Jan-March 18

Bid to reduce hurdles to create Maori seats on councils
The binding referendum to decide whether a separate Maori seat will be created on the Western Bay District Council could be one of the last to be held in New Zealand.

Local Government New Zealand, representing the country's 78 councils, has written to the Government seeking to scrap the law that allowed polls of electors on whether or not a council could establish Maori wards.

Last year the Western Bay District Council voted 9-3 in favour of establishing a Maori ward, but a successful petition has forced the council into running a district-wide referendum to decide the issue.

Local Government NZ president and Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull said polling provisions for Maori wards did not apply to the creation of other electoral wards or constituencies.

Mike Lally, one of the Western Bay councillors who opposed a Maori ward, gave the open letter little chance of success after the failure by the Green Party last year to ditch polling provisions for Maori wards. New Zealand First, Labour and National wanted nothing to do with it, he said.

Lally helped lead the petition that gathered more than 4500 signatures - about 2000 more than needed to guarantee organisers had reached the 1708 signatures required to force a poll.

He believed the overwhelming support for the petition had proved that the bid for a Maori ward was doomed to failure. ''People don't want separatism.''.....

New Zealand likely to become a republic in my lifetime, says Jacinda Ardern
“When I have been asked for an opinion, I think within my lifetime I think it is a likelihood we will transition. It is not something this government is prioritising at all though.

“The most important thing for New Zealand is we have a very special arrangement and relationship via our treaty of Waitangi, and the relationship between Maori and the crown, so before any conversation like that occurs, that is something that will needed to be resolved within New Zealand.”.....

Pole becomes symbol
The pou was created by Dunedin carver Tipene Raukura and the school is believed to be the first in Dunedin to have one.

Pine Hill School board member Michael Prasad said the pou was unveiled this week and given a traditional Maori blessing.

"For the school, this is something really special in terms of being able to embrace another culture. It’s an awesome learning opportunity for us.".....

The Hastings District Council Hastings/Havelock North ward byelection candidates share their views on whether the Craggy Range track should stay or go.
Bruce Bissett says “It's also about time we recognised that iwi leaders are as important as any other elected officials”......

Removal of Easter cross from Auckland's Mt Roskill ruffles feathers
Auckland residents are upset over the loss of an "iconic" cross that until recently sat on top of a mountain at Easter and Christmas.

The large cross on Mt Roskill's summit has been lit up on the two occasions for nearly 60 years.

New Windsor resident Emily Crozier was devastated to hear this year that the structure would not be erected.

The cross was removed for a brief time in 2015 following discussions with the Tūpuna Maunga Authority - an authority independent from Auckland Council - and local board members, but made a comeback the same year.

The decision to bring the cross back applied up until Easter 2017, when it would be reviewed.

Tūpuna Maunga Authority chair Paul Majurey confirmed the plinth and pole on the summit that provided the structure for the Christmas Star and Easter Cross had been removed.

Majurey said it had been removed to reinstate the summit and return it to a fully grassed area.

"This work is nearing completion and encompasses the removal of the upper ring road to return the tihi (summit) to a pedestrian-only area, and the removal of infrastructure including fences and the plinth and pole.".....

Māori King keen to collaborate with the Govt
The Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was formally welcomed onto Tūrangawaewae Marae for the first time by King Tuheitia Pootatau Te Wherowhero VII today.

The pair discussed a range of matters including reducing Māori prison rates and addressing poverty.

The meeting at the Māori king's official residence is a sign that the relationship between the monarch and the Labour Party is on the mend.

In a speech made to parliament this week on behalf of King Tuheitia, Papa said he wants to establish a number of initiatives including a tripartite covenant agreement with police, and corrections.

He also wants to koha land worth $3mil to build transitional housing for prisoners.

“That is such an important piece of work, an example of the opportunity we have to work together,” says Ardern, “And I would like us to see us build more of those opportunities.”

Furthermore, King Tuheitia has called for a national summit on policing, focused on recruitment of Māori to be held at Tūrangawaewae marae in July.....
More on the above here > Justice vision binds Ardern to King 

Nash keen for Maori input to new fish regime
Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash has assured Maori they will be heard as he reshapes his ministry.

"What I want as the Minister is iwi input even before important decisions are arrived at. So whilst we are developing the papers, we have got to have iwi input, before they come to my desk," he says......

Maori fishing companies in healthy shape
Maori-owned fishing company Moana New Zealand has announced a $19 million profit in the year to September 2017 despite soft prices in the key China lobster market....

Wellington City Council to modify ward boundaries in Brooklyn and Southgate
Wellington City Council is mulling moving the ward zone, and even a city councillor will be shunted out if the boundary lines are modified.

The council is legally obliged to review its arrangements for elections every six years and its review of representation for the 2019 and 2022 elections proposes to change ward boundaries to better reflect communities.

It is also being proposed that Southgate will become part of the Eastern ward and for all wards to have bilingual names.

Deputy Mayor Jill Day told councillors at a meeting on Wednesday, the council's current arrangements did not meet the criteria for a fair representation.

"Each councillor must represent the same number of people but at the moment the Eastern and Lambton Wards do not meet that."

Research showed people would also be interested in giving te reo names to the wards, she said.

"It's beautiful, it's official and it's ours … We want Wellington to take hold of these names. I think Wellington is ready to recognise its te reo history …"

Public consultation will run from April 4 - May 4 and councillors will vote on the final proposal on May 30.

Proposed bi-lingual ward names:

• Pukehīnau – Lambton Ward

• Motukairangi – Eastern Ward

• Paekawakawa – Southern Ward

• Wharangi – Onslow-Western Ward

• Takapū – Northern Ward.....

Government to sign deal with Northland iwi to plant four million trees
The Government is set to announce it's struck a deal to plant four million trees on Ngāti Hine land in the far North.

The Ngāti Hine Forestry Trust has about 5600 hectares of land centred around the small Northland towns of Moerewa and Kawakawa and its assets are valued at more than $28 million.

