning Nga Tohu Reo Maori 2017 — at the Maori Language Awards.

Fletchers was nominated alongside community partners Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Te Rito in the Pakihi — Business category for bi-lingual site signage on the Peka Peka to Otaki Expressway.

"The award is recognition of Fletchers' commitment to developing of constructive relationships with communities it's working in and for.

"There are four kohanga, two Maori immersion schools and two bilingual units within mainstream schools in Otaki, so the signage has added real value from a health and safety perspective as well as cultural one.".....

Teachers seek to understand matauranga
Teachers have been wrestling with the question of matauranga Maori or Maori knowledge and how it can be brought into the classroom.......
More on the above here > Te Putahi a Toi 20 years championing Maori knowledge

High school students build little play house for preschoolers over hundreds of hours
High school students spent hundreds of hours building a whare iti playhouse for the children at Golden Kids early learning centre in Golden Bay.

A whare iti, or little house, was built over the year by students from Golden Bay High School's building class, and embellished throughout with artworks, tukutuku panels and contemporary carvings by students from years 7-10.

A blessing for the structure was held on Tuesday morning with iwi manawhenua ki mohua.....

Over $2m to engage young Kiwis in Science
Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods today announced over $2 million of funding for 33 innovative science projects through the 2018 Unlocking Curious Minds contestable Fund.

“The 33 projects are of the upmost quality and will increase engagement in science and technology within communities, in regions and at a national level,” says Megan Woods.

Some of the exciting new projects funded through this new round include:

The Unlocking Curious Minds contestable fund is an initiative under A Nation of Curious Minds – He Whenua Hiriri I Te Mahara – a National Strategic Plan for Science in Society, and is jointly run by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, the Ministry of Education, and the Office of the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor.....
A full list of the 33 successful Unlocking Curious Minds projects (10 are Maori focussed) can be found here > https://www.curiousminds.nz/assets/Uploads/2018-approved-projects-curious-minds.pdf

Iwi to take Crown to Supreme Court
An Auckland iwi says it will go to the Supreme Court to block a Crown bid to hand over pieces of what it considers its land to other iwi in treaty settlements.

Ngāti Whātua Ōrakei Trust is prepared to go to the Supreme Court after the Court of Appeal rejected its bid to stop the Crown from giving land they say is in their heartland to other iwi as part of their treaty settlements.

The Court of Appeal rejected Ngāti Whātua Ōrakei Trust's bid to stop properties in Grafton Road, Dominion Road, Auckland Grammar School and Epsom Girls' Grammar being part of the Marutūāhu and Ngāti Paoa treaty settlements.....

UN's number one parenting programme adapted for Maori families - and it's working
A culturally-adapted parenting programme for Maori families has increased parents' confidence, reduced conflict between partners and improved children's behaviour.

The programme, Te Whanau Pou Toru, was adapted from the Triple P - Positive Parenting Program - which has been rated as the number one parenting programme in the world by the United Nations.

Parents learned a variety of positive parenting techniques during discussion groups, which encouraged families to share ideas about parenting and learn from other whanau about how they interact with their kids......

Te Reo Māori scrabble has just dropped and it's incredible!
"Kuputupu" is the new board game based on the popular word game called Scrabble. It has been developed by Hutt Valley library to increase the use of Te Reo Māori. Kapai Poneke this is amazing......

Public commitment given for Te Henga marae land
An influential Auckland councillor has promised an iwi land to build its marae on.

Penny Hulse made the comments to Te Kawerau ā Maki at an Auckland Council environment committee meeting on December 5.

"We will resolve the Te Henga (Bethells Beach) marae issue," she said.

"It's untenable that it has taken this long, and for that I apologise."....

Māori business interest at NZ-China mayoral talks
Porirua Mayor Mike Tana says "the Chinese mayors are here to talk about commerce, to talk about the opportunities that they see here in New Zealand. In particular what they've been talking to me about are those cultural opportunities." 
Mayor Tana says the forum's key topics- education, primary industries and tourism- align with some of Māoridom's biggest business sectors, which could further grow the $50-billion Māori Economy.

China is New Zealand's largest trading partner and the Chinese mayors collectively represent around 80 million citizens.....

Sale of New Plymouth landmark sparks upset
The imminent sale of part of a prominent New Plymouth landmark acquired under the Public Works Act in the 1930s has upset Taranaki Māori.

Chorus has put Blagdon Hill or Moungaroa on the market, but Māori say the company should have spoken to them first......

Health Minister sets up urgent expert group to examine system
Tipene-Leach is a professor of Māori and Indigenous Research at the Eastern Institute of Technology. He has a distinguished medical practice and academic history, and has led innovative public health projects on prevention of long-term conditions, particularly diabetes.

Tūnoho is president of E tū, one of New Zealand's largest unions and national coordinator for Healthcare Aotearoa, which represents many community and iwi-controlled primary health providers. She is also involved with Hutt Union & Community Health Service and is an executive member on the Living Wage Movement Aotearoa board....

Support for Māori
Waikato DHB has Kaitiaki and Kaitakawaenga teams to support Māori patients and their whānau.......

Jacinda Ardern and Maori caucus to launch Tamati Coffey's Maori advisory group
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and the Maori caucus are coming to Rotorua to launch Waiariki MP Tamati Coffey's Kahui Koeke.

Coffey will unveil his Kahui Koeke, an advisory council of selected kaumatua, ready to support and advise him on his new political journey.

"Having such wise heads around me, will allow me to make decisions collectively and hear the various issues affecting Waiariki iwi."

Coffey's premiere advisory council consists of; Dr Kihi Ngatai - Tauranga Moana, Rereamanu Wihapi - Tapuika, Ngati Moko, Waitaha, Tuhourangi ki Tai, Hemana Eruera - Ngati Awa, Ron Tahi - Ngai Tuhoe, Robert Edwards - Te Whakatohea and Dr Keneti Te Whainga Kennedy - Te Arawa, among others.

Lawyer and political figure Annette Sykes is included in the line-up of presenters......

Tūwharetoa Settlement Trust delivers another strong result for Iwi
Tūwharetoa Settlement Trust has helped Ngāti Tūwharetoa to post a $1.7 million profit for the 2016/17 year.

The annual results were announced on Saturday at Tūwharetoa Settlement Trust's AGM, held at Wairakei Resort in Taupō.

The trust's total comprehensive income after tax for 2016/17 was $4.7m.

"The organisation has gone from strength to strength over the last four financial years due to the dedication of its trustees, whose five-year terms end this month," trust chairman Rakeipoho Tairaroa said.....

Kermadec sanctuary breaches Treaty fishing rights - Māori group
Māori fishery trust Te Ohu Kaimoana has expressed frustration at National's second attempt to make the Kermadec Ocean a sanctuary.

MP Nick Smith has submitted another Member's Bill to protect more than 600,000km/sq of ocean.

Te Ohu Kaimoana chief executive Dion Tuuta says the sanctuary would breach Māori fishing rights under the Treaty.

"If Government wishes to pursue new forms of marine protection, that [should be] done in consultation and partnership with its Treaty partner," he said.

Mr Tuuta also has a word of warning for the Greens, who have expressed support for the sanctuary.

"Does [the Green Party] want a short-term relationship of convenience with Nick Smith to get the sanctuary across the line, or does it want a real and enduring relationship with the Treaty partner?".....

Bay of Islands fishing rahui still alive
Fishers planning to be in the Bay of Islands over the summer holidays are being reminded about the rahui at Maunganui Bay/Deep Water Cove.

The rahui does not stop visitors who wish to dive, swim or anchor in the bay, but the taking of fish and shellfish other than kina (sea eggs/urchins) is prohibited.

The area near Rawhiti in the eastern Bay of Islands is closed to all fishing, except for gathering kina, until October 13, 2018, under section 186A of the Fisheries Act.

Local hapu Ngati Kuta and Patukeha of Te Rawhiti initiated the rahui (temporary closure) in 2010, to enable fish stocks to replenish.

Fines up to $100,000 apply to anybody caught breaching the rahui/fishing ban......

Victoria University plans for Māori academic success
The purpose of the gathering is to build partnerships to boost opportunities for Māori students and to foster research alliances.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Māori) Rawinia Higgins says, “This year, we are delighted to be hosting more than 20 iwi organisations, representatives of Māori trusts and other organisations from around the country at the marae- signaling their commitment to work with us to support Māori education."......

Maori a priority in Kiwibuild
Housing Minister Phil Twyford would like to see the Kiwibuild policy deliver the kind of levels of Maori home ownership as Maori Affairs housing achieved in the past.

He’s working with Maori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta on ways to add a Maori dimension to Kiwibuild which aims to build 100,000 houses over the next 10 years and also work with iwi on housing.....

Young Catholics keen to increase Maori focus
Young catholics are looking at how they can better work with Maori.

More than 600 Catholics aged from 15 to 29 were in Auckland over the weekend for the first Aotearoa Catholic Youth Festival of worship, discussion and performance

Maori organising committee member Arama Pou says the festival included extensive bilingual signage and people were encouraged to use te reo words and phrases where they could......

Ngati Whatua Orakei loses appeal on exclusivity
Hauraki iwi have welcomed a Court of Appeal decision rejecting Ngati Whatua Orakei's assertion of exclusive Treaty rights across central Auckland.

The court upheld an earlier High Court ruling.

He says Auckland has many mana whenua and no one tribe has superior and exclusive rights over the others......

Victoria signs partnerships with Māori organisations
Victoria University of Wellington is building partnerships with iwi and other Māori organisations to boost opportunities for Māori students and foster research collaborations.

The agreements are part of the University’s commitment to improve its engagement with key Māori stakeholders and to work in partnership with them to support the academic success of current and future Māori students, through activities such as internships and scholarships.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Māori) Professor Rawinia Higgins says that Victoria is proud to be matching dollar-for-dollar the funding provided by Māori partners, to maximise the study and research opportunities for Māori students......

Te reo on the radio too much for some
A controversial column condemning the use of te reo Māori on RNZ sparked debate about racism, free speech and even hate speech this past week. Mediawatch looks at the responses and asks a veteran Māori broadcaster if this is a big deal or a storm in a teacup.

"A few seconds of a reporter signing off in Māori language or greeting the listening public - it's nothing," she said......

New library cards available now
If you are a current library member or thinking of joining, new Te Aka Mauri cards are available for free from Friday 1 December.

The card features new Te Aka Mauri branding and includes our new logo, tukutuku pattern and an image of the building itself.....

Iwi partners
The University's southern roots are anchored in a special relationship with the communities of Otago, Southland (College of Education, Murihiku Campus) and Canterbury (Christchurch School of Medicine), including a special partnership with Ngāi Tahu, by way of a Memorandum of Understanding with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu.

Both parties acknowledge however that the University extends beyond the Ngāi Tahu takiwā (tribal area) and relationships with a number of other iwi have also been formed, as well as memoranda signed. These relationships are the foundation of the University's Treaty responsiveness: feel free to download the following documents to view the detail of each MoU......

Labour tells iwi leaders they're not doing their job properly signalling it's time to steer a new course
Maoridom's most powerful leaders have been told they're not doing a proper job by the Maori Development Minister, Nanaia Mahuta.

Their focus has been on issues such as the ownership of water. But there has been little progress on this during National's nine years in power.

Now the new Government is signalling it's time to steer a new course.

"Noting that we are a coalition Government, a big head issue will be the discussion going forward on water. That will be a very slow conversation," Ms Mahuta said......

Iwi leaders navigate government relations
Iwi leaders are meeting in Wellington, with a big question mark around its relationships with the new Government.

The Iwi Leaders Forum had strong links to the Maori Party, and made much of its access to ministers in the previous Government.

Topia Rameka from Ngati Tuwharetoa says it's now a different environment.

"The forum needs to understand what are all the roles the different ministries now play so that's one thing we need to get our heads around. The kaiupapa of the Iwi Chairs Forum stays the same regardless of what government is in place and our kaupapa is quite simple. It's about advancing the interests of our people, ahakoa no hea," he says......

Māori Television holds staff kura reo to help reach 2020 target
Today, Māori Television took its first step forward in the process to become completely bilingual. However, will the government continue to support the station in its new drive to grow the language?

From cameramen to sound operators - the many faces of Māori Television today began their very first exclusive Māori language acquisition course in the company's 13-year history in the hope that those broadcasting in the language can be exposed to a new Māori experience of their own.

Another level definitely reached - but at what cost? $50,000 alone has been reserved for promoting the Māori language strategy this year, with the hope to fatten the figure in the new year.....”

City of Literature’s Maori name can have racy meaning
Dunedin City of Literature has been recast as a "spring of orgasmic energy" with its new Maori translation.

Paulette Tamati-Elliffe told the story behind the translation at the Creative Cities Southern Hui yesterday morning.

Otepoti — He Puna Auaha is the Maori name she has developed for the City of Literature after a request to do so by the Dunedin City Council......

Kura counting on research
Huntly’s Te Wharekura o Rakaumangamanga will be the test bed for a new project aimed at finding new ways to teach pangarau or mathematics in Maori medium setting.

University of Waikato researchers Ngarewa Hawera and Leeana Herewini have secured $130,000 for the two-year 'Maku ano e hanga, i toku nei whare ' project from the Teaching and Learning Research Initiative administered by the New Zealand Council for Educational Research - Rangahau Matauranga o Aotearoa.

Also up for a $200,000 grant are Nancy November and ‘Ema Wolfgramm-Foliaki from the University of Auckland, who want to look at the low enrolment and pass rates of Maori and Pasifika students in university history courses.....

History etched in new carvings for Nelson College wharenui
The changing face of Nelson College is etched into new carvings for the school's wharenui.

The first of three new carvings for the meeting house, Te Ara Poutama, was added to its facade last week to join the solitary pou erected by local iwi Ngāti Tama about three years ago.

Coloured in the school's Oxford and Cambridge blue, the carving referenced the school's history, from its sporting legacy, its place as the first school to teach music in New Zealand. The protons created in pāua, represent its most famous old boy Lord Ernest Rutherford......

Maori housing a priority in Twyford plan
Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford says Maori housing will be a major feature of the Government’s reshaping of the sector.

Maori have been hammered by the housing crisis and he is working with Maori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta and the Maori caucus on specific programmes......

Confident of poll on Maori wards
Among them is former Te Puke Community Board candidate Richard McNair, who's been helping to organise a petition to gain the necessary signatures to force a public vote.

Richard says he's spoken to several people from Te Puke, as well as residents living in Katikati, Waihi Beach and Omokoroa, all of whom are keen to see a poll taken.

“I'd be surprised if we don't get the required signatures very quickly.”

Kaimai ward councillor Margaret Murray-Benge, who voted against the decision to introduce Maori wards, says there's been a ‘groundswell of support' for a poll......

Airport occupiers lose appeal against conviction
The High Court has dismissed an appeal against conviction of six Ngati Kahu members who occupied Kaitaia Airport in protest against a $100 million Treaty of Waitangi settlement.

Eva Crockenberg, Anthony Housham, Barney Popata, Robin Popata, Reti Boynton, and Selwyn Clarke were convicted of trespass after a judge-alone trial in the Kaitaia District Court in 2015.

They were ordered to come up for sentencing if called upon within six months.

The six were arrested on September 9, 2015, after a 28-hour occupation and then Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson labelled them miscreants and oafish......

Māori freshwater rights set to be a stumbling block for coalition Government
Māori ownership of freshwater is set to boil over at Waitangi this year unless the Government commits to addressing iwi rights and interests.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will meet with the Iwi Chair Forum (ICF) ahead of Waitangi events on February 5 and 6 and forum adviser Willie Te Aho has made it clear the group will go back to the Supreme Court if there's no progress on iwi rights to fresh water.

While Labour talked up dealing with the issue ahead of the election, any hope of a freshwater tax and Māori interests being recognised came to a grinding halt when it did a coalition deal with NZ First, which is strongly against the idea....

Support grows against te reo Maori moaners
Race Relations Conciliator Dame Susan Devoy says the response to a column complaining about the amount of te reo Maori heard on RNZ National shows how the language is becoming normalised.

