April - June 18

Rotorua's First Bilingual Playground is Now Open
Rotorua’s first bilingual playground heralds the beginning of a number of local te reo Māori zones, which Te Tatau o Te Arawa says will satisfy the appetite for learning the country’s indigenous language.

It was inspired by the rich history of the land it sits on and promotes te reo Māori using signage as well as digital games and stories.

Bilingual signage for other playgrounds and reserves in Rotorua will gradually be implemented as or when improvements or upgrades happen.....

More pūtea for reo Māori courses
More money is being made available for tertiary foundation programmes including te reo Māori.

Education Minister Chris Hipkins says the rate increase of $1000 per full time equivalent place comes into effect next year and applies to a number of Student Achievement Component level 1 and 2 programmes provided by tertiary education organisations.....

140 staff at Heritage NZ to learn te reo
Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga and Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori have joined together to promote and revitalise te reo Māori, whilst celebrating NZ's heritage.

The partnership will see an increase use of te reo Māori across the organisation including commentaries and through signage across the country.

Te Taura Whiri CEO Ngahiwi Apanui says, "The benefits of this MOU firstly, will mean an expansion of the Māori language and the creation of new terminology they can use within their day to day work. Secondly, a new language programme to help staff learn and converse in te reo."

Today HNZPT launched its Pouhere Reo programme which aims to train all 140 of its staff members nationwide in basic and conversational te reo.

Senior Māori Heritage Policy Manager Trevor Himona says, “We've got a goal to embed te reo as part of our organisation so te reo Māori is seen, heard and is visible across each part of our organisation and that we are able to incorporate that into a whole range of our publications."

"It's all about also enabling our staff to increase their capability in te reo to help us work with iwi, hapū, whānau and kaitiaki in regards to wāhi tapu and wāhi tūpuna."

Himona says the Crown agency looks to expand its reo goals to the nation, that will include bilingual signage on all 43 of its nationally significant heritage properties.

HNZPT begin its first Pouhere Reo classes for staff in Wellington on July 10. It will then be rolled out to all staff in Auckland, Kerikeri, Tauranga and Christchurch branches in September and October......

First Pākehā put in charge of Auckland Māori organisation
Can a Pākehā lead an influential Māori organisation? Wyn Osborne says yes.

He's the first Pākehā to serve as chief executive of the Manukau Urban Māori Authority (MUMA), based at Ngā Whare Waatea Marae in Māngere, south Auckland.

Osborne was selected by the authority's board to take over the position from Willie Jackson, who resigned from the role when he was elected to Parliament in last year's general election......

Māori desperate for own marae progress with council funding
A long-fought for marae is another step closer for an Auckland community that often feels overlooked.

Beach Haven's Uruamo Maranga Ake Marae project received $142,000 in funding from Auckland Council's Māori Cultural Initiatives Fund this month.

Kaipātiki Local Board chairman John Gillon said: "These facilities, when finished, will offer our whole community the opportunity to experience and learn more about Māori culture and customs."

The estimated cost for the entire new proposed complex is $7 million.

The Auckland Council Māori Cultural Initiatives Fund has funded 28 separate applications from 10 marae groups in the past three years, totaling $3.255 million......

Desire to work with Māori survives poll result
Palmerston North residents told the city council they did not want guaranteed Māori seats at the council table.

But the council is still searching for ideas on other ways to increase Māori representation and involvement in decision making.

Nearly 70 per cent of voters said "no" to the creation of a Māori ward or wards in a binding poll in May.

The council is now asking for views on how to include Māori more in council business as part of its review of representation arrangements for elections in 2019 and 2022.....

North Island Māori purchase huge 98-hectare kiwifruit portfolio
Three iwi-based companies have bought one of New Zealand's largest privately owned kiwifruit orchard portfolios in Te Puke.

North Island iwi-based companies Te Arawa Group Holdings (Rotorua); Rotoma No 1 Incorporation (Rotorua), and Ngāti Awa Group Holdings (Whakatāne) have bought Matai Pacific's vast kiwifruit portfolio.

The orchards will now be operated by a new Māori-owned joint venture called Matai Pacific Iwi Collective.

The large-scale property deal includes three separate mid to large-sized productive blocks at Te Puke: Te Matai Orchard, Pacific Gold Orchard and Coachman Orchard.

Combined, the three blocks cover nearly 100 canopy hectares and were expected to produce up to 1.3 million trays......

Council recognises Levin's Māori name Taitoko hoping collaboration will drive transformation of the town
Horowhenua District Council has included the Māori name of the town of Levin in a planning document, a move they and a Māori elder hope will drive a transformation of the small town north of Wellington.

TVNZ1's Seven Sharp reports Levin is the surname of a man who apparently never actually set foot in the town.

"Levin's not a legal name, but Taitoko is," said Marokopa Wiremu-Matakatea, Muaūpoko kaumatua.....

Changing face of Work and Income launched today
Minister of Social Development, Carmel Sepuloni, celebrated the launch of a brand new face to Work and Income, including a newly introduced set of Client Commitments and an online Eligibility Guide.

Carmel Sepuloni said that much needed change was well underway, and that the new look offices were only the start.

“As of today, Work and Incomes Client Commitment will also be on display in every Work and Income office, in English, Māori and in New Zealand Sign Language.

New era as Marlborough's first kaupapa Māori school opens
"Finally, our tamariki can be educated within a Māori context. This is something we could have only dreamed about when my generation were children," he said.

Funding for the unit was announced in June last year by the Ministry of Education. 
Ngāti Kuia chair, Waihaere Mason, said the school played an important role in terms of cultural identity and whakapapa.

"This is about whakapapa. You can't have a culture without a language and you can't have a language without culture......

A new approach to realising Māori potential
After almost 20 years of delivering successful education and employment pathways for young Māori in Te Waipounamu, Te Tapuae o Rehua (Te Tapuae) is set for change in a bid to drive the systemic change required to create equity in education, employment and income for all Ngāi Tahu and Māori in the Ngāi Tahu takiwā.

Te Tapuae Kaihautū, Dr Eruera Tarena Prendergast says, “New Zealand’s population is rapidly changing and the large numbers of aging Pākehā heading into retirement need to be countered by increasing numbers of young highly trained Māori reaching their full potential if we are to prosper together in the future.”

“Our Te Tapuae partners remain committed to the Treaty partnership and working together.......

This is my land': Rotorua liquor store worker allegedly punched after third attack
"One of the girls from yesterday came into the store today and attacked our staff. She started yelling at everyone saying, 'They can't arrest me'," Dillon said.

"She then started punching my staff and kicking them and yelling, 'You can't arrest me. I'm Māori, this is my own land'.....

Call for iwi organisations and groups to collaborate on freshwater allocation
A second appeal against an increased amount of water being taken from Otākiri Springs is being considered by Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa.

Last week, independent commissioners released their decision granting the application by Creswell NZ Limited to increase the amount of water taken by the Otākiri Springs bottling plant to an annual allocation of 1.1 million cubic metres of water.

The Save our Otakiri Water and Environment Group had already announced it would appeal the decision to the Environment Court.

"As Treaty partners, we assert that the Crown recognise our rights and interests in freshwater. These interests include property rights.

"Resolution of these complex issues needs to be by way of robust dialogue and negotiation between Treaty partners."

"Article Two of Te Tiriti o Waitangi guaranteed to hapū and iwi the exclusive undisturbed possession of taonga and resources. This possession is severely undermined by the granting of these consents. The Crown must engage with hapū and iwi to rectify before any territorial or local authorities make decisions on water consents."....

Report reveals details of iwi payments in connection with negotiations over proposed $200m road
New details about fees being paid to a north Taranaki iwi, including its most controversial member, in connection with negotiations over a $200 million roading project have been revealed.

He explained that NZTA had agreed to pay for legal counsel, environmental advice and for the time Ngāti Tama trustees spent on the project, which was set at $70 an hour.

This included lead negotiator Greg White, who received about $1500 a week. Other trustees got a weekly payment of $400.

Using these figures, over the past 12 months White could have received up to $78,000 and runanga trustees about $20,800.......

Te Reo Māori to be introduced to Auckland's transport network
Announcements on Auckland trains will now be spoken in Te Reo Māori as well as English.

From tomorrow all welcome and safety messages on Auckland trains will be in both English and te reo.

Auckland Transport is working with other providers so Māori can be used on the city's buses and ferries too......

Ngāti Whakaue meet with Education and Workforce Select Committee
Ngāti Whakaue iwi members have asked education representatives to consider how the iwi can be involved in Rotorua's only partnership school if it becomes a designated character school.

"We laid down a challenge to the Government for system change that would enable iwi to participate in education as equal partners," Bennett said.

"Evidence shows that students will do better in schools where their identity, language and culture is acknowledged, embraced, embedded and reflected back to them. And that takes more than just having 'a bit of Māori' in the daily programme.....

Breast cancer: Health institutions 'still racist' towards Māori
A legal consultant has spoken out about offensive and ignorant comments from hospital staff while she was being treated for breast cancer.

A new report from the University of Waikato shows Māori women get diagnosed too late and are 79 percent more likely to die from it than Pākehā.

Lead researcher Professor Ross Lawrenson said there were several inequalities between Māori, Pasifika and Pākehā women.

The study found Māori women were less likely to get chemotherapy and take the treatment Herceptin......

Marae set to be built in North Auckland
The Auckland Council has approved around $140,000 to design a new marae in Beach Haven, on Auckland's North Shore.

The Uruamo Maranga Ake Charitable Trust has worked on the concept since 2015. 
They say the proposed marae will be a dream come true.

The entire project is expected to cost around $7mil.

When finished, it'll provide a way for the community to learn more about Māori culture and customs.

Tāmaki trains to tautoko te reo
People travelling on Auckland trains will hear safety announcements made in both English and te reo Māori from tomorrow, following the launch of a new public transport programme.

Auckland Transport Māori Relationships manager Tipa Coplain says the programme is the agency’s contribution to making sure te reo Māori is heard and used.

“The policy of Auckland Council is that you see it, hear it, use it, learn it– and this is our contribution to that,” he told Te Kāea reporter Kawe Roes today before the programme’s official launch.....

Maori input guaranteed in settling health research priorities
A new group which will help set New Zealand’s health research priorities will have a Māori co-chair.

The 13-member independent Development Group includes leading health researchers, innovators, advisors and health delivery experts.

Group members include Professor Michael Baker, Emeritus Professor Richard Bedford, Rose Kahaki, Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith, and others.....

Maori Go To Court Over Levin Earthworks
Local Maori are challenging unconsented earthworks by Horowhenua District Council at Kowhai Park Recreational Reserve in Levin.

The legal challenge is on the grounds the work extends across waahi tapu and related sites of significance.

In an affidavit to the Environment Court, Vivienne Taueki of MuaUpoko hapu Ngati Tamarangi said the pipeline construction at Queen Street drain should be prohibited until the council has obtained a resource consent and complied with statutes and regulations affecting sites of significance to Maori......

Te Maru o Kaituna celebrates new Kaituna River Document
The new Kaituna River Document has been launched and celebrated by Te Maru o Kaituna River Authority today.

Te Maru o Kaituna River Authority Chairman Dean Flavell said that the Kaituna River and its tributaries are considered taonga (treasures) by both iwi and the community and are valued resources for the Bay of Plenty.

"Many people and organisations are investing a significant amount of time, effort and money over the coming 10 years to help care for the land, water and wildlife in the Kaituna catchment and Maketū Estuary.

"This document will guide local government, iwi and the wider community in their work together to protect and preserve the Kaituna River and its tributaries. It represents a culmination of input from the Kaituna community," Mr Flavell said.

The document, Kaituna, he taonga tuku iho - a treasure handed down, is an outcome of the Tapuika Claims Settlement Act 2014.

Iwi to build predator-free fence from coast-to-coast
A predator-free fence stretching from coast-to-coast is to be built near the tip of the North Island.

Northland iwi Ngāti Kuri has revealed its plans to build the $1.2 million fence just south of Cape Reinga.

The fence will run from near the Te Paki sand-dunes on the west coast, to near Te Hapua on the east coast, spanning nearly 8.5 kilometres.

Ngāti Kuri trustee Sheridan Waitai said it would help protect an isolated area which was home to many endemic species, including insects and trees.

She said the fence would keep pests like possums, rats, mice and stoats out of the area.

The village of Te Hapua will be inside the fence, which will also have to cross State Highway One......

Rural Ngāpuhi whānau to receive special delivery
The initiative is part of the Rural Regeneration programme and partnership between the Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi and Te Puni Kōkiri to provide practical help and support to vulnerable Ngāpuhi whānau living in the rural areas of the Hokianga, Horeke, Otaua, Waima and Tautoro.

Established in January 2017, the programme has already helped 20 whānau with homes in need of urgent and essential repairs and created opportunities to help them address immediate health and social needs.

So far more than 200 fruit trees, such as such as orange, lemon, mandarin, feijoa, plum and apple trees, have been distributed with another 200 to be delivered over coming weeks.

Some of the assistance provided to whānau as part of the programme has included:

* Repairing leaking roofs

* Remedying inadequate clean water supply

* Upgrading electrical to be safe & compliant

* Installing sewerage system and flush toilets

* Replacing failed septic tanks

* Installing hot water systems.....

New life breathed into the Te Hiku o Te Ika
Minister for Social Development, Carmel Sepuloni, and Minister for Maori Development, Nanaia Mahuta, have today met with senior leadership from Te Hiku o Te Ika Iwi and other Government Ministers to show their renewed commitment to the Te Hiku – Crown Social Accord.

Signed in 2013 by four Iwi of Te Hiku and the then Prime Minister, the Te Hiku – Crown Social Accord was established to improve the social development and wellbeing of whānau, hapū and iwi of Te Hiku o Te Ika.

The Te Hiku Social Accord was negotiated as part of the Te Hiku/Far North Iwi Treaty Settlement legislation; placing iwi at the decision-making table alongside government agencies that invest in social services, education, and justice......

Heretaunga Tamatea Claims Settlement Bill
Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little has welcomed and acknowledged rangatira of Heretaunga Tamatea iwi who attended Parliament today to hear the third reading of their Treaty settlement legislation.

“This is an important occasion for the Crown and Heretaunga Tamatea as we see this legislation passed and the Heretaunga Tamatea Treaty settlement concluded. In the 1840s and 50s the Crown acquired land in Heretaunga Tamatea’s rohe using deception and secrecy. These actions contributed directly to the economic and social marginalisation of Heretaunga Tamatea.

“At $100 million in financial and commercial redress and with a further $5 million directed toward the sustainability of Te Aute College, this is the fifth largest Treaty settlement to date. The benefits of the Heretaunga Tamatea settlement will be felt, particularly in Hawke’s Bay, in this generation and in future generations as Heretaunga Tamatea roll out their plans in the near and long term. I understand this includes a grant of $1.1 million each to their 23 marae as part of a cultural revitalisation programme.

“Amongst the redress provided for past breaches of the Treaty is the gift to Heretaunga Tamatea of the Cape Kidnappers Gannet Reserve and the Cape Kidnappers Nature Reserve. Both reserves will be gifted back to the Crown for all New Zealanders. This arrangement acknowledges the importance of these sites to Heretaunga Tamatea and recognises the unique and enduring partnership between Māori and the Crown.

“The Heretaunga Tamatea settlement includes an agreed historical account, a Crown apology and commercial and cultural redress. The passing of this legislation marks the full and final settlement of all historical claims of Heretaunga Tamatea,” says Andrew Little.....

Free workshops to boost Māori business
Māori Development Minister Hon Nanaia Mahuta says free business workshops launched today are an exciting new tool to boost the Māori economy and accelerate whānau prosperity.

Pakihi, a programme that will deliver 200 free workshops across 25 locations was launched in the Waikato this morning.

“Pakihi is a new series of free workshops and mentoring designed to help Māori businesses move forward, flourish and succeed.

Kelvin Davis to take new Crown/Māori partnership to Cabinet in July
But in the future Davis hopes to see a partnership between Māori and all the various government agencies, which doesn't require him needing to be the go-between.

A start will be acknowledging the 7000 post-Treaty settlement commitments made by the Crown that nobody has been monitoring.

If that can be achieved Davis says Māori will start to feel like "fully-contributing members of society".

"We just want to be part of New Zealand, but still be Māori."....

Calls for equal recognition of rongoā Māori in healthcare
A terminally ill woman is calling for greater access to Māori healing methods saying they've helped to keep her alive for years longer than doctors expected.

But University of Auckland researcher Erena Wikaire, who's doing her PhD on rongoa Māori, says there is demand for it, and the health system needs to be more open.

Mrs Filia has a claim in the Waitangi Tribunal's health inquiry calling for equal recognition of rongoā Māori......

Birth education programme based on Māori practices is launched in Taranaki
Antenatal classes based on kaupapa Māori practices and principles are being offered to Māori women and their whānau around Taranaki.

Hapū Wānanga is a pilot birth education programme to help pregnant women better understand pregnancy, birth and raising tamariki.

It was developed in the Waikato, where it had improved various child and maternal health outcomes......

Call for New Zealand's colonial history to be more widely taught in high school
While Ball says compulsion is not the answer, he says finding a way to convince more schools the importance of teaching New Zealand's history is necessary.

Education Minister Chris Hipkins said schools design their own curriculum and there is a lot of content around New Zealand history that can be taught.

"I think we could do better - I haven't seen any evidence that we're exemplary in this regard, but I think that's a question of making sure we provide better resources for schools rather than compulsion.....

Is an independent body needed to monitor post-Treaty spend?
The government is not responsible for measuring whether conditional Treaty Settlement objectives are being met post-payment. Both government and the National Party say responsibility lies with recipients but Treaty Expert Dr Carwyn Jones is asking whether a separate body is needed to hold them accountable to beneficiaries.

The Government says onus for post-settlement spending is in the hands of recipients.....

The Manawatū-Wanganui Regional Council has voted to add an 'h' to the spelling of its name.
The council, known as Horizons Regional Council, adopted the change as part of its long-term plan which was approved today.

Its application to the Geographic Board to change the region's name will also include adding a macron above the 'u' in Manawatū.....

Te reo Māori wins out in naming of street in British-themed Wellington suburb
A Wellington suburb known for its distinctly Churchillian street names has broken with almost 70 years of tradition in favour of te reo Māori.