It's understood Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones will announce a deal between the Crown and the trust to plant about four million trees on 4000 hectares of land at a cost of at least $6 million to the Crown......

Iwi waiting for table scraps in quota increase
A Maori fisheries leader has told the annual Maori Fisheries Conference iwi the quota management system needs an overhaul, including fixing some of the inequities built in at the beginning.

Ngapuhi chair Sonny Tau, who also sits on the Te Ohu Kaimoana board, says the original allocations were based on catch history.

The large companies responded by increasing their fishing effort in the qualifying years before its introduction, and also pushed for increased allocation through the Quota Review Tribunal.

Mr Tau says that means that even if Maori fishers help build up stocks such as in the Hauraki Gulf snapper fishery, it is companies like Sanford and Talleys which pick up the increase.

Mr Tau also said iwi need to stand up for recreational fisheries as well as their customary and commercial interests, because most of the fish their people catch to feed their families is caught under the recreational rather than customary rights.....

Minister considers NZ Wars heritage trail
Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta wants to look at developing a heritage trail for the New Zealand Wars battle sites around the country.

Minister of Māori Development Nanaia Mahuta said it would be a way to help educate New Zealanders and tourists about our country's past, alongside the New Zealand Wars national day of commemoration.....

Inequality depriving Māori and the economy of $2.6b every year


- Income gap for Māori is $2.8b per year - $600m more than total Treaty claims payments

- $140 less income per week for working Māori

- $200 less income per week for working Māori aged 40 – 59

- One third of the Māori working population have no qualifications

- 16 per cent of Māori hold an advanced qualification compared to 30 per cent of the country's workforce

- In 2038, Māori will make up one fifth of New Zealand's working age population

"The income difference is a byproduct of a system that doesn't work for Māori," says Tarena.

"This isn't just a social issue. Māori success is an economic issue. It is absolutely about social justice and fair treatment and opportunities for all. But we've got to look at how Māori success would positively influence and impact the nation and business."......

Iwi Business Flourishing - More Benefits for Members
The Māori economy has powered beyond $50 billion and business-savvy iwi are now extending their investment into more social initiatives that directly benefit iwi members, says Chapman Tripp.

On the language front, Dewes feels optimistic and proud that mainstream Aotearoa is finally realising the benefit of learning te reo Māori, and says it’s a positive step for the business-community that leaders are starting to understand te reo is both culturally and commercially beneficial.

Dewes said another key trend identified in the report is the increasing acceptance of taonga in the law.

“As historical claims are settled, we see the Office of Treaty Settlements evolving into a Ministry that collaborates with and is committed to iwi relations moving forward.

Of course, government will also need to continue to have resources available for dealing with contemporary Treaty breaches.”....

Coroners required to consider cultural values under new bill
A new law will require coroners to consider the cultures of grieving families when deciding whether to let whanau touch or stay with the bodies of their loved ones.

At present the Coroners Act does not require coroners to take tikanga Maori and cultures into consideration when considering requests from family to touch or remain with the tupapaku (deceased body).

In practice, coroners do use their discretion when considering such requests. But after families raised concerns during a Maori affairs select committee inquiry into support for grieving whanau, a bill that makes it a requirement to consider tikanga Maori and other cultures is being been introduced to Parliament.

School marae and ‘success as Māori’
Marae-ā-kura have created ‘Māori space’ in English medium schools for over 30 years.

With over 99 marae-ā-kura across the country, and more being built, the term describes complexes established to create māori teaching space.....

Pre-charge restorative justice initiative expanded
Police and iwi plan to make pre-charge iwi panels a permanent fixture in an effort to to reduce reoffending and encourage restorative justice.

Community Panels began as a pilot scheme in Christchurch in 2010, and were subsequently extended to become iwi-community panels in Hutt Valley, Gisborne and Manukau, in south Auckland.

During the past six months, they have been further extended and now operate in Gisborne, Hutt Valley, Manukau, Hamilton, Rotorua, Auckland city and Invercargill.....

Iwi in plans as Unitec carved up
The Government is keen to involve mana whenua as partners in the development of more than 3000 Kiwibuild houses in Mount Albert.

Speaking at the Unitec marae Te Noho Kotahitanga yesterday, Housing Minister Phil Twyford said the government was buying 29 hectares from the polytechnic.

It will be used for a mix of affordable KiwiBuild homes for first home buyers, public housing and open market houses.

The transfer of land between crown agencies triggers conditions in the Tamaki Makaurau collective settlement.

"We are committed to working with Nga Mana Whenua under the same terms the government has been for some time now and that means that iwi will have the opportunity to be part of the new development and in the next few weeks we are going to be sitting down with iwi together looking at what that process will look like," Mr Twyford says......

Decisions on three fish species
The customary allowance of 16.5 tonnes is unchanged and was not part of the review. However in 2017 the customary catch was estimated to be well within the allowance.

“When the stock has been rebuilt to a healthier level, we can reassess how best to share the fishery amongst iwi, recreational and commercial fishing interests.....

A fresh look at Māori media
Kimiora Kaire Melbourne and Te Aorere Pewhairangi have been awarded Ngarimu VC Scholarships to analyse whether Māori media are up to the job.

Their aim is to answer the question, 'What do we as Māori have to do to ensure we progress in Māori broadcasting?'.

They plan to submit their Māori approach to broadcasting to Waikato University by the end of the year......

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei negotiate rent on 20 hectares in CBD
An Auckland hapū will negotiate ground rents this year on a 20-hectare block in the CBD, a move that could potentially net them millions of dollars.

The Auckland CBD is worth big money when it comes to property and local tribe Ngāti Whātua is getting amongst it......

Police celebrate Iwi/Community Justice Panels
"NZ Police celebrate the establishment of Iwi/Community Justice Panels following successful pilots"

Police Commissioner Mike Bush says one of Police’s six core values is Commitment to Māori and the Treaty, where Police have worked in partnership with Māori leaders to focus on reducing Māori reoffending and victimisation.