Rather than it just being herself speaking out, a wide range of people condemned the piece in the Otago Daily News as outdated and unacceptable.

She says the more people hear Maori words and phrases used, the more they will have confidence to try it themselves.

"I looked at Maori Language Week this year and thought it’s such an overwhelming change of people embracing and enjoying it. It’s certainly not something inflicted on people and I think people are beginning to understand it is a real treasure and the revitalisation of our language is really important," Dame Susan says.....

Rise in school absence rates 'atrocious'
School absence rates are getting worse, Ministry of Education figures reveal.

The ministry says the number of students regularly attending school fell from nearly 70 percent in Term 2, 2015 to 67 percentin the same period last year. Only 55 percent of Maori students were regularly showing up and 57 percent of Pacific students.

The ministry defined regular attendance as being at school 90 percent of the time, so the figures include all reason for absence, including truancy and illness.....

Date set for rāhui on walking in the Waitākere Ranges
Those walking in a large Auckland park will soon be doing so against the wishes of local iwi.

Te Kawerau ā Maki would hold a ceremony to place a rāhui over the Waitākere Ranges on December 2, its trust's executive manager Edward Ashby said.

The ban on entering the 16,000 hectare park would be a ritual prohibition, imposed in order to protect it from kauri dieback disease being spread by human feet.

The iwi's ban would be in place three days ahead of a meeting of Auckland Council's environment committee on December 5, which would consider options to deal with kauri dieback.....

New era of policing announced in Kaitaia
A new era in policing was officially launched in Kaitaia on Monday.

"Whiria te Muka is about enabling a space of advocacy and systemic change, cloaked in the narratives of Te Hiku," he said.

The Whiria te Muka team will review family harm incidents reported to the police with other agencies, which will collectively share knowledge, provide cultural intelligence, whakapapa, and employ a whanau approach to be best connected with that whanau......

Iwi Chairs Forum Oppose Seismic Testing.
Today during a national gathering of Māori leaders at Te Papa, an historic agreement was made to oppose all seismic testing and oil exploration in the waters of Aotearoa.

Many iwi have been opposed to seismic testing in their waters as the permits for exploration expanded around the coast of the country during the last decade.......

Petition for Maori wards vote launched
A petition for a poll on the proposal to set up Maori wards in the Western Bay of Plenty District has been launched.

Western Bay of Plenty district councillors voted 9-3 on November 21 to create Maori wards in the area.

Lead petitioner Richard McNair says he believes Maori wards are not necessary for council decisions, which are mainly to do with roads, clean drinking water, sewage, drainage, libraries, sports facilities and cultural centres, all of which are for the benefit of everyone irrespective of ethnicity.

"This is an important issue. Residents and ratepayers in those four areas are entitled to have a say in such a radical shift in representation arrangements.”

A total of 1705 signatures must be delivered to Western Bay of Plenty District Council by 5pm on February 21, 2018, to trigger a poll which would then be held between February and May of 2018.

Those who wish to sign the petition and/or help collecting signatures should contact Richard on 0274749812 or via email richardmcnair02@gmail.com

Native Affairs - Taranaki Tales
Former New Plymouth mayor Andrew Judd is ready to confront the government, urging them to establish Māori wards on every district council in New Zealand.

“I have a petition to Parliament challenging that legislation. It’s unfair, it’s biased. Now that I see how broken we are, I was brought here for a reason.”

“I’m a Pakeha New Zealander and I’m proud of that. Maori allowed for me to have a place in the world here In Aotearoa, through the treaty. It’s important that our children aren’t still divided and raised like I have been raised by the ignorant, biased, racist, policies.”

He says his fight for Māori has just begun. He’s expecting to present his petition to Parliament next year......

Motorway threat to Manukau edge lingers
Ngati Whatua Orakei is calling on the Government to withdraw consents for Auckland’s East West Link.

Despite the new Government saying the $2 billion project is a non-starter, the Environmental Protection Authority approved its resource consent.

Ngati Whatua’s Ngarimu Blair says that consent has a 15 year life, meaning culturally and ecological areas from Penrose to Onehunga will continue to be at risk from a future government unless the project is formally killed.

"I always knew that history would be on our side on this one, that we were holding on to our matapono, our tikanga, the mana of the harbour first, that’s what we held on to along with Makaurau Marae and Te Kawerau a Maki," he says.....

DHB hoping to attract more young Maori
The Canterbury DHB's tackling the under-representation of Maori in health roles.

In two years, the percentage of Maori first-year post-graduate doctors at the DHB has jumped from two to 24 per cent.

Executive Director of Maori and Pacific Health Hector Matthews said our medical schools and DHBs are doing more and more to attract young Maori.

He said iwi are responding to the visits to high schools, scholarships, and support for first-year students.....

Jack Tame honoured for championing Te Reo Maori on TVNZ 1 Breakfast
TVNZ 1's Breakfast presenter Jack Tame was honoured with an award for championing Te Reo Maori.

The presenter is well known for his efforts speaking the language, which is one of three official languages in New Zealand, while on air.

"Through doing so he's made a huge impact," said Ngahiwi Apanui from the Maori Language Commission.

"When we look at the Maori language award, that's what we're looking for."

"For Maori people it's about 'wow, someone appreciates our language' - someone who is not Maori is using our language."....

Climate change a treaty issue
Health professionals have gathered in Wellington last week to discuss climate change and how it will affect their work, with the effect on Maori high on the agenda.

She says in New Zealand the connections between hauora and the environment are well appreciated, and there is also growing awareness that climate change is a Treaty of Waitangi issue because of the disproportionate impact it will have on Maori.

"Maori communities already suffer from structural injustices which mean they have worse health outcomes and that means they are more vulnerable to climate change impacts and iwi are invested things like farming, fishing, and forestry, all of which will be impacted by climate change," Dr Macmillan says......
South Waikato says no to Maori seats for now
The South Waikato District Council has decided not to introduce designated Māori seats for the 2019 local government elections.

Elected members made the decision at the completion of a hearing on Thursday and also decided to revisit the issue in three years rather than wait for the allowable statutory timeframe of six years.

During a feedback period it came to light that engagement with Māori, and in particular with iwi, was different to having designated Māori seats on the council.

The council received 84 submissions, survey responses, and feedback about the concept of designated Māori seats. Of the 84 responses, there was an even split, with 42 respondents wishing the council to introduce Māori seats and 42 against......

Tikanga Māori food verification system extends to other cultures
Hua Parakore is the world's first indigenous food verification system based on tikanga Māori and is expanding to other cultures. The system was showcased at the Mātauranga Māori symposium, a gathering of Aotearoa's most unique, innovative and creative minds to share new developments in indigenous education.

Māori educators unite to share new insight and knowledge, including the Hua Parakore initiative created by the late Percy Tipene......

Ngāi Tahu wealth grows to $1.3 billion 20 years on from settlement
Ngāi Tahu is the wealthiest iwi in New Zealand, with a net worth of $1.3 billion. Newly elected Ngāi Tahu CEO Lisa Tumahai says that corporate leadership is a strong point for the iwi but there's a need to develop leadership among the people, on the marae and in the regions.

In 1997 the South Island iwi was among the first to reach settlement with the Crown, since then they've turned $170mil into $1.3bil......

Council behind pace in delivering on Māori outcomes
An independent assessment of Auckland Council’s activities to improve Māori economic, social, cultural and environmental development in Tāmaki Makaurau highlights ongoing and significant missed opportunities, not only for Auckland Māori, but for the region as a whole, Chairman of the Independent Māori Statutory Board, (the Board) David Taipari, says.....

Petition for Palmerston North Maori wards vote launched
If you are currently on the Palmerston North City Council electoral roll and want voters to decide this important question then please sign the above petition and encourage others (neighbours, family, friends, workmates) to sign as well.

A total of 2,727 signatures must be delivered to the Palmerston North City Council by 5pm on February 21, 2018, to trigger a poll which would be held between February and May of 2018.

Those who wish to sign the petition and/or help collecting signatures should contact me, he said.

Take a look at... Funding for research into Pasifika and Māori remedies
A Victoria University PhD student has been awarded $345,156 to research the chemical and biological properties of traditional Pacific medicinal plants.

Helen Woolner received the funding through the Health Research Council's Pacific Health Research Postdoctoral Fellowship programme.

Pharmacy Today requested an interview and was declined but, according to a media release, Ms Woolner hopes her research will elucidate the science behind the tradition, and help Māori and Pasifika people harness the full potential of their natural health practices......

New Ngāi Tahu website map and book part of 'cultural revitalisation' for iwi
A new atlas puts Ngāi Tahu at the centre of the South Island with the aim of fostering a "cultural revitalisation" of iwi culture and identity.

Five years in the making, Kā Huru Manu provides a Ngāi Tahu perspective on the South Island through an interactive, cultural map launched on Sunday.

The website and a book, Tangata Ngāi Tahu, People of Ngāi Tahu were part of the iwi's programme of "cultural revitalisation", Ngāi Tahu archive adviser Tā Tipene O'Regan told members at the launch.

A team of eight archivists began working on Kā Huru Manu in 2012 and, in the process, had mapped more than 5500 places including rivers, mountains, lakes, pa and trails used by Ngāi Tahu with Geographical Information System (GIS) technology.

The website contains more than 1000 place names and each one has a pop-up box containing the history or story behind it......

Ngāti Porou launch pilot to facilitate family group conferences
Ngāti Porou has become the first iwi in the country to facilitate it's own Family Group Conference for it's young people that offend, it's part of a unique pilot programme that gives Ngāti Porou youth a choice to work with iwi to address their offending.

"They are directed by the judge to take part in what's called a Family Group Conference, the FGC, is a place where we come together as a whānau to support our young people to put a plan in place to help reduce their re-offending," says Youth Justice Co-ordinator for Ngāti Porou, Simon Wharehinga......

Sir William Gallagher claims Treaty of Waitangi cover-up
Waikato business leader Sir William Gallagher is under fire after claiming the Treaty of Waitangi is a farce.

While Sir William, who made his fortune in fencing, made the comments during a speech to businesspeople at Waikato Stadium on Friday, he was happy to expand on the topic on Sunday.

The Treaty papers on display at Te Papa were fraudulent documents and the concept of the Treaty itself was a rort, he said.

"It was addressed to all New Zealanders, not native New Zealanders," he said.

"There is no doubt [Māori] gave up sovereignty ... and now we have these bloody reparations going on."

The Foreshore and Seabed Act was an example of the Government handing over the rights of all New Zealanders to Māori, he said.

"Don't think it's not happening. Just go to the south end of the beach at Whiritoa and try to go for a walk there. There is netting there - that's the Māoris trying to fence it off.

"It's separatism. This is apartheid. There is no definition of Māori ... You are Māori if you feel you are Māori.".....

Migrants visit marae to learn about Māori culture
A new Wellington program is helping migrants and former refugees get better acquainted with Māori culture.

About 120 migrants and refugees and eight translators have paid a visit to Te Wharewaka o Pōneke on Wellington's waterfront to learn about Māori history and traditions.

They were welcomed to the land with a traditional pōwhiri and later swapped creation stories with their iwi hosts

The one-year-old project is designed to give migrants "that feeling of home" Molly Kennedy Chief Executive of the Multicultural Learning and Support Services (Mclass) said.

Mclass – which is the biggest provider of beginner English classes in Wellington – came up with the idea of the marae visits as part of a wider strategy to integrate te reo and Māori culture into language classes, Molly Kennedy said.....

Flax weaving takes Te Wananga o Aotearoa students to happy places
Raranga, traditional Maori weaving tuition, is provided by the wananga as part of the Kawai Raupapa-Certificate in Maori Visual Arts.

The 36-week, level-4, no-fees course provides learning in raranga patterns and designs, basic techniques, growing and caring for flax and tools, drawing and design, tikanga Maori relating to raranga and as well as whakapapa, whanau, hapu and iwi traditions......

Iwi marks big day at Splash Planet
Ngati Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated stages its annual meeting and 12th Pa Sports today at water park Splash Planet in Hastings with more signs of the growing benefits for members as the iwi continues its growth as a major player in the economy of Hawke's Bay, Wairarapa.

The iwi is launching its Iwi Membership Card, which has benefits on the day with holders able to use the card to get their Splash Planet Superpass at the iwi discounted price of $5 (normally $19.50-$26). Earlier this year the iwi bought 20,000 tickets to national biennial kapa haka festival Te Matatini in Hastings, around which the iwi built its own Kahungunu Festival.

But iwi chairman Ngahiwi Tomoana says that's only the start with further benefits expected to develop within the iwi's strategic plan Kahungunu 2026, a 25-year vision established in 2001.

The plan includes promoting and assisting education of members, custody and preservation of the beliefs, customs and language, social and economic welfare and advancement of employment training and opportunities, community and personal physical, spiritual and mental health and fitness, generally raise living standards of members of the iwi, and promote high quality communications to or for the benefit of members of Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated......

Mural on CAB hoardings will launch city-wide art on walls programme
A new public artwork being put up near Civic Square will kick off Wellington City Council’s Art on Walls programme.

The artwork, Ngā Kākano: The Seeds by Johnson Witehira, is being installed on the hoardings around Council’s Civic Administration Building (CAB), which has been closed following the November 2016 earthquake....

Deal clears way for wastewater disposal on island
Horowhenua Māori have agreed under a confidential deal to drop court action aimed at stopping the spraying of Foxton's wastewater onto an island in the Manawatu River.

It was signed in September and has only come to light now.

The signatories, Horowhenua District Council and Te Runanga o Raukawa, say it's confidential and have declined to release details.

A draft of the agreement showed the council would pay the iwi about $640,000 over five years to employ an environmental manager and do fencing and archaeological work on the island......

Western Bay of Plenty Council patronizing Maori
A decision by the Western Bay of Plenty District Council two days ago to establish one or more Maori wards is patronizing nonsense, Hobson’s Pledge spokesman Don Brash said today.

“What the decision implies is that Maori are somehow not quite capable of being elected to the council on their own merits, and have to have special assistance to make it,” Dr Brash said.

“There are 29 Maori Members of Parliament, only seven of them getting there in Maori electorates,” he said.

“The Deputy Leaders of both the National and Labour parties are Maori, as are the Leader and Deputy Leader of New Zealand First. They got there on their own merit, not because some paternalistic Pakeha gave them a preferred status,” he said.....

Ngāti Whātua ki Ōrākei to host America’s Cup 2021
Ngāti Whātua ki Ōrākei have thrown their support behind the Auckland Council’s decision to base the 2021 America’s Cup at Wynyard Basin.

“We’ll support his decision provided that there’s minimal impact on the environment and the taku tai moana.”

Blair said Ngāti Whātua ki Ōrākei will play a key role in advising on any Māori designs that may adorn the development at Wynyard Basin as well as provide tikanga Māori advice to the event organisers in 2021......

Qualification to help more Maori into primary healthcare workforce
New Zealand is well positioned to see more Maori enter the primary health care workforce thanks to a new tertiary qualification developed collaboratively by Wintec and PHO Pinnacle Midlands Health Network (MHN).

The first lot of six students, all of whom are current community health workers from Waikato, Rotorua, and Hauraki-based Maori health providers, finished the New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing Primary Care Practice Assistance 4 (Te Mahi awhina Tuatahi 4) course last week.

Pinnacle MHN Maori health manager Rawiri Blundell said the one-year course is designed for Maori already working in the health environment who are specifically interested in developing a career in a primary care practice.....

This is Aotearoa New Zealand: Get used to it – Susan Devoy
A Dunedin man who slammed anyone who supports te reo Māori as a “boring bigot” in a recent opinion piece in the Otago Daily Times needs to remember exactly where he lives, says Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy.

“Anyone who complains about te reo Māori being used and celebrated in this country need to get one thing straight: this is New Zealand. Aotearoa New Zealand – so get used to it,” said Dame Susan.....
The article to which Devoy was referring to > https://www.odt.co.nz/opinion/haere-mai-everything-far-ka-pai

Matamata-Piako District Council will not introduce Maori Ward in 2019 elections
Matamata-Piako is following other councils opting not to establish Māori wards for the 2019 local government election.