On Wednesday, Wellington City Council voted in favour of naming a new Crofton Downs street after native New Zealand bird the pihipihi (silvereye).

The decision, which received unanimous council support, delighted members of the Ngaio Crofton Downs Residents' Association who first suggested using Māori flora and fauna names....

Top ERO reports for Hawke's Bay Kindergartens
The ERO report identified that the kindergarten was "highly inclusive and culturally responsive practice was well embedded".

"Te Ao Maori is woven naturally throughout the programme. The language, culture
and identity of Maori children are cherished. With their whanau, children successfully lead tikanga Maori," it said.....

Heart of Wellington now Te Ngākau Civic Square
Wellington's civic heart will have a te reo name, gifted by iwi.

Civic Square, wedged between Wellington City Council headquarters, Wellington public library, the City Gallery and waterfront, will now be named Te Ngākau.

The decision, voted unanimously by council on Thursday morning, means the square's full name will be Te Ngākau Civic Square......

New $300k fund launched to celebrate suffrage in NZ
People working on projects based on women’s equality are being urged to apply for funding to celebrate 125 years since New Zealand women won the right to vote.

Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter launched the $300,000 contestable fund today.

"Women's history matters and it is important that Aotearoa New Zealand celebrates our unique milestone as the first country where women fought for and won the right for all women to vote," she says.

“A particular focus will be on Māori and Pacific women," says Genter.....

Te Henga marae will be 'the heart' of Te Kawerau ā Maki
An Auckland iwi is celebrating the council's decision to transfer land in Te Henga so a marae can be built.

Auckland Council's finance and performance committee voted on Tuesday to give Te Kawerau ā Maki the land at 240a Bethells Rd, Te Henga, to build a marae and papakāinga housing.

Iwi chief executive Edward Ashby said it had been a long time coming and the iwi was very pleased with the decision.....

Maui Tikitiki-a-Taranga - a special place at Parliament
There’s no doubt that you are approaching a special place as you near Maui Tikitiki-a-Taranga, the Maori Affairs select committee room.

The impressive carved entrance draws you towards the room. The carvings show the legends and stories of Wellington Region tangata whenua, Te Ati Awa, and of Te Whanganui a Tara (Wellington Harbour).

The room is centrally located at Parliament. This prominent location reflects the room’s mana as the place where the Maori Affairs Select Committee discusses and deliberates on issues, law, and policy.....

Maori and Pasifika principals face racism at work – survey
While Mr Ferris agreed there should be programmes informing school employees of appropriate communication, he believes the solution will come from education on Maori culture.

“Every teacher effectively looks after 98 percent of the children in this country. If every teacher took it upon themselves to teach cultural responsiveness, sensitivity, cultural growth and sustainability around te reo Maori, around Maori. Within that generation we could effectively be free of this.”

This education, according to Mr Ferris, would allow New Zealanders of all races to understand “the true nature of Maori”.

Nevertheless, Mr Ferris wants to see New Zealand teach its children how to speak te reo Maori, which he explained will help educate everyone on Maori culture and allow non-Maori to take pride in their country’s heritage.

“What I’d like to see is a country where every person spoke te reo Maori.

“I absolutely believe Maori and non-Maori can get along a whole lot better if that happened.”....

Law firm pledges to speak te reo Māori to clients
A Wellington law firm has set an ambitious goal to have all its staff members able to speak te reo Māori to its clients.

Kahui Legal is the first law firm and private organisation in the country to sign up for a 'Reo Plan' with the Māori Language Commission.

It's making a pledge to strengthen Māori pronunciation and support staff to take lessons outside of work.

When you walk into the firm, the receptionists greet you with "kia ora" and, if you're lucky, you will hear the staff practising waiata.

The lawyers also send out weekly Māori whakataukī or proverbs - but associate Matewai Tukapua said they wanted to take their reo even further.

Waitangi museum to honour the Māori Battalion
A major new museum is to be built on the Waitangi Treaty Grounds in honour of the 28th Māori Battalion.

Details, including the cost and design, have yet to be finalised, but finance is already committed from the government's Provincial Growth Fund. It is scheduled to open on Waitangi Day 2020.

Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones said the museum was part of the coalition agreement between New Zealand First and Labour.....

Koha and apartheid discussed at MP meeting
In regards to Maori, Todd says the impacts of history must be dealt with today.

“Our history is cloaked in the Treaty of Waitangi not being upheld across the country. It has caused material hardship for people over generations, for those who had their land confiscated.

“It is not good for the country to have these outstanding claims, and New Zealand in 2018 has to have Maori and Pakeha both at the table.”......

Thames-Coromandel mayor seeks iwi partnership to fix housing shortage
The Mayor of Thames-Coromandel says their town is facing a housing shortage that needs to be addressed immediately. Sandra Goudie says she's reached out to local iwi to partner with them to build affordable housing.

Goudie means business about helping her town she says has a housing crisis.

“We're desperate for the housing,” she said.

“We've got a housing shortage just like everybody else. Rental shortage, just like everybody else. So we need to get something cracking as soon as we can.”

This council land next to the local Pārāwai Primary School has been offered to Ngāti Maru in a partnership proposal to build much-needed homes.......

Tamati Coffey called out over Chinese-owned water bottling company given Government go-ahead to expand
"Minister [Kelvin] Davis is now working through the issues around iwi water rights. No decisions have yet been made and I will be keeping all local iwi updated on this process.....

Compass Health celebrates Matariki with Māori Health strategy launch and rebrand
Matariki celebrations this week signal the launch of our Māori Health strategy. As part of that strategy, Compass Health is also adopting a Māori identity to accompany the Compass Health name.

From Friday 15th June, Compass Health will be known as Tū Ora Compass Health.

For staff this might mean improving Tikanga in the workplace, learning waiata and basic te reo to ensure pronunciation is correct. Cultural training opportunities are now available to all staff with additional support to network practices in this area.....

Almost $19 million awarded to Otago researchers
Meanwhile, Senior Lecturer at the Māori Indigenous Health Institute at the University of Otago, Christchurch, Dr Cameron Lacey, will investigate pathways to first episode psychosis and outcomes in Māori.

Dr Lacey says there is some evidence for Māori having increased prevalence and worse outcomes following diagnosis of a psychotic disorder. However, little is known about the factors contributing to these inequities or strategies to reduce them. He receives $618,336 for the two-year project.....

Academics claim Pākehā bicultural interactions with Māori are destructive 
Academics claim while Pākehā bicultural interactions with Māori can be seen to strengthen the culture, it's instead potentially destroying and destructive. Melissa Derby of Ngāti Ranginui and Professor of history Paul Moon spent years observing practices carried out on marae that feed into interactions between Māori and Pākehā. The result is a research paper called Playing Cultures that looks at Pākehā roles in bicultural interactions with Māori. The pair took a particular interest in the power dynamics between the two cultures.

Speaking to Kawekōrero, Dirby says, "One of the conclusions that we drew is that, we as Māori are at a very risky time culturally now, our culture is being appropriated left, right, and centre by Pākehā and it's doing a lot of damage and potentially destroying our culture."....

Environmental groups, Ngāti Kurī push for Kermadec sanctuary
Environmental groups and Ngāti Kurī met Parliamentarians today in the hopes to spur new support for the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary Bill.

World Wildlife Fund, Pew and Forest and Bird representatives gathered early Tuesday morning on Parliament lawns to campaign for the protection of New Zealand ocean.

Protesters awaited MPs in the rain till the afternoon to gift 120 vials of lapel pins containing special drops of ocean water collected from the Kermadec Islands.

They were meet with strong support from Labour, National and Green Party Members. But a no-show from NZ First who previously opposed the sanctuary’s 100% fishing ban.....

NZ govt seeks to close pay gap for Māori, Pasifika
New Zealand's Minister for Women says she's seeking to close the pay gap for Pasifika and Māori women.

Julie Anne Genter was speaking at a meeting of parliament's Social Services and Community Committee.

Ms Genter said the lowest paid women, and the most vulnerable and discriminated-against women, need to be prioritised.

She questioned the value of closing the pay gap for Pakeha women while not closing it for Māori and Pasifika women.....

Māori and Pasifika principals report discrimination
A survey of primary school leaders has found that a significant sample of Māori and Pasifika participants have experienced discrimination at work on the basis of their ethnicity. 
The Principal Health and Wellbeing Survey found that 27% reported that their ethnicity had been a source of relationship tension during the past 12 months, and 25.8% reported discrimination at work on the basis of their ethnicity. This compares with 8.5-8.9% of non-Māori leaders experiencing tension or discrimination due to their ethnicity..... 

Governance of 90 Mile Beach in limbo due to 'embarrassing' tribal stoush
Four Far North iwi are at loggerheads with one another over the territorial rights of 90 Mile Beach

The famous coastline was handed back to Te Rarawa, Te Aupōuri, Ngāti Kuri and Ngāi Takoto as part of the Waitangi Settlement deal to co-govern with local government in 2015.

Three years on and with the exception of setting up governance board - iwi and local government haven't been able to make progress.

Far North District Councillor and Deputy Board Chair Mate Radich, tried to pass a motion to stop the meetings until the iwi sort out their problems.

"It's a complete shambles, it's the four iwi involved they just don't trust each other they just don't like each other and they just don't like either iwi telling them what to do," he said.

The crown gave each iwi $137,500 for Māori translation signage and regeneration activities. The governance board was given $400,000.

Consultants had been brought in and failed leaving the board with a $28,000 bill. Other funds have been spent on transporting board members to what is being described as "useless meetings".

"What worries me is we are gonna keep on going having these meetings and that money is going to be eroded all for nothing," says Mr Radich.....

Te Tauihu policy first step towards Wellington becoming te reo Māori capital
Wellington's Civic Square is set to become the heart of the te reo Māori capital.

Wellington City Council will launch its te reo policy – Te Tauihu – on Thursday, with the goal of becoming a te reo Māori city by 2040.

In honour of the move, iwi have gifted the name Te Ngākau (the heart) for the civic area.

The policy will see bilingual welcome signs created for the city, as well as dual names for the Town Belt and Botanic Gardens.

There were no plans to make all street names bilingual, but some needed to be corrected and te reo would take preference for all new names.

The policy aims to make te reo a core part of Wellington's identity by ensuring it is widely seen, heard and spoken in the capital......

Ōpōtiki vote to officially correct spelling from Opotiki
The Ōpōtiki District Council have voted to officially correct the spelling of their district, after the Land Information database holds the name Opotiki, without macrons.....

Cultural factors key to health of older Māori
New research from Massey University and the University of Auckland suggests more focus in the health sector is needed to foster culturally appropriate food practices for older Māori that may lead to less hospitalisations and lower mortality rates.

New Zealanders aged over 80 years are the fastest growing population group and are predicted to increase six-fold by 2050. Māori comprise 14 per cent of the total population – two per cent of those are aged over 80 years and the age group is increasing faster than the non-Māori octogenarian population.

Dr Wham says further work is needed to raise awareness among primary health professionals and foster partnerships with local Māori community organisations.

“Interventions to improve the nutrition status of older Māori need to be based on a holistic Māori worldview. Indeed, the importance of language and culture and being able to access traditional foods are associated with lower nutrition risk in older Māori. A multifaceted approach, including education of the health workforce, may be needed to ensure culturally appropriate food practices are met.”.....

New forestry scholarship launched
A new forestry scholarship has been launched at National Fieldays today by Forestry Ministers Shane Jones and Meka Whaitiri.

The new scholarship aims to grow the capability of the forestry sector and increase the number of women and Māori in the industry.

“The new scholarship – Ngā Karapihi Uru Rākau – provides $8,000 a year to Māori and female students enrolling in either a Bachelor of Forestry Science or Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Forest Engineering at the University of Canterbury,” Shane Jones said......

Landowner rejects wāhi taonga claim as Maori lore was 'contrary to the bible'
A farmer opposed to having his land classed as wāhi taonga has told a court that claims made by Maori were "suspect and false in entirety" and contrary to the bible, which he said was "divinely inspired" and "incontestably true".

Hawke's Bay farmer Peter Raikes made his comments in the Environment Court during an appeal by a Hawke's Bay iwi group opposing the proposed district plan of Hastings District Council.

New wheels for Kōhanga Reo
Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust has announced 13 kōhanga reo are set to receive brand new vans.

In 2017, former Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell secured $5mil in funding specifically for kōhanga reo.

This is the first year that funding has come into play.

The brand new 12-seater vans come equipped with a three-year petrol allowance and insurance - each package is worth almost $74,000.....

Purau residents and Rapaki Runaga at odds over reserve
Gifting a former Maori burial ground to local runanga is an ill-considered act of privatisation, says the Purau Residents Association.

There have been ongoing discussions about returning ownership and management of Purau Maori Reserve over the past century and in December last year the local hapu Ngati Wheke asked the city council to explore the option.

But association spokesman Thomas Kulpe questioned whether gifting the land was the right step.

While it was understandable the runanga would seek ownership, he said, it was only because the city council had “done nothing” to recognise and protect the area from inappropriate use such as eating, drinking and playing games.

The whole of the Purau area had history which was not just “private to Maori” but a common, shared history, he argued.

“To rob ‘Peter’ (of a public reserve) and hand it to Maori just because Ngai Tahu has a lot of political influence is not right,” said Mr Kulpe.....

Māori broadcasters unite for future of industry
The Māori media sector is banding together to ensure Māori content and language keeps pace with changes in the industry.

Set-up by Te Māngai Pāho, new industry group Te Pae Tawhiti aims to be in the same space as consumers given technology is at their fingertips.

It's a collective approach and new direction for the survival of Māori media.

"We know our youth consume and search everything on iPads, mobile devices and computers so this is the space being targeted," says Minister for Māori Development Nanaia Mahuta......

More Māori are studying to be doctors
The University of Otago has never seen so many Māori students studying to be doctors, new research from the New Zealand Medical Journal shows.

Māori students studying a professional health science programme between 2010 and 2016 rose from 138 to 309. For Pacific students, numbers increased from 57 to 126......

Egmont not part of Taranaki personality
Taranaki iwi are keen to see the name Egmont disappear.

Lead negotiator Jasmie Tuuta says the name change for the mountain and Egmont National Park is part of discussions with the crown.

Since 1986 the New Zealand Geographic Board has officially maintained Mt Taranaki and Mt Egmont as interchangeable names for the maunga.

The eight iwi are also keen to see the mountain become a legal personality with the same protections as a citizen, similar to the status given to the Whanganui River in 2017.

Mr Tuuta says as well as negotisating with the crown, Nga Iwi o Taranaki negotiators are talking with Taranaki whanau, hapu and iwi about what sort of joint management structures they want to see that reflects a whole of mountain strategy regarding all activity on Mt Taranaki.

Maori growing bananas on research
Commercial banana growing in Tairawhiti, validating a food safety framework for Ngai Tahu’s mahinga kai food gathering areas and a climate change strategy for Te Arawa are among the 34 projects funded in the latest round of the Te Punaha Hihiko: Vision Matauranga Capability Fund.

The fund administered by the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment spends up to $4 million a year on projects that bring together Maori with research organisations.

Projects must advance indigenous innovation, help with environmental sustainability, improve health or social wellbeing or otherwise explore indigenous knowledge.

Maori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta says the contribution Maori make to the research, science and innovation sectors is distinctive and essential to the growth of New Zealand....

Iwi close to agreement on cash and compo package connected to $200m roading project
A Taranaki iwi is close to securing agreement regarding a cash and compensation package related to a $200 million roading proposal which cuts through a swathe of its ancestral land.

The deal, as it currently stands, includes a land swap involving a 120 hectare section, a cash payment, environmental mitigation measures and a commitment to training, work or business opportunities for Ngāti Tama which might arise from the roading project.

The need for direct consultation with Ngāti Tama arises from the fact a section of its land, known as Parininihi, is affected by the New Zealand Transport Agency's (NZTA) proposed 5.2 kilometre bypass at Mt Messenger, work which includes a bridge and tunnel.

The whenua (land) was vested to the iwi following its 2003 Treaty of Waitangi deal......

New Māori branding for NZ Fire and Emergencyservices
Fire and emergency services attended over 75,000 call-outs within the last two years, which has lead them to search for more recruits.

Māori adviser to the Fire and Emergency services, Piki Thomas says, “There is only a small percentage of women and Māori within the service which is why we are extending the invitation to our families to get involved with the fire and emergency services.”

The Rotorua division of Fire and Emergency NZ has just rebranded a truck and signs with the Māori language to celebrate Rotorua being the first bilingual town in New Zealand- with the hope of attracting more Māori into the industry.....

No more liquor shops and bars in south Auckland, Māori wardens say
Māori wardens are putting up a fight against more liquor stores and bars opening in south Auckland.

Warden David Rātu has gone so far as to lodge a claim to include a Treaty of Waitangi clause into the country's liquor laws.

"Enough is enough," the warden from Turehou Māori Wardens Ki Ōtara Trust says.....

Government engages Māori on environmental issues
She told about 20 iwi members that the forum, the first of its kind, would provide an opportunity for the government to both engage directly with tangata whenua on issues such as freshwater management, climate change and oil and gas exploration.

Mahuta said the issue of freshwater and water quality was also an important conversation to be had with iwi.

She is in discussion with other ministers about Māori rights and interests in freshwater and how the government engages with Māori on water-related issues.

Mahuta, who is also the minister for Māori development and local government, said the government would not be able to achieve any of its environmental policies without building a strong and enduring relationship with Māori.

"It is a good example of how this government wants to work with Māori moving from the negotiating table to a true partnership."....

Forestry projects get Government boost
Northland forestry projects which will create jobs and sustainable developments have been given a helping hand by the Government.

Te Uru Rākau (Forestry New Zealand) and the Ngāti Hine Forestry Trust have signed a joint venture agreement to plant and manage around 3,600 hectares of pine trees on the trust's land. Up to 465 hectares of mānuka will also be planted, which would provide work experience for young people......

Māori wards campaign wraps up until next time
The coalition formed to promote Māori wards for the Palmerston North City Council and Manawatū District Council is disbanding after decisive poll results preventing Māori seats from being created.

Kia Kotahi Mai has settled its final bills, and will donate just over $1000 left over to former New Plymouth mayor and Māori wards campaigner Andrew Judd.....