“Iwi Panels are a reflection and extension of the strong commitment Police has to its relationship with Māori,” says Commissioner Bush......

LGNZ call to end Maori wards vote out of touch
In calling on Parliament to deny ratepayers the right to veto council decisions to create racially-based political structures, Local Government New Zealand reveals just how totally out of touch they are with the views of the overwhelming majority of ratepayers, Don Brash said today in response to a press release from LGNZ.

In every one of the districts whose councils decided to impose Maori wards – Western Bay of Plenty, Whakatane, Palmerston North, Manawatu and Kaikoura – large numbers of ratepayers petitioned for a poll, showing clearly that very many do not want race-based wards, Dr Brash said....

Promoting awareness of Māori cultural values
A new training programme is helping planners, architects and engineering professionals to be more culturally responsive to Māori perspectives and values when designing living spaces and their surroundings.

Te Whaihanga: Preparing students to work with Māori, is a collaboration between four tertiary institutions – the universities of Auckland and Victoria, Auckland University of Technology and Unitec Institute of Technology – and supported by Auckland Council.

“The programme has recognised an industry gap in understanding the Māori worldview. By being more culturally mindful of Māori traditions and conventions our industry professionals will be more at ease engaging and building ongoing relationships with Maori,” says Penny Pirrit.

The approach also fits well with council’s policies on diversity and inclusion and Māori responsiveness, and an Auckland Plan 2050 focus to advance Māori wellbeing.....

Bilingual lollipop signs out on the roadworks
Downer has been using te reo Maori and English commands on bilingual stop-slow signs for traffic management.

The signs have been used at roadworks sites around the Gisborne district since December.

The bilingual signs project is a collaboration between Tairawhiti Roads and Downer......

Strong sense of cultural identity drives boom in Māori business
Māori entrepreneurs with a strong sense of cultural identity and guardianship over the land and the sea are driving a boom in Māori business.

Māori businesses now account for an economic asset base of more than NZ$42.6 billion, according to the latest estimates. Small and medium-sized enterprises make up the largest part of the Māori economy.

These entrepreneurs are building on a business approach with ancient roots – a Māori way of thinking and doing business and its ability to reconnect with our common heritage as descendants of Papatūānuku, mother earth......
Maori leaders call for action on climate crisis
The inaugural Māori Leaders Climate Summit concluded in Wellington on Sunday with a unified call for climate action.

Over 120 Māori leaders and officials from all over the country attended the summit as representatives of; Iwi runanga, Hapū and Whānau, forestry and fishing corporations, landholding companies, trade unions, private business and social enterprises, along with public health experts and climate and social scientists.....

More reading and writing, less bleeding and fighting and watch prisons empty
Minister Kelvin Davis is having equal misgivings. But here we are faced with the prospect of being the second most incarcerated people in the world, Māori that is, and the irony of it is that previous to Pakeha arriving here 250 or so years ago, Māori had no prisons at all.
I suggest that since European blood has infiltrated our Māori blood, it's this side of us that contains the criminal element, not the Māori blood.....

Tikanga Maori crucial in new ministerial role
Maori Council chair Sir Taihakurei Durie believes the new Crown-Maori Relationships portfolio should be concerned with ensuring the crown acknowledges tikanga Maori and customary values - but he won’t hold his breath waiting for it to happen.

The Minister, Kelvin Davis, is consulting with Maori over the next month on how his new role should work.

Sit Taihakurei says he told Mr Davis the greatest need is for the crown to understand the Maori way of doing things.

"What I would see happening under an ideal scheme would be a Government that sets up a Maori section to advise it on whether it would also be operating in accordance with Maori customary law," Sir Taihakurei says.......

Public outrage at Wildfoods Festival's advertising
Organisers of the Hokitika Wildfoods Festival have been slammed for an advertisement that features a woman wearing Māori designs and a native American head dress.

But it wasn't the festival's obscure delicacies that had made Māori cultural adviser Karaitiana Taiuru wild.

He was hot under the collar about an image it used of a woman wearing traditional indigenous clothing to promote the festival's 30th anniversary next March.

"It was a disgusting and inappropriate use of indigenous traditional wear. One can only assume that they thought that native Americans first nations and Māori are associated with wild food for some reason."

The organisers deleted the image today after hundreds of people called for its removal on social media.

But Westland District Mayor Bruce Smith didn't think there was anything wrong with it and said he told the organisers to put it back up.

Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Waewae Chair Francois Tumahai said the iwi supported the festival but did not support cultural misappropriation.

Indigenous rights advocate Tina Ngata said there was an abundance of literature written by indigenous people demonstrating that these kinds of images were offensive and unacceptable......

Te Pire Haeata ki Parihaka passes first reading in Parliament
Te Pire Haeata ki Parihaka has passed its first reading in Parliament and Kelvin Davis says it's an important step in righting past wrongs.

The bill records the elements of Te Kawenata ō Rongo (Deed of Reconciliation) signed at a ceremony at Parihaka on 9 June 2017.

It establishes the formal apology in law and records the Acts of Parliament which the Crown used in its attempts to end Parihaka's resistance to the loss of their Taranaki lands....

Lake Wairarapa going back to iwi
The southern section of Ngati Kahungunu has initialled a deed of settlement that could result in more than 19,000 hectares of land coming back to the iwi.

It includes financial redress of $93m, out of which the iwi can buy 12,231ha of commercial redress land including Ngaumu Forest and two Landcorp farms.

Another 7,000ha will come back as cultural redress land, including the bed of Lake Wairarapa and surrounding reserves, and the vesting and gift back of Castlepoint Scenic Reserve.

The iwi was hit hard by crown land buying activities in the 19th century and by the application of the Public Works Act which took a lot of its remaining land......