Waikato and Bay of Plenty regional councils have Māori wards and Wairoa District Council in Hawke's Bay is looking to set up Māori wards.

Waipa, Waikato district councils and Hamilton city council also voted against setting up Māori seats.

Matamata-Piako District Council has followed and decided to report on other options to engage Māori and review the situation in three years.

There was a concern establishing Māori seats could divide the community......

PM applauds push for Maori seats
Division in the coalition over the growing number of councils opting for Maori wards.

Councils are going through a regular exercise of deciding their composition for the next two terms, and so far Palmerston North, Opotiki and Western Bay of Plenty have opted for Maori wards.

Auckland Council says it will go that way if the Government changes the law so the decision can’t be overturned by a forced referendum, while Napier, Taupo, New Plymouth and other councils have opted to look at other ways to interact with Maori.

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters remains implacably opposed to Maori seas, and if Maori want council representation they need to vote for Maori candidates.

But Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she sees progress.

"You know when I saw the leadership, particularly in Whakatane, to say 'there is under-representation here. We've got to make sure all our communities are represented and that is one way to do that.' I really applaud that leadership that’s been shown," she says.

Ms Ardern says the new Government hasn’t had a chance yet to consider whether changes to the legislation are on the cards......

Symposium aims to build Māori and Ainu indigenous relations
Gisborne District Councillor Josh Wharehinga is part of a small delegation travelling to Japan to strengthen indigenous ties between Māori and Japan's Ainu people. The trip comes after the former Māori Development Minister visited the Ainu people last year.

Josh Wharehinga is one of five representatives hand-picked to be hosted by The Government of Japan for the Ainu-Māori Symposium.

Wharehinga says the trip, sponsored by The Asia New Zealand Foundation and Te Puki Kokiri, provides a platform to further discussions around government investment with indigenous peoples and the backing of indigenous rights......

Lender looks to up Maori staff
Heartland Bank is looking to increase the number of its Maori staff.

Chief executive Jeff Greenslade says Maori are underrepresented in Heartland's 360-strong workforce when compared to New Zealand's working population.....

Kaupapa Māori school's ongoing search for te reo teacher puts opening date in jeopardy
The first kaupapa Māori school in Marlborough cannot find a te reo teacher, putting its January opening date in doubt.

Te Pā Wānanga, at Omaka Marae in Blenheim, was expected to open in time for term one next year.

It has the pupils and the funding, and new buildings on the way, but no te reo Māori teacher.

The Ministry of Education announced in June it would provide $1 million in funding to create the school at Omaka Marae, as a satellite of Renwick School.

The bilingual school was expected to play an important part in integrating te reo into the playground, the home and the community.......

'Silent' council file to record significant Māori coastal sites
The Taranaki Regional Council is proposing to put together a list of significant Māori cultural and historic sites along the coast but strictly limit those who can see it.

Dubbed a 'silent file' it would allow the areas such as ūrupa better protection and management, but would only be accessible to council staff and iwi, the council's policy and planning committee was told on Tuesday.

The committee's recommendation on the "silent file" is part of the council's proposed coastal plan to identify sites and places along the coastline which are spiritually, historically and culturally significant to iwi......

Grant a boost to Alfriston College's Māori medicinal garden project
Students at a south Auckland school are getting their hands dirty on their newest environmental project.

Alfriston College is using a $1900 Manurewa Local Board grant to create a Māori medicinal garden and wetlands ecosystem at the school.

Teacher Mary Mason says the garden and ecosystem "integrate with curriculum subjects such as science, maths, tikanga Māori, food technology, biotech health and physical education".....

Whakatane road to be researched
Ngai Taiwhakaea and the Whakatane District Council have agreed to jointly research the history of the road between Taiwhakaea Marae and Te Paroa Beach, which the Council believes to be a public road.

Hapu members of Ngai Taiwhakaea asserted their Mana Whenua and closed the road on September 28, claiming ownership and seeking acknowledgement from the Whakatane District Council, as tangata whenua from Taumata Kahawai to Tarawera River.

In the meantime, the gates which were preventing vehicle access will be opened from 6am to 7pm each day, as a sign of good faith......

Tūhoe marae remove support for Te Uru Taumatua
Factions have appeared in the governance of Ngāi Tūhoe, with two tribal marae possibly removing their support for Te Uru Taumatua, the tribal entity vested with the social and economic development of the iwi, and another three understood to have engaged discussions to follow suit.

The faction group, Te Kohinga o Ngā Whānau o Ngāi Tūhoe, a collective of Tūhoe beneficiaries who believe the leadership of Te Uru Taumatua is failing the tribe is threatening legal action if three resolutions are not supported at the tribes AGM on Saturday 2 December 2017.....

Western Bay of Plenty District Council votes 'yes' to Maori wards
Western Bay of Plenty District Council has voted 'yes' to getting Maori ward representation.

Councillors voted today 9-3 to establish one or more Māori wards to enable Māori representation around the council table in the 2019 and 2022 local body elections. 
Today's decision follows a unanimous vote by the council's Tauranga Moana/Te Arawa ki Takutai Partnership Forum earlier this month recommended the move.

Margaret Murray-Benge, Kevin Marsh and Mike Lally were the three councillors who voted against the idea.

Murray-Benge said she intended to challenge the decision with a poll......

Council and iwi to look for what's best for Taupo District
Taupo District Council has chosen not to establish Maori seats and will instead look for alternative options alongside the district’s iwi.

At an extraordinary meeting today, the Council voted unanimously to investigate other options, remaining focussed on identifying what works for the Taupo District.

Mayor David Trewavas said the Council had looked to what other districts had done and as a result identified a real opportunity to better engage with Maori in the Taupo District going forward.

"Elected members have also met with our iwi partners and discussed the co-design of something special, which considers our existing touch points, our new post-settlement space, and the potential for a great partnership."....

Volunteers wanted for Porirua harbour shellfish health survey
The survey, to be conducted on behalf of Ngāti Toa Rangatira with the support of Greater Wellington Regional Council, will play a significant role in assessing the cultural health of the resource for mana whenua, Ngāti Toa Rangatira.

Capturing the data is important from a number of perspectives. Greater Wellington needs to understand the health of these species. It is essential to local iwi exercising kaitiakitanga over the harbour, their guardianship role is vital to ensuring the health of these species......

Hapu member threatens rahui for entire Kaikohe Intermediate over classsroom's name
A Northland principal will seek advice from the Education Ministry if a Kaikohe hapu member places a rahui on the entire school.

David Rankin, of hapu Te Matarahurahu, placed a rahui on a newly opened classroom block named Te Ahi Kaa Roa at Kaikohe Intermediate School and said if the name did not change by the end of the week he would extend the rahui to the entire school.

He said Te Ahi Kaa Roa was inappropriate as it was the name of a papakainga which was abandoned following a series of tragedies involving children in the 1940s and 1950s.

A rahui is a ritual restriction on access to, or use of, an area or resource......

Coastal Plan in clearer sight
Items of interest from today’s meetings of the Taranaki Regional Council’s two key committees, Consents & Regulatory, and Policy & Planning:

The review of the Regional Coastal Plan is nearing completion and a proposed new document will formally notified for public consultation early in the New Year,

The Committee was told that good progress has been made in identifying coastal sites of significance to iwi, so that appropriate recognition can be incorporated into the new Plan, and so that Iwi can be involved when decisions are made on activities that may impact on the sites. This has been a lengthy and intricate process for Iwi and Council officers, and discussions are continuing. Iwi would have opportunity for further site information input during the formal consultation period.......

Moana Jackson set to receive honorary doctarate
One of Māoridoms most important legal scholars Moana Jackson (Ngāti Kahungunu, Rongomaiwahine and Ngāti Porou) will receive an honorary doctorate from Victoria University of Wellington at a graduation ceremony in December.

The doctorate in law acknowledges the outstanding contribution Mr. Jackson has to legal scholarships around the Treaty and to debates about how Māori are treated by the justice system and their place in New Zealand society.

Victoria University Chancellor Sir Neville Jordan says, "As well as leading debates about the Treaty of Waitangi and the treatment of Māori by the criminal justice system, Mr Jackson is considered one of the world's foremost experts on indigenous peoples' rights.”.....

PM Jacinda Ardern says Labour wants to fulfill Māori economic aspirations
PM Jacinda Ardern says fulfilling Māori economic aspirations is a major concern for the Labour Government after winning all seven of Māori seats in September's General election. She spoke publicly at the 30th-anniversary national Māori business forum 'FOMA' in Rotorua.

The Prime Minister's promise to enrich Māori prosperity was clear and simple.

"We have to deliver for Māori and no one will be holding us to account for that more than our own Māori MP's."

FOMA Chairperson Traci Houpapa says this new relationship is to also ensure that the $1 billion regional economic development still aligns with their goals.

Chairperson Traci Houpapa says, "We'll be working hard on the areas like climate change, water, trade, and export growth. We'll be focussed more on the distribution models of that wealth through into our whānau and our hapū.".......

Children’s Commissioner: NZ’s second chance for Māori
And in keeping with the outspoken tone of his address, Becroft also offered an interesting framework for a future New Zealand:

“I often thought if a visitor from Mars came to New Zealand and looked at our care and protection system [for children], they would say there’s no sign of intelligent life on Earth - because it is a Pākeha system with Māori add-ons, sadly for a clientele - 63 per cent - who are Māori.

“Surely, we should have a Māori system with some clip-ons who are Pākeha?”

“This [new legislation] provides the basis for it.”.....

Maori animal game
zebra - hepapa
camel - kāmera
deer - tia
elephant - arewhana
giraffe - kakīroa
tiger - taikā
turtle - honu
snake - nākahi
monkey - makimaki
penguin - kororā

Jacinda Ardern makes visit as Prime Minister to Rotorua
Jacinda Ardern made her first appearance as Prime Minister in Rotorua this morning and said she would not rest until "Maori and non-Maori are true partners in Aotearoa".

The Prime Minister spoke at the Federation of Maori Authorities (FOMA) National Conference at the Energy Events Centre and her main focus was on Maori development and the growth of primary industries.

"I don't want us to rest until we achieve a country where someone's Maori heritage has no link at all to negative life outcomes."

The Prime Minister said through growth of primary industries such as the forestry sector she wanted to change the outcomes for Maori in the area.

"Maori own 30 per cent of the land under New Zealand's plantation forests, we need to build on that investment and expand Maori in forestry and the wood processing sector."

The Government made an announcement to plant one billion more trees in the next 10 years which Ardern said included native species.....

Cambridge teachers asked to be 'sensitive to how different cultures work' 
New Zealand's education system came under fire for its racist, marginal and colonisation practices.

Around 140 educators ranging from pre-school to secondary teachers in Cambridge have been challenged to cease exerting their own culture on their students.

The challenge came from researchers Dr Cath Savage and John Leonard, from Ihi Research.

The were invited by the Cambridge Community School of Learning, to speak to Cambridge educators on their presentation: "What is Culturally Responsive Practice?"......

Maori governance course for WITT
A community leader is welcoming a course which teaches business skills with a tikanga Māori perspective.

The level four New Zealand Certificate in Māori Governance will begin at WITT in December and comes soon after WITT signed a memorandum of understanding with two Taranaki iwi, Taranaki and Te Atiawa......

Manawatū District Council guarantees Māori seats at next election
The Manawatu District Council will have guaranteed Māori seats at the council table come the next local government election after a close-run vote.

The council on Wednesday voted 6-4 in favour of having one or more Māori wards at the next local government elections in 2019.

The proposal allows those registered in the Māori electorate to elect a person to the council table and can be challenged if 5 per cent of voters demand a poll before February 21.

The decision was met with praise from some councillors, who said it would enable the council to uphold its Treaty of Waitangi obligations, but drew criticism from others, who said it was unnecessary......

Mahuta says government will consider legislating Māori Council seats
The Minister for Local Government Nanaia Mahuta says the government will consider legislating Māori seats on councils in the future. This follows the latest resolution by the Whakatāne District Council to establish one or more Māori Wards.

Whakatāne District Councils decision to support Māori Wards may one day become law for all councils.....

New Zealand Māori Tourism rolls out the red carpet
New Zealand Māori Tourism is welcoming a high profile Chinese delegation, led by Mr Li Shihong, Vice Chairman China National Tourism Administration, to Wellington on Friday 17 November.....

Maori lawyers needed for regular courts
The hui is broken into separate streams covering different areas of law, but Ms Cassidy says many young lawyers go into commercial or treaty law rather than family, youth and criminal law.

"A lot of our people are in these courts and it is important to have our people appearing for them, advocating for them," she says......

More support needed for te reo Māori learners
Tertiary education organisations need to do more to support te reo Māori learners, according to a report published by the New Zealand Council for Educational Research.

For institutions currently providing little or no support to te reo learners, the study recommends offering free te reo Māori courses, ensuring that te reo can be heard in the institution and developing whanaungatanga between the institution and Māori communities.

Those already supporting te reo learners could go further, the study says, by normalising the use of te reo at any time, ensuring te teo Māori learners, whānau, hapū and iwi make decisions about how to support te reo Māori, and supporting the development of te reo in the wider community.....

Plans to build NZ's biggest water-bottling plant
Plans have been submitted to build the largest water-bottling plant in New Zealand.

A Kiwi firm, foreign investors and iwi are applying to bottle three million litres a year in Murupara, a remote Bay of Plenty town with a population of 1700.

NZ Aquifer is Kiwi-owned, but more than half a billion dollars will come from a foreign investor, who is yet to be revealed. They'll need clearance from the Overseas Investment Office first. Local iwi Ngati-Manawa will lease the land and be a shareholder.....

Acting PM Kelvin Davis committed to integration of Te Reo Maori in schools
The Associate Minister of Education Kelvin Davis says he's committed to integrating te reo Māori into every ECE, primary school and intermediate by the year 2025. This comes after a High Court ruling overturned a Family Court judgement that forced the withdrawal of a Māori child from total immersion education.

In the High Court judgment, the judge questioned why Māori language is not compulsory in mainstream schools, given the Māori Language Act. I spoke to Kelvin Davis today and he was pleased that a High Court judge came forward with this question because he was backing the Māori language becoming a compulsory subject in all New Zealand schools. Kelvin Davis says that according to The Treaty of Waitangi, all Māori should have the right to learn their language.

New Zealand's acting Prime Minister Kelvin Davis says he hasn't forgotten his promise to integrate te reo Māori into every child's education from Year 1 to Year 10 over the next 8 years.......

Hawke's Bay Regional Council votes against establishing Māori seats
Hawke's Bay Regional Council has rejected the idea of Māori wards at the next two local body elections.

At a meeting on Wednesday, the council voted against establishing Māori wards at the 2019 and 2022 elections by a vote of 5-4.

Councillors Peter Beaven, Debbie Hewitt, Fenton Wilson, Tom Belford and Alan Dick formed a majority against the idea, defeating councillors Neil Kirton, Paul Bailey, Rick Barker and chairman Rex Graham, who were all in support of introducing Māori wards.......

Waikato District Council retain status quo of not having Māori wards
Māori wards will remain non-existent within the Waikato District Council.

The recommendation to retain the status quo was passed 10-2 at November's council meeting.

Those who voted in favour were councillors Jacqui Church, Dynes Fulton, Stephanie Henderson, Shelley Lynch, Rob McGuire, Frank McInally, Eugene Patterson, Jan Sedgwick, Noel Smith and Mayor Allan Sanson. Those who voted against were councillors Aksel Bech and Lisa Thomson. Councillors Bronwyn Main and Janet Gibb were absent.

Waikato District Mayor Allan Sanson strongly believed councillors didn't have the mandate to change the democratic process.

"To achieve a mandate you actually need to canvas your community," Sanson said......

Finlayson vents spleen on Tau
There’s been an extraordinary attack in parliament on Ngapuhi leader Sonny Tau over the Northland tribe’s stalled treaty settlement talks.

Speaking in the opening address and reply debate, former treaty negotiations minister Christopher Finlayson said nothing will happen until Mr Tau changes his ways.

He accused the Ngapuhi runanga chair of bullying, and said he needed to adopt a generosity of spirit in his negotiations......