Sir Bob Jones files defamation action against petition creator
Sir Bob Jones has filed defamation proceedings against the woman who started a petition calling for his knighthood to be revoked after he penned a controversial column earlier this year.

He filed defamation papers against Renae Maihi in Wellington on Wednesday, according to NZME.

Sir Bob threatened legal action shortly after the petition surfaced online.....

Wellington Mayor supports Matariki replacing Queen's Birthday holiday
Wellington's Mayor is throwing his weight behind calls for Matariki to become a public holiday.

Mayor Justin Lester suggests the Māori New Year could replace the Queen's Birthday holiday, which was not meaningful for many who saw it as just a day off.

Last year Wellington City Council cancelled its 2018 Guy Fawkes Sky Show, moving the fireworks display to Matariki on July 7......

Horowhenua Council’s Secret Payout
The Horowhenua Council’s Chief Executive confidentially agreed to provide nearly a million dollars to Te Runanga o Raukawa provided it did not object to a wastewater scheme.

Chief executive David Clapperton made the confidential agreement to provide at least $880,500 to Te Runanga o Raukawa on the proviso the Runanga withdraw its objection to council’s resource consent application to make discharges from the Foxton Waste Water Treatment Plant to Matakarapa Island.

A leaked copy of the September 2017 draft agreement states that Te Runanga o Raukawa (TRoR), “will withdraw their submissions to Horizons [regional council and] the Environment Court in respect of proceedings within 5 working days of TRoR signing this agreement.”....

NZ minister says future budgets may offer more for Pasifika and Maori
New Zealand's Finance Minister has told a gathering of Pasifika and Maori business people they can expect more assistance in future budgets.

On Tuesday, Grant Robertson attended a post-Budget brunch with members of Wellington's Maori and Pasifika business networks.

Mr Robertson told them that his first budget, released last month, was about rebuilding critical public services.

He said the government's Families Package would assist those most in need and that would include a large proportion of Maori and Pasifika communities.

However he said more assistance would follow over the next few years.....

Neither Levin nor Taitoko officially recognised as names for this town
Levin or Taitoko? Debate surfaced last week over what to call the Horowhenua town.

It turns out, the Government does not officially recognise either name.

For the past 130 years, Levin has been widely regarded as the town's name, but it appears no-one ever got around to assigning it.

According to the New Zealand Geographic Board - the government body for place names - Levin was not the town's official name and neither was Taitoko.

Board secretary Wendy Shaw said there was historical reference to the name Taitoko but more research would be required to confirm it as the original Māori name.

Because Levin was not an official name, other names such as Taitoko could be used, Shaw said.......

Possible name change ahead for mountain's new legal personality, national park
A new way to refer to Taranaki's most notable landmark and its national park could be on the cards.

Mt Taranaki is currently the subject of Treaty of Waitangi negotiations between all eight iwi of the region and the Crown.

Last December the parties signed Te Anga Pūtakerongo or the Record of Understanding, which is helping guide the talks.

Part of that agreement will see the mountain become a legal personality, a process which gives it the same protections as a citizen. Similar rights were given to the Whanganui River in 2017.

Jamie Tuuta, lead negotiator of Ngā Iwi o Taranaki (the formal name of the eight member group) said talks with the Crown towards a deed of collective redress were continuing and a decision had yet to be made regarding any name for the mountain's legal personality or any change in moniker for the Egmont National Park.

"But we can confirm it is part of our discussions with the Crown," he said in a written statement.....

A culturally-responsive lens
Maori mythological figures whose characteristics reflect human behaviours have been integrated as part of Cobham School’s raft of programmes with outstanding results.

Enhancement in which atua are arranged on a spectrum. Each atua has a dual nature. Maui’s characteristics include daring and cleverness but he can also be mischievous, a trickster. Ruamoko, the god of earthquakes and volcanoes, is “grumbly” but he does not like injustices while Tumatauenga, the god of war is a destructor but also a strategist and analyst......

Council reaches Aquatic Centre management decision
Elected members have today voted to progress outsourcing management of the Rotorua Aquatic Centre, with some conditions.

Councillors voted 8 - 3 in favour of outsourcing management of the facility with the following conditions:

- that an exit provision at Council’s discretion to cancel its contract; and

- include stronger engagement with community groups, sports clubs, stakeholders, iwi and a stronger bicultural approach to management....

Playground celebrates Maori stories
Rotorua Lakes Council and its partner Te Tatau o Te Arawa are turning the playground in Rotorua’s Government Gardens into a bilingual Maori language zone.

Park goers will be encouraged to use te reo Maori, and bilingual signage and interactive games will be peppered across the space.....

Farmers are the ‘new Maori’
Farmers are the ‘new Maori’, says Mananui Ramsden, the cultural land management advisor for the Selwyn Te Waihora zone in the Environment Canterbury region.

He said ECan defines mahinga kai as “what sustains and nourishes the human body – clean water, clean kai, clean air, sufficient shelter, access to and being able to gather kai as our ancestors did, in a sustainable way for future generations”.

Mahinga kai is about education and development, he said.

“It’s about a reciprocal relationship. It’s not about Ngai Tahu wanting to come in and stamp their authority on your land, take a percentage of your income or anything like that. It’s about food, it’s about mana, it’s about us a people. We’re here to help each other, not to be divisive.”

Kahungunu Craggy Range deal costs $1.5mil
"Craggy Range were going to buy the whole lot anyway and they were going to do what they wanted and we would've been spectators, so the whole cost of it was up to $2 million dollars, between $1.5 and $2 million. I came in and said 'we want to take hold of this and we want to be part of the settlement rather than part of the spectatorship' so now we are, we have a hand in it and can control it," says Tomoana.....

Te Arawa River Trust awaits results of SFO investigation
The Te Arawa River Iwi Trust is responsible for restoring the upper Waikato River.

As part of its 2010 Treaty settlement, the trust receives $1million a year for 20 years through the Ministry for the Environment, to care for the Waikato River.....

Ngā Hapū o Ōtaki and council collaborate to preserve river
Hapū based in Wellington are launching a new video campaign which looks at sustainable water quality through mahinga kai. Ngā Hapū of Ōtaki have partnered with the Wellington City Council to deliver the initiative.

The video will feature ancient mahinga kai practices as well as ancient and modern methods of testing water quality. It's part of a wider initiative by the council to ensure mana whenua values are invested within resource management plans.

Grace says, "We've met together, we've worked together, we've planned together now we actually have to learn how to do stuff together and that's about taking the values they've put into our plan and saying how can we express our Treaty Partnership through our activities?"

"When we think about the Resource Management Act we think about the relationship of Māori with their culture, their traditions, etcetera. How do we make that happen? Because that's about real people doing things in real places. No more words. Action."....

Agreement signed on Te Mata peak track
Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi and Craggy Range have this morning signed an agreement to work together to build an alternative track up Te Mata peak for the community to enjoy.

After months of controversy over the zig-zag track that was built by Craggy Range in December last year, the two parties said they were looking forward to working together to develop the land.

Ngāti Kahungunu chairman Ngahiwi Tomoana, Craggy Range winery director Mary-Jeanne Hutchinson and Craggy Range chief executive Michael Wilding this morning announced the two parties had jointly bought 28ha on the eastern face of the peak off the Drabble family that included the current walking track.

Wilding said the current track would be closed and in conjunction with mana whenua a cultural impact study would be conducted to identify sites of significance that would guide where an alternative track would be built......

Half way point for Māori Electoral Option
The 2018 Māori Electoral Option opened on 3 April and closes on 2 August and is when voters of Māori descent can choose to be on the Māori roll or the general roll.

“We’ve reached the half way point in the Māori Electoral Option and it’s a good reminder to Māori voters to stop and check if they have thought about which roll they want to be on,” says Mandy Bohté, National Manager of Enrolment and Community Engagement for the Electoral Commission.

More than 16,000 people have either changed roll types or enrolled for the first time since the start of the Māori Electoral Option. There has been a net gain on the general roll of 3,352 and a net decrease of 1,426 on the Māori roll......

Three-month submission period for Poverty Bay naming issue
The New Zealand Geographic Board Nga Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa has opened consultation to alter the name of Poverty Bay, a name given to Cook and the Endeavour’s first place of landfall in 1769.

The proposal to alter Poverty Bay to a dual name was put forward by Gisborne District Council and seeks to place the traditional Maori name alongside the existing English name on all official maps, charts and other official documents, says NZGB Secretary Wendy Shaw.

“The board will publicly consult on the proposal for three months starting late May and people can make submissions during that time frame.”....

Crucial that 'Māori are central' to health review
A senior lecturer in Māori Health at the University of Auckland, Rhys Jones, said Māori voices must be included to address inequities in health services.

"It's really important that Māori are central within those conversations," he said.

"Māori communities actually have the solutions to a lot of our problems that they can provide meaningful input," Dr Jones said.

Dr Jones said healthcare providers, including DHBs, must be held accountable if they fail to deliver good healthcare to Māori.....

Submission calls for urupa to be maintained by council
Iwi are calling on the New Plymouth District Council to maintain their urupa, or cemeteries, just as they maintain district cemeteries.

Peter Moeahu presented to the council's Long Term Plan hearings on Tuesday, asking for maintenance of Māori urupa to be included in council's blueprint and long term planning.....

New Deputy Commissioner of Police
Long-serving Police Assistant Commissioner Wally Haumaha has been appointed to a new role as Deputy Commissioner.

“The Deputy Commissioner of Police is a statutory appointment, made by the Governor-General on the recommendation of the Prime Minister,” says Police Minister Stuart Nash.

Wally Haumaha is currently Deputy Chief Executive Maori, at Assistant Commissioner rank. The Deputy Chief Executive Maori position leads the Maori, Pacific and Ethnic services communities group. He first joined New Zealand Police in 1984.....

More awareness needed in fight against kauri dieback in Bay of Plenty
Gavin Smith works as kaitiaki manutataki - iwi engagement ranger for the Department of Conservation in Tauranga. Smith has been leading the fight against kauri dieback in the Kaimai Range, helping protect the region from the arrival of the invasive disease.

In Maori mythology, the strongest child of Ranginui (the sky father) and Papatūānuku (the Earth mother); Tāne mahuta (the god of the forests and creator of the forest creatures) pushed his parents apart to bring light to the land and allow his children to flourish. Tane's legs were the giant trunks of kauri.....

NZ psychologists 'very cold, robotic' toward Māori
A Waikato psychologist says Māori face active resistance to their very presence in the psychology profession.

Psychologist Michelle Levy said the profession did not train students to address Māori needs, and Māori patients were missing out the understanding they needed. 
She has taken this to the Waitangi Tribunal. It has accepted the claim and will decide if it becomes part of the Health Services and Outcomes Kaupapa Inquiry.....

Prisoners plant mānuka on Māori land
100ha of Māori land in Hawke's Bay that was destroyed in a fire last year is getting a new lease on life with around 65,000 mānuka trees set to be planted on it with the aim of entering the mānuka honey market.

A group of Hawke's Bay Regional Prison inmates have been caring for 15,000 mānuka seedlings.

"It's helped them with unit standards. There has been plant propagation, health and safety and also a bit of irrigation, that sort of thing...it's also given them the opportunity to get in there and use their hands," says Dave Collier, horticulture instructor at the prison......

Maori Ward polls: 'Discriminatory' or a 'democratic process' - a look at both sides of the argument
The way Maori Wards are created on local councils have been called "discriminatory" against Maori, as it contains an extra step other wards are free of which critics says perpetuates already low Maori representation in local government.

However, others say the addition of a public poll is imperative and other measures should instead be taken to boost Maori representation......

Māori Wardens seek operational autonomy 
The dialogue will continue between government, the Māori Council and Māori Wardens to determine whether or not Māori Wardens will be granted operational autonomy. Negotiations about the issue had been delayed by the change of government. 

Māori Wardens are reinforcing their calls for independence. 

Ōtāhūhū Māori Warden Co-ordinator Thomas Henry told Te Kāea, "What the Māori Wardens are really hoping for is their own autonomy." 

Durie says, "Māori are capable of managing law and order themselves and managing their own systems and that's what we are still trying to achieve.".... 

Iwi says unfair land deal locks them into forestry 
A Nelson-based iwi says it has to keep growing pine forests in the Maitai Valley near Nelson, even though it wants some of the land for other things. 

Ngāti Koata said a recent decision by the Nelson City Council to cut some of its forestry operations has highlighted a long-standing concern among iwi about being locked into onerous land deals. 

The iwi - one of eight iwi in Te Tau Ihu (top of the South Island), said it had to keep planting and harvesting pine trees, or pay millions of dollars in lost carbon credits..... 

Time to ditch the post-colonial diet 
But where the issues have arisen is in the quality of food being shared. Increasingly ‘kai’ consists of a post-colonial rich diet of processed food and beverage and that is taking a huge toll on the health status of these communities. Obesity has become the new normal and it’s now surfacing at very young ages..... 

Kohanga reo claim back on the table 
A Treaty of Waitangi claim lodged by the Te Kohanga Reo National Trust in 2011 is back on the negotiations table, and the trust is hoping for a beneficial outcome. 

Mr Hook said the Treaty claim, Wai 2336, was one of the big issues the trust was currently dealing with. 

“This claim was put on hold, but now with the new Labour Government, it’s back on the table again. 

In 2011 the trust filed a claim under urgency to the Waitangi Tribunal after the then National government slammed the kohanga reo movement in a report titled Early Childhood Education Taskforce Report. 

The trust said that the taskforce had not consulted with them, that the report had seriously damaged their reputation, and that the report, and government policy based on it, would cause irreparable harm to the kohanga reo movement. 

The claimants also raised wide-ranging allegations of Treaty breach concerning the Crown’s treatment of kohanga reo over the past two decades. 

In particular, they said, the Crown had “effectively assimilated” the kohanga reo movement into its early childhood education regime under the Ministry of Education. 

They said the Crown stifled its role in saving and promoting the Maori language, which led to a decline in the number of Maori children participating in kohanga reo. 

The Waitangi Tribunal found in favour of the trust..... 

Maori blessing marks construction benchmark at suburban apartment development 
A Maori dawn powhiri and sacred rock burial have benchmarked the latest construction phase at one of Auckland’s newest high-end apartment complexes. The official early morning function featured elders from Ngati Whatua Orakei – led by Taiaha Hawke. 

Ngati Whatua Orakei elder Taiaha Hawke buried a sacred stone at the base of the excavation works to acknowledge that the deepest point of the construction had been reached, and that the five-storey apartment block would now only progress skyward..... 

Port, iwi agree on dredging
Ngai Tahu has won concessions from Lyttelton Port Company through mediation over a resource consent for a big dredging programme due to begin soon.

The port company will also make payments to local Ngai Tahu hapu to enhance access to mahinga kai, and undertake research and development.

An initial payment of $50,000 must be paid within one month, followed by 24 annual payments of $25,000.

One of the significant concessions from the mediation was the reduction from a 35-year resource consent to 25 years.

Stricter environmental controls include requiring the port company to provide a programme of its proposed dredging one month in advance to Ngai Tahu, and to liaison groups including mussel farm owners Ngai Tahu and Sanford, and Environment Canterbury......

'Please speak in a language 99% of us understand': Racist remarks derail maunga meeting
Racist comments derailed a public meeting called to discuss access to a popular Auckland maunga, Devonport's Mt Victoria, on Thursday.

The meeting was organised by a group of Devonport residents upset at the Tūpuna Maunga ō Tāmaki Makaurau Authority over its decision to close vehicular access to Takarunga (Mt Victoria) in March, in particular, because of a lack of community consultation.

But some members of the community didn't agree with Majurey's reasoning and things got off to a bad start on Thursday night when a member of the public demanded the mihi be spoken in English.

The traditional Māori welcome, which had been listed as a protocol for the meeting, was interrupted by the member who felt speaking in the official language was "disrespectful".

"Please speak in a language 99 per cent of us here understand," said the person who introduced himself as Simon Clark.

"If I stood here and spoke Cantonese, Mandarin or Eskimo, would anybody stay?"

Hauraki resident Laura Martin said the mihi ended up switching to English half-way through as a result of the bickering, which she said up to 50 people were involved in.......

Name change for Levin part of consultation
We've been saying Levin's name wrong, and there's talk of a new name for the town.

Levin already has a makeover plan, with Horowhenua councillors saying the town is dated and dowdy and needs to get its mojo back.

Councillor Victoria Kaye-Simmons said it would also be nice to acknowledge the town's traditional name, Taitoko.

Horowhenua District Council made its first prominent use of the name Taitoko in the Transforming Taitoko/Levin consultation document. It has also been used in decorations on a pop-up consultation booth the council installed in a central area of the town.....

Approval of subdivision street names in Mackenzie District awaiting sign-off from local Iwi
Street names proposed in subdivisions in Twizel and Tekapo will be adopted by the Mackenzie District Council providing they are approved by local Iwi.

The proposed street names went to the council's assets and services committee meeting in Fairlie on Thursday.

As part of the subdivision consent process, developers are given the opportunity to recommend street names within those subdivisions......

Te reo medical check-ups...for teddy bears
Dunedin's Teddy Bear Hospital, where children can have their toys diagnosed and treated, is back this week - and for the first time consultations are being undertaken in te reo Māori.

The hospital is run by Otago medical students to help them gain experience consulting with children and their toys.

Throughout the week children from kindergartens have brought in toys to receive x-rays, all leading up to the Community Day on Saturday.

During Community Day consultations will be done in te reo Māori with the hope of attracting more Māori children.....

Indigenous plants in Hawke's Bay almost extinct
Almost 90 percent of indigenous plants in Hawke's Bay have all but disappeared because of the dire state of biodiversity in the area.

It is a state of affairs which has seen major cultural loss for Māori in the region.

"Māori suffer because they no longer have access to their traditional foods in the rivers- they can't even swim in many of our rivers- so without Māori engagement this process can't be done," says Charles Daugherty, Biodiversity Hawke's Bay Foundation chairman.....

Threat to marae speech seen in disharmony call
A Maori academic is challenging a Human Rights Commission proposal to penalise disharmonious speech.

In a report to a United Nations committee, the commission suggested the Human Rights Act may need to be amended because it can't be used in cases of hate speech against New Zealand Muslims.