Youth take on Hamilton's 10 Year Plan
Over the evening, they heard councillors' aspirations to be a bilingual city (English and Te Reo Maori),....

Māori voters get to choose between Māori and general rolls
The Electoral Commission is stressing Māori can vote for whatever party they want regardless of whether they shift between the general and Māori rolls.

From 3 April to 2 August, Māori voters will have the chance to choose which roll they're on for the next two national elections.

Their choice will determine whether they vote for a local MP in a Māori seat (such as Te Tai Tonga) or a general seat (such as Wellington central).

"The next opportunity to change won't be till 2024," the commission's spokesperson Mandy Bohte said......

National to entice Māori vote through Kahurangi Blue groups
"The role of the Kahurangi Blue partnership group was to actually engage with our people to build the Māori capability inside the National Party," says Korako.

The groups would be based within the regions. The first and only group established in 2015 exists in Korako's own patch of Canterbury Westland.

Korako says "The next one we're looking to roll out is in the lower North Island...it's about relationships with us."

There was also noise earlier this week that National could contest the Māori seats. 
Korako says Nātional's seven Māori MPs make up thirteen percent of the National Party which is "very high"......

Multi-million dollar restoration for Te Poho o Rawiri Marae
Te Poho o Rawiri Marae in Gisborne is undergoing a $3.4 million restoration project called Te Pa Eke Tu, its biggest project to date, which will bring the 88-year-old marae and its facilities into the 21st century.

"This project is super significant it's probably the first of its kind in terms applying for the type of funding that we did, we went for the Significant Project Fund we're the first marae to ever receive the Significant Project Fund through the lotteries commission," says Renall Nikora, project manager.

A revamped wharenui, a new ablution block and a new state of the art wharekai, renovations that will mean it can cater up to 1000 people all at the one time.....

Iwi aligns efforts with TSB
Te Atiawa is to sign a memorandum of understanding with the TSB Community Trust committing the two organisations to work together.

Te Atiawa chair Liana Poutu says it's the first such agreement between the trust and a Taranaki iwi.

She says the community trust has always been supportive of Maori activities in the region, but Te Atiawa was now ready to step up the relationship.....

Dr Lance O'Sullivan now taking 12 Kiwi students to UN due to 'calibre' of applications
After securing additional funding for the trip, the 2014 New Zealander of the Year is now taking 12 students with him for the meeting on April 14.

"We started off with the idea of just taking two but we couldn't stick with that because of the calibre and volume of the applications," Dr O'Sullivan said.

Auckland University law student Tauawhi Bonilla was one of the 12 selected and says he's particularly interested in gaining insight into how indigenous languages have been rejuvenated around the world.

"For me personally it's probably the language. I know a lot of people will be doing environment and stuff like that but for me it will be language and language revitalisation,"

"Us Maori we have a lot to do to get to where we want to be but eventually we'll get there I think if we take some ideas from other people and from other indigenous cultures.".....

MPs challenged on Maori radio silence
National’s Maori development spokesperson says the failure to include Maori representation on the new public media advisory group is a clear breach of the treaty of Waitangi.

Broadcasting and Communications Minister Clare Curran set up the four-member group to advise on the resourcing needs of public media agencies and the potential establishment of a Public Media Funding Commission.

Nuk Korako says according to the cabinet paper, the group must take into account Maori Television and the Maori broadcast funding agency Te Mangai Paho.

It’s actually something that’s really really important to our people," he says......

Over 19,000ha to be returned to Ngati Kahungunu iwi
A deed of settlement that returns more than 19,000 hectares of land to iwi has been initialled by the Crown and Ngati Kahungunu ki Wairarapa Tamaki Nui-a-Rua today.

The agreement includes the return of Wairarapa Moana to Ngati Kahungunu ki Wairarapa Tamaki Nui-a-Rua and the ability for the iwi to purchase Ngaumu Forest and two Landcorp Farms.

The settlement comprises financial redress of $93m and a significant return of land to the iwi - including 12,231ha of commercial redress land (paid for out of the quantum) and more than 7,000ha of cultural redress land (gifted on top of the quantum).

The cultural redress land includes the return of the bed of Lake Wairarapa and surrounding reserves, the vesting and gift back of Castlepoint Scenic Reserve and the return of sites throughout the Ngati Kahungunu ki Wairarapa Tamaki Nui-a-Rua rohe (area of land).

The deed of settlement also includes the Crown’s acknowledgment of breaches of the Treaty of Waitangi towards Ngati Kahungunu ki Wairarapa Tamaki Nui-a-Rua, and a Crown apology.

Mr Perry says the apology was an important part of the Deed of Settlement for all Ngati Kahungunu ki Wairarapa Tamaki Nui-a-Rua iwi.

"We look forward to starting a new chapter in our relationship with the Crown, and building strong and reciprocal relationships with local and central Government as we turn our focus to the future for our people and our rohe.

"The settlement will not be the end of the road......

Ngāti Maniapoto looking for closer ties with Horizons as Treaty settlement nears
A King Country iwi is positioning itself to have a greater say in the way Manawatū-Whanganui waterways and the environment are managed as a Treaty settlement nears.

Negotiators for Ngāti Maniapoto say they hope their own "One Plan" environmental management approach will be relevant as the iwi works with Horizons Regional Council.

The iwi wants to strengthen its ties with the council in connection with managing waterways.

Ngāti Maniapoto, whose rohe extends from Waikato into the north of Horizons' area, is in Treaty of Waitangi settlement negotiations with the Crown.

Ngāti Mainapoto negotiator Sir Wira Gardiner said it was about the iwi having a chance to offer solutions to problems that affected all New Zealanders.

"There is no doubt the current Government will be confronted with one of the biggest issues of this century – water.

"Maniapoto is ready to participate in that debate."...

Spark conducts 'first NZ live trial' of 5G
“Māori have previously lodged treaty claims for 3G and 4G spectrum only to be rebuffed by previous governments, but received $30 million for a Māori ICT fund as a consolation from the last government.