Te Iti Kahurangi force online shopping site to 'back-down'
An overseas online shopping site has been forced to remove household items bearing images of nationally acclaimed kapa haka, Te Iti Kahurangi.

The head tutor and male leader of the group, Kingi Kiriona says, "Māori need to be alert and have a good think about how we eliminate this from happening again"

"These are faces that have been put on pillows. Pillows that are used for sitting on. A pillow that a human behind will be on, a pillow that will be dribbled on, sweat upon. It's a clear breach of custom" argues Kiriona.......

Māori lawyer says it's time to abolish prisons
A Māori lawyer and social justice advocate says it's time to abolish New Zealand prisons and take lessons from how law and order was historically approached by Māori.

Moana Jackson will give an address tonight in Wellington explaining why Māori and other indigenous peoples didn't have prisons prior to colonisation.

Mr Jackson said the United Nations and other international human rights bodies have found the operation of prisons in this country to be in breach of human rights.

Mr Jackson said Māori traditionally dealt with crime differently, with an emphasis on restoring the relationship between the person who caused harm and the person whom harm was inflicted upon.

He said Māori sought to impose sanctions for the wrong and in the long-term, rebuild the relationship that was damaged.

"In the Pākehā system if someone is charged with something the question they're asked in court is do you plead guilty or not guilty?

"There's no word for 'guilty' in the Māori language and so the question asked instead was, 'do you know who you have harmed'? In other words, do you know what the relationship or the potential relationship is that has been damaged?....

City’s te reo policy to honour Billie Tait-Jones
“The proposed policy, Te Tauihu – Te Kaupapa Here Reo Māori o te Kaunihera o Pōneke, is the first step in the Council’s aspiration to ensure that te reo is more visible in the everyday lives of Wellingtonians,” says Deputy Mayor Jill Day, who has been leading the development of the policy.

“We want to lead the way in making this part of the cultural fabric of our city. This is a public statement of our commitment to Te Reo Māori, an acknowledgement of the mana of Māori culture and values, our joint history and the whakapapa of our rohe.”

Cr Day said the policy has been developed in part as a recognition of the fact that Te Reo Māori is an official language of New Zealand.

“Te Tauihu supports the principles set out in Te Ture mō Te Reo Māori 2016 – the Māori Language Act 2016 – and also recognises the partnership principle of Te Tiriti.....

Whakatane District Council votes in favour of Maori wards
Whakatane District Council elected members have voted in favour of a resolution that would enable the establishment of Maori wards.

The elected members heard submissions from the public last night before deliberating and voting six to five in favour of supporting the introduction of one or more Maori wards.

Mayor Tony Bonne said this result was testament to the importance of fostering strong and meaningful relationships with Maori across the district and ensuring that Te Ao Maori was recognised and supported at the council table......

Ngati Kahu seek binding recommendations for return 6000+ ha
Ngāti Kahu is seeking binding recommendations from the Waitangi Tribunal for the return of over 6000 hectares held in State-Owned Enterprises and Crown Forests.

The case is the subject of a judicial conference this week following a Court of Appeal decision in their favour.

But the conference heard counsel for the Crown pushing for a return to the beginning of these claims over 30 years ago.

"It's been conducted over a long period. It's not as if these things are fresh. So in those circumstances, we say the safer course is to remain with the default and start again."....

Prime Minister to meet with Federation of Māori Authorities
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will meet with the Federation of Māori Authorities (FOMA) this week as it celebrates its 30th anniversary.

The federation, comprising of 150 Māori authorities, is an advisory group to the government on policies related to Māori land, interests and people.

It will hold its annual conference in Rotorua on Friday to discuss what it has achieved and where it plans to go in the future.

Chairperson Traci Houpapa said the federation had been integral in keeping Māori at the forefront of decision-making.

"Never before in our history have Māori been as welcomed and as influential at decision making tables in New Zealand and internationally.

"That's a big win for FOMA, it's a big win for Māori and for Aotearoa.".....

Māori call to ban access to large Auckland regional park to save the kauri
An iwi will press ahead with a public ban on entering one of Auckland's largest parks before the end of this year.

Kauri in the Waitākere Ranges have been extensively logged in the past, and now an incurable disease was killing what's left – spread by human feet.

They were the life-force and spirit of the forest and their destruction was an existential threat to Te Kawerau ā Maki, its executive manager Edward Ashby said in a letter to Auckland Council.....

Māori Population Estimates: At 30 June 2017
Overview of the year ended June 2017

During the June 2017 year:

* The Māori population grew 10,900 (1.5 percent).

At 30 June 2017:

* New Zealand's estimated Māori population was 734,200, up 1.5 percent from the estimate for the previous year.

* There were 358,400 Māori males and 375,800 Māori females.

* The median ages for Māori males and females were 22.9 and 25.9 years, respectively.

The following tables are available from the ‘Downloads’ box. If you have problems viewing the files, see opening files and PDFs.

1. Total Māori estimated resident population of New Zealand, by single-year of age, five-year age group, broad age group, and median age, 1991–2017

2. Male Māori estimated resident population of New Zealand, by single-year of age, five-year age group, broad age group, and median age, 1991–2017

3. Female Māori estimated resident population of New Zealand, by single-year of age, five-year age group, broad age group, and median age, 1991–2017.....

Toi Ohomai gets $700k for Maori health research project
Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology has received $700,000 in National Science Challenge funding to research new designs for sustainable and affordable homes and identify how these contribute to health and wellbeing for Maori...... 

Police kidnapping trial: Officers were using kaupapa Māori approach, court hears
A police officer who allegedly kidnapped a teenager has described his actions as being in line with a Whānau Ora strategy to reduce Māori crime.

Inspector Hurimoana Dennis and Sergeant Vaughan Perry are on trial in the High Court at Auckland over the mock arrest of the young man, who has name suppression......

Strong result for iwi marks 20 year milestone
Twenty years on from the settlement of its claim with the Crown, South Island iwi Ngāi Tahu continues to grow its wealth and has achieved a net profit of $126.8m for the year ended 30 June 2017.

“I’m also pleased to report growth in our net worth, which has increased by $89m to $1.36b.

“We must however remain mindful of why we are here – to fulfil the dreams of all those who fought hard over many generations to settle 150 years of grievances with the Crown

Maori tourism poised to boom
Tourism stands out as a huge opportunity for the Maori economy, benefitting the whole of New Zealand, according to a business advisory expert.

Kylee Potae, Head of the Maori Sector group for global business and accountancy network BDO, says the accepted figure for the Maori economy is now $50 billion, boosted by various iwi as they expand their business interests well into the Treaty of Waitangi post-settlement phase.

That figure will only increase when Ngapuhi, the biggest iwi in the country, settle their treaty claim before 2020, the deadline for all such claims to be completed......

Graduate urges lawyers to learn te reo
A Māori law graduate from Hamilton has started teaching te reo Māori lessons at a law firm in Invercargill in a push to see the language more commonly used by lawyers.

Georgia Woodward said te reo had an important place in the law profession because a large proportion of people who passed through the justice system were Māori.

She said if lawyers wanted to build better relationships with their Māori clients, knowing how to speak some reo was important.....

Iwi seeks to enforce Lake Taupō toll
The tribe that owns Lake Taupō is taking court action to ensure they can charge all commercial operators that use it.

Central North Island iwi Tūwharetoa was confirmed as owner of the lake bed and the space occupied by the water and the airspace above the lake by the Government in 1992 and in modifications to the deed in 2007.

It does not own the water, but Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board chief executive Topia Rameka said they do have the right to charge commercial operators for a licence to operate on the water.

In 2007, then Māori Affairs Minister Parekura Horomia said changes to the deed gave Tūwharetoa the right to charge fees......

Mongrel Mob and Waikato DHB partner up at Hearty Hauora
When the Mongrel Mob presented a strategic health plan to Waikato District Health Board executive Darrin Hackett, he knew he needed to get radical.

So on Saturday, Hearty Hauora took place. It's thought to be the first time a gang and a DHB have partnered for a health initiative.

More than 200 gang members and their families met up with 24 health providers at the YMCA on Pembroke Street in Hamilton......

Māori woman candidate targeted in billboard attack
A Māori woman standing in a Whangarei council by-election has complained to police about the systematic destruction of her billboards.

She believed the vandalism might be linked to her recent unsuccessful campaign for Māori wards in Whangarei District Council.

Ms Lyndon, who is Ngāti Wai and Ngāpuhi, said it was important for northern Māori to play a part in local governance because they were the guardians of the Treaty of Waitangi and the Declaration of Independence......

Hamilton mayor apologises for ignoring NZ Land Wars
The Mayor of Hamilton has apologised for seeming to overlook the New Zealand Land Wars in his Armistice Day speech.

During the city's Armistice Day commemorations on Saturday, Andrew King commented that New Zealanders were fortunate never to have seen war and conflict in their own country.

His speech was met with a public backlash, and Mayor King was criticised for seeming to forget about the Land Wars, a series of 19th-century conflicts over land ownership that killed thousands of people, most of whom were Māori.

Mr King released a statement on Monday apologising for his omission of the wars, which spanned from 1845 to 1872......

Tikanga sought in treaty settlements
The author of a new book on treaty law wants to see more tikanga Maori reflected in treaty settlements.

The Victoria University law lecturer says the treaty of Waitangi sets out key ideas on the relationship between Maori tino rangatiratanga and kawanatanga or state authority which allow for flexibility as society changes.

Neither the treaty nor tikanga Maori are stuck in the past, but speak to modern circumstances.

He would like to see constitutional change that better reflects the indigenous sources that sit in the New Zealand constitution alongside ideas from the common law and Westminster traditions.....

Auckland Bikes
Māori Connections
Each bridge has a large carved pou whenua (land post) or waka maumahara (memorial pillar).

AT has specially sourced the Tōtara for the pou at the Te Piringa and Soljak bridges. The wood was originally extracted from a swamp on the South Island’s West Coast.

Other Māori design elements have been incorporated into the bridges and Māori artworks appear at various locations along the shared path, including kōhatu (carved rocks)......

Investment fund gets $100 million in indicative commitments
The New Zealand Superannuation Fund says it has received indicative commitments up to $100 million for a proposed iwi and Maori direct investment fund.

The fund would see groups pooling capital to make collective investments with a 15 to 20-year investment horizon. Commitments have been made by more than 35 iwi, pan-tribal organisations,

Maori land trusts and Maori incorporations, including various TOwharetoa organisations aggregating together as a single investor, Te Tumu Paeroa, and various Taranaki iwi entities, the Super Fund said in a statement.....

Closed adoptions a form of violence
A team of scholars say the legal practice of closed adoption raised "disconnected" people, and is a form of violence.

The scholars are part of a three-year project entitled Whangai and the adoption of Maori: healing the past, transforming the future.

The project has been successful in this year's round of Marsden Fund applications, receiving $845,000.

Te Wananga o Raukawa spokeswoman Ani Mikaere said that the practice of placing infants with strangers and effectively severing their relationship with their roots and whakapapa, is completely foreign to Maori. .....

Academics Call for More Responsiveness to Māori Health Needs
A group of University of Auckland Māori health academics are calling for all health researchers in Aotearoa New Zealand to be accountable under the Treaty of Waitangi and be able to act and respond to Māori health needs.

They say this will help ensure Māori are not left behind in the health system, and will ensure current researchers and those still in training will be ‘future proofed’ to ensure responsiveness to Māori is achieved.....

Jesus, Queen dropped from Parliament prayer
References to the Queen and Jesus Christ have been dropped from the parliamentary prayer delivered in Te Reo by the new Speaker of the House.

And some opposition MPs are concerned that while the period of consultation has not yet finished, Trevor Mallard has already started using the new version.

Mr Mallard said he was still getting feedback from MPs and would take their views into account before any final decision about changing the prayer was made.

Proposed new version:
Almighty God, we give thanks for the blessings which have been bestowed on New Zealand.

Laying aside all personal interests, we pray for guidance in our deliberations, that we may conduct the affairs of this House with wisdom and humility, for the public welfare and peace of New Zealand.

E Te Atua Kaha Rawa, ka tuku whakamoemiti atu matou, mo nga karakia kua waihotia mai ki runga o Aotearoa.

Ka waiho nei i o matou panga wahiaro katoa ki te taha, nei ra enei e inoi atu ana mo To arahitanga, i roto i o matou whakaaroarohanga, a, kia whakehaere ai e matou nga take o Te Whare nei, i runga i te mohio, me te whakaiti mo te oranga, te maungarongo, o te tumatanui o Aotearoa.

No Maori wards for Napier
Although Maori wards will not be established in Napier, its council has been encouraged to ensure Maori representation grows.

Yesterday the Napier City Council agreed to not establish Maori wards for the next two local elections, by accepting a recommendation from their Community Services Committee.

Maori wards work by giving those on the Maori electoral roll the opportunity to vote for Maori ward members, while those on the general roll vote for general elected members.

There could have been two Maori ward members. However consultation showed 78 per cent of 477 surveyed residents were against the idea.

New Citizens Sworn in at Turangawaewae
For the first time, Waikato District Council held its Citizenship Ceremony on the marae at Turangawaewae yesterday [Wednesday 8 November].

The ceremony began with a full powhiri for 35 new citizens and their families. Following the powhiri, the citizenship ceremony, led by the Mayor, took place on the Marae Atea (formal area) in front of the carved wharenui (meeting house) Mahinaarangi.

Waikato District Mayor Allan Sanson said, “We want to provide new citizens to the Waikato District with an introduction to tikanga Maaori [Maaori protocol] and to acknowledge the Council’s partnership with Iwi, so we are looking to undertake at least one citizenship ceremony on the marae each year from now on.”.......

Building culture: why good urban design requires a better understanding of Tikanga Māori
Architecture and design are an expression of culture. And, increasingly, New Zealand’s Māori culture is being acknowledged in our new buildings and public spaces.

As a starting point, we all need to celebrate the Treaty partnership between Māori and the Crown,

Once the Treaty was signed in 1840, over time our thriving economy was lost, lands taken, gifted or sold, and our language neared extinction.

“In terms of the Treaty, we shouldn’t be sitting here talking to you today about the need to promote architecture in your magazine or talk about it: you should be able to look out the window and it’s there.”......

Christchurch sky show could follow capital's lead and flare on Matariki
Christchurch's sky show at the pier could switch from November to a mid-winter celebration of Matariki if a move by city councillor Sara Templeton wins favour.

There would be no reason to move the display from New Brighton, she said.

"On the contrary, with the focus on mahinga kai and regeneration in the area, it makes sense to continue to host it there.".....

Tertiary sector gets word to up support for reo users
The New Zealand Council for Education Research and tertiary sector support organisation Ako Aotearoa have put together tools to help tertiary education organisations support the language aspirations of te reo Maori learners.

The initiative is in response to a study showing while the language is central to learners’ identity, support at tertiary level is variable.

Sheridan McKinley, the council’s general manager Maori, says for many learners te reo Maori is more than an academic subject.

It is connected to their sense of who they are and connects them to whanau, hapu, and iwi......

Native Affairs - Religious Education
For over 140 years, religious instruction has been taught in state schools across Aotearoa.

But now, the Secular Education Network has started a campaign to ban it from classrooms.

Ngaire McCarthy from the Network says, “There should be no religious instruction in state primary schools in New Zealand. If a parent wants their children to learn religion then they should teach their 5 year old about religion at home.”

Peter Harrison is the founder of the Secular Education Networks. He also questions the use of prayers in te reo Māori, saying if it is religious then it needs to go. Harrison says, “I don't believe that we should have explicitly Christian karakia because we have roughly 50% of Māori who are non-religious. So it’s sort of excluding those people or at least making them feel alienated. I would rather see an inclusive karakia that makes all the children feel welcome in the school.”

But Abbey Allen from Churches Education Commission says, “We use karakia or prayer as an example within our lesson and it’s always given as a choice whether the children participate or not. We are there to teach about Christian religious education and prayer is part of the lesson. .....

Housing frenzy hitting Whangarei rents for Maori
Whanau Maori in Whangarei are being priced out of housing by Aucklanders wanting to get on the property ownership ladder.