Melissa Derby from the University of Canterbury says this privileges a colonising relision, and the commission isn't seeking similar protection for speech against Maori.

She says the commission isn't defining what constitutes disharmonious speech, which carries risk for Maori....

Parihaka and Crown relationship significant for nation
A Parihaka leader says members of the historic community want to forge a continuing relationship with the crown rather than take a one-off settlement.

He says people are concerned about how the new arrangements will work, and they don't see the $9 million payment to upgrade the community's infrastructure to be final.

"The $9 million was about creating the capacity needed by Parihaka to engage with the crown and to continue with its development. It certainly wasn't a one-off payment, full and final, as we've heard associated with the iwi settlements in the past......

McDonalds launches Te Reo Māori menu
Hastings McDonalds is the first in the country to introduce bilingual menus, written in both English and Māori, with plans to roll it out too all McDonalds restaurants in Hawke's Bay.

A selection of iconic menu items have been translated onto a menu card for customers who can choose to use the Māori names when ordering.....

Bilingual show aimed at South Island-based children
A bilingual show aimed at primary schools explores te reo Māori as a gift using musical and theatrical performances. He Kura Kōrero run by the Court Theatre is being performed at over 40 schools around the South Island. The only aim is to encourage the normalisation of te reo Māori in everyday life......

New era in Lake Taupo management
A special ceremony will today celebrate the landmark addition of Taupō Waters to the joint management agreement between Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board and Waikato Regional Council.

The addition will see the parties work closely together over the management of Taupō Waters, which includes Lake Taupō and the tributaries flowing into and out.

Previously the joint management agreement solely addressed the upper Waikato River catchment.

"This milestone is a further step toward realising tino rangatiranga and mana motuhake over our taonga tuku iho," Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board chief executive Topia Rameka said.

Call to ban pig hunters from regional park, to protect kauri trees
Hunua Ranges Regional Park has been bombed in 1080 poison, is on the enforced kauri dieback watch with conditions on public access, and now there's a call for a rahui on pig hunters, who can carry spores of the disease in their boots.

Recreational pig hunters present the greatest risk to kauri trees in the Hunua Ranges, according to two Auckland iwi.

Ngati Paoa and Ngati Whananuga are calling a rahui - or temporary ban - in a bid to protect the south Auckland regional park from kauri dieback disease.....

Waitangi Tribunal has turned into a 'mortgage broker looking for new business' - Jones
There's cross-party consensus that the Waitangi Tribunal is flawed but Justice Minister Andrew Little is wary about making changes when so many Treaty settlements are still underway.

NZ First MP Shane Jones and National MP Chris Finlayson, who was previously Treaty Negotiations Minister, have both raised concerns about the Tribunal, which was set up to investigate Māori claims and make recommendations to the Crown.

In Finlayson's case he says sometimes you "just have to do the right thing and blast forth" with changes even if some Māori are opposed.

Jones wants serious changes to the Tribunal's powers and plans for NZ First to use it as a "major campaigning plank" at the 2020 election.

Finlayson said he would fully support Little if he wanted to move ahead and review the Waitangi Tribunal.

"I think it's getting to the stage where it would be timely to have a review of the Tribunal and its operations," he said.

The Tribunal could be another point of tension for the Coalition Government if Labour chooses not to act on the criticisms being laid out by Jones.

The two parties are already on opposing sides over whether Māori should have any interests or rights over freshwater.....

Law change sought to protect Parihaka name and story
A law to protect the Parihaka name along with its story is being sought by descendants of the settlement, which is synonymous with peace.

It follows on from a historically significant apology given by the Crown to Parihaka uri (descendants) in June 2017, at a ceremony of reconciliation known as He Puanga Haeata.

Parihaka, a settlement on the South Taranaki coast, is synonymous with peace and non-violent resistance, teachings promoted by prophets Te Whiti o Rongomai and Tohu Kakāhi.

However, its history has also been marred by extreme violence, when about 1600 armed constabulary and volunteers invaded the village on November 5, 1881.

The two prophets were arrested, the people of Parihaka evicted from their homes before properties were raided by soldiers, who stole taonga like pounamu. Woman were also raped during the attack.

Committee chairman Rino Tirikatene signalled he was "very hopeful" to be able to progress the issue, which was also echoed by National MP and former Attorney General Chris Finlayson.....

Maori Tb to be studied
The disproportionately high rate of tuberculosis in New Zealand’s Maori population is partly due to the disease’s correlation with poverty, an Otago researcher says.

University of Otago McAuley Professor of International Health and co-director of the university’s Centre for International Health Philip Hill has received a $250,000 grant from the Health Research Council to study 700 Maori people in the Waikato region, testing for latent Tb.

He hopes his study will include 200 prisoners from the Spring Hill Corrections Facility, and will investigate whether there is a "reservoir" of latent Tb in older Maori. Prof Hill said he had studied the disease overseas but this would be his first study in New Zealand and it was "exciting" to receive the funding.....

The Maori economy continues to grow
Māori enterprises are making their mark on the economy, growing steadily year on year.

There have been over 200 new Māori businesses since 2013. Last year there were over 1100 Māori enterprises

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment figures estimate Māori enterprise is worth nearly $40 billion, and growing faster than the economy as a whole..... 

$7mil to support Māori landowners
Minister for Māori Development Nanaia has revealed a $7mil contingency fund for the Whenua Māori Programme to support Māori landowners, as part of Budget 2018.

The funding will support the design, establishment and on-going delivery of services for owners of Māori freehold land.

“Unlocking the potential from whenua for whānau is a critical part of achieving the government’s vision of a thriving regional Aotearoa,” says Mahuta......

Iwi says ‘treat us as full partners’
Rongowhakaata want to be treated as full partners with Gisborne District Council, not just stakeholders.

LeRoy Pardoe said what the iwi was seeking was a relationship with the council based on the Treaty principles of participation, protection and partnership.

“In terms of the long-term plan, we are keen to participate, to join the council with developing these initiatives, but as a partner rather than a stakeholder.”...

Palmerston North has voted against creating separate Māori wards
Palmerston North people have spoken and more than two-thirds who voted were in opposition to creating separate Māori wards.

Results from a binding poll came in on Saturday night, with 14,567 voting against wards for the city council and 6530 voting for.

The percentage was 68.87 against and 30.88 per cent for.

The turnout was at 37.21 per cent of eligible voters, and 49 votes were counted as blank and four "informal" votes received.

There are still 117 special votes to be processed.......

Government says it'll enter into treaty negotiations for the Tongariro National Park
Treaty negotiations for the Tongariro National Park will get under way by July, Andrew Little has confirmed.

The Labour minister for the portfolio told 1 NEWS a settlement was long overdue.

"It is about putting to rest 178 years of oppression and confiscation and suppression. So this is the stuff that lifts the spirit again," Mr Little said.

The 80,000 hectare national park is the country’s oldest and gets over a million visitors a year.

It takes in the volcanic plateau and includes Mt Tongariro, Ngaruahoe and Ruapehu.

Ngati Tuwharetoa made what's known as a tuku or gift of parts of the mountains in 1887.

But the Waitangi Tribunal's found that that gift amounted to an offer of partnership – with the Crown as joint custodians.

It also found the Crown didn't provide compensation for land which became part of the national park.....

Majority against Maori wards.
PROGRESS RESULTS of a binding poll show electors have voted against Māori representation around the Council table in the Western Bay and in Whakatane.


Voter turnout in the WESTERN BAY OF PLENTY was around 40 per cent of eligible electors.

* 78.2 per cent of electors who voted were AGAINST Māori wards

* 21.5 per cent of electors who voted were FOR Māori wards

In the WHAKATANE DISTRICT a total of 5856 electors,

* 56.39 per cent, have voted AGAINST Maori wards,

* with 4504, 43.37 percent, in FAVOUR.


Final results for both districts will be available on Monday May 21, once all valid special votes have been counted. The official public notice of final results will be appear in papers on Wednesday 23 May....

New qualification to groom Māori excellence
A new Māori qualification for secondary students has been announced by Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis. Te Kawa Matakura, which Davis says will groom Māori excellence among Māori youth, will receive $2.8mil.

Davis says this is a pilot programme. 20 students will be selected, 10 male and 10 female, from year 11 and above.

The programme will be open to students from mainstream high schools as well as wharekura.

Davis says this is a starting point, and if successful it will be developed further to cater to more students in the future.

“This is a qualification for students who are excelling in aspects of Te Ao Māori, the NCEA qualification will run parallel with the qualification received through Te Kawa Matakura,” says Davis......

Council to undertake cultural assessment to understand importance of Te Mata Peak to iwi
A cultural assessment is being undertaken by Hastings District Council in order to gain a "full understanding" of the local iwi's perspective on the controversial Te Mata Peak track.

Hastings Mayor Sandra Hazlehurst said the council, iwi, and Craggy Range Winery, which built the track, were "carefully assessing a number of options to find the best outcome for the eastern face of Te Mata Peak".

"Whatever option we consider we must include cultural awareness, recreational access and environmental protection of this much loved outstanding landscape," she said....

New funding to support Māori Wardens
$1 million in Budget ‘18 has been set aside for Māori Wardens to support outcomes for rangatahi Māori that will enhance their education and employment opportunities.

“This fund will allow Māori Wardens in their regions to test innovative approaches to mentor rangatahi and provide them with the ‘soft skills’ needed to succeed in work or further education,” says Minister Mahuta.

“The target for this fund is the 28,400 Māori youth who are not in employment, education or training. Overall, Māori have higher NEET rates than other ethnic groups at 21.3 percent. This is unacceptable......

New Zealand’s Gisborne Airport to get ‘iconic’ new terminal
Local Maori culture is set to be woven into the design of a new airport terminal on the North Island of New Zealand.

Ngai Tāwhiri, a hapū of Rongowhakaata, are deeply involved in the development of the terminal design. The Ngai Tāwhiri Working Group consists of Stan Pardoe, Waka Taylor, Lisa Taylor, Karl Johnstone, Tiopira Rauna, Johnny Moetara, Thelma Karaitiana and Derek Lardelli......

BUDGET 2018 - What's in it for Māori
In today’s budget announcement the government says it wants to bring back manaakitanga by building a strong foundation for Māori, focusing on areas including health, housing and better education for rangatahi.

In this year's budget, a total of $53.7mil has been allocated for Māori-specific initiatives compared to $122mil in 2017 under the National-led Government.

Overall, initiatives benefiting Māori from Budget 2018 can be highlighted in the following categories:.....

Iwi commercial property interests continue to grow
Maori tribal organisations are likely to grow in wealth as the Crown concludes more treaty settlements - and commercial property players need to consider where they will invest.

Bayleys Tu Whenua director Ward Kamo said iwi assets had grown to more than $8 billion among 70 iwi and they had become key partners for people and businesses wanting to invest.

The amount under iwi control will grow with each settlement - and benefit other tribes who have already settled because of a special relativity clause giving them top ups.

When the South Island's Ngai Tahu settlement of $170 million was agreed, it was on the expectation the total amount for all tribes would be about $1b in 1994 dollars. The envelope was exceeded in 2012.

If settlements went beyond this amount, tribes who had settled would be entitled to maintain a proportionate payout through additional payments.

At the end of 2017 Waikato-Tainui received an extra $190m, and Ngāi Tahu $180m.

These sums pale into comparison with the amount tribes believe they may be entitled to - for example Ngai Tahu negotiators have estimated historical losses of up to $15b.

They are currently in mediation with the Crown over another payment after another recent payment of $18m.

Crown treaty settlement relativity clauses run until 2044 - meaning the value of all iwi assets will grow with each settlement......

Treaty Negotiations Minister Andrew Little concerned by lack of accountability on Te Arawa River Iwi Trust spending
Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Andrew Little is questioning why there are no checks and balances on public money given to iwi for specific purposes.

Little is seeking advice on why such funds, even if they are part of a Treaty settlement, are not subject to any oversight.

It comes after Newshub's The Hui programme reported on the case of Roger Pikia, the chairman of Te Arawa River Iwi Trust (Tarit). Pikia is under investigation by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) over his financial activities, some of which involve the use of Tarit money.

Tarit, as part of its 2010 Treaty settlement, is receiving $1 million a year for 20 years through the Ministry for the Environment to care for the Waikato River. Four other Waikato and Waipā river iwi also receive the annual co-management payment.

It is these payments that have prompted Little's concern.

"I can confirm that there are no checks or balances. I have asked for advice on why that is because that doesn't seem right to me," Little told the Herald......

No freshwater rights for Māori on our watch: NZ First MP Shane Jones
NZ First's Shane Jones says Māori are "sadly mistaken" if they think the Government will hand them over any rights to the country's freshwater supply.

The issue of Māori freshwater rights hit headlines again last year when Labour campaigned on a royalty on the commercial consumption of water, which would include working with iwi to resolve Treaty water claims.

But Regional Economic Minister Shane Jones says the "small group of finger-pointers in the iwi community who want to open up that Pandora's box are sadly mistaken".

"That is never going to happen as long as we're a part of the current government," Jones said.

Environment Minister David Parker, who drafted Labour's water policy ahead of the election, hasn't ruled out the issue being looked at but is not optimistic of resolving it any time soon.

But Jones doesn't agree with Parker's hope for resolution in the future, saying, Māori "fortunes are not going to turn around by feeding these obscure debates as to which fraction of the water resource has to be handed over to Ngai Tahu or other tribes".

"That's just not going to happen."

Jones said iwi were welcome to go to court to attempt to advance the issue but it wouldn't be making any progress under this coalition government.......

Boost for manuka planting
New forestry agency Te Uru Rakau has entered a partnership with Manuka Farming New Zealand to plant 1.8 million manuka trees across New Zealand this year.

Te Uru Rakau will provide up to $1.8 million to the company to source seedlings, work with landowners to assess land suitability, and provide an overall planting plan.....

Decision to sign treaty deal 'disregards Māori democracy'
Treaty Negotiations Minister Andrew Little's decision to sign a treaty deal, despite overlapping claims on the land, disregarded Māori law, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust says.

A hīkoi calling for the Crown to recognise tikanga in the treaty process spilled over into threats of war on Parliament's forecourt yesterday as frustrations with cross-claims boiled over.

The hapū, which had already settled its claim, was angry the Crown was now offering other iwi properties which the hapū believed were in its tribal boundaries......

Council proposes new name for Wellington waterfront
The capital’s increasingly popular waterfront walkway could get a new official name – Ara Moana – following a proposal at a meeting of Wellington City Council’s Regulatory Processes Committee today.

The name, meaning ‘ocean pathway’, was proposed by mana whenua and supported by Mayor Justin Lester as part of a wider discussion around approving a name for a waterfront access lane on Waterloo Quay – which will see the police launch Lady Elizabeth recognised.....

Iwi in rough water on rights
Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says tomorrow’s Budget will include money for water projects - but it won’t advance iwi claims to fresh water.

Mr Jones the previous National Government opened up the water battle by selling half the shares in the state owned power generation companies, but New Zealand First will not accept the tribalisation of water rights......

Manawatu Maori wards vote a resounding 'NO'
Manawatū District Council voters have come out more than three-to-one in opposition to creating separate Māori wards.

Results from a binding poll have come in on Tuesday afternoon, with 7062 voting against, and 2038 in favour.

Some 43 per cent of electors cast a vote, with 18 votes counted as blank and one "informal".

Councillor Andrew Quarrie, who helped drive a petition to take the issue to a poll, said the result was a win for the community......

Iwi chairman asks winery to remove title from plaque over Te Mata Peak track issues
The chairman of a Hawke's Bay iwi has written a letter to Craggy Range Winery asking for the iwi's title on the winery opening's commemorative plaque be "melted or removed" if the Te Mata Peak track issue continues to be handled by barristers.

The open letter, dated May 14 and sent by Ngāti Kahungunu's Ngahiwi Tomoana to the winery's director, Mary-Jeanne Hutchinson, said things had "gone downhill rapidly" since the pair last spoke.

"The track has not only put a scar on our maunga but has driven a chasm in our community that has brought the worst of racist and class comments to the fore," he said.....

Maori values spark party revival
The chair of the Maori Party's Tamaki Makaurau branch says there is new spark in the party as it looks for ways to stay relevant outside parliament.

Our people are still hungry to have Maori values, not just like a Maori idea on top of other Pakeha things. We want our values embedded in the nation, not just for Maori but for all New Zealanders,.....

Outcome measurements needed for Treaty payments with conditions – ACT Leader
Act Leader David Seymour is calling for measurements to be put in place to account for Treaty settlement funding when it is allocated for a specific purpose. He says it is unclear if the $18-million funding provided so far to Te Arawa River Iwi Trust to clean up the Waikato River is being used for the reason it was given.

The Trust's chair, who has been accused of significant impropriety, is under investigation by the Serious Fraud Office. The Trust is also set to receive a further $12-million over the next twelve years.

Mr Seymour says Treaty Settlements with conditions need to be measured to show money is going where it's supposed to......

Angry Kaumātua confronts Little: ‘You are taking us to war’
About 600 people marched to Parliament in protest this morning demanding that the Crown recognise Māori tikanga in the treaty settlement process.

Treaty Negotiations Minister Andrew Little was speaking about the treaty process and the importance of communication when he was challenged by a kaumātua from Tauranga Moana.

The man yelled he would not listen to "bull$h*t".

"I'm not going to stand here and take this $h*t. No, no, no!"

The man yelled at Mr Little: "You are taking us to war."

He then moved closer to the minster and said in te reo Māori: "Na Tauranga Moana tēnei whenua" [this land belongs to Tauranga Moana].....

Why not to have Maori Wards
A few days ago, Western Bay District Mayor Garry Webber shared his views about why Western Bay should have a Maori ward.

......The Mayor correctly notes that the law enables ratepayers to demand a poll when a Maori ward is proposed, but not when geographical wards are created or modified. He implies that this is a bias in the system, and implicitly agrees with Local Government New Zealand in calling for the removal of the right for ratepayers to demand a poll when a Maori ward is proposed.

But he conveniently ignores the fact that creating political systems which are quite explicitly based on race is fundamentally different from redrawing geographical boundaries.

All New Zealanders should strongly reject attempts to create racially-based political systems. Vote NO to the creation of a Maori ward!....