Curran would not say whether she expected another treaty claim in relation to 5G spectrum, or comment on whether the Government might allocate more money for the Māori ICT fund.

But there would certainly be "consultation with iwi" over the 5G spectrum allocation, she said.....”

Ngāti Whātua-o-Ōrākei chief executive to meet Obama
Details are emerging about the much-anticipated visit by former United States president Barack Obama to Aotearoa this week and a group of Maori women are lucky enough to have secured a meeting with the global leader.

Iwi leader Rangimarie Hunia is part of the Wahine Toa Network who will sit down and chew the fat with Mr Obama.

Hunia is a leader in her own right, but even she feels starstruck thinking about her upcoming meeting with Barack Obama.....

Being Crazy About That Kid Or Making that Kid Crazy
Other presentations at the conference recognised the significance of attachment to whanau, hapu, iwi whenua and wairua as well as to the primary caregiver or parent, for wellbeing of Maori. Psychotherapists were told of need to recognise the interconnectedness of whakapapa to people, living and ancestral, and to nature and lands for Maori and to address impacts of intergenerational disconnection and colonisation in therapy with them.....

Public media panel void of Maori representation - Korako
The Government has set out to ignore the voices of Maori by ensuring that there is no Maori representation on the panel which will investigate funding allocated to public media, Maori Development spokesperson Nuk Korako says.

"Public media platforms are one of the few avenues Maori have to communicate their views, but the Government’s latest commission - the one that will allocate millions to media organisations - is void of any Maori representation," Mr Korako says.

"Clearly Labour has been paying lip service to its commitment to Maori. The pre-election rhetoric is not matching up with its actions now in Government.

"So far Maori have seen very little benefit from the Labour MPs who claim they are there to represent Maori. The deliberate snubbing of Maori in these appointments is bitterly disappointing."....

National to consider running candidates in Māori seats
The debate is heating up surrounding the possibility of National running candidates in the Māori seats. After a clean sweep by Labour in last year’s election, it could be one possible way to regain Māori votes.

The National party are looking for more supporters, and the Maori seats could be the answer.

National MP Jami - Lee Ross says, "It's a conversation that we have to have and we will be doing that. Simon Bridges is the first Māori leader of the National Party and we're very proud of that.".....

Māori narratives an alternative to western mental health system
Patients at Te Kūwatawata clinic are told stories about Māori gods or atua, re-connected to their whakapapa and facilitated through wānanga before they're offered traditional medicine.

The health clinic in Gisborne uses Māori myths and legends to help their patients and researchers say there has been a dramatic drop in the number of people referred to psychiatric care.

The Mahi a Atua programme has changed the life of Kororia Matahiki, who said mainstream health services made her feel unsafe and alone.

Ms Matahiki said learning about her ancestors was more effective than taking a drug......

Whanau a Apanui seeks own legal path
Eastern Bay of Plenty iwi Te Whanau a Apanui have told Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Andrew Little they want to be able to make the own laws.

The Minister met yesterday in Te Kaha with iwi members.

Consultant Willie Te Aho says even though the iwi owns 90 percent of its land, it is held by individuals and families and the hapu own no land apart from marae reserves.

He says the effect of Pakeha law can be seen in the iwi’s low socioeconomic rating compared to other tribes.

"We met with the minister yesterday in the place Te Tiriti o Waitangi was signed. We understood that we would govern ourselves. Pakeha law intruded into our rohe. It has had a devastating effect and the notion land loss is an indicator of treaty breaches is irrelevant to us within Te Whanau a Apanui," Mr Te Aho says.

The crown has agreed to negotiate Te Whanau a Apanui’s marine and coast area claim and its historical claim in the one package.....

Rotorua iwi expands city footprint
Ngati Whakaue tribal trust Pukeroa-Oruawhata today opened the third stage of its Trade Central development in the heart of Rotorua, with Kmart as its anchor tenant.

As a mark of the partnership the organisations co-commissioned Paki Wilson from Ngati Whakaue to carve three pou for the front of the store, which is built on the site of a former Post Office works depot.

The store also features window designs acknowledging the eight tribes of Rotorua......

DoC to close all tracks in Goldie Bush Scenic Reserve following Waitakere Ranges rahui
More bush tracks are set to close in support of an iwi-imposed rahui over Auckland's Waitakere Ranges.

The Department of Conservation was set to temporarily close all tracks in Goldie Bush Scenic Reserve from Sunday.

The move followed an unofficial ban imposed over the 16,000ha Waitakere Ranges by Te Kawerau a Maki in December last year.

It was seen as a last resort against kauri dieback disease which, in just five years, had spread from 8 per cent to 19 per cent of the park's kauri, with infection rates concentrated around where people walk.

DoC has agreed to include public conservation land to the north of the Ranges, known as Goldie Bush Scenic Reserve, in the rahui.

Closure signs were set to be placed at track entrances and DoC said it would be an offence to use the tracks while closed......

Bishop celebrates Maori church
The new Bishop of Aotearoa says religion is an intrinsic part of Maori society.

He says Maori embraced Christianity because it fitted with their own faith traditions, and they chose to highlight parts of it rather than being simple converts.

"They were attracted to aspects of the church that looked like good religion so helping the poor, speaking up for justice and peace, trying to make the world a better place, and it is those parts our ancestors adopted and took on board," Archbishop Tamihere says.

Maori also experienced the church at its worst, when it behaved like an empire......

Dual signs a breach of NZTA rules
The Mayor and the council have shot themselves in the foot with their ongoing partisan efforts to change the names of Poverty Bay and Gisborne.

They will find themselves offside with the New Zealand Geographic Board in their Turanganui a Kiwa/Poverty Bay submission, thanks to an earlier piece of manoeuvering which saw dual signs placed at the highway entrances to Gisborne.