She estimates out of town buyers have pushed up prices 15 to 20 percent, and the rents have been jacked up to cover their mortgages - which has a real impact on the large number of whanau Maori who are renters.....

Government of transformation and aspiration pledge
The Government is promising to work with hapu and iwi and Maori organisations to ensure that Maori have fair and equal access to housing and opportunities for home ownership.

In the speech from the throne delivered at today’s opening of parliament, Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy said the Government also intended to review the Whanau Ora delivery model so it can achieve its full potential, support the teaching of te reo Maori in schools, and strengthen programmes to enhance Maori educational achievement.

It committed to completing treaty settlements as quickly and fairly as it can, and to consider what the treaty relationship might look like after historical grievances are settled....

Defence Minister keen to make Maori proud
New Defence Minister Ron Mark says being the first Maori to hold the position weighs heavily on his shoulders.

He says since being named in the position he has heard from many Maori about how they see his role.

"So many of our whanaunga have served in the military and we are not prone in New Zealand First to lean on that sort of thing but it has been made very clear to me the clear expectations of many of our people that I perform my role as Minister of Defence and Veteran's Affairs in a way they know will make them proud," Mr Mark says.....

Time for Maori Party to stop preaching to choir
"It’s a movement of the people. It's about kaupapa Maori. It's about rangatiratanga. But 90 percent of our whanau don't live in that kaupapa Maori environment because they live in the mainstream society we all grew up in so we actually need to stop talking to the converted and start growing political literacy with our wider whanau," Ms Fox says......

Integrate te Ao Maori into workforce
Technology innovator Kiwa Digital is gaining momentum in its mission to integrate te Ao Maori into workforces in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Kiwa works with business, government and community organisations to develop their own Cultural Intelligence (CQ) app with features that include interactive te Reo Maori expressions and pronunciation, tikanga Maori, and the history and values of the organisation.....

Dame Tariana Turia the new voice of Whanganui River 
Earlier this year the Whanganui River was granted the same rights as a person - now it has its own voice. 

Former minister Dame Tariana Turia and educator Turama Hawira will act as the human face of the river to ensure its rights are protected. 

In a world-first in March, as part of a Te Tiriti o Waitangi settlement, the Whanganui River gained its own legal identity, giving it the same rights as a person. 

The former Māori Party co-leader and historian Mr Hawira were this weekend appointed to speak on behalf of the river. Their job is to uphold the river's rights and cultural values. This includes recognition it is a source of both physical and spiritual sustenance to local iwi and hapu, and that it is a single entity - and the entire river from Mount Tongariro to the sea must be protected. 

Dame Tariana and Mr Hawira will oversee a $30 million fund, which will go towards environmental initiatives....... 

Four new partnership schools cancelled without telling them
Reports today that Chris Hipkins has cancelled four new partnership schools with signed contracts with the Crown due to start in 2019 will be hugely disappointing for the promoters of the schools and families planning to send their children there, National Party Education Spokesperson Nikki Kaye says.

* Tūranga Tangata Rite in Gisborne, sponsored by Te Runanga o Tūranganui a Kiwa, will focus primarily on Māori students with a, ‘by iwi for iwi’ approach. It will be a co-educational junior secondary school for years 9-11 with an opening roll of 45 students and a maximum roll of 55 students.

* Waatea High in South Auckland, sponsored by Te Whare Wananga O MUMA Limited, a subsidiary of the Manukau Urban Māori Authority, will focus on priority learners and have a ‘Māori for Māori’ philosophy. It will be a co-educational bi-lingual secondary school for years 9-13, with an opening roll of 50 and a maximum roll of 145 students. The school will complement the sponsor’s existing early childhood education centre and primary year partnership school, Te Kura Māori o Waatea to provide a complete education pathway.......

Maori Party look to the future
Mr Flavell's says the big questions now are whether Maori still want the movement, what it can do outside parliament to benefit Maori,

The Mana Party also met this weekend to consider its future.

Leader Hone Harawira says at this time it has not committed itself to trying to get back into parliament, but it will focus on community activism......

Ngāti Whakaue confident for new Rotorua charter school
Charter school owners expect the government to change their status with some becoming special character state schools. Te Taumata o Ngāti Whakaue, who will be opening their new charter school in Rotorua, are confident the move will improve the way charter schools operate.

The new charter school for years 1-10 will foster Ngāti Whakaue history and customs.

"This method suits Māori and returning to the way our ancestors engaged with their different environments, even though they didn't only learn in the classroom."....

New online Māori language resource aims ease accessibility to te reo Māori education
Wheako is the newest online Māori language resource developed with the goal of increasing the amount of te reo Māori being learnt by students in mainstream education.

Ngā Whātua descendant Mihi Shaw says, "Mainstream schools have the ability to have our language at the schools without having the pressure of having to resource it."

The Shaw family has created the programme independently in an effort to make te reo Māori education more accessible......

Tipa Mahuta: Don't be scared of adding Maori wards to councils
Waikato Regional Council's deputy chairwoman is asking elected members of other councils not to be scared when it comes to introducing Māori wards.

Tipa Mahuta said she remembered the "polarising" conversations around the regional council's decision to include two Māori seats about six years ago.

"But regional council works across a large amount of RMA issues which need the inclusion of Māori, such as Treaty settlements.

Mahuta said most iwi want to partner with councils but there was no one there to make that connection.

"Māori are key investors, natural partners and we're not going anywhere. Our grandchildren and your grandchildren will probably be related one day.

"It [Māori seats] was a proactive way to include the partnership principle of the Treaty, so the council's not just engaging people on specific sets of issues, but on a broad range the council covers."......

More Maori win Marsden grants
The proposals involving Maori researchers have been judged by top international referees as highly novel. In many cases, the proposals are multidisciplinary, use Matauranga Maori, and confidently incorporate scientific and other disciplinary knowledge.

Dr Helen Potter from Te Wananga-o-Raukawa was granted $845,000 to research whangai and the adoption of Maori.

Dr Gerard O'Regan from the University of Auckland has $300,000 to develop Maori archaeology of threatened North Island rock art.

Dr Hirini Kaa, also from Auckland, gets $300,000 for his study of the Young Maori Party which he describes as Leading Iwi into Modernity.

The grants are distributed over three years and are fully costed, paying for salaries, students and postdoctoral positions, institutional overheads and research consumables......

Government's 100-day plan looks good for Māori
Scrapping of the "three-strikes" law will have a huge impact on the Māori prisoners who make up more than half the prison population, and is just one new government policy which will have a positive impact on Te Iwi Māori, writes Mihingarangi Forbes..... http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/on-the-inside/342901/government-s-100-day-plan-looks-good-for-maori

NZ firms could learn from Māori business approach – KPMG
A new report has found kaitiakitanga is at the centre of the way Māori do business.

Kaitiakitanga is central to Māori organisations business practices, the latest corporate responsibility report by KPMG has found.

Māori organisations were included in KPMG's The Road Ahead Survey of Corporate Responsibility Report for the first time.

The survey found four of the top 10 highest revenue earning Māori organisations in New Zealand engaged with corporate responsbility reporting, with Katiakitanga being a key practice of Māori companies.

Kaitiakitanga focuses on guardianship and protection in relation to the environment and its resources......

Achieving equity and excellence in education for Māori
Recent Rutherford Discovery Fellowship recipient Dr Melinda Webber will present a talk on raising the success of Māori students in Whangarei on Wednesday as part of the University of Auckland’s International Speaker Series.

Last month Dr Webber received a Rutherford Discovery Fellowship worth $800,000 for a five-year research project entitled: Kia tu rangatira ai nga iwi Māori: living, succeeding, and thriving as iwi Māori. In 2016, Dr Webber received a Marsden Fast-start Grant worth $300,000 for another project entitled: A fire in the belly of Hineāmaru.......

HRC funding awarded for studies focusing on Maori and Pasifika
A Massey University academic and two students have been awarded funding from the Health Research Council of New Zealand, for three separate projects.

Belinda Borell of Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāi Te Rangi and Whakatōhea, has been awarded more than $350,000 for her study entitled Privilege and health inequity: the role for Mātauranga Māori.

Master of Arts student Nari Hann, who is majoring in Psychology, has received the Māori Health Research Masters Scholarship of $25,000 for her project entitled Foster caregiving relationship with newborns who have feeding difficulties.

The HRC granted $125,000 to Master of Science student Veisinia Pulu-Lakai, who is majoring in Health Psychology. Her grant, from the Pacific Health Research PhD Scholarship fund, is for her project entitled Co-designing a community-based intervention programme for prediabetes. Mrs Pulu-Lakai’s grant is one of 26 Pacific health research career development awards for 2018......

Te reo lessons could ease prison tension
A new guide for learning te reo Maori may have a role in easing tensions in prisons.

The Howard League for Penal Reform has picked up Scotty and Stacey Morrison’s Maori Made Easy as part of its literacy drive.

Mr Morrison says league head Mike Williams saw its potential for giving inmates some focus.

He says a trial at Wiri Prison met with an enthusiastic response, and the league has ordered 300 copies to distribute to other prisons.

"All the prisoners want to learn it and all the guards are getting involved as well because they can learn together and start to build a bit more congeniality and strengthen the relationship between prisoners and prison guards, so it is having that effect, that prisoners and guards are learning together," Mr Morrison says.

Learning the language can help build the prisoners’ mana and self esteem and make them more valuable to their whanau and hapu when they get out of jail.

Maori seat a thorny issue at ORC table
A decision not to create a Maori constituency for the Otago Regional Council has raised concerns from councillors about the organisation properly engaging with iwi.

Yesterday the council followed the advice of a council report and resolved not to create a dedicated Maori constituency for its 2019 election.....

Historic Catholic Maori hui for Akld
In a first for Auckland diocese, a hui for Catholic Māori in the diocese is to be held in November.

The hui, titled “Te Iwi Māori Katorika”, is to be held at Whaiora Marae in Otara on November 1718. It aims to strengthen “Mana Māori” within the Church and the diocese and to “consider what leadership structure might be needed to develop this kaupapa”.

They will describe the present situation of Māori in the Church and the challenges that lie ahead.

Speaking on behalf of the Diocesan Bicultural Committee for Auckland diocese, Fr Bernard Dennehy told NZ Catholic that “although the 1979 diocesan synod committed the diocese to promote a bicultural church and a bicultural society, there is little Māori participation in the structures of the diocese”.

So questions arise concerning Māori representation in the structures of the diocese, and the meaning of “Mana Māori” in the Church......

Traditional Maori waka for New Brighton playground
A main feature of the New Brighton seaside playground will be a traditional waka.

A ship was originally planned in the initial design phase. However, the waka design will reflect discussions during the consultation process about interweaving cultural elements.

Development Christchurch Ltd worked with Matapopore Charitable Trust and Ngai Tahu to develop the waka concept.

Matapopore general manager Debbie Tikao was pleased about the waka and wants to see more cultural equipment in playgrounds.

“I think we will be seeing more of this sort of thing happening, there is some integration of Maori design components in playgrounds within the North Island and we are certainly seeing more of that happening it the South Island,” she said.

Matapopore is a charitable trust which works alongside Ngai Tahu to ensure Maori culture and values are included in the regeneration of Christchurch......

Taranaki Land War Continues
Waitara Māori say it’s hard to commemorate the New Zealand Land Wars when they’re still fighting for their land.

In 1860, the first shot fired in the Taranaki Land Wars was in Waitara between the Crown and Māori.

157 years later, Waitara Māori believe they’re still in the same war.

Doorbar says because Māori history has never been taught in schools, it’s caused problems for race relations between Māori and Pākehā.....

Tūhoe and Te Kooti's history reclaimed
Tūhoe were vilified for providing sanction to the Crown’s number one enemy, Te Kooti Arikirangi Te Turuki, but Tūhoe has a different story.

Ringatū founder, Te Kooti wrote a letter to Tūhoe after escaping the Chatham Islands seeking permission to pass through Te Urewera. Quite rightly so, Tūhoe were hesitant. Professor Taiarahia Black of Te Wānanga o Awanuiārangi describes Tūhoe as protecting their own sovereignty and eventually agreed to let him through.

"Every archival scribe will tell you what greater New Zealand want to hear, that Tūhoe provided sanction to the presence of Te Kooti in Te Urewera, I think the wrong term is sanctioned," says Black.

Tūhoe didn't sign the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, but the Crown assumed sovereignty over their territory nonetheless. So when the Crown attempted to capture Te Kooti while he was on Tūhoe territory, Tūhoe needed to maintain their mana motuhake.....

Labour MP argues Fairfax cartoons were 'insulting' of Maori and Pacifika
A Labour MP is appealing a Human Rights Tribunal decision by arguing two Fairfax Media cartoons displayed racist tones.

The cartoons by Al Nisbet were published in Fairfax New Zealand newspapers the Marlborough Express on May 29, 2013, and in the Press the following day.

The images portrayed the issue of the food in schools programme, "a measure intended to mitigate some of the worst consequences of child poverty", the Human Rights Tribunal decision from May reads.

Labour MP for Manurewa Louisa Wall took exception to the images and claimed the cartoons breached the Human Rights Act by promoting racial disharmony....... 

Maori denied representation on Waipa District Council
The Treaty of Waitangi was signed 177 years ago but it appears local government is still no closer to understanding its treaty partner.

Waipa District Council has denied Māori a seat at its table - following a representation review - and instead has ordered a report to show how it could better engage with Māori.

The report would recommend how to improve Māori representation on the council. 
It follows a meeting where councillors discussed a recommendation to establish a Māori ward for the next two elections.

The recommendation was supported by the council's Iwi Consultative Committee but given the thumbs down in an 8-5 vote by councillors......

Taranaki Regional council says no to Maori ward but yes to poll if ratepayers demand it
Taranaki regional councillors have voted against establishing a Māori ward at the next local body elections but left open the opportunity for a public poll on the matter if more than 5 per cent of electors demand it.

In August the council introduced six permanently appointed iwi representatives to council standing committees in accordance with Treaty of Waitangi settlements with three iwi, Ngāruahine​, Te Atiawa and Taranaki.

There was also opportunities for consultation between Māori and council staff, the meeting heard on Tuesday......

Threat of Antibiotic Resistance Worse for Māori
A University of Otago PhD student is doing his bit to curb antibiotic resistance and subsequently reduce the threat of infectious disease among Māori communities.

“Resistance mechanisms have been observed for nearly every antibiotic in our arsenal,” says Maxwell, who adds “we are rapidly approaching a post-antibiotic era where no treatment will exist against seemingly insignificant infections”.

Māori, he says, will be particularly vulnerable if this happens, due to both increased susceptibility to infectious organisms and reliance on antibiotics.

The Ministry of Health has acknowledged that Māori are disproportionately burdened by infectious diseases and that antibiotics are dispensed to a higher proportion ofMāori than non-Māori, says Maxwell.

Maxwell was first introduced into the research environment last summer, where he conducted a short research project within the Fineran Laboratory at the University of Otago. The $129,900 grant from the HRC will help him build on that work and build his research expertise.....

“Game changing” Master of Māori and Indigenous degree
Responding to the need for top-level business expertise and leadership within the burgeoning Māori economy – now worth over $42 billion and growing faster than the wider New Zealand economy – the Business Schools at the University of Auckland, Auckland University of Technology, Massey University, the University of Otago, Victoria University of Wellington and the University of Waikato are joining forces to offer a new, part-time online Master of Māori and Indigenous Business in 2018......

Iwi trust doubles its asset base in 10 years to $18.3m
Ngati Whakaue Assets Trust has doubled its asset base to $18.3m in less than a decade and has revealed plans to distribute over $460,000 to its beneficiaries in the next year.

Trust chairwoman Katie Paul signalled a future focus on housing issues in addition to ongoing financial support for local marae and cultural activities.

In 2009 the trust was given a $9.2m Kaingaroa Forest settlement fund to invest for the collective benefit of Ngati Whakaue. Thanks to "astute and strategic investment plays", Ms Paul confirmed the asset base had since doubled and was on track to surpass $20m by 2020......

Site confirmed for Ngati Whakaue partnership school
Rotorua's first partnership school, to be run by Ngati Whakaue, has confirmed its venue ahead of its official opening early next year.