Iwi want to sort out their own issues
Tauranga iwi Ngai Te Rangi are joining with Auckland iwi Ngati Whatua in a hikoi to Wellington to advocate for a ‘tikanga’ approach to dealing with intertribal grievances.

Ngai Te Rangi chief executive Paora Stanley says tikanga is a sophisticated inquisitorial system based in centuries of use by Maori.

“It is a system that is understood, tested, and based on simple principles of whakapapa and ahi kaa.....

Māori households saw the highest inflation in the March quarter
Māori households saw the highest inflation in the March quarter and price rises for cigarettes and tobacco had the largest impact on inflation for most household groups, Statistics New Zealand said.

Maori households saw their cost of living rise 1.3 percent compared to the December quarter and Stats NZ said the increase was "driven by higher prices for cigarettes and tobacco, and interest payments."

Overall costs for the lowest-expenditure household group were up 0.8 percent in the March quarter compared with the December quarter, Stats NZ said.....

Electoral Commission asking for law change around the Māori Roll
The Electoral Commission is advocating for the Minister of Justice to allow Māori to switch freely between the Māori and General Rolls.

At last year's election year 19,000 people tried to switch between the two, and were frustrated to find out it's only once every five or six years they can do it.

Voter Harikoa George is on the Maori roll, but she wants the option to switch between the two freely.

"They have never done anything dodgy to make me think twice about it, but the second they do, I would like to be able to switch......

Maori shellfish project wins scholarship
University of Waikato PhD student Vanessa Taikato has been awarded the 2018 Bruce Cronin BayTrust Scholarship to study ways in which Maori moved marine shellfish from location to location.

Worth $5000, the scholarship was established by BayTrust to recognise Bruce Cronin's service to the people of the Bay of Plenty.....

Iwi’s Gulf Island rights to be tested
The Supreme Court has been asked to decide if an iwi's manaakitanga over an area gives it the right to effectively veto commercial operations there.

A University of Auckland legal expert who specialises in indigenous cases, Associate Professor Claire Charters, says this will be an important decision that all iwi will be keeping an eye on. 
The case it will look at involves Auckland iwi Ngāi Tai, which recently lost a Court of Appeal case over the Department of Conservation’s issuing of five-year tourism concessions to Fullers and the Motutapu Island Restoration Trust on Rangitoto and Motutapu Islands.

The tribe argues that those roles give it more than just the right of objection to anything planned in the area. In its appeal, Ngāi Tai said it should be allowed to reap the benefits of the commercial return generated from such visitors.

Charters says another interesting aspect of the case is the extent to which the judiciary now takes into account of manaakitanga......

Peters says Maori roll not needed under MMP
New Zealand First's Leader says he's not surprised there's been a drop in Maori electoral roll numbers.

Those eligible for the Maori roll are being given the chance to choose whether to stay there, or opt for the general roll.

More than 2,000 had left the roll after just a month into the Maori Election Option process.

Winston Peters says Maori have seen a massive increase in representation under MMP.

"Despite enormous publicity, Maori people are voting with their feet. Maori people see us as one country despite our various historical and cultural backgrounds."......
More on the above here > Māori voters opt for General Roll

Treaty overlap: Iwi claim place on Tauranga harbour board
Pare Hauraki Collective was at Parliament yesterday pleading their case before the Māori Affairs Select Committee.

A 2004 Waitangi Tribunal ruling found the group did have customary interests in Tauranga Moana, but influence over the harbour has been the sticking point for local iwi Ngāi Te Rangi who are part of the Tauranga Moana Iwi Collective.

An existing Treaty settlement already gave the Tauranga Moana Iwi Collective several seats on the board which governed Tauranga Harbour, but as part of its negotiations Pare Hauraki Collective also wants a seat on the board.....

Winston Peters says the Greens can have a Kermadec Sanctuary – with a catch
Hope for a Kermadec Sanctuary is back on the table and NZ First leader Winston Peters is confident he can do a deal with the Green Party by the end of the year.

The deal would involve a compromise from the Greens though – accepting that the sanctuary won't be a 100 per cent no-fishing zone.

The 620,000-square-kilometre sanctuary was considered dead in the water when Labour and NZ First joined forces to form a Government after the election.

To keep the fishing industry happy and to ensure iwi with fishing rights under the Treaty of Waitangi are on board, Peters is proposing a mixed model that allows for roughly 95 per cent marine reserve and 5 per cent fishing.....

Foreshore deal heads to house
More than a decade after it first agreed to a settlement, legislation recognising Ngati Porou’s customary title and rights over the foreshore and seabed along the East Coast will finally go before Parliament

Ngati Porou will be the first iwi to secure a settlement over the foreshore and seabed, marking its customary title and giving it some veto rights over the uses of those areas. It will get its first reading today.

Ngati Porou’s settlement will give it customary title over a significant part of the East Coast coastline down to Gisborne, as well as customary rights such as fishing and protection of wahi tapu (sacred areas)......

Museums embrace Maori perspective
Changes in the ways museums are presenting taonga Maori will be highlighted at this month's ServiceIQ New Zealand Museum Awards.

"One of the finalists in this year's taonga Maori category is Otago Museum's new Tuhura Otago Community Trust science centre. They have woven matauranga Maori through the whole project in terms of how they are presenting science and that is fantastic to see," Ms Tocker says......

'Move away from the word, compulsory' - Maori Language Commission want discussion over Te Reo in schools to focus on revitalisation
Maori Language Commission CEO Ngahiwi Apanui wants to move away from the word compulsory when discussing Te Reo Maori in schools.

Mr Apanui told TVNZ 1’s Breakfast programme that he wanted people to start talking about the revitalisation of the language instead.

"Move away from the word, compulsory, which sounds like people having something jammed down their throat to talking about revitalisation," he said.....

A big win for the Manukau Bus Station - Auckland Transport
"In addition to the use of natural timber and prominent Iwi creative expressions, Te Aranga Maori Principles guided the design of the vital stormwater management system and the passive temperate controls methods.".....

Māori, sign language and straight talking: New Governor, new style at Reserve Bank
There was the brief Māori greeting and farewell, appropriately formal, but still a first in this environment.......

Request for a further temporary closure of Maunganui Bay to fishing (except kina)
Pursuant to section 186A of the Fisheries Act 1996, Fisheries New Zealand has received a request from Te Kupenga o Ngati Kuta and Patukeha ki Te Rawhiti for a further 2-year temporary closure of Maunganui Bay, Bay of Islands, to the take of all fisheries resources, except kina. The current temporary closure is due to expire on 13 October 2018

Te Kupenga o Ngati Kuta and Patukeha ki Te Rawhiti consider that a further 2-year closure will provide continued statutory support for a traditional RĀHUI (traditional closure) placed over the bay in 2009, and continue to improve the quality and quantity of fauna and flora in the bay.
Written submissions in response to this request are invited from persons who have an interest in the species concerned or in the effects of fishing in the area concerned.

The closing date for submissions is Monday 11 June 2018.
Submission details here > https://tinyurl.com/ycrg8vpc

Shane Jones on Maori seats vote 'We won't support it'
A Labour private member's bill seeking the entrenchment of the seven Maori seats, which means it'd take 75 percent of MPs to get rid of them, looks set to fail.

It'd need the support of New Zealand First but Shane Jones who once stood in one of the seats says it won't be supported.

"I don't know of anyone in our caucus who is going to vote for the entrenchment of the seven Maori seats."

Asked if they should be done away with, Jones said that the party's option had been for a referendum.

"There is a lot of emotional heritage [and] affection for the Maori seats."

Jones doesn't believe they'll get a referendum on them now.

Oranga Marae launched to revitalise marae
The Minister for Māori Development, the Hon Nanaia Mahuta, and the Minister of Internal Affairs and Presiding Member of the Lottery Grants Board, the Hon Tracey Martin, have today announced the launch of Oranga Marae.

Oranga Marae is a new initiative that will support the physical and cultural revitalisation of marae, as centres of Māori identity and mātauranga.

Oranga Marae will fund marae in three key areas:

• Marae development planning – to help marae develop and document their aspirations and delivery plans

• Technical/feasibility support – where specialised advice is required by a marae for capital or cultural development

• Marae development implementation – for capital works, cultural activities and other requirements to help revitalise marae.

For the remainder of 2017/18 Oranga Marae has a combined funding pool of $6.25 million to support marae. This will increase in 2018/19 when further lottery funding will be allocated......

Supreme Court grants iwi appeal for exclusive rights of Hauraki Gulf islands
The Supreme Court has granted an iwi organisation the right to appeal, once again, for full monopoly over Rangitoto and Motutapu islands on Tuesday.

Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki Tribal Trust argues it should have rangatiratanga, exclusive rights, to conduct guided tours on the Hauraki Gulf islands for at least five years.

The trust said the iwi has deep historical and spiritual connections to these islands, their ancestral motu.......

Nanaia Mahuta: compulsory Te Reo in schools 'not if but when'
Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta says compulsory Te Reo in schools is the logical endpoint of her Government's language policy.

The Government's current policy only calls for an increase in Te Reo teachers to make the language universally available in school, and for it to be "integrated" into the primary and early childhood curriculum by 2025.

The Government has specifically avoided the word "compulsory."

But on Tuesday morning Mahuta made clear what that first step was towards in her mind - compulsory Te Reo.

"In order to deliver on compulsory Te Reo Maori we would have to increase the number of Maori teachers in our schools," Mahuta said.

Asked directly if that meant compulsory Te Reo was the end goal Mahuta said it was "I think it's only a matter of time".

"It's not if it's when.".....

Te reo Maori first choice for oral submission on long term plan
James Alexander Hope, a Hamilton based lawyer, was the first person to ever give an oral submission in te reo Maori at a council hearing.

Mr Hope was provided with an interpreter during his oral submission on two of the eight proposals. "It was important to me that my oral submission be in te reo as it is the first language of the land and we are trying to protect it and bring it back, as close as possible, to its natural state."

"We have worked hard to connect with iwi and Maori through this LTP process so are more than happy for Mr Hope to present his feedback in te reo," says regional council deputy chair Tipa Mahuta.

"This is the first time the council has ever received an oral submission in te reo Maori, so it’s exciting and I hope we have more submitters who chose to do so in the future."....

$2.5mil to fund te reo Māori films
The New Zealand Film Commission has announced $2.5mil of funding for feature films in te reo Māori.

The new fund is part of the organisation’s Te Rautaki Māori, a new strategy to support Māori filmmakers.

CEO Annabelle Sheehan told Native Affairs Māori voices are integral to the strength of our film industry.

“In its principles, it's saying 'lets partner and ensure we are culturally capable at the New Zealand Film Commission'. It’s a statement of commitment”.

The strategy also includes $2mil of funding toward a feature film where at least one key creative is Māori......

Moves made to reduce runoff already - farmers
Mr Parker said plans to reduce water pollution needed to go hand in hand with settling Māori freshwater claims and lead negotiator for Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki Willie Te Aho backed these calls.

Mr Te Aho said iwi have asked the iwi chair forum for a clear pathway on the issue to be agreed on later this year in the South Island, otherwise they would resort to the Supreme Court.

"The position that we are working from is that the Waitangi tribunal clearly indicated in its report in 2012 that the hapu at the time of the treaty of Waitangi had control, which was akin to ownership, of the water," he said.

Seven Maori seats are obsolete
The seven Maori seats in Parliament should be scrapped. The need for them has long passed.

Originally they were only meant to be there for five years to give Maori the right to vote in the general election 150 years ago this year. That was extended by another five years but in 1876 it was extended indefinitely.

Now we have a bill pulled out of the ballot box aimed at entrenching the seven Maori seats, sponsored by Labour's Rino Tirikatene.

It's hardly surprising given at the last election all the seats went back to their natural home, Labour. To entrench the seats means 75 percent of Parliament would have to vote to get rid of them. Currently they could be scrapped with a simple majority.

Without the seats Labour wouldn't be the Government today but their retention has always been up for debate.......

DOC to work with iwi over wild pig problem
The Department of Conservation says it will consult its iwi partners on what to do to about wild pigs in a Northland kauri forest.

The forests contain some of the largest stands of ancient kauri in the north.

DOC's Kaitaia operations manager David Neho said he would talk to tangatawhenua about a possible action plan.

But he said the matter was reasonably complex: the wild pigs were kai for locals, yet the area they were destroying was taonga - a cultural treasure......

Māori King 'determined' to ensure future of Kīngitanga
The future of the Kīngitanga has been a central theme of the 160th anniversary of the Māori King movement in Ngaruawahia held this weekend.

King Tuheitia is the the seventh leader of the Māori political movement.

He told the crowds gathered at Turangawaewae Marae that it was vital for the Kīngitanga to continue to challenge the government and Crown on issues that were important to Māori.

"I'm determined, strong and capable of doing what must be done for the Kīngitanga to still be here in the next 160 years and beyond.".....

Emphasise Māori knowledge, students tell summit
The government's first education summit has generated calls for greater inclusion of Māori knowledge, development of children's life skills, and more cooperation between schools.

Nearly 800 invited participants attended the event in Christchurch at the weekend, where they were asked to brainstorm a vision for the sort of education system they wanted for New Zealand.....

Govt moves to reduce teachers' paperwork
Mr Hipkins said the plan would include. —

* Ensuring that all teachers respond to Maori pupils’ identity, language and culture and embedding ‘‘urgent focus and accountability on equity and excellence for Maori’’ students.

* Growing the quality and quantity of te reo Maori in both Maori-language and English-language schools......

Wellington on track to become a bilingual city with support for te reo Māori policy
Wellington City Council has given itself the green light to progress with a plan that could see the city become the te reo Māori capital of New Zealand.

During a lengthy meeting, the council's city strategy committee, which comprises every councillor as well as Mayor Justin Lester, voted unanimously to progress with Te Tauihu – its draft Te Reo Māori policy.

More than 10 oral submissions, all in support of the policy, were heard by the committee. Submitters praised the council's leadership in the matter and the "mahi" put in so far.

While the overall tone was overwhelmingly positive, several calls were made for the council to cement specific goals in the final version, for example, making the city bilingual by 2025......

Waimate council to host first meeting at marae
Waimate district councillors are gearing up for a taste of culture as they prepare for their first ever council meeting on a marae.

The idea was initiated by Waimate District Council deputy mayor Sharyn Cain after she attended a young elected members local government retreat in November 2017.

The announcement follows a statement by Waimate mayor Craig Rowley in which he said te reo and sign language translators would now be available for anyone presenting submissions to the Waimate District Council 2018-28 Long Term Plan.

By the light of the moon: Healthy Families Far North using Maori lunar calendar in workplace
Māori lore and traditional wellness concepts are being applied in Far North workplaces.

Te Ahikaaroa Trust founder Rueben Taipari has joined with Healthy Families Far North to introduce the lunar calendar to work environments.

Māori traditionally planted, fished, harvested and held hui according to the lunar calendar. Applying maramataka in the workplace could mean, for example, the traditional planting time is considered to be good for starting new projects.

Healthy Families Far North, which encourages health-promoting environments where people live, learn, work and play, adopted maramataka concepts last year.

Introducing it as an organisational approach in Kaitaia in December, he has worked with Kaitāia Hospital, Sport Northland, Department of Conservation, Te Hiku Hauora and Te Rarawa Anga Mua workers.......

Marae bypass irks Kawhia iwi
A member of Kawhia iwi Ngati Hikairo says tikanga is being trampled by tribes who bypass the marae to have hui.

Last year there was a protest when the then treaty negotiations minister met with Maniapoto claimants in the bowling club.

Next week it’s Waikato Tainui holding its hui in the local pub.

Gareth Seymour says that’s not right.

Waikato Tainui spokesperson Rahui Papa says because the hui is about issues that relate to a number of iwi and hapu, people around the harbour requested it be held at a neutral venue......

Diverting attention from Maori ward separatism
A claim in Parliament yesterday that the legislation that enables a vote on Maori wards is discriminatory looks like an attempt to divert attention from the blatant separatism that a Maori ward entails, Hobson’s Pledge spokesman Don Brash said today.

Green Party co-leader Marama Davidson yesterday asked if the current standard for enacting Maori wards, which provides for a ratepayer poll if requested, was a "double standard", compared to the implementation of general wards.

Five percent of residents in all five districts - Western Bay of Plenty, Whakatane, Manawatu, Palmerston North, and Kaikoura - asked for a vote and now the councils are complaining about the expense of a poll, Dr Brash said.

If councils are concerned at the cost of holding the polls, they should in the future pay more attention to consulting with their constituents and listening to what they say, Dr Brash said.

There is no evidence that any of those councils have thought through how seats reserved for councillors with Maori ancestry elected by voters on the Maori roll is going to bring any benefit to any council, Dr Brash said.

Maori ward proponents talk about the "the Maori voice" but never say what the Maori voice is supposed to be saying, Dr Brash said.

Clear thinking people of every age should be able to see the Maori ward proposals for what they are - naïve, patronising, and liable to embed in local governance a two-tier democracy, Dr Brash said.....

More Māori leaders recognised today
Today the final round of investitures for the week is taking place at Government House in Auckland.

Among today's recipients are:

Mr Colin Bidois, of Tauranga, ONZM, for services to Māori (Principal Wharekura o Mauao)

Dr Haare Williams, of Papakura, MNZM, for services to Māori, the arts and education,
and Ms Raewyn Bhana, of Drury, QSM, for services to the community....

'Double standard' - Marama Davidson questions Government over 'discriminatory' Maori wards
Ms Davidson asked if the current standard of enacting Maori wards was a "double standard", compared to the implementation of general wards.

Currently, the public can demand a poll to be taken for Maori wards or Maori constituencies, and the result of Maori wards defendant on the poll result.

Ms Mahuta said she was aware of the letter, and read out a section that said: "'Either the poll provision should apply to all wards, or they should apply to none. The discriminatory nature of these polls is not acceptable'."
Parliament to consider entrenching Maori seats - ball in NZ First's court
Parliament will consider a Labour MP's bill to entrench the Maori seats so they cannot be easily abolished – but the move could be defeated by NZ First and National joining forces to vote against it.

The bill to entrench the Maori seats by Labour MP Rino Tirikatene was drawn from the ballot today.

It would mean the Maori seats were treated the same as general electorates in the Electoral Act – and could not be dismantled without a 75 per cent vote of MPs or a public referendum.