However, this was in breach of NZTA’s own regulations on signs, contained in part two of its Traffic Control Devices Manual.

The relevant section on dual signs says:

“Only those places and features that have been accorded offical dual name status by the New Zealand Geographic Board (NZGB) should be shown on traffic signs.”

And: “The incorporation of dual names will require consultation . . .”

Maori students face `heartbreaking' issues
A new report on the experiences of Maori children at school shows more must be done to make them feel comfortable and confident, says Kelvin Davis.

"We have come a long way but we need to go further in our education system, and work collectively to create a culturally safe place that will make Maori students more comfortable, confident and successful."....

Māori-owned Miro berry business breaks ground
A Māori-owned horticulture business promising 5000 jobs has broken ground in Morrinsville.

Aspiring berry exporter Miro - owned by 20 Māori trusts, iwi and collectives - also signed a 50-50 joint venture with Crown-owned Plant and Food Research on Thursday.

The vision for the Māori-owned, Māori-run company was outlined in speeches at Rukumoana Marae near Morrinsville, before a tōtara was planted to mark the beginning of Ngāti Hauā's initial two hectare blueberry plantation.

The venture's first job: create the perfect crunchy, tasty and consistent blueberry for the Asian and Australian markets......

Did David Parker really forget Ngāti Whātua?
It’s an inconceivable blunder for David Parker to have blindsided Auckland iwi Ngāti Whātua with the latest America’s Cup base proposal, National’s America’s Cup spokesperson Gerry Brownlee and Crown-Maori Relations spokesperson Chris Finlayson say.

Mr Finlayson says the Crown is obligated to negotiate redress of the Waitemata Harbour with local iwi, which means Ngāti Whātua should have been one of Mr Parker’s first ports of call when dreaming up alternative America’s Cup base options, but he seems to have forgotten to include them or been unaware......

Mana whenua purchases Turakina property
The Turakina Māori Girls College property has been purchased by Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Apa - Ngā Wairiki. The property will become the base for their administration and health services.

The iwi says they will protect the school and the special character of the church, taonga, and carving which have adorned the school for a long time. Last month, the school was advertised on Trade Me for $4.7 million.....

Teachers say put more reo in schools
Teachers are calling to put te reo and kapa haka into school following the 'Education matters to me' report that was released by the Children's Commissioner which said some students experience racism in school.

Lewis Anderson says te reo should be introduced in all mainstream schools, "We're teaching our children te reo Māori me ōna tikanga and it's proving to be a good support for them for all subjects across the board."....

Two hapu in new legal bid to remove Rena wreck off Astrolabe Reef
A fundamental finding by the Environment Court that it had no power to require the wreck of the Rena to be removed off Astrolabe Reef will be challenged in an appeal to the High Court.

Motiti Island's Ngai Te Hapu Incorporated and Papamoa-based Nga Potiki A Tamapahore Trust have filed the appeal, with the three-day High Court hearing expected to start on June 25.

It will take place nearly seven years after the container ship ran aground on the reef and unleashed New Zealand's worst environmental maritime disaster......

Mana Wahine Claim takes attack on whakapapa
Twenty five years after the claim was first lodged, the Waitangi Tribunal has held a judicial conference whether Maori women have been marginalised by crown policies and actions.

Ms Awatere-Huata says Dame Mira was responding to the fact there were few women appointed to boards set up to manage things of concern to Maori.

She says the stripping from Maori women of their mana wahine started in the earliest years European settlement.

"Tribes that once took their lineage from both the mother's and the father's lines, increasingly the whakapapa have been reoriented to favour men and so many women have been left out of native land titles, have been left out of succeeding to their land, and mana tangata in terms of the esteem given to Maori women, there has been a devaluing of women," she says.....

Hamilton Mayor withdraws bid to change name to Kirikiriroa
Hamilton Mayor Andrew King has withdrawn his proposal to rename the council Kirikiriroa City Council after widespread public opposition.

His decision was greeted with obvious relief by the majority of councillors.

Geoff Taylor said: "Andrew I think you did the right thing withdrawing it today.

"I feel sorry for you because you have taken a bit of flak over the last couple of days."

Taylor said King should have spoken with the other elected members before adding such a proposal to a meeting agenda.....

Huggies removes list of Māori baby names and advice from website
Huggies has removed advice about Maori baby names from its website following complaints.

Māori cultural adviser Karaitiana Taiuru said he had criticised the company's suggested list of Māori baby names repeatedly for a year and a half.

He told Radio New Zealand some of the names were culturally inappropriate because they referred to gods, others were incorrectly translated, and at least one – Nyree – was not a Maori name at all.....

Shane Jones gives Ngāti Whare $6m to grow millions of native trees
An iwi's budding plant nursery in the Bay of Plenty will get $5.8 million of the Government's regional funding promises.

Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced the funding boost at Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whare's Minginui Nursery on Thursday.

The money from the Regional Development (Provincial Growth) Fund pool, will be used to expand the nursery by 2021 so it can grow one million trees a year, most of them native.

Ngāti Whare chairman Bronco Carson said the nursery would hire another 81 employees to take its total staff count to 90......

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Opposes Panuku Development Auckland’s America’s Cup Resource Consent Applications
Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei has confirmed it is opposing Panuku Development Auckland’s “America’s Cup 36” and “America’s Cup – Ferry and Fishing Industry Relocation” resource consent applications.

The applications propose relocating the ferry and fishing industry berthage located on Wynyard Wharf, Halsey Street Extension Wharf and Western Viaduct, and establishing a new Ferry and Fishing Industry Relocation facility to the Western side of Wynyard Point, to facilitate the America’s Cup base and syndicate base infrastructure.

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Spokesperson Ngarimu Blair says the iwi’s objection is based on the recognition of the Waitemata Harbour as a taonga.

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei has recently established an America’s Cup Iwi working group, which includes Waikato Tainui, Ngāti Paoa, Ngai Tai ki Tamaki, Kawerau a Maki, and Hauraki Gulf iwi Ngāti Manuhiri and Ngāti Rehua.