Te Rangihakahaka Centre of Science and Technology will be based in a two-storey building on Dinsdale Rd.

Te Rangihakahaka Centre of Science and Technology will cover the full New Zealand curriculum but with a focus on science and technology, teaching literacy and other learning areas through science topics defined in Maori terms such as whakapapa (genetics) and ahuwhenua (agriculture).

It will be "trilingual" in English, Maori and computer coding......

Minister begins planning for te reo in schools
The Labour-led government is looking to press ahead with plans to extend the use of te reo Māori in schools.

Labour promised to make te reo compulsory in primary schools by 2025 and wants to increase Māori teaching in this term.

Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta said she wanted to start by increasing the number of Māori language teachers......

Move for bi-culturalism at the synod
For Frances Peho Wilson, of Te Ngakau Tapu parish in Porirua, the synod was an event of “total reliance on the Holy Spirit”.

“Before we can embrace multiculturalism, we need to grow our biculturalism,” said Ms Wilson, which in her eyes is a place “where the indigenous peoples are recognised in a monocultural dominant Church”.

Her parish of Te Ngakau Tapu (Sacred Heart) is a Māori parish, open to anyone.

There is Miha Māori (Mass) every Sunday at 10am in a bicultural theme, and a 5pm Mass in English — “something for everyone” she said.

She is waiting for the time when “we can embrace true biculturalism within Catholicism and everyone is aware of their own culture. Once achieved then we can successfully move into multiculturalism”.......

Principals back compulsory te reo Māori plan
The Principals' Federation is backing the Government's move to make te reo Māori compulsory in schools.

It's part of Labour's pledge to have all early childhood, primary and intermediate schools teaching the subject by 2025.

Minister for Māori Development Nanaia Mahuta told Three's The Hui they'll be getting as much done as they can in the next three years.

"We certainly will see some inroads in this term of Government around the teaching aspects of it, and certainly at the primary school level. Integrating history into the curriculum is something we're committed to as well."

"We do know we have to be realistic that if we want this to happen, we're going to have to sufficiently resource early childhood to primary, and also secondary teacher training to get teachers ready to be able to do this."

"We want quality te reo Māori to be taught. At the moment we have a supply issue - there are not enough teachers to teach in mainstream schools."

During the election campaign, Labour allocated $14 million over four years to get 3000 teachers at all levels on te reo Māori language courses......

Pillowcase colour helps reduce infection and respect Maori (2011)
The colour of pillowcases at hospitals in Canterbury is helping to reduce the risk of infection and at the same time respect Maori cultural values.

Canterbury Health Board has started using different coloured pillowcases to support different parts of patients' bodies - blue for the head, and white for the rest of the body.

It means pillows touching the body won't come into contact with the head.

The idea came from infection control staff and Komiti Whakarite, the Maori Advisory Committee.

Tahu Potiki Stirling from Maori Health Services says the head is considered to be tapu, or sacred, in Maori culture.

He says the move shows Canterbury DHB is attuned to Tikanga Maori protocols.

Call for councils to step aside on Waitara Lands Bill compensation
A former Te Atiawa treaty claims negotiator has urged the incoming coalition government to pass the controversial Waitara Lands Bill "unencumbered".

Peter Moeahu has petitioned newly appointed Minister of Local Government, Nanaia Mahuta, to transfer the land fully to Waitara leaseholders.

This would leave out New Plymouth District Council, and Taranaki Regional Council from retaining a financial share, he said.

Moeahu said the New Plymouth District Council (Waitara Lands) Bill should be amended by transferring the land and accrued income from rentals fully to Waitara iwi, together with caveats over reserve land for public use. ......

'Easily we call him our friend' - praise for Chris Finlayson from iwi leaders, political opponents
Outgoing Treaty Negotiations minister Chris Finlayson is leaving with the respect of iwi leaders and political opponents alike after signing off 59 Treaty settlements, a record during anyone's time in the portfolio.

After nine years in the role, Mr Finlayson is handing over his Treaty Negotiations portfolio to former Labour leader Andrew Little.

The new Minister for Maori Development, Nanaia Mahuta, said Mr Finlayson absolutely understood the complexities of New Zealand history.

Tuhoe negotiator Tamati Kruger said Mr Finlayson "has an ability to connect emotionally as well as intellectually with what's going on and he has a very fair assessment of how things can proceed towards a settlement".

"Easily we call him our friend."

For his part, Mr Finlayson, said the role has been an education for him.

"I call it the education of a public man because I've learned so much about my country, about it's history and about some of the challenges it faces," he said.

"I consider that I've been the most fortunate person in the entire government because I've always got what I wanted."

He faced criticism over how he dealt with cross claims, but the Tuhoe settlement and Parihaka apology remain highlights.

The only large historical settlement left for Labour to complete is the Ngapuhi deal and the outgoing minister is watching with interest.

His legacy though is moving Aotearoa New Zealand towards an honest future, set free from the past.....

$750K for Whangarei Maori arts and culture centre
The vision for a Whangarei centre to honour, teach and showcase excellence in Maori culture and art has been boosted by a $750,000 grant from Foundation North.

While there is no start date for the Hihiaua Cultural Centre, the grant announced yesterday brings funding for the $2 million first stage to well over the half way mark.

Whangarei District Council pledged $500,000 for the mixed-use cultural precinct in its 2015-2025 Long Term Plan. Hihiaua will be a focal point of both traditional and contemporary Maori arts and culture.....

Auckland Council approves community initiatives funding
Through the Māori cultural initiatives fund, nine organisations received $998,869 in funding for marae and papakāinga development in locations such as Kaipara, Great Barrier Island, Panmure and Manurewa.....

Whangarei District Council opt not to introduce Maori wards
Whangarei councillors have opted not to introduce Maori wards, but have not closed the door on holding a poll on the issue at the next election.

The debate went on for more than half an hour yesterday as councillors offered their opinions on the issue.

There were four options on the table: take no action, introduce wards, hold a stand-alone poll, or hold a poll at the next election.

Mayor Sheryl Mai was a firm supporter of introducing Maori wards. She said about a quarter of Whangarei's population was Maori and that was not reflected in the council makeup......

Ngāpuhi settlement "priority" for new Minister of Treaty Negotiations Andrew Little
With the country's 52nd government officially sworn-in Andrew Little becomes the new Minister of Treaty Negotiations. He says he's ready for the challenge.

Sworn-in as the new Treaty Negotiations Minister, Andrew Little welcomes the challenge.

"This is a huge honour and a huge privilege. I'm thrilled with the responsibilities I've been given. I know there are going to be huge challenges in the Treaty Negotiations Portfolio but I relish that."

Top of his priority list is the Ngāpuhi settlement.

"Ngāpuhi is probably one fo the tractable issues that we've got to get through so that would be a high priority for me and I give the hard problems the biggest priority because I like to fix them."

He replaces National's Chris Finlayson who during his time signed-off 59 settlements. The pair will meet in the next few weeks.

"I'll be looking to my predecessors for advice and guidance. I'm not going to do this on my own and in the end we're all motivated to do what's right for New Zealand and for the Treaty.”.......

Water row: 'We are going to exercise our rights'
The Māori owners of Porotī Springs in Northland are going ahead with plans to develop their resource without council consent.

Hapū have been fighting without success for a share in the water rights at Porotī, and have opposed plans for a bottling operation nearby.

Mr Ruka said holding back water at the Porotī Springs source could affect the quality of that taken downstream by the Whangarei District Council and local irrigators, but that was no longer the trustees' concern.

"We have no other pathway of action."

"We are not asking the council, the Whangarei District Council or the Northland Regional Council. We are just telling them of our right and they will just have to work with us and we will just have ensure that we stay legal within the Resource Management Act."

He said no-one has ever given serious consideration to Māori interests at the springs, despite years of effort by the hapū.

"We have to focus on looking after ourselves."......

Hamilton says no for now to Maori wards
The potential for divisive debate around Māori electoral wards in Hamilton has caused iwi groups to drop the idea for now.

But the council will look into other options, such as appointing external Māori members to council committees.

A citizen-initiated poll would be an "ultimate inevitability" if the seats were brought in, Te Rūnanga o Kirikiriroa spokesman Glenn Tupuhi told councillors at an October meeting.

"That would subject our community as a whole and our Māori sector of that community to a degree of stress that we all do not need," he said.

Tupuhi said iwi support the idea of appointing Māori to council committees.

Local Māori want to make a contribution and need to be at the decision-making table, Te Ha o te Whenua o Kirikiriroa spokesman Rawiri Bidois said.

"[There is a] big difference between consultation and decision-making," he said.

"We believe that the wards process is probably not the one to go down at the present time ... given the potential divisiveness it might create, given the Māori problem participating in local politics anyhow."

Hamilton Councillor Dave Macpherson agreed that would "excite unreasonable and unnecessary debate and divisive debate".

Including Māori voices on existing committees could be an interim step, he said......

Surplus Ihumatao land could go to iwi
Fletcher Building is considering gifting up to a quarter of its land at Ihumatao to iwi as a reserve in perpetuity.

The company fielded questions at its annual meeting in Auckland yesterday about its plan to build 480 homes on land next to the Otuataua Stonefields near Auckland International Airport.

A United Nations committee has criticised the consultation over the zoning of the land as a special housing area.

Fletcher Building’s chief executive for residential and land development, Steve Evans, says it’s up to the government to respond to the committee, not the company.

The company has identified a buffer area adjacent to the stonefields covering about 25 percent of the site, which could be gifted to Auckland Council, the Tupuna Maunga Authority, the local marae committee or some other suitable body which can take responsibility for its maintenance.......

Peters delivers Maori influence to cabinet
Former Maori affairs minister Dover Samuels says Maoridom should thank Winston Peters for putting Maori in such a strong position in Government.

Eight Maori from Labour and New Zealand First were this morning sworn in as Ministers in the new coalition government.

Between them they hold 18 portfolios.

"The thanks should be given to the leader of New Zealand First, Winston Peters. He's the one that has created the landscape for Maori to take advantage of the coalition agreement made up from the Greens, New Zealand Labour and New Zealand First. I think the culmination of their kaupapa and their principles actually reflect tikanga Maori and Maori kaupapa and Maori aspirations......

Maori seats to be retained at Waikato Regional Council
The two Maori seats on Waikato Regional Council will be retained following a vote by councillors.

The current Maori constituencies are Nga Hau e Wha and Nga Tai ki Uta and have been in effect for almost four years.

Today a majority of seven to three councillors re-confirmed the status quo of having two Maori constituencies for electoral purposes......

Palmerston North City councillors votes for Māori seats
Palmerston North City councillors have taken up mayor Grant Smith's challenge to be "brave enough" to support a move to guarantee Māori seats at the council table.

The city council on Tuesday voted 11-4 in favour of having one or two Māori wards at the next local government elections in 2019.

The decision was made despite two thirds of the submissions it received opposing the move.

Smith said the change would enable the council to uphold its Treaty of Waitangi obligations, even though it might be divisive.......

Whangarei District Council to vote on Maori wards 
A poll on the whether to introduce Maori wards in Whangarei is being held for the first time in at least 15 years. 

Councillors will vote tomorrow on whether to introduce Maori representation to the ward system. 

The councillors will have four options - to maintain the status quo, to establish Maori wards, to conduct a poll on whether to introduce them for the next election or to conduct the poll as part of the next election........ 

Second commercial boating operation for Mackenzie
Boat tours on Lake Tekapo could soon become a reality.

TEO Limited has lodged a resource consent application with the Mackenzie District Council to operate High Country Cruises, a commercial boating operation on Lake Tekapo.

If approved, the operation would be the first commercial boating operator on the lake, one of the company's directors says.

Linz had granted approval as the venture planned to be operated on land at the edge of the lake, which was Linz owned land.

Approval had also been granted by Kāi Tahu ki Otago Ltd on behalf of Te Rūnanga o Waihao.

Ward said it was important to have approval from iwi as Lake Tekapo was a significant part of Maori history......

Māori Health Scientist awarded for work on indigenous health
Dr Matire Harwood is a clinical researcher at the University of Auckland and has dedicated her career to discovering the inequities in the health outcomes for indigenous people.

She says, "New Zealand are world leaders in this space, we collect the data and we collect really good ethnicity data and have been showing for a number of years now. Ever since i trained as a Doctor, it shows that there are inequities between Māori and non-Māori."

Now she hopes a $25,000.00 grant that comes with the acclaim will turn her data into action and improve the health outcomes for the 400 million indigenous people around the world.......

Te Takawaenga relationship accord signed at union conference
A strengthened relationship between the national representatives of Māori workers and the trade union movement has been marked in Wellington today.

Leadership of the trade union movement have this morning signed Te Takawaengarelationship accord at the Biennial Conference of the Council of Trade Unions Te Kauae Kaimahi, which got underway at the Michael Fowler Centre this morning......

Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary put on ice by NZ First, catching Greens unaware
New Zealand's biggest ocean sanctuary is dead in the water, in a Winston Peters deal that has blind-sided the Greens.

The 620,000 sq km Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary, announced by John Key at the United Nations in 2015, was hailed around the world and passed its first reading in Parliament unopposed.

But fishing companies and iwi bodies filed legal action opposing it, saying the sanctuary would deny them fishing rights agreed in Treaty settlements.

NZ First, whose senior MPs are close to the fishing industry and whose campaign was partly bankrolled by players in the fishing industry, demanded Labour stop the sanctuary.

And it is understood Jacinda Ardern agreed a Labour-NZ First government would not progress legislation to establish the sanctuary in this three-year Parliamentary term. That will disappoint some of her MPs and supporters, but will win favour among her Maori MPs who argued it undermined iwi commercial fishing rights...... 

More on the above here > Kermadec Sanctuary still on table, but iwi consultation key  
And more here > NZ First refuses to say if Kermadec plans are afloat

Wisdom of Maori road safety signage questioned
THE wisdom of having road safety signs solely in Maori was questioned at the Regional Transport Committee meeting — but the meeting was told English translation had been added later.

Graeme Thomson said he supported the use of te reo but felt this was not the right place. People needed to understand a sign and know what it was about.

If signs were needed to prevent accidents and it was that important, they should be kept simple so that 100 percent of people could recognise them immediately......

Viewer tells Tamati Coffey stop speaking Māori but TV boss ignoring the "rednecks
TV presenter-turned-Labour MP Tamati Coffey has been warned by a viewer against speaking Māori too often.

The freshly elected MP for Waiariki tweeted a note he was sent by a viewer of his new TVNZ show Moving Out which criticised his use of te reo Māori on the programme.

"Congratulations on your appointment but just a quick note after listening to you on your new television program," it read.

"The maori [sic] language your are speaking is getting a bit boring and you need to be very careful that the public will not turn off very soon." ......

Maori Ministers take the reins
New Zealand is set to have the largest number of Maori ministers yet, but their roles won’t be revealed until later this week.

Labour’s caucus voted senior MPs Kelvin Davis and Nanaia Mahuta into Cabinet, and presumptive prime minister Jacinda Ardern picked Peeni Henare, Meka Whaitiri and Willie Jackson to serve as ministers outside cabinet.

Mr Davis has expressed a desire to continue working in the Corrections portfolio, which could mean Ms Mahuta is given the lead Maori affairs role.

On the New Zealand First side, Winston Peters, Ron Mark, Shane Jones and Tracy Martin will sit around the cabinet table.

The Greens will get three ministers outside cabinet and one-under-secretary position, but its sole Maori MP, Marama Davidson, missed out on a spot......

Waitangi Tribunal hearings 'chance to move beyond victimhood'
The Waitangi Tribunal hearings which ended yesterday after seven long years are a chance to finally move beyond victimhood, a hapu leader says.

Last week the Crown made its closing submissions in Te Paparahi o Te Raki, the inquiry into Ngapuhi's 600-plus treaty claims. The claimants had their final say in July.

Ngapuhi is the last of the major iwi to complete its treaty hearings. It is also New Zealand's biggest tribe, hence an inquiry which has required hundreds of witnesses, 31 weeks of hearings and 500,000-plus pages of evidence.