It is likely to get support from Labour and the Greens but could prove a divisive issue for the Government.

The casting vote would likely be NZ First, whose leader Winston Peters campaigned on holding a referendum to abolish the Maori seats during the last campaign and has railed against "separatism" such as Maori seats on councils. NZ First has not stood in the Maori seats for several elections.

Call for applications to Māori economic development fund
Minister for Māori Development Nanaia Mahuta encourages people with bold, innovative ideas for Māori economic development to apply for a fund that opens this week.

“The He kai kei aku ringa Fund, worth almost $1 million, is part of the national Māori economic development strategy,” Nanaia Mahuta said.

“Its vision is for a productive, innovative, export oriented Māori economy driven by whānau. The name means ‘providing food by my own hands’.

“We want to hear from people with initiatives that will help us to achieve this vision while using a distinctly Māori approach.”....

School to teach te reo Māori for the first time in 99 years
It’s taken almost a century but Queen Margaret School in Wellington will be teaching te reo Māori for the first time, starting this month. The Private school that opened in 1919 will start Māori classes with year 8 and 9 students on the 14th of May. School Principal Jayne-Ann Young says the push to have Māori added to the curriculum came from within the school.

It’s mandatory at Queen Margaret School that the year 7, 8 and 9 students learn a second language and Māori is now an option for those students.....

New Porirua streets to have Maori flora and fauna theme
Porirua’s newest streets could be named for the whio or kōkako once they are built.

Kenepuru Landing, which could have 700 residential lots in the former Porirua Hospital grounds, is a joint project between Ngāti Toa Rangitira and Carrus Ltd.

On Thursday, the Council’s City Delivery Committee decided the theme for the new development, after consultation with Ngāti Toa, would be “Māori names for New Zealand Flora and Fauna”......

Maungakiekie / One Tree Hill summit becomes vehicle-free
The tihi (summit) of Maungakiekie / One Tree Hill will permanently close to all motor vehicles, including motorbikes and scooters from late next week.

The exception is continued vehicle access for people who have limited mobility and are unable to safely walk to the tihi; they or their drivers can obtain an access code for the gate for the day of their visit.

Paul Majurey, Chair of the Tūpuna Maunga Authority says the changes are not about restricting access but rather enabling access in a way that respects the significance of the place.

“To Mana Whenua, the tihi of a maunga holds great spiritual and cultural significance and has always been a place to be treated with respect and reverence. Honouring these values alongside creating an enhanced experience for pedestrians is at the heart of the vehicle access changes,” says Majurey......

Second class treatment for WINZ clients
A woman at the frontline of social services says Work and Income has developed a toxic culture and needs a complete overhaul.

Advocates are hoping for some relief in this month's Budget, including removing some of the sanctions that WINZ staff impose on beneficiaries.

"Our people are treated like second class citizens. Why is it that only when they have a social worker that advocates on their behalf that all of a sudden things get done. It’s not fair. Our people are not treated fairly in a lot of these Work and Income offices," she says......

Māori roll decreases in first month of option
The first monthly update from the Electoral Commission on the Māori electoral option shows a 2052 decrease of people on the Māori roll and a 2698 increase on the general roll.

The Māori electoral option opened on 3 April, giving Māori a chance to choose which roll they wanted to be on for the next two national elections.

Their choice would determine whether they voted for a local MP in a Māori seat or a general seat.

Results from the first of three updates by the Electoral Commission showed 215 new enrolments of Māori descent in the general roll and 431 in the Māori roll.

Of those on the Māori roll, 7093 switched to the general roll and of those on the general roll, 4610 switched to the Māori roll.

A spokesperson for the commission said it was too early to know if the roll changes were likely to affect the number of Māori seats.....

Victoria University of Wellington looking to change name to avoid overseas confusion
Victoria University could be renamed the University of Wellington as the tertiary institute tries to eliminate confusion for potential overseas students.

A name change could include a secondary title for the university in Te Reo Māori. "Something meaningful," Guilford said.

Te Herenga Waka, which translates to the hitching post for your canoe, has been suggested.......

Ministry urges 'bold step' for Māori education
The Education Ministry has told the government it could achieve a "step change" in Māori children's achievement by tackling their teacher's unconscious bias against Māori children.

A briefing obtained under the Official Information Act shows the ministry told the government in January a "bold step" was required to accelerate Māori achievement.

It said it could work with Māori to create a scheme by the end of this year based in part on a previous programme called Te Kōtahitanga, which ran in some secondary schools.....

Glavish acknowledged for services to Māori,community
Māori leader Naida Glavish has been made a dame in recognition of her services to Māori and the community.

She has been a pillar in Māori politics and served as president of the Māori Party in 2013.

She's currently the chief advisor tikanga Māori for the Waitematā and Auckland District Health Boards.....

NZ Film Commission Announces Te Rautaki Māori
As well as the Minister launching the strategy, NZFC CEO Annabelle Sheehan announced Te Rautaki Māori Feature Film Initiative, a one-off $2 million investment for dramatic features in any genre where the director and at least one other key creative is Māori; and He Pounamu, an ongoing fund of up to $2.5 million in investment for dramatic feature films made in Te Reo Māori, by Māori filmmakers.

Other initiatives introduced specifically for Māori include a Te Reo development fund which will adopt bespoke support for the development of Te Reo projects; devolved funding supporting internships, mentoring and professional placements for Māori filmmakers, and rangatahi (youth) development in the form of wānanga, workshops and programmes for young Māori creatives......

Auckland's Waitākere Ranges to close with fewer tracks open than wanted
A local iwi says Auckland Council's plan for access to the Waitākere Ranges does not match up with the rāhui.

The Waitākere Ranges close today in a bid to stop the spread of kauri dieback disease, but there are some tracks excluded from the ban.

However, local iwi was at odds with the council's list of tracks that would remain open in the West Auckland forest, potentially causing confusion for walkers.

It had earlier been reported that the council had aligned its policy with the iwi's cultural prohibition, or rāhui – but Te Kawerau ā Maki chief executive Edward Ashby said the list of tracks was never agreed upon.

The iwi would allow access to 21 walks, as an exception to the rāhui, while council was looking at keeping at least 34 tracks open.......

NZNO Kaiwhakahaere back from UN forum on Indigenous Rights
Back from the mid-April United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Rights, NZNO Kaiwhakahaere Kerri Nuku has called for the government’s full commitment to development of and planning for a growing Māori nursing workforce.

“Retention and recruitment of Māori nurses is vital for the future health and wellbeing of our whānau, hapū and iwi and a Maori Nursing Strategy is urgently needed to address this......

New Maori Emerging Leader Fellowships announced
A University of Otago researcher wants to improve the quantity and quality of life for Maori with cancer, and he’s just been awarded nearly $500,000 to identify strategies to do so.

Dr Jason Gurney, an epidemiologist and senior research fellow at the University of Otago, Wellington, is one of two researchers who has just received a 2018 Maori Health Research Emerging Leader Fellowship. These awards are managed and awarded jointly by the Health Research Council and the Ministry of Health.

The second $500,000 fellowship was awarded to Dr Reremoana (Moana) Theodore, co-director of the National Centre for Lifecourse Research and senior research fellow with the Department of Psychology, University of Otago. The experienced lifecourse researcher plans to examine the link between educational exposures and health outcomes for Maori.

Lifecourse research, which follows people’s lives over time, has shown that what happens from early life has an impact on long-term health and wellbeing. "Lifecourse research aligns...

Tauranga City Council looks at cutting fees for Maori housing schemes
Tauranga City Council is considering discounting or deferring some upfront fees for Maori housing developments to help tackle Tauranga's housing crisis.

The council has agreed to look into changing how it charges development contribution fees, which are used to fund growth-related infrastructure, for papakainga developments.

Councillors voted to investigate reducing or deferring the fees, but stopped short of considering removing them entirely.

An initial report by council staff said papakainga developers faced additional complexities that came with developing multiple-owned Maori land......

New Bishop of Aotearoa
A Bishop from the East Coast, Don Tamihere, has been appointed the Bishop of Aotearoa at Manutuke Marae.

Bishop Tamihere will become the leader of the Māori Anglican Church, the Māori arm of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia. This means he will also become one of three Anglican archbishops in New Zealand, alongside Archbishop Philip Richardson, who is Pākehā, and Archbishop Winson Halapua, who is Polynesian.....

Māori Fisheries Trust labels DOC-funded book 'scaremongering'
The book's author, environmental law and policy expert Raewyn Peart, calls for a fully independent statutory inquiry into New Zealand's fisheries management system.

In 2015 Peart received $60,000 funding from the Department of Conservation (DoC) to undertake research for the book.

The book said the Māori fisheries settlement, concluded as a Treaty settlement with the Crown more than 25 years ago, had created a barrier to entry for fishers and processors who wished to acquire more quota, and for aspiring new entrants.

It had also "potentially reduced the flexibility to adjust the fisheries management system over time".

The book, and DoC's funding of it, have outraged Te Ohu Kaimoana (Māori Fisheries Trust), which manages fishing assets on behalf of Māori and facilitates their allocation to iwi.

Te Ohu Kaimoana chief executive Dion Tuuta said the book was "scaremongering" and lacked credibility......

Support for campus marae
The University of Otago’s Maori students’ association is trying to gather support for a marae on campus, which it hopes would foster a community spirit between students.

The university is the only one in the country which does not have a marae, and Te Roopu Maori tumuaki or president Tiana Mihaere said there was support for the idea among the group’s members.

"The marae is something that has a significance to Maori, but was traditionally less relevant South Island Maori just because they were a people who travelled," she said.....

Maori key to climate change plans
An advisor to the Iwi Chairs Forum says the Government needs to work closely with Maori if it is to achieve its climate change plans.

The release of the Productivity Commission’s draft report on moving to a low emissions economy was hailed by Climate Minister James Shaw as creating opportunities for Maori landowners.

Willie Te Aho says Maori are well aware they will have to make some trade-offs in being responsible kaitiaki for papatuanuku,....

More bilingual signage in Tairawhiti (Gisborne)
Tairawhiti Roads is continuing with its roll out of bilingual road safety messages and roadwork signage around the district.

The latest billboards on our state highways are in partnership with Eastland Wood Council, promoting road safety messages relating to the trucking industry.

Those messages are:
- 10 below – encouraging truck drivers to drive 10km below the speed limit

- Fatigue stops – the importance of taking a break if you are feeling tired.

- Share the Roads – a programme delivered in school which aims to educate children about trucks, blind spots, the air turbulence that trucks can create and how to be safe when sharing the roads with trucks.

- General road safety – avoiding speeding and distractions.

Bilingual messages have been used on Tairawhiti road safety billboards previously in collaboration with Maori Language Week.

Earlier this year Tairawhiti Roads launched bilingual stop-slow signs for traffic management and have now added further bilingual road works signage.

Council’s Te Reo Maori me ona Tikanga Policy was adopted in August 2014, allowing us to work with our stakeholders towards a bilingual district. Gisborne District Council was the first council to formally adopt a bilingual policy.

The policy includes bilingual signage on all new council signs and buildings......

Kiwi voice artist refuses to pronounce Maori words 'the white way'
A Kiwi voice artist has refused to voice a script after being asked to pronounce Waimate the "white way".

Dave Ward, who voices radio advertisements for NZME, wrote on Twitter last night that he had refused to voice a script for the first time in 18 years after being asked to pronounce a Maori word the "white way".....

Māori research practices
By embedding tikanga Māori into your academic research practices, not only will you build cultural competence, but you’ll help invoke university values and give effect to Victoria’s Treaty of Waitangi Statute.

As a Victoria researcher, you’re invited to consider the ways that your research conforms to this statute. Increasingly in New Zealand, research activities and funding applications are expected to include a Māori dimension and express tenets of the government’s Vision Mātauranga, designed to encourage research that draws on Māori knowledge, resources and people.

Together, we can ensure that our research reflects Victoria’s Vision Statement and affirms that “Victoria will be imbued with distinctive qualities through its values and through the Treaty of Waitangi, mātauranga Māori and te reo Māori.” The values referred to in that statement—akoranga, whanaungatanga, whai mātauranga, kaitiakitanga, manaakitanga and rangatiratanga—require some understanding and commitment to tikanga Māori......

Māori wards for Manawatū councils put to the vote in referendums
Voting papers have been sent out and it's now up to Palmerston North and Manawatū District residents to decide if their councils should have Māori wards.

Voting started on Monday for the Manawatū District Council poll, and the Palmerston North City Council poll opens on Friday.

Both councils passed decisions late last year for Māori wards to be set up in time for the next local body elections, in 2019. This would allow voters registered on the national Māori electoral roll to vote for council candidates in a separate Māori ward or wards.

However, both councils' decisions were challenged by petitions, with enough residents' signatures collected to force binding referendums.

Don Esslemont, who organised the Palmerston North petition, said some people had some strong feelings on the issue, but it was hard to gauge how well informed they would be.......

Kaumātua disgusted at gallery's efforts to show colonial painting, citing racism
It's one of the most famous paintings of the Taranaki land wars but a New Plymouth gallery has been told exhibiting the piece would perpetuate propaganda that encouraged racism against Māori.

The prominent oil painting, View of Mt Egmont, Taranaki, New Zealand, taken from New Plymouth, with Maoris (sic) driving off settlers' cattle, was painted in 1861 by Englishman, William Strutt.

Taranaki kaumātua Peter Moeahu is against the painting being exhibited and had an expectation the gallery would take his opinion seriously.

"By exhibiting this painting the Govett Brewster Art Gallery perpetuates colonialist's propaganda that encouraged state sponsored racism against Māori," he said.

"I've seen that painting, or copies of it, when I was younger and as far as I was concerned it was used to denigrate Māori that we were thieves and robbers."

The painting depicts armed Māori driving away cattle at the foot of Mt Taranaki, called Mt Egmont in the painting, which Moeahu said inferred Māori were stealing from pākehā settlers.

"We all now know it was Pākehā settlers, with the sanction of Government, who were stealing from Māori," he said.....

Salvation Army seeks help as poverty rates rise
Poverty levels in New Zealand are on the rise with the Salvation Army seeing 336 new families every week.

The organisation says the cost of living in New Zealand is the cause of a new wave of poverty.

Head of the Salvation Army's welfare service says rents, petrol prices, and basic food costs continue to rise.

120,000 people seek help from the Salvation Army New Zealand every year. 40 percent of them are Māori.......

Mobilising Māori through the rangatahi movement
The twelve youth leaders chosen by the Moko Foundation to attend the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York have returned to NZ.

The group named He Kuaka Mārangaranga, are now looking to reinvest back home.

“The goal is to unite the 300 and bring them back to these initiatives because the ultimate goal is to improve and develop Te Ao Māori,” says scholarship recipient Te Wehi Wright.

Māori housing issues raised with govt
Auckland iwi are keen to develop their own housing strategy for Māori living in Auckland says a Māori housing leader.

The minister of housing, Phil Twyford, and the minister of Māori development, Nanaia Mahuta, have met with Māori housing providers, iwi leaders and community groups at the Auckland Māori Housing summit.

Te Matapihi chairman, Rau Hoskins, says many iwi leaders supported the government developing a specific iwi housing strategy to deal with Māori housing issues in Auckland.

"It was expressed by a number of Tāmaki iwi that iwi housing issues are unique and they're even more unique in the Tāmaki Makaurau area."

Maori 11 times more likely to face prison – report
A new report by the Ministry of Justice reveals Māori are eleven times more likely to face prison time once convicted.

The report also found that between 2014 and 2017, Youth Court appearances for Māori increased by 23 percent, while the rate for non-Māori fell by 12 percent.

Associate Justice Minister Aupito William Sio said the penal system was geared against Māori.

"The system by its nature, by its very hardcore nature, over many, many decades, seems to condemn Māori more than any other race in New Zealand."....

Ngāti Porou and Air New Zealand sign Partnership Agreement
Ngāti Porou and Air New Zealand have signed a Partnership Agreement aimed at generating further economic and social growth in Tairāwhiti Gisborne.

Te Runanganui o Ngāti Porou Chief Executive Officer Herewini Te Koha says the iwi and the airline have worked closely together for several years and are now formalising their partnership with a joint aspiration to see Tairāwhiti Gisborne and its people meet their potential......

Kelvin Davis says Northlanders want equality from Crown/Maori relationship
Kelvin Davis says he received a clear message from Northland Maori that they want the relationship between the Crown and Maori to be equal.

Davis, MP for Te Tai Tokerau, held four hui in Northland this month to seek feedback to shape his new role as Minister of Crown-Maori Relations.

"They don't want a relationship where one side of the relationship is stronger than the other,'' Davis said.....

Regional council proposes adding 'h' to Manawatu-Wanganui
The Manawatu-Wanganui regional council is expecting controversy after asking locals if they want to add an 'h' to the spelling of its name.

The council, which trades as Horizons Regional Council, is considering the change as part of its long-term plan.

The council also wants to add a macron above the 'u' in Manawatu.

The plan is open for consultation until the end of the month.....

Charter school backers considering Treaty claim
An organisation set up to support charter schools is considering making a Treaty claim to keep the controversial model going.

The Government is planning to transition the country's 11 charters schools back into the state system, either as designated character, private or state-integrated schools.

"There's the clause in the contract which provides the minister with the opportunity to terminate the clause at his convenience, which he will choose to do," said Graham Osborne, chief executive of E Tipu e Rea, a non-profit organisation that supports charter schools.

He told Newshub Nation they're looking into the possibility forcing the schools to close or move into the state system could be a breach of the Treaty of Waitangi.

"We think that in the spirit of the Treaty of Waitangi there are some principles that have been clearly run right over there - principles of partnership, principles of collaboration and consultation, principles of reciprocation. On the face of it, there would seem to be a case for a Treaty claim."......

Maori keen to sway housing policy
Maori housing advocacy group Te Matapihi say the needs of Maori have been neglected for decades and it’s time for a reset.

Chair Rau Hoskins says there has been no specific policy provision for Maori since the closure of the Department of Maori Affairs at the end of the 1980s.

It’s KiwiBuild meets iwi build, with iwi keen to be part of the government’s planning.

"With most iwi settled or about to settle in Tamaki and of course a Government with a real willingness and a stated commitment to building 10,000 houses a year it’s a good time to engage in a meaningful way with Government to help influence their policy provision here in Tamaki and across the motu," Mr Hoskins says......