The group is eager to support the America’s Cup and ensure Maori maximise the significant opportunities the event will bring, ranging from jobs in the sailing industry through to supply of goods and services.....

Report lets rangatahi speak for themselves
The implementation of compulsory Te Reo Māori classes is just one of many changes students want in schools according to the Education Matters to Me: Experiences of Tamariki and Rangatahi Māori report.

About 1,500 students were surveyed about their experiences in school for the report, one of six which were prepared jointly by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner and the New Zealand School Trustees Association.

Lorraine Kerr and the Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft say they recommend further opportunities for children and young people’s participation in their education system.

“The more we listen to the voices of children and young people, the richer will be our understanding of what can make a great education system in Aotearoa,” says Becroft,....

Renewed Partnership with Ngāi Tahu to Grow Future Tribal Leaders
A partnership between the Ministry of Youth Development (MYD) and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu designed to support rangatahi located in the Ngāi Tahu takiwā will continue over the next 18 months, Minister for Youth Peeni Henare announced today.

“I am pleased to commit to this renewed partnership with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu which will see the creation of rangatahi-led leadership, mentoring and volunteering initiatives which utilise a Ngāi Tahu kaupapa-based approach,” Peeni Henare said.

Funding is made through MYD’s Partnership Fund and the Ngāi Tahu Funds, it builds on the 2017 collaboration between MYD and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu which saw 250 rangatahi take part in activities such as taiaha wananga, coding workshops, and outdoor pursuits......

Māori an afterthought in Govt’s education overhaul
The Government’s education policies demonstrate that Māori are merely an afterthought rather than central to decision-making, National’s new Māori Education Spokesperson Jo Hayes says.

“Scrapping National Standards and closing partnership schools will risk undoing the significant gains made by Māori students in the last few years and take us back to the days when Māori were taught at and not with.

“We cannot afford to have a drop in Māori education participation and achievement. It’s time the Government put its ideologies aside and started focusing on what works for Māori.”....

National Party Reshuffle positions three Māori in top ten
A reshuffle which now sees three Māori in National's top ten compared with the Government's two; Labour's Deputy Leader Kelvin Davis and Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters.

Bridges says "So if [Māori] look at myself, Paula and Jami-Lee and see something they identify with I think that's great. We're excited to work with the opportunity to work with all New Zealander's but Māoridom in particular as well."

Ngāti Porou's Jami-lee Ross is the new Māori addition jumping 19 slots to number 8.....

Hamilton mayor proposes name change for city
Hamilton Mayor Andrew King is proposing a name change for the city council to Kirikiriroa City Council.

His suggestion is in the mayor's monthly report which will go to the council on Thursday.

"I have had a number of discussions with local iwi representatives, including King Tuheitia, about Hamilton being more culturally‐aware of our partnership with Maori," King said.

"I believe a significant step in this process would be renaming [the ] council to Kirikiriroa City Council."

"I am hoping the discussions on Thursday will be a lot fuller and a bit more information," O'Leary said.

"We went to a Seed Waikato meeting the other day, there was a question from one of the youth in the audience at how we could move towards more of a bilingual city.....

Māori leaders’ emergency climate summit announced
Some of New Zealand’s top Māori leaders, scientists, and economic development experts are set to speak at an emergency climate change summit .

At Waitangi in February 2018, the Iwi Chairs Forum agreed to convene the first Māori Leaders’ Climate Change Summit to be held in Wellington on 24-25 March 2018.....

Mobilsing te reo through sports and technology
Te Puni Kokiri will be launching the first ever Maori language netball app. Designed to bring te reo Maori to life with whanau at the netball courts, ‘Puni Reo Poitarawhiti’ is an innovative device that makes using te reo Maori at the netball courts easy, fun and accessible......

Maori interests overlooked as trade pact signed
The Comprehensive and Progressive Trans Pacific Partnership was signed this morning in Chile, but some Maori are still concerned their rights and interests will be eroded under the 11-country trade pact.

Lawyer and consultant Willie Te Aho says the Iwi Chairs Forum has twice voted against supporting the deal.

He says they feel that before signing such constitutional documents, Maori rights need to be worked through with the iwi and hapu who signed Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

"That didn’t take place under the previous regime. It hasn't taken place under this Labour-led Government as well and in my view the Labour Government has turned their backs on rghts and interests not only in relation to this international trade agreeement but in relations to fresh water and other matters we have been championing over the previous nine years," Mr Te Aho says.

He says iwi will be prepared to go to court to defend their rights if they feel threatened by changed from the CPTPPA.

New Research Report Released on Rangatahi Maori and Youth Justice
The Iwi Chairs Forum has just released “Rangatahi Maori and Youth Justice – Oranga Rangatahi”.

The report prepared by the Henwood Trust, and funded by the Law Foundation, seeks to understand the involvement of rangatahi Māori (14- to 16-year-olds) in the youth justice system in this country. It asks why so many of the young people moving through this system are Māori, and it proposes strategies and actions to reduce rangatahi Maori engagement with it.

This work is the result of the Iwi Chairs working with the Henwood Trust to find strategies to reduce the high numbers of Maori involved in Youth Justice and prison and improve life outcomes for future generations.

The Law Foundation provided funding of $50,000 for this project....

Ngāti Rangi signs settlement with the Crown
The Crown has signed a deed of settlement with Ngāti Rangi, settling the historical Treaty of Waitangi claims of Ngāti Rangi, the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little has announced today.

“The Ngāti Rangi deed of settlement outlines a range of redress to be provided to the iwi, including a Crown acknowledgement and apology, cultural redress including a statutory recognition and governance arrangements for the Whangaehu River, and financial and commercial redress with a total value of $17 million.

“Ngāti Rangi is one of the iwi that will take part in the collective negotiations over Tongariro National Park, due to commence later this year.