"The tribunal, more than the Crown, has listened to what we've said. We have faith they will produce a document that will enable us to settle our grievances and move forward, out of the state of victimhood into a more progressive, enlightened people. We've been victims for too long," he said.......

Pressure on Māori MPs to deliver in new govt
The parties that make up the new Labour-led government have 18 Māori Mps.

One New Zealand First policy looks to be already off the table - Winston Peters said his party didn't get enough support to hold a referendum on the Māori seats, which means they're staying for at least the next three years.

Rihari Dargaville said he was proud Mr Peters decided to go with the will of the people for a change of government.

He also said National was to blame for the current socio-economic state of Māori.......

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Auckland Council is working to achieve a transformational shift with and for Māori and deliver on Council's vision of celebrating Tāmaki Makaurau Māori identity as our point of difference in the world. As part of this journey, we are working with Māori to develop a bold and contemporary response to Te Tiriti o Waitangi as it applies to Auckland Council - ensuring that we honour both our legislative obligations and the spirit of Te Tiriti relationships.......

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MPs keen to keep faith with Maori
Labour deputy leader Kelvin Davis says retention of the Maori seats was a bottom line for Labour in coalition talks.

In choosing to go into coalition with Labour, New Zealand First leader Winston Peters told journalists he did not get enough votes to push his campaign promise of a referendum on the seats.

Mr Davis says Labour is keen to start work on a government that delivers for all New Zealanders and Maori are a vital part of that mix.

"Really our only bottom line was that the Maori seats don’t go. We’re acutely aware as the 13 Maori MPs in Labour, I think half of New Zealand First’s caucus is Maori and Marama Davidson in the Greens, there is massive Maori representation and we know we have to get some wins for our people," he says.

Mr Davis says Labour realises what is good for Maori is good for all new Zealand and gains in Maori education, health, employment and housing are high on the agenda.....

Napier ratepayers strongly opposed to establishing Māori council seats
Napier ratepayers have voted overwhelmingly against establishing Māori seats on the Napier City Council.

A survey carried out by the council saw 72 per cent of respondents opposed to establishing the wards and 22 per cent in favour.

A paper going before council next week said key themes from comments in favour of Māori wards were that "Tangata whenua were entitled to more of a voice as per the Treaty of Waitangi", and they would be "a way of assisting the Māori community to be represented on council".

Key comments from those opposed included "Candidates should be voted for on their merits, not by ethnicity" and "Māori wards are perceived as creating a division in council and the community".......

Submitters share views on Maclean Park Draft Management Plan
The Council will now take a pause while it analyses all submissions received and makes appropriate changes to the Draft Management Plan. A decision on whether the Plan should be adopted is expected before the end of the year.

"It is important that we take the time to consider the views of our local iwi as treaty partners, people that operate businesses in the Maclean Park area, the Kāpiti Boating Club, Coastguard Kāpiti Coast, the Kāpiti Underwater Club, Park users and the wider community before making a decision on the Park’s future," said the Mayor. "This is not an easy task as we need to manage the many demands placed on what is a relatively small reserve."....

Northern iwi cheer new government decision
There's elation at Waitangi over New Zealand First's choice to go into government with Labour.

Pita Tipene, who co-chairs the hapū alliance Te Kotahitanga - said a loud cheer went up at the announcement of the new government.

He said New Zealand First had made the best choice for the region, and for Māori......

Gang leader argues seized land with links to money laundering has cultural significance
Seized land with links to a $1.17 million drug supply and money laundering operation may return to its gang owner following an appeal on cultural and spiritual grounds.

The Commissioner of Police obtained asset and profit forfeiture orders for Bay of Plenty property belonging to Valentine Barclay Nicholas and his partner Sheila Payne.

While he did not challenge the drug and money laundering finding, he argued the land is of cultural, spiritual and whanau significance and that its seizure would create undue hardship.

Yesterday, a decision by Justices Rhys Harrison, Ailsa Duffy and Joseph Williams said there is evidence strongly suggesting that some of the property is ancestral land......

Ruha contribution to te reo recognised
Musician Rob Ruha’s efforts to promote te reo Maori through music will be helped by a $50,000 Laureate Award from the Arts Foundation.....

Outward Bound invests in cultural heritage with three new waka
The trio were each blessed at a special naming ceremony at Anakiwa in the Marlborough Sounds on Sunday in front of a crowd of about 50 people made up of members of Te Atiawa iwi , Nelson and Waikawa Waka clubs and Outward Bound staff.

School director Simon Graney says the $900,000 outrigger canoes and equipment are part of their commitment to the region's cultural heritage and have been planned for about a decade.

"Cultural engagement is what we wanted to achieve as we do feel a sense of obligation to the Treaty of Waitangi and have a duty there but it's more than that too.

Named Kiwa, after a sea god, Tai Timu, an outgoing tide, and Tai Pari, an incoming tide, the waka are set to offer students an "enhanced" experience, Simon says.

"Most of the adventure experiences at Outward Bound are based on a European cultural heritage, with which Māori and Pasifika students may not engage so readily. As a result, instructors have observed Māori and Pasifika students not having the opportunity to lead their watch mates in an activity that they identify with.

"This has completely changed on the courses where Outward Bound has been able to offer waka ama by using vessels borrowed from organisations we work closely with. We have the potential to dramatically change this dynamic with waka ama," he says.......

Maori Health and Neighbourhood Fun Day
Nau Mai Haere Mai. Te Whare Roimata welcomes everybody to this important day. 
Come and get your yearly Warrant of Fitness check on your body - have 3 or more checks and get a free Hangi lunch......

Farmers learn about protecting Maori food sources
Environment Canterbury has appointed a cultural land management adviser to help farmers on land near Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere understand and comply with new rules designed to protect mahinga kai – traditional Ngāi Tahu food resources and their ecosystems. .....

Cultural identity and community in whitestream schools
Dr Ann Milne speaks at CORE Education's uLearn17 conference in Hamilton. She asks us to think about what community and collaboration look like for the learners our system marginalises and minoritises. When we talk about educational success “as Māori”, what does this actually mean and how do our institutionalised practices and solutions actually work against this goal? In the pressure we face to collaborate, who is our community and how does our practice reflect their reality?.....

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Constitution could boost treaty enforcement
A leading Maori constitutional scholar will look at whether a written constitution would offer Maori more protection than current arrangements.

Associate Professor Claire Charters from the University of Auckland school of law has been awarded a Rutherford Fellowship to support her next five years of research.

She intends to look at how the rights of indigenous peoples around the world are accommodated or addressed.

Dr Charters says New Zealand has some of the weakest legal protections for its indigenous people of any constitutional structure.....

Our school posters help migrant kids master Te Reo
Addington’s Sacred Heart School pupils are among the first Christchurch kids to get their hands on innovative posters that use humour to promote Te Reo Maori.

The colourful posters, designed and produced by CrestClean, also contain important health and hygiene messages.

Depicting cartoon characters, the four unique designs immediately struck a chord with principal Frank McManus who was in no doubt they would be a big hit at the school.

Good resources in the Maori language were scarce, he said, and the posters would also double up as a teaching aid as part of the school’s Te Reo programme......

Locals block sports hub construction
A small group of local Māori in Kaitaia set up a road block early this morning to stop workers from accessing the Te Hiku sports hub construction site.

Workers have been excavating land in Kaitaia for the new sports centre that some local Māori say is close to many significant sites of their hapū, Te Paatu.

Te Paatu spokesperson Wikatana Popata said they were not against the sports hub and that it would be great for the local community, but were angry they were not consulted before construction started......

Trampers told not to climb Tongariro Crossing's Mount Doom
Trampers seeking to climb Mt Ngauruhoe, or "Mt Doom", will be asked to show "respect" for the mountain by giving up their quest.

The popular trek up Mt Ngauruhoe, a feature of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, is an added bonus for keen walkers who embark on the 20-kilometre journey along one of New Zealand's nine Great Walks.

The mountain holds a special attraction for some visitors thanks to its famous role as Mt Doom in the Lord of the Rings.

But the Department of Conservation (DOC) wants people to stop walking up Ngauruhoe as its peak, along with Mt Ruapehu's peak, are considered sacred.

People would be advised it was a culturally significant area, but DOC could not stop them from going up the mountain.

It was time to show respect for the sacred land, he said.

In a statement, iwi spokesman Te Ngaehe Wanikau said the mountain peaks and all waterways and peaks on Tongariro were sacred to the local hapū Ngāti Hikairo Ki Tongariro.

People should respect the sanctity of the sacred mountains, Wanikau said.......

Marlborough District Council's 'iwi engagement' tested in Taylor River Project
Iwi want more than token engagement in the governance of the region, and specific projects such as Taylor River improvement can help that happen, says an iwi representative.

Marlborough District Council aims to fund $209,600 over four years to enable stage two of the Taylor River Improvement Project, matching a government grant. 
The council told government funding providers the index would be able to provide "a quantative measurement of improvements of spiritual experience ... through feedback from iwi"......

Labour considers lessons of Tuhoe raids
Labour's deputy leader Kelvin Davis says the police should be more ready to consult iwi liaison officers when dealing with Maori issues.

It's 10 years since the so-called Tuhoe raids, when police set up illegal road blocks at Taneatua and Ruatoki as they sought to round up people who had taken part in what were alleged to be military style training camps.

Most of the arrests fell apart on procedural grounds, and the four people eventualy prosecuted on arms charges are new seeking pardons.....

$40,000 MPI funding to get high value ginseng exporting
A South Waikato ginseng producer is ready to approach potential investors to increase its production and exports with the help of funding of up to $40,000 from the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).

Maraeroa has 20 hectares of high value wild simulated Asian panax ginseng growing on the forest floor of its 5,550 hectare pine plantation. The group is looking to double the size of its ginseng plantation by raising capital and having a purpose designed processing factory built at Pureora.

MPI’s Māori Agribusiness team helps Māori make the most of their primary sector assets from production and processing, through to exporting via tailored support.....

Maori values to help treat wastewater clean up
Rotorua Lakes Council is taking a lead incorporating Maori values and matauranga into its wastewater treatment programme.

Infrastructure general manager Stavros Michael and Te Arawa kaumatua Te Taru White, a trained engineering geologist, have been sharing with the wastewater industry its planned solution to replace spraying partially-treated effluent in the Whakarewarewa Forest.

"It was very important to work together with Te Arawa, to vary the scientific treatment of wastewater in conjunction with the spiritual and cultural cleansing of water through a land contact system," he says.

Union takes IRD to court over personality testing
The Public Service Association is taking the Inland Revenue to the employment court over its plans to use psychometric tests on employees reapplying for their jobs.

The Inland Revenue is planning to cut the number of its staff by around 30 per cent by 2021 as part of its business transformation plans.

Erin Polaczuk, PSA national secretary, said workers, many of whom had been with the IRD for years - were being coerced into taking psychometric tests just so they can reapply to keep their jobs.

"Often these 'new' jobs involve the same work the employees have been doing for many years."

"If you wanted to get a good sense of a person's skills and abilities, it would be more rational to consider the ample information stored within the department from years of performance reviews and evaluations."

Polaczuk said the move was offensive to long-serving staff and may breach the both Treaty of Waitangi obligations and the departments compliance with the State Sector and Human Rights Acts........


Māori Representation Act introduced 150 years ago
10 October 2017 marked 150 years since the introduction of the Māori Representation Act 1867.

The Act was considered a radical document at the time as, prior to its introduction, European politicians controlled Parliament and the rights of the indigenous people were not always considered in the government’s law-making process.

Upon its passage, the Act had two major impacts: Four Māori electorates were established, three in the North Island and one in the South Island, and ALL Māori men aged from 21 years were given the right to vote; previously only men aged 21 and over who owned property under individual property ownership laws had this right.

The beginning
Before the Māori Representation Act 1867, laws surrounding voting rights were meant to be colour-blind, but they are widely seen as having favoured European settlers.

Voting law was established based on the traditional European laws of individual property ownership titles; if an individual owned property, they could vote. Māori owned property communally, no individual retained full ownership, so many didn’t participate in elections.......

Gang whanau offer research insights
An academic who has been honoured for her work on Maori well being says her peers need to recognise marginalised communities are experts in their own condition and can think through their own solutions.

"There needs to be the ceding of power. There needs to be the ceding of power from government. There needs to be the ceding of power in the research environment from researchers so it is far more community-driven, that the type of research questions being asked are the type of research questions relevant to the communities, ....

Whakatane Mayor pushes for Māori seats
Whakatāne mayor, Tony Bonne says it's unfair that Māori seats are determined by a general vote in local government. Submissions have already been sent out to local iwi in regards to establishing three new seats on the Whakatāne District Council.

Former Whakatāne District Councillor Pouroto Ngāropo says having three new Māori seats on the council table will create change for Whakatāne.

Pouroto Ngāropo says, “Now it’s up to our people to make a decision. If we want our language and have Māori representation at the forefront of the Whakatāne District Council than this is it.”....

More on the above here > Ngāti Awa CEO encourages Māori to vote for Māori seats on  council
Tūwharetoa Purchase Iconic Taupō Tourist Attraction
One of New Zealand’s most popular and iconic tourist attractions in Taupō has been purchased by Central North Island iwi, Ngāti Tūwharetoa.

The Lake Taupō Hole in One Challenge is considered to be one of Taupō’s must-do attractions and has been operating for 24 years. The tourism activity, which offers punters the chance to hit golf balls out to a floating lake pontoon, has been purchased by the Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board through its commercial subsidiary, Taupō Moana Group Holdings Limited (‘TMGH’)......

Law Commission looks to rewrite property law to include tikanga Māori
The New Zealand Law Commission is investigating the Property (Relationships) Act and whether or not it can extend to recognise tikanga Māori when relationships end and property is divided. Public submissions open next week.

The Law Commission is investigating the Property (Relationships) Act 1976 and how it could extend to include tikanga Māori.

Law Commissioner Helen McQueen says "We think that the law should acknowledge tikanga [Māori protocol] and we want to know whether the Property (Relationships) Act allows tikanga to operate."

The Act handles married couples, civil unions and defacto relationships where partners have been together for a period of three years.

McQueen says "we would like to know whether whanaungatanga is sufficiently taken into account in the Act through things like excluding Māori Land and excluding taonga so that important items of property are dealt with in a way that is consistent with tikanga.".....

Iwi chairs want Independent Māori Land Services in the regions
Iwi chairs are calling for Independent Māori Land Services in the regions to increase productivity on Māori Freehold lands. It follows the completion of case studies in five regions to gauge the potential for Māori land use.

Walter Wells is the Deputy Chair of the Ngāti Kuri Trust Board and co-leads the case study looking at the potential to boost annual productivity on Māori Freehold Land in Northland by $150M per annum.

He says, "What’s been clear in the discussions that we've had with landowners is that it's not necessarily their focus. Productivity for economic benefits is one thing but actually being connected to their whenua is more important and having a much more holistic view of what opportunities for land use are."....

Councillors to vote on returning holiday park land to Ngati Whakaue
The return of the Rotorua Thermal Holiday Park land to Ngati Whakaue could take a leap forward today.

At the Rotorua Lakes Council strategy, policy and finance committee meeting, councillors will vote to either retain the status quo (Option 1) - which means reneging on past assertions the land would be returned to Ngati Whakaue by way of the Pukeroa Oruawhata Trust (POT) - or to return the land to Ngati Whakaue (Option 2).

A report by the council's recreation and environment manager, Rob Pitkethley, and legal property manager Tyron Tomlinson says Ngati Whakaue has long-argued the land -
on Old Taupo Rd next to Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology - should be returned because, over time, its use has been inconsistent with what would be expected to be found on a recreational reserve.

- The land was originally gifted to the Crown by the people of Ngati Whakaue for public recreation purposes and was later vested in the council to administer.

- Parts of the land are leased by Toi Ohomai, which has a 33-year lease that began in 2005, with a right of renewal for 33 years.

- Toi Ohomai pays an annual lease of $106,695 to the council.

- By mutual agreement, Toi Ohomai will retain the lease if the land is given back to Ngati Whakaue by way of the Pukeroa Oruawhata Trust.