Exclusive: Concern over wages of principal's family members
A school board chairman quit after voicing concerns over money spent on wages for family members of the principal and executive officer.

A Ministry of Education official labelled some of the hourly wages at the Whangarei Maori language school "eyebrow-raising", and auditors from Deloitte were sent in.

The ministry is now working with the school, Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Rawhiti Roa,​ which was already on their radar with a previous intervention ending in 2013......

Iwi calls for legal personhood status for Te Waikoropupū Springs
Ngāti Rārua is pushing for legal personhood status for Te Waikoropupū Springs in Golden Bay. It's the largest cold water spring in the Southern Hemisphere and contains some of the clearest water in the world. However, the aquifer that feeds the spring is currently unprotected by law.

Voting opens next week for Western Bay of Plenty Maori ward poll
Voting opens next week for people to have their say on whether the Western Bay of Plenty District Council should establish Māori wards.

The council is holding a binding poll to see whether Māori wards should be introduced for the next two triennial elections in 2019 and in 2022.

Voting documents are being sent to all electors on the district's electoral roll (comprising electors from both the general and Māori parliamentary rolls) from April 27 and electors have until noon, May 19 to return these.

The poll has come about because in November 2017 Western Bay councillors voted to establish one or more Māori wards.

Consequently, an independent petition from over five per cent of Western Bay residents who opposed the move was handed to the council, prompting the poll.....

Dispossessed members could take iwi to court - John Tamihere
Iwi are being warned they face legal action if they don't start looking after their people who live outside their tribal area. The Maori economy is now estimated to be worth $50 billion as Treaty settlement money invested over the past 30 years has started to build in size. But the Waipareira Trust's John Tamihere, says most Maori are not seeing the benefits of that and are continuing to occupy the bottom rungs of society.

Young Māori plead United Nations to stop mega prison proposal
A group of young Māori leaders are at the United Nations fighting a proposal to build a mega prison.

Last year the former National government announced plans for a $1 billion prison facility at the current Waikeria Prison site. Minister of Justice Andrew Little says the Labour-led government has been considering a range of options

Lead delegate and spokeswoman for justice advocacy group JustSpeak Julia Amua Whaipooti will present to the forum on Friday.

She says the prison plan is a breach of the Treaty of Waitangi and multiple recommendations made by the United Nations to the New Zealand government......

$19,000 for cultural advice is tokenism at its worst
Local councils need to stop wasting money on expensive ‘cultural advice’, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union.

Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says, “Christchurch City Councilspending nearly $19,000 on cultural advice for a sport centre name translation is expensive tokenism at its very worst.”

“The most disturbing aspect of this story is the idea that the groups that make the rules are the ones profiting from them. In this case, it’s the local iwi pressuring the council to seek expensive advice, then being the very organisation that is paid to provide this advice. It’s a pretty sweet business model when you can use the law to guarantee your profits.”

“Ngai Tahu need to front up. How can its trust justify this cost on ratepayers for what is objectively a two-word translation? It’s a total rort.”........
Dr Lance O'Sullivan takes 12 rangatahi on trip of a lifetime
Twelve rangatahi Māori from across the country have accompanied Dr. Lance O'Sullivan and the Moko Foundation to the United Nations Permanent forum on Indigenous Issues in New York.

O'Sullivan says this is only a stepping stone for these rangatahi.

Māori representatives have landed in New York for one of the biggest indigenous gatherings in the world.

The 12 rangatahi have attended to discuss indigenous peoples' collective rights to lands, territories, and resources.

When they return, O'Sullivan says he will look into running wānanga to ensure rangatahi voices are heard on issues affecting Māori......

Wellington mayor loses first round of fight for Māori names for new city streets
Wellington Mayor Justin Lester has lost the first round of a battle to give a Māori name to a well-known waterfront path.

In a first test of Wellington City Council's new policy to give Māori names priority, Lester tried to have a non-Māori name recommendation for a key piece of Wellington waterfront overturned in favour of a Māori name.

During the Regulatory Processes Committee meeting on Wednesday, he argued against his council officers' recommendation of Lady Elizabeth Lane for the access way running along the waterfront from the Railway Station to Queen's Wharf.

Beer brand using Maori chief's name causes upset
There is disappointment over a Maori chief's name being used to promote booze.

David Rankin of Ngapuhi says the Heke beer, by Waiheke Brewing Company, takes the name of his ancestor Hone Heke.

Rankin says the company contacted him last week asking for permission to use the name, which he declined.

However, he has since discovered the beer has been marketed for more than a year already.

Rankin says he's considering legal action.

"I'm a capitalist and I believe in business, but there are certain things you do not do.

"They asked for permission after they released it."

But the company's Mark Hindmarsh says their beer Heke is named after the island it's brewed on, not the Northland Chief.

"No one owns Heke, it is a name that is hailed by a lot of people.

Zoologist Brian Gill: Science is being surrendered to cultural sensitivity
The "Western arrogance" idea, and a revisionist interpretation of the Treaty of Waitangi, are presumably behind the policy at the University of Otago that all research proposals by its scientists must be vetted by a Maori committee. In similar vein, the draft of the Royal Society's new code of conduct now places the Treaty central to the society's work.

There follows a proposal that New Zealand zoologists should "partner with Maori" whenever they study native animals. This goes too far.

Public expectation is that our animals belong equally to all New Zealand citizens irrespective of race. The draft code is silent on whether scientists studying animals brought to New Zealand from Europe, such as honey bees or farm animals, should have to "partner" with an ethnic European.......

Indigenous tourism shaking off passive role
Tourism as a vehicle for indigenous self determination is on the minds of the more than 300 delegates at the World Indigenous Tourism Conference in the Bay of Islands.

World Tourism Alliance director Johnny Edmonds says it's whakawhanaungatanga on a global scale as manuhiri from Asia, Europe, the Pacific, the Americas and elsewhere share their stories.

He says common themes are care for the environment and for indigenous people to be central to the industry and not just passive bystanders.

Maori are just at the start of the tourism journey, with most activity coming from entrepreneurial whanau and iwi and hapu yet to come on board......

Youth offending more than halves over last eight years but reduction not 'as significant' for Maori and Pasifika
The first Youth Justice Indicators Summary Report released today showed the rate of offending for children aged 10-13 years fell 59 per cent between 2009/10 and 2016/17.

Offending by young people aged 14-16 years also dropped by 63 per cent.

However, Associate Minister of Justice Aupito William Sio said the reduction in offending had not been "as significant" for all groups.

"Reduction in offending rates for European/Other has been much higher than the reduction for young Pasifika and rangatahi Maori," he said.

"Maori are increasingly making up a greater proportion of those who appear in the Youth Court."

He said the report showed opportunities existed in the justice system to further reduce youth offending.

"That is why it is a key objective of this government to reframe the justice system from a punitive to a rehabilitation focus and reduce the number of Maori and Pasifika youth in the system," he said.....

Purchasing former Māori school restores an injustice, says iwi
The purchase of the former Turakina Māori Girls' College is restoring land to a Rangitīkei iwi that was once taken from them, its chairman says.

Chairman Pāhia Turia believed their tender was successful because the school's vendors were moved by the iwi's transaction with the Crown following the Treaty of Waitangi signing.

The Government's Deed of Settlement states the ancestral block of land was sold to the Crown in 1849, expecting trade and other benefits. However, these benefits did not eventuate and European farming destroyed traditional food-gathering sites.

NZ Refinery's bid to deepen Whangarei Harbour draws Northland opposition
Refining NZ wants to deepen the channel into Whangarei Harbour so larger oil tankers can visit the refinery fully loaded.

The application by Refining NZ for a resource consent to deepen the channel has attracted more submissions opposed to the plan than those in support.

Refining NZ wants to dredge the channel so larger oil tankers can come in fully loaded, reducing shipping movements and transport costs. Those big ships already come in, but carrying less than capacity loads because the channel is not deep enough.

Those opposed to the dredging plans are Maori individuals, whanau, or iwi organisations such as the Patuharakeke Te Iwi Trust Board which was deeply disappointed a cultural effects assessment was not included as part of the application......

Rushed mandate could cost Crown after Waitangi Tribunal rules in iwi's favour
The Crown faces a growing bill over an iwi settlement that the Waitangi Tribunal says was rushed because the previous Government wanted to complete all deals by 2020.

In its report released on Tuesday, the Tribunal concluded the Crown, under the previous Government, had failed to act "reasonably, honourably and in good faith" when it entered into settlement negotiations with the Whakatōhea Pre-settlement Claims Trust on behalf of the wider iwi.

"This not only caused prejudice to Whakatōhea, it also puts at significant risk the prospect of a durable settlement based upon a restored Treaty relationship."....

Maori sovereignty argument fails yet again in Northland court
A Maori sovereignty claimant who challenged his jail sentence repeatedly demanded the presiding High Court judge produce his warrant.

Perry Wakenuiroa Morehu, 23, applied to the High Court at Whangarei in March for a writ of habeas corpus and a copy was served on the chief executive of Corrections and Crown Law.

Habeas corpus is a written command requiring a person under arrest to be brought before a judge or into court, especially to secure the person's release unless lawful grounds are shown for their detention.

Morehu also served copies of his application to the offices of the prime minister, Minister of Justice, police commissioner, director of Ngawha Prison and Corrections chief executive.

Morehu said he had withdrawn his consent to being governed, and that the laws of New Zealand no longer applied to him.

Therefore, he argued his continued detention was illegal.

Justice Edwin Wylie said clearly Morehu's arguments were without merit.

"The courts have consistently held that challenges to the sovereignty of Parliament, and the validity of acts of Parliament cannot succeed," the judge said while dismissing his application for habeas corpus.....

Maori input critical to oil stop win
The head of Greenpeace New Zealand says Maori involvement was critical to the campaign to end oil exploration.

He says the environmental movement learned to work with Maori and iwi.

"I can’t imagine we would be where we are today were it not for that partnership between the environment NGOs and iwi, particularly up and down the east coast of the North Island, but right across the country - Te Ikaroa, the alliance that was built, Te Whanau a Apanui’s role which was incredible leadership, it has just been inspirational," Dr Norman says.....

Matamata-Piako opens new $6.9m memorial and civic centre
People in Matamata gathered to celebrate the official opening of their new civic and memorial centre with news of another multi-million project about to start.

A street party marked the completion of the $6.9 million Matamata-Piako Civic and Memorial Centre, also known as Te Whare Whakamaharatanga o te Hāpori o Matamata-Piako, on Tainui Street.

A new artwork, a pou by Ngati Haua also stood outside the building, made by carver Whare Thompson.

Barnes said the pou represented the three iwi in the district, including Ngati Haua, Ngati Hinerangi and Raukawa.

Inside the new centre, Barnes said there were painting and plaques which had been digitally enhanced, including pictures of Josiah Firth and Wiremu Tamihana, a leader of Ngati Haua......

Hikoi first step in march to make Manurewa bilingual suburb
The fight to normalise te reo Māori will be taken to the streets of Manurewa this weekend with a bilingual hikoi.

Local community group Clendon Pride Project has organised the hikoi, aiming to be the first step in making Manurewa the first bilingual suburb in Auckland...... 

Maori doctors on the rise
The Medical Council is confident New Zealand is on track for the percentage of Maori doctors to reflect the proportion of Maori in the general population.

Releasing the New Zealand Medical Workforce in 2015 Survey, council chair Andrew says a major highlight is that the proportion of house officers identifying themselves as Maori increased from 5.4 to 6.1 percent during the year.

While the proportion of Maori doctors for the workforce as a whole is still relatively low compared to the 15 percent of Maori in the general population, a record number of Maori and Pasifika doctors graduated from both New Zealand medical schools in 2016.......

NZGB to consult on giving Poverty Bay an official Maori/English name
The New Zealand Geographic Board Nga Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa will shortly be seeking views on whether to change Poverty Bay, the bay south of Gisborne where Captain Cook first arrived in New Zealand, to a dual name Taranganui-a-Kiwa / Poverty Bay.

Gisborne District Council made the proposal to the Board.

"The Board met on 12 April 2018 and decided to progress the Council’s proposal, which would place the Maori name alongside the existing English name for the bay," says Board Secretary Wendy Shaw.

"The Board will publicly consult on the proposal for three months starting late May. People can make submissions during that timeframe......

NMIT appoints new director to help improve relationship with iwi
The Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) has appointed Andrew Luke, also known as 'Anaru', as a new director to improve Māori achievement rates and build its relationship with local iwi.

Luke would focus on ensuring Māori students were enrolled in courses that were the right fit for them.

"Ensuring they're achieving in whatever subject area they're in and they're on the pathway they should be on, need to be on, would like to be on, and they're not just doing the programme for the sake of doing the programme."

The other key part of his role would be building stronger relationships with the eight iwi in Nelson Marlborough.

"This is an institution that has eight iwi who, in a post-settlement era, are looking at what are opportunities or aspirations they have, and where NMIT might be able to help them achieve those aspirations."

He said iwi were in a "different space" to 10 years ago when they were still grappling with Treaty of Waitangi claims, and were now in a position to move forward.

Both NMIT and local iwi could benefit from a strong working relationship......

Church tales told through taxpayer grant
Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says putting $5 million into the restoration of the St Mary's Church , Taranaki Cathedral should uncover both the good and the bad in the region's colonial history.

The church includes the graves of settlers including Robert Reid Parris, who played a critical part in the Waitara purchase that led to the Taranaki Land Wars, and garden of the neighbouring vicar's residence is the site of the grave of four Tainui chiefs.

"The church wardens would not allow these Tainui chiefs to be buried in hallowed ground, if I can use a term reflective of the attitudes of those days. The vicar, quite a radical guy, says 'you church wardens cannot prevent me from taking these chiefs and burying them in the vicarage garden because they deserve a fitting burial reflective of them fighting for their rights,'" Mr Jowaitara nes says..... 

Maori protocols considered in amending Coroners Act
Grieving whanau will get more access to tupapaku once an amendment to the Coroner’s Act is passed.

A Bill which had its first reading in Parliament last night requires coroners to consider Maori cultural protocols when determining who can view, touch or remain near the body of a deceased.

He says in practice, the coroner already considers cultural and spiritual beliefs when making decisions about the access to tupapaku and approaches each request on a case-by-case basis......

Hurricanes apologise for 'racist' poster
The Hurricanes have pulled a controversial poster it used on Facebook to advertise its upcoming clash with the Chiefs after it was labeled disgusting and racist.

The image was taken down within an hour of the first complaint made by Kaupapa Māori expert Dr Leonie Pihama.

She said many descendants of people who died in the Taranaki Land Wars were furious about the advertisement.

"It's not the kind of get up and fight response that I think they thought they were gonna get, but they've got a response from the descendants of people who were murdered, of women who were raped, descendants who exist in a context of parents who are still trying to heal from the historical trauma of those events."

She said there a major ongoing issues which stem from the colonial wars within Taranaki.

"We are still fighting for the return of the Pekapeka Block in Waitara, we see Parihaka papakainga still going through a process of healing in relation to their conversations with the crown.....

Early morning karakia for new EIT learning centre
The centre will also be a shopfront for wider inquiries about EIT's 148 programmes.
The single-storey building has been renovated and refitted, with a flexible open-plan layout to allow for more collaborative learning and an expanding suite of programmes.

As at the "former" centre, retail, community and horticulture programmes will be offered, the latter in association with community groups operating existing gardens.

Barista training, te reo Māori and Māori and colonisation will be offered as short courses as firsts for the centre. A level 2 te reo Māori programme will run in the second semester.....

Māori wards top priority for Green Party
Green Party Co-Leader Marama Davidson wants to remove what she calls a double standard that allows for referendums on the establishment of Māori wards.

Five district councils will hold referendums in May which Davidson says will likely overturn these councils' decisions to establish Māori wards.

The Greens want a fair playing field for establishing Māori wards.

Davidson says, “Currently the law provides an extra step to go against establishing Māori wards and it doesn't do that for establishing general wards and that extra step is discriminatory".......

Maori housing strategy essential
A Maori housing advocate is backing a call from a United Nations committee for a national housing strategy to increase the availability of quality affordable housing to low income, Maori and Pasifika families.

Mr Twyford has welcomed the UN call and says it fits in with the Kiwibuild plan to build 100,000 affordable houses over ten years for first home buyers.

Mr Dennis says it’s essential there is a specific Maori strategy within that policy, as that’s where much of the need is.......

Council told to back off treaty land
Ruapehu Māori are crying foul over a planned redevelopment of the Taumarunui Railway Station, claiming it is part of a Treaty of Waitangi settlement.

Ngāti Hāua, rangatira(chief), Antoine Kaka from Marumaru hapū, issued mayor, Don Cameron with a warning to stop any development on KiwiRail land saying it threatens their plans to build a factory on the site.

The council had been planning to turn the disused railway station into a arts, cultural and tourist hub which is currently under consultation with the community.....

Rotorua to get first bilingual road sign
Rotorua will be the first bilingual city with bilingual signage welcoming people. The NZ Transport Agency and Rotorua Lakes Council have now come to an agreement on a proposal by the council for a new sign reading "Haere Mai ki Rotorua".

Rotorua Mayor Steven Chadwick says, “It makes you think about all government departments needing to do more to understand both English and Māori”.

NZ Transport Agency is now looking at regulations concerning road signage.

Currently regulations don't allow for a combined speed limit and welcome sign.

NZTA will now develop and trial a bilingual entrance sign for Rotorua.

NZ Transport Agency says after the development of a new bilingual sign, such signs and speed limits will become a standard option for other councils to adopt......

Salvation Army supports Māori wards in Palmerston North and Manawatū
The Salvation Army is urging people to vote for Māori wards in Palmerston North and Manawatū.

Although the army says the wards will help their mission to care for those less well off, an opponent of the wards says there is no link between their existence and improving living standards for Māori.

Palmerston North City and Manawatū District councils have both voted to have Māori wards, but their decisions could be overthrown in upcoming binding referendums.

The referendums were required after both councils were given petitions containing signatures from 5 per cent of voters......

Ngai Tahu seeks role in city development
Ngai Tahu wants to play a significant role in the cultural and financial future of Dunedin, including spending some of their ‘‘big purse’’ on projects within the city.