- The underlying ownership of the land lies with the Crown and it will revert back to the Crown if the council revokes the reserve status......

Study aims to support Māori joining KiwiSaver
University researchers are on a mission to find out why Māori are falling behind with KiwiSaver participation, in a bid to better support the population with financial decisions.

“We want to know what kind of financial products and services may change this imbalance,” Dr Houkaumau says.

The Māori economy is an important part of the country’s economy and is growing; by 2020 the population will be a significant proportion of the working-age demographic, she says......

Northern iwi have numbers
Northland Māori have come up trumps post-election with a record nine members from Northland iwi.

Three new members join six who retained their seats and, once coalition talks are complete, they will know which side of the house they will be sitting on.

Hailing from Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Wai and the Hokianga, New Zealand First's newest MP Jenny Macroft joins her not-so-new colleague Shane Jones from Te Aupouri, Ngāi Takoto and Ngāti Kahu.

Labour welcomes Willow Jean-Prime of Ngāti Hine and Ngāpuhi.

They join Winston Peters, National's Shane Reti, Labour's Peeni Henare, Kelvin Davis, the Green's Marama Davidson and Act's David Seymour.....

Te Urewera Raids - A Decade of Rebuilding
October 15 marks ten years since the terror raids that shocked the nation and shattered the lives of people in Te Urewera.

Ruatoki activist, artist and kaumātua, Tame Iti, was dubbed the ringleader of alleged terrorist training camps and sentenced to two and a half years in jail.

A decade on Ngāi Tūhoe has settled with the Crown and were given a police apology in 2014. Chairman of Tūhoe Te Uru Taumatua, Tamati Kruger says the tribe has moved on.

As for Tame Iti, he’s forging a relationship with Kiwi Chinese, hoping to bring the dragon and taniwha together in the inner Bay of Plenty region. Just days before the raids anniversary Iti hosted a Kiwi Chinese delegation to Ruatoki and Tāneatua.

“It’s important for us for Tūhoe to go in collaboration on an international level. And so we bring the people with skills and work in our space. And I’m keen. I think they got more to offer than our treaty partner.”....

Greens' Kermadec card worries TOKM
Te Ohu Kaimoana fears the proposed Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary could be a bargaining chip in coalition negotiations.

National delayed passing the sanctuary into law after the iwi raised concerns it would confiscate development rights that were part of the Maori Fisheries settlement.

It’s still on National’s to do list, and the Greens are also pushing hard for the sanctuary.

Te Ohu Kaimoana chief executive Dion Tuuta says all political parties say they honour the Treaty of Waitangi, but struggle with allowing Maori to use their taonga as they see fit.....

Westpac ATMs offer Chinese language option
People using Westpac automatic teller machines will be able to choose a Simplified Chinese language option from next week.

Te reo Māori was introduced on Westpac ATMs in July 2016 and was followed by a dialect specific to Waikato-Tainui last month.
The latter is the first language option distinct to one iwi to be introduced on an ATM and Westpac is talking to other iwi about adding more dialects in the future.....

Muriwhenua claim may be reopened
There is further delay to a settlement for far north iwi Ngati Kahu after the crown said the Waitangi Tribunal may hear its claims afresh.

A judicial conference was scheduled this week to discuss the next steps in the long-running claim.

But presiding officer Carrie Wainwright says it will be delayed until next month to give claimants a chance to respond to the crown memorandum.

Te Runanga o Ngati Kahu has walked away from the negotiating table and wants the tribunal to make binding recommendations to return crown and former state owned enterprise land blocks in its rohe.

The runanga also objected to the same judge who had turned it down previously continuing to sit on the claim.....

Maori option chance to push for eighth seat
It's 150 years today since the Maori seats were established, and Maori political advocacy group Te Ata Tino Toa want to increase their number.

Spokesperson Teanau Tuiono says the Maori option, held after next year's census, is a chance to do that by getting Maori to switch to the Maori roll.

Part odf the change to MMP was that maori seats would have a similar number of electors to general seats, and the number increased for the 1996, 1999 and 2002 elections.

It has stayed on seven since then, despite there being the option for voters to switch in 2006 and 2013.

A quarter of a million Maori are already on the roll, which is why Mr Tuiono there is a stronger case for entrenching the seats than holding a referendum on whether they should be scrapped.......

Iwi defends Hamurana Springs fee as legal
Ngati Rangiwewehi say they have "absolutely sought legal advice" over the legality of a proposed fee at Hamurana Springs.

The iwi announced the new entrance fee last month......

Planning works underway for proposed west Auckland marae
Te Atatū's marae is a step closer to being built.

Plans were being drafted for the marae, which would sit on 2.5 hectares of land on Harbourview, west Auckland.

The reserve land, zoned for a marae, was the subject of a legal battle in the past.....

Massey to support Maori farming competiton
Massey University is demonstrating its support for the Māori agricultural sector by becoming a sponsor of the Ahuwhenua Trophy, BNZ Māori Excellence in Farming Award.

The College of Sciences signed the sponsorship deal at a ceremony on the Manawatū campus attended by the Ahuwhenua Trophy Management Committee Chairman, Mr Kingi Smiler, Vice-Chancellor Professor Jan Thomas and the Pro Vice-Chancellor College of Sciences Professor Ray Geor......

Tikanga Maori a topic for property law rewrite
The Law Commission wants to know whether tikanga Maori is recognised when relationships end and property is divided up.

It’s one of the questions that will be asked in a review of the 40-year-old Property (Relationships) Act.

Commissioner Helen McQueen says a lot has changed in New Zealand over that time, including the way relationships and families form, how they function and what happens when relationships end.

That’s why the commission wants to know: When should the law treat two people as a couple?....

Local board partners with Māori
Henderson-Massey Local Board is committed to working with local Māori to support their rights, interests and aspirations and to provide opportunities for Māori to contribute to Auckland.

“The council has affirmed the Māori Responsiveness Framework to help the Auckland Council whanau implement its responsibilities under Te Tiriti o Waitangi,” says Henderson-Massey Local Board member and Māori issues lead Paula Bold-Wilson.

“Our board takes these responsibilities seriously. We are developing our own Māori Responsiveness Plan."....

West Auckland councillors divided over Māori ward
All but one of west Auckland's councillors are against introducing a Māori ward.

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

It comes after 10 Auckland councillors voted in favour to establish a Maori ward, in principle, while five voted against it. Six did not vote because they were not at the meeting.....

Democracy at heart of Māori ward debate for Rodney Councillor
Goff said polling in other areas on Māori representation had consistently seen around 80 per cent opposed to the idea and he feared a referendum would end up dividing the city.

However, Sayers is concerned the way the options were stacked meant democratic process wasn't followed, and the proposal that the public should have a say, by way of a referendum, never came to the vote.

Having Māori wards is a constitutional matter, and it was correct for it to be put to a referendum, he said.

"Any Councillor opposing a referendum is not respecting the democratic right of Auckland's citizens to have a say about what any Māori representation should be for Auckland city," he said at the meeting.

Ordinary Māori were better served democratically by Māori wards as it gave them the same voting rights as chiefs, Waitematā and Gulf ward Councillor ​Mike Lee said.

Piling appeared to an issue with Lee also. He felt the role of the IMSB would need to be looked at as they would have two votes on things like rates as well as the elected Māori ward councillor also having a vote......

New Plymouth Māori language immersion preschool facing eviction over rent arrears allegations
A full Māori language immersion childcare centre is facing eviction from its New Plymouth premises after allegedly failing to pay about $23,000 in rent.

Te Kōpae Tamariki Kia Ū Te Reo kōhanga reo is 19 months in rent arrears for land it occupies at the Rangiatea Campus in Spotswood, said Ngati Te Whiti Whenua Topu Trust spokesman Peter Moeahu.

He said the Trust, which owns the land, had been patient and tried to work out a deal with its tenants.

"After 19 months our patience has run out," he said. "An eviction notice will be served."

Moeahu expected there would be "significant furore" over the eviction of the kōhanga.....

Maori scholars get career boost
Two Maori scholars are among the 10 early ­to mid-career researchers that have been awarded this year’s Rutherford Discovery Fellowships.

Each fellow gets $800,000 over five years to support their work, with the aim to help them establish a track record for future research leadership.

University of Auckland associate professor Claire Charters, who has Ngati Whakaue, Tuwharetoa, Nga Puhi, and Tainui whakapapa, will look at examples around the globe that may help New Zealand come up with better constitutional recognition of Maori rights and interests.

Business embrace of kaupapa Māori is real
Many companies have been incorporating Māori initiatives into their advertising and making themselves more kaupapa Māori-friendly.

Spark launched its first Te Reo Māori narrated advertising, Vodafone released its Say it Tika app with Google to help correct the pronunciation of Māori place names, and Stuff introduced macrons for Māori words on its site and in newspapers.

Asked if the apparent embrace of kaupapa Māori, or Māori approach, by business was real, Renata Blair said on Tuesday's Media Take that it was "absolutely real.

"Big business, banks - BNZ, ANZ, ASB - you've seen the phone companies, they're all gearing up, Fonterra, real estate companies, they are gearing up for this Māori economy, and it's real," said Blair, a Ngāti Whātua ki Ōrākei member.....

Alternative to court for some South Island offenders to be offered next year
The new Southern Police District Māori responsiveness manager wants to reduce the over-representation of Māori in the criminal justice system.

Māori account for 9 per cent of Otago and Southland's population, but 21 per cent of criminal offending.

To help reduce those numbers, police are working with other agencies and rūnanga to set up iwi community panels as an alternative to court-based justice for some offenders.

"It's sole purpose is to have alternative actions in place for people to avoid them going into court," Rangitutia said......

Help to weave reo into early childhood classes
Private teacher training establishment the New Zealand Tertiary College has developed a teaching and learning guide to help early childhood practitioners incorporate te reo Maori into their centres.

Chief executive Selena Fox says it’s part of the college’s commitment to bilingualism and biculturalism.

The 48 page guide draws on its successful Maori language learning resource - Te Reo Maori: He taonga mo a tatou mokopuna......

Take a look at…public health doctors' prescription for the minister
“Improve Māori health” is the first item on public health doctors’ script for the person who next takes up the job of health minister.

Large, pervasive inequities between Māori and non-Māori persist throughout the lifespan, and inaction in the face of need is widely recognised as institutionalised racism, says the New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine.

Ongoing inequities are considered by many to be a breach of the Treaty of Waitangi, the public health doctors argue in their challenge issued during the post-election gap between governments. .....

Vocal third speak up for Māori council seats
Almost two-thirds of the people who have made submissions about Māori seats on the Palmerston North City Council oppose the idea.

But at a public hearing on Monday, nine out of 12 speakers urged councillors to adopt the Māori ward proposal.

Public Service Association organiser John Shennan said many of the submissions in favour represented large groups of people, and he urged the council to be "brave" and create Māori wards because it was "the right thing to do".

One of the three speakers scheduled to talk in opposition withdrew, and opponent Selwyn Brown asked to be a late addition to the list after he saw the imbalance.

Brown said the timing of the Monday afternoon hearing was weighted against participation by people who had day jobs, as opposed to those who were paid to speak for their organisations.

He said councillors had no mandate to change the system under which they were elected.

He said the Māori voice was important, and he would like to see Māori on the council, but they should stand for election under the existing system......

The council have no say in Māori land - Kevin Moore
A Black Power lifetime member has built his dream home illegally on Māori land in Taranaki. Kevin Moore believes that consent laws should not apply when dealing with Māori land.

Moore is adamant that he has done nothing wrong and believes that tangata whenua shouldn't need permits to build on ancestral land.....

Preparing Māori for modern day business
In the last 25 years, over 400 students have graduated from the Tohu Huanga Māori Business Development program at The University of Auckland. Program manager Ngaroimata Reid says they are preparing them for modern day Māori business environment.

Up-skilling to give back, Bernard O'Donnell (Te Atiawa, Ngāti Mutunga, Kai Tahu) proves that it's never too late to chase your dream......

Dannevirke Community of Learning biggest education change since Tomorrow's Schools
While there has always been co-operation between schools and early childhood centres in Dannevirke, a unique Community of Learning will allow schools to work together more effectively to enhance education in our town.

Stephen Snell, principal of Dannevirke South School, has the role of lead principal, but has told the Dannevirke News, the Community of Learning - Tamaki Nui a Rua Hapori O Te Ako, is a team effort, with everyone working together to strengthen educational outcomes for students.

"The cultural, community and science aspect of the project will be unique to Dannevirke schools and provide wonderful learning opportunities for all our kids, but we can't do any of these things without our iwi.

''They are involved in our management meetings and we will continue working with them to ensure a positive influence on our students' learning."

Mr Snell said he's personally learned a lot, is very grateful for the input the iwi have had so far and he's looking forward to greater input......

Massey University granted $2.87 million for Māori landscape classification research
Massey University researchers have received approval for $2,870,000 to go to a Māori landscape classification research project.

The proposal, He Tātai Whenua: A Te Ao Māori landscape classification, sets out to create an international standard for the translation of indigenous cultural and historical knowledge into data structures.

The successful proposal's description from MBIE says for many centuries Māori had observed "every aspect" of the world around them.

Māori had a 1000-year history of occupation of New Zealand and a unique relationship with the environment and its sustainability, it says.

"Mātauranga Māori, or Māori expert knowledge in relation to Papatuanuku (our earthly environment) and in relation to kaitiakitanga (stewardship of the environment), offers a potentially powerful pathway leading to revitalisation and reconnection for all New Zealanders to our whenua at a time when global ecological concerns are increasingly relevant."

We propose to synthesise a Te Ao Māori landscape classification that can be directly integrated into existing Geographical Information Systems ..

Inquiry essential for state care fix
Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy says the removal of Maori children into welfare institutions by the state was the start of the systemic and mass imprisonment of Maori New Zealanders.

She told the Maori Women’s Welfare League annual conference in New Plymouth yesterday she suspected institutional racism is a big reason welfare homes were filled with mostly Maori children:.....

Māori businesswoman bringing culture to boardrooms
An Auckland woman is on a mission to connect 10,000 business people with Māori culture.

There are huge commercial gains to be made, as the Māori economy is worth $50 billion and growing.

Precious Clark brought Māori culture to the world with her karanga during the opening of the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

Now she's bringing tikanga (customs) and Te Reo Māori to the boardrooms of some of New Zealand's largest companies.

"When New Zealanders start to embrace Māori culture we're able to use it on a global stage, which gives us a point of difference," Ms Clark told Newshub....

Sticking up for religious classes in schools
The entire issue is a bit of slippery slope - if opponents are successful in their bid to end all Christian-based teaching in schools, does that not open the door for fundamentalist Christians to ask that their children are exempt from being taught the theory of evolution in science class?

And are Christians forever protesting and banging on about the mention of other faiths and cultures that may arise in, say, history or geography classes? And why is it that the Christians are almost always the only ones that are singled out for such scrutiny? Should they also have the right to request that any curriculum involving Maori gods be halted? Or are we okay with only picking on one faith and belief system in particular?

Once you start with one group you have to ask who or what will be next and where will it all end?....

Share A Stake In The Sand
2. Coastal hazards, physical processes and community resilience. This is about making informed choices around how we respond to changes to our natural coastal systems including erosion, accretion, inundation and tsunami. It’s also about looking at our preparedness for natural disasters. We need to work closely with Civil Defence, DOC, NZTA, Waikato Regional Council, iwi and other stakeholders.

3. Maori values. This is about recognising tangata whenua’s special relationship with the coast......

Māori Teaching and Learning Guide
New Zealand Tertiary College (NZTC) has developed a teaching and learning guide to partner with its successful Māori language learning resource - Te Reo Māori: He taonga mō ā tātou mokopuna (He Taonga).

The 48 page colour guide has been produced to support early childhood practitioners with the incorporation of te reo Māori into their daily centre life. Drawing on the teachings in He Taonga, the publication supports teachers to use and implement the He Taonga resource in their centres with fun and engaging activities specifically tailored to the early childhood education environment.

The guide aligns with the goals of the Ministry of Education, seeking to inspire professionals to promote the use of te reo Māori as a living and relevant language in everyday practice when working with young children.....