Representatives from the Otakou runanga as well as the iwi’s head office in Christchurch made a joint presentation at the Dunedin City Council’s 10-year plan hearing yesterday.

Otakou kaumatua Edward Ellison told councillors Ngai Tahu saw its role as a partner and participant in the development of the city,

The iwi wanted to expand its financial, cultural, environmental and educational footprint in the city, Mr Ellison said......

New Graduate Pathway on Offer for Māori And Pasifika Student
Fonterra is teaming up with non-profit group TupuToa on a new internship programme for Māori and Pasifika graduates.

At the end of 2018, three tertiary students heading into their last year of study will join Fonterra for a twelve-week paid internship, where they will be exposed to different parts of the business and mentored by senior leaders.

Managing Director People and Culture Joanne Fair says the new partnership will help broaden the talent source for future leaders and increase diversity of thought......

Tainui, Ngai Tahu get $35.3m top-up over disputed calculation of relativity mechanism
Iwi heavyweights Waikato-Tainui and Ngai Tahu have received a $35.3 million top-up after disputing the way the Crown valued settlements when the payouts breached the $1 billion fiscal envelope six years ago.

Treaty Negotiations Minister Andrew Little today announced the $16.6 million payment to Tainui and $18.7 million payment to Ngāi Tahu to ensure each iwi meets the agreed ratio of total settlements......

Poroti Springs water battle over as company sells land and water rights to Crown
A Whangarei hapu's battle to stop water being extracted form Poroti Springs is over after the company behind the plan sold its land and water take consents to the Crown for $7.5 million.

Whatitiri Maori Reserve Trust which represents Te Uriroroi, Te Parawhau and Te Mahurehure ki Whatitiri hapu, has been fighting for more than two decades to stop water being taken from Poroti Springs, about 20km west of Whangarei.

Zodiac Holdings has consent to take up to 1.5 million litres a day from the Poroti Springs, with the intention of bottling the water for sale overseas, something the hapu were worried would kill the sacred spring if allowed to happen.

Zodiac has sold its Poroti land and water take consents to the Crown to be used by the Office of Treaty Settlements to help settle any Treaty of Waitangi clams from the hapu.
Treaty Minister......

Local govt treatment a key concern for Māori - Davis
Frustration over dealing with local government is emerging as a common theme for Māori, Minister for Crown/Māori Relations Kelvin Davis says.

Mr Davis has embarked on a series of hui around the country seeking Māori views on how to improve their relationship with the Crown in the post-settlement era.

He said a hui in Whangarei on Sunday echoed concerns he had heard recently about the way Māori are treated by district and regional councils.

"This is the second hui we've had going out to the regions but we've also had focus groups in Wellington and that has been a recurring theme throughout all the meetings," he said.....

NZTA rethink over Te Reo welcome sign
Rotorua's plans of getting a Transit-approved welcome road sign in Maori may have received a boost with Mayor Steve Chadwick now confident the plan will go ahead.

NZTA originally rejected the idea of having bilingual road signs which serve as a legally enforced speed-limit warning, saying these signs are only available in English.

Current regulations permit only guide, tourist, and general interest signs to be bilingual.

Chadwick told Mike Hosking she spoke with the NZTA chairman who said they will sit down with her and sort out the issue while also looking at their policy around bilingual signs.......

NZ Transport Agency ban roadside signs in te reo
Plans to welcome visitors to Rotorua in te reo have hit a major bump in the road after the NZ Transport Agency ruled warning signs had to be in English.

Rotorua Lakes Council had proposed signage at road entrances to the city with 'Haere Mai Ki Rotorua', also declaring in English 'NZ's first bilingual city.'

But the agency told the council that under the Land Transport Rule: Traffic Control Devices 2004 the sign had to be written in English.

"Schedule 1 provides for all regulatory and warning signs to be in English. As you can see the only wording acceptable on these signs is 'Welcome to [locality].".....

Ka rawe Marama Davidson
The Māori Party is delighted to congratulate Marama Davidson as the new co-leader of the Green Party.

“With the Māori Party no longer in the House the need for an independent Māori voice has never been greater,” said Māori Party president Che Wilson.

“While we celebrate that every political party in the House now has Māori leadership at the highest level, the acid test will be to see tangible measures of progress for whānau Māori in every portfolio.

"The May Budget will be the first opportunity to see specific, meaningful investments. Māori are certainly watching to see substantial gains in the things that matter.

“We look forward to working with her to consolidate the independent voice for Māori inside and outside of parliament.”......

Hui to scope health kaupapa Waitangi claim
About 150 Maori medical practitioners, doctors, nurses, medical graduates and others are expected in Rotorua this weekend at national hui to discuss what should be covered in the Waitangi Tribunal’s Health Services and Outcomes Inquiry.

The health kaupapa inquiry will seek to identify and address nationally significant claims that affect all Maori, and redress any systemic problems.

In a recent memorandum Judge Stephen Clark said there were 181 claims lodged, with more coming in each week.

The hui and the inquiry are seen as steps towards Maori-designed, Maori-developed and Maori-implemented services and outcomes......

Māori Services
Each of our three libraries has an Adult Māori Section and also a Junior Māori Section. In Hastings War Memorial Library the Adult Māori Section has both reference and lending collections and is located on the ground level overlooking Civic Square and Ngā Pou o Heretaunga.

These collections contain items of cultural, historical, social and language significance for all of Aotearoa. Emphasis is given to any material of a local nature, particularly Ngāti Kahungunu.

The kaupapa is to provide books and other materials which foster the cultural needs of Māori and promote an understanding of Māoritanga in the community..... 

Ngai Tahu want bigger say in Southland regional development
In Ngai Tahu's public submission on the proposal in October, it disagreed with being included in the 25 per cent community shareholders.

Instead, it proposed inclusion on equal footing with councils, which would be a more fitting status as a Treaty Partner.

Ngai Tahu also requested representation on the new CCO board.

"I've been talking to our runanga down here, and they quite rightly see this as a partnership with the councils, so I'm just working through that process of making that through a memorandum of understanding or the like," Tong said.

Opportunities for Ngati Whatua and iwi in America's Cup
The redevelopment of Auckland’s waterfront to accommodate the America’s Cup regatta could create long term opportunities for mana whenua.

Ngarimu Blair from Ngati Whatua Orakei says the hapu is happy at the compromise plan agreed between Auckland Council, the Government and Team New Zealand which will place most of the syndicates on the former hazardous substances storage area along Wynyard point.

Mr Blair says Orakei is coordinating iwi who are interested in taking part, including investing in constructing and owning some of the infrastructure.

It also has a sailing programme for tamariki with Team New Zealand which could be extended to other iwi.....

Aesthetic test dooms fish farms
Regional Development Minister Shane Jones says changes may need to be made to the Resource Management Act if iwi are to make progress in aquaculture.

The Maori aquaculture settlement was designed to address a systemic imbalance in the amount of coastal space allocated to Maori, but there has been little development even when space has been identified......

Treaty settlements vulnerable to tax change
The chair of the Tax Working Group says he is keen to hear from Maori about what they want to see in the tax system.

Sir Michael Cullen says it will meet with the Federation of Maori Authorities, iwi leaders and other Maori entities.

He says there are economic and historical factors which mean possible changes such as the introduction of a land tax may have different implications for Maori than non-Maori entities.

"Treaty settlements have been pretty miserable by and large. It would be pretty ironic or more than that if a government were suddenly to turn around and take back a great deal of the benefits of those settlements by way of a tax which falls particularly heavily upon Maori entities," Sir Michael says.

While increased fuel taxes may affect low income and Maori people disproportionately, the trade off should be increased public transport services which bring down household costs.....

Ngai Tahu looks to close $2.6b income gap
Employment Minister Willie Jackson says a Ngai Tahu-commissioned report spelling out the cost of continued inequity is a welcome reminder of the need to take action on getting Maori into jobs and careers.

"I’m looking as Employment Minister for partnerships, willing partners, groups and organisations who will invest in their people and Nai Tahu, probably more so than any other tribe, are leading the way in this area," he says.....

Sir Bob Jones column complaint not upheld by Press Council
The Press Council has not upheld a complaint against a column by Sir Bob Jones calling for a 'Māori Gratitude Day', despite calling it "mean, malicious and infantile".

Sir Bob wrote the column for NBR, calling for a Māori gratitude day instead of Waitangi Day, and saying Māori should bring pākehā breakfast in bed and weed their gardens out of gratitude for existing.....

Iwi wants Government to intervene over proposed loss of Taupō rescue helicopter
Removing Taupo's rescue helicopter service is not an option, and the Government must make things right, says the Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board.

The Trust Board is calling for action after learning that a request for proposal from the National Ambulance Sector Office does not include a rescue helicopter base in Taupō.

The proposal removes Greenlea Rescue Helicopter's Taupō airport base – substituting it for bases in Hamilton, Tauranga, Napier, and New Plymouth that will service the Central North Island region, from Hamilton though to Wellington.....

NZ Commonwealth Games team looking into Māori advisory role
Teaching professor Derek Lardelli says the absence of a Māori Advisor to lead the New Zealand Commonwealth Games team is an issue that's being looked at.

Lardelli and members of his rōpū haka, Whāngārā Mai Tawhiti were part of the welcoming proceedings at last night's flag bearer announcement ceremony.

He says it's important for New Zealand's indigenous language to be heard at an international event such as this.....

Waitangi Tribunal's recommendations frequently ignored - UN report
The UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights has released a report which outlines its concerns for the human rights performance of New Zealand, and the inequities facing Māori in terms of their economic, social and cultural rights.

The report said the committee was concerned that the Treaty of Waitangi was not legally enforceable.

"The Waitangi Tribunal's recommendations are not binding, and are frequently ignored by the government," it said.

Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little said recommendations given by the Waitangi Tribunal were taken seriously.

"One of the issues about dealing with Ngāpuhi at the moment is precisely because the tribunal has made a set of findings that actually we have to take seriously and that's about making sure the mandate is a robust one.

"The findings might not be binding but they are highly influential."

Mr Little admitted more could be done to recognise the Treaty in statute, but said the government was making progress.

"We have legislation that refers to the Treaty principals that requires the spirit of the Treaty to be observed, those sorts of things.

"When you look at the way government today conducts itself it is very much in acknowledgement of and respect of the Treaty of Waitangi and what is says.".....

Te Hiku Iwi says adding forestry rights to OIO stifles
Te Hiku Iwi opposes bringing forestry rights into the Overseas Investment screening regime, arguing they will have a material impact on the value of their land and compromise their ability to attract overseas partners.Te Hiku Iwi says adding forestry rights to overseas investment regime stifles global partnerships

The government wants to include forestry rights in the Overseas Investment Act screening regime and the matter is being considered by the select committee. Currently forestry rights – which do not involve the sale or lease of the land but the right to grow and harvest the crop – are exempt. If the law is passed, overseas investors will only be able to purchase up to 1,000 hectares of forestry rights per annum, or any forestry right of less than three years duration, without approval from the Overseas Investment Office.....

Waikato DHB apologises to House of Shem family
The Waikato DHB has issued an apology to the family of reggae stalwart Carl Perkins following a disagreement at the Waikato Hospital where his wife Denise Perkins wasn't allowed to stay overnight with him prior to an operation.
Waikato DHB's Interim CEO Derek Wright says, “All I can do is apologise. We will look into this and make sure this never happens again".
A Facebook status posted by Mana Party leader Hone Harawira has racked up more than 2.8 thousand reactions, it states that Mrs Perkins was kicked out of the hospital and alleged that racism was at play.
However, the Waikato DHB CEO says they didn't kick the woman out, but rather asked her to relocate to the whānau room for the night.
"She was asked to leave the room and we had created an area in the lounge for her to stay overnight. We do appreciate that she wanted to be there for her husband. She wanted to provide his personal cares and that's what he wanted as well".
Wright says that the hospital is bursting at the seams and they required Mr Perkins to be moved from a single room to a four-bay room with three other patients, which is why Mrs Perkins was asked to move.
"It's much harder to whānau staying overnight if you’re in a four-bedded room. Although it sounds as though we could have handled this quite differently," says Wright....

Ministry launches five year Maori Disability Action Plan
The Ministry of Health has published Whaia Te Ao Marama 2018 to 2022: the Maori Disability Action Plan, setting out how it will guide the health and disability sectors and communities to support tangata whaikaha Maori (Maori with disabilities) and their whanau during the next five years.

It is important for health and disability providers working with tangata whaikaha Maori to have culturally specific Te Ao Maori (Maori world) resources, such as Whaia Te Ao Marama. This includes examples and guidance to help tangata whaikaha Maori overcome barriers and achieve their aspirations, anchored in Te Ao Maori with the goal that ‘Tangata whaikaha pursue a good life with support’.....

Manukau bus station opens 7 April
Auckland Transport (AT) worked with mana whenua on the design and construction of the bus station.

AT embraced the Te Aranga Māori Design Principles, which guided the design of the stormwater management system and passive temperature controls method. Natural timber and art by iwi are prominent features of the station.....

Wellington considers Maori ward names
Wellington City Council wants to include Maori names for city wards.

The council reviews its electoral arrangements every six years as part of its obligations under the Local Electoral Act and one of the proposed changes is to add Maori names to wards, making them bilingual. It wouldn't involve adding Maori wards or more community boards.

The council has consulted iwi for appropriate te reo names drawn from Wellington's history, and recognising a prominent feature in that ward.

The added names would be Pukehinau for Lambton ward, Motukairangi for Eastern ward, Paekawakawa for Southern ward, Wharangi for Onslow-Western ward and Takapu for Northern ward.

Mayor Justin Lester said Wellington was "a liberal place" and he expected most people would be on board with it.

"Different generations will have different views on this.

"But we live in a bilingual country, Maori is an official language, as is sign language.

"Bringing in another option doesn't mean English will die."......

Wananga setting own value on naming right
The country’s three Maori tertiary institutions can now apply to call themselves universities, but the head of Whakatane’s Te Wananga o Awanuiarangi says it won’t change the way they operate.

Wiremu Doherty says having an alternate title may help it attract overseas students who want to pursue an indigenous education.

He says wananga have developed their own ways of doing things, rather than waiting for the university sector to put a seal of approval on what can be taught.

"Maori are no longer interested in having their world view portrayed and described through somebody else’s set of values and principles. We want it explained, defined on our own knowledge, on our own theoretical structures, and on the own structures we are yet to create.....

Taranaki iwi negotiate $30m settlement deal with Crown
A $30 million deal is on the table to settle the Treaty of Waitangi breaches suffered by a Taranaki iwi.

An agreement in principle between Ngāti Maru and the Crown was signed off last December, after months of negotiation between the two.

Along with the financial compensation, a government apology has been mooted, along with cultural redress connected to 48 separate properties, including Tarata and Matau schools, part of Tarata cemetery and sections of conservation land.....

Ministry rejects compulsory land wars class
The Education Ministry says calls to make the New Zealand Wars a compulsory part of the national curriculum won't work.

In a written submission to the Maori Affairs select committee, Secretary for Education Peter Hughes said school boards make their own programmes and requiring schools to teach a specific subject would be contrary to the spirit and underlying principles of the curriculum.......

Opposition mounting against $1Bil Waikato mega-prison
Opposition is mounting against the $1bil mega-prison planned for Waikeria.

1,300 letters from community organisation Action Station have been sent to Justice Minister Andrew Little and Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis to stop the build.

Now the King Movement has waded into the debate saying the money would be better spent on rehabilitation and reintegration.

“Government supporting more Māori-led initiatives for community support,” says O’Connell Rapira, “Widening the use of marae-based restorative justice practices to not just rangatahi and young people but to all people”.

The $1bil spend will mean the prison of nearly 600 will hold up to 3,000 prisoners, making it the country's largest, right in the heart of the Waikato.

“The concern for us is that the money is being spent on upgrading the prison and who will fill it?” asks King Movement spokesperson Rahu Papa, “More Māori”.

“If we want to establish processes to stop our people from going to prison we must help our youth and people so that they don't fall on the wrong side of the law, to make right choices,” says Minister of Māori Development, Nanaia Mahuta.

“We want the money to be spent on programmes that stop Māori from going to prison, such as the Pae Oranga (National Iwi Panels) launched last week and the Kiingitanga Accord Agreement signed with Corrections,” says Papa.....

DNA tests are all fine and dandy,but they can never tell us who we really are
In New Zealand our focus is often on the Māori v European identity. The article above told the story of Oriini​ Kaipara, whose DNA test showed that she was 100 per cent Māori rather than just 80 per cent as she had expected. This sparked a 'blood quantum' debate. This became entwined with a wider discussion led by Simon Bridges about what constitutes our sense of identity. It is time now to unpack the history of these ideas for all round better understanding....

.....In conclusion, hi-tech DNA tests are all fine and dandy, but they can only take you so far. And then only if you can properly understand and interpret their results. They still can never tell us who we really are......

No Ngai Tahu research veto, university says
The University of Otago has denied that Ngai Tahu can veto research proposals at the university, following criticism of its Maori consultation policy in the media.

In an opinion piece about the Royal Society of New Zealand Te Aparangi, columnist Dr Bob Brockie said the iwi was making "inquisitorial demands" on the university.

Dr Brockie suggested Ngai Tahu could go "thumbs down" on research proposals that conflicted with its own business interests. The consultation policy asks researchers to submit their proposals to be considered by the Ngai Tahu research consultation committee.

However, the university spokesman said the committee did not delve into the details of academic research.

"They offer their thoughts on tikanga Maori [Maori customs] and the appropriate processes rather than providing an academic peer review."

The requirement to consult was about "opening the eyes of researchers to potentially collaborating partnerships with Maori organisations and groups", he said......

Insight: NZ Wars - A Day to Remember?
The arguments for a national day to commemorate the New Zealand wars are strong, but each iwi also has its own strong case for holding it on a separate date which means something to them. Many believe that for a true process of education, reconciliation and healing, the larger national day has to prevail......

Hawkers warned but seemingly undeterred
.....four "mobile trading enforcement officers" had been contracted by the Dunedin City Council to look for offenders selling their wares without a mobile trading licence, which the council required of anyone hawking, touting or trading from a mobile vehicle or stall.

One of these officers said he was told to "*** off" on Friday by another trader operating outside the law, who told the officer it was Maori land......