Defence Force land at Waiouru will be vested in Ngāti Rangi who will then gift it back to the Crown for the people of New Zealand.....

Army dentists provide free care for Tuhoe town
Army and Navy dental personnel are providing free dental care to residents in the small Bay of Plenty town of Taneatua as part of a two-week community outreach exercise.

Mr Heald said the Defence Force was working with the town after the iwi came to them for help.

"The approach was made by Tuhoe to the Defence Force for assistance in addressing the oral health needs of their region, through their local MP at the time."

A spokesperson for Tuhoe iwi said the exercise would reverse a generation of non-care by whanau.

"For those with the greatest oral health needs, this service is offering respite from a build-up of dental care neglect."....

Hapu challenges Whangarei harbour dig
Northland hapu Patuharakeke is trying to stop Refining NZ from securing consent to dredge 3.7 million cubic metres of sediment from the entrance of Whangarei Harbour.

The company wants to ensure fully-laden oil tankers can berth at Poupouwhenua -Marsden Point.

Lawyer Kelly Dixon says the Pataharekeke Trust Board is concerned about its ability to exercise kaitiakitanga, the effect of the dredging and dumping on the mauri of the harbour and on marine ecosystems......

National Māori MPs set for bump-up says Bridges
Members of Parliament with Māori whakapapa are both the leader and deputy leader of the National Party, and their Māori caucus colleagues are set for a bump-up in the new reshuffle.

National Party leader, Simon Bridges of Ngāti Kinohaku and Ngāti Maniapoto told Kawekōrero, "I won't name names because that gets me into trouble prior to, in case we change it and I'm still talking with colleagues about things but I think you'll see Māori represented in important roles and that's the right thing to do."

"I've got 56 MPs, you'll certainly see Māori in the line-up, it'll be a bit different from what we've had, in terms of the roles I exercise my judgement where they're best placed," says Bridges......

Maori solutions to future proof housing
Researchers looking at New Zealand's future housing needs say Maori have many of the answer they need to come up with housing solutions that fit their physical and cultural needs.

She says housing is more than bedrooms, a roof and a place to put the car......

Powhiri to welcome new Principal Advisor – Māori
This week Manawatū District Council took a significant step towards bringing Maori perspective into its decision making with the appointment of a Principal Advisor – Māori for the district.

The position that Rārite Mātaki has filled has been established to advise the Council on all key matters relating to Council’s relationships and responsibilities with iwi and the wider Māori Community in the Manawatū.

This advice will cover responsibilities to Tangata Whenua, Te Tiriti O Waitangi, Māori responsiveness and all matters of mutual interest.....

Victoria Square – a cultural revitalisation
The revitalised Victoria Square which was officially reopened in central Christchurch today acknowledges the early Ngāi Tūāhuriri/Ngāi Tahu connection to the area, with artworks by renowned Ngāi Tahu artists reflecting the cultural significance of the space to whānau, hapū and iwi.

Visitors walking around the square today will find Ngāi Tūāhuriri/Ngāi Tahu values, narratives and aspirations woven into its fabric......

Davidson throws weight behind Māori ward campaign
The Kia Kotahi Mai coalition campaigning for a "yes" vote in polls about guaranteeing Māori seats on councils has Green Party MP Marama Davidson on side.

Davidson was in Palmerston North on Thursday to promote her bid for the party co-leadership, and met advocates for the creation of Māori wards on the city and Manawatū District councils......

NZ Wars commemorations begin with mass haka
The first national commemoration of the New Zealand Wars begins with a mass haka at Te Tii Marae at Waitangi this afternoon.

It's the start of three days of 'Te Pūtake o Te Riri' - the reason for the anger.

Local iwi will be remembering some of the earliest battles against the British at Ōhaeawai in 1845 and at Ruapekapeka the following year.

Ruapekapeka is where Māori developed trench warfare.

Iwi part of Hauraki Gulf solution
The chair of the Hauraki Gulf Forum would like to see more support for participation of iwi, including an eventual move towards co-management.

Any solution needs to take notice of the Treaty of Waitangi and Maori customary rights, which is why he appreciated the input of tangata whenua.

If there is one group that does get it, it is tangata whenua. And I’m a great advocate and have been for some time and not the most popular on this course but I’m very much in favour of co-management when it comes to our water," Mr Tregidga says......

Teach freedom campers cultural values - Te Arawa
Te Arawa says they will continue to welcome tourists including freedom campers but want campers to understand cultural values before coming to their region.

Freedom camping has been a concern in Rotorua but Te Arawa iwi representative on the Rotorua Lakes council, Rawiri Waru believes not all freedom campers are bad.....

Three Tribes Launch ‘Guardians’ Environmental Trust
Three Ruapehu tribes are formalising their role as guardians of the environment with the launch of a new trust on Friday (March 9).

The environmental entity will be launched by Uenuku Charitable Trust (UCT) for the tribes of Uenuku, Tamakana and Tamahaki, whose ancestral lands stretch west and southwest from the mountains of the central plateau. The launch will happen at UCT’s Rā Wawata (Aspirations Day), which will be attended by the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little.

UCT chair Aiden Gilbert said the new charitable trust would develop and implement strategies to ecologically restore and protect ancestral lands and natural and historic resources.

“The vast majority of our tribal estate was taken by the Crown and is now in DOC hands and National Parks. Despite this, we have never lost sight of our kaitiakitanga (guardianship) obligations.

“The launch of Te Mano o te Whenua Tupua (which to us means “the ancestral heartland”), is part of an iwi-led, long-term strategy to provide a framework for our whānau and hapū to stand strong in their rohe and on their ancestral whenua. We have always been, and will continue to be, the guardians of our ancestral heartland.”......

Summit of Maungakiekie / One Tree Hill soon to be vehicle-free
Work to pedestrianise the tihi (summit) and the summit road of Maungakiekie / One Tree Hill is set to begin.

From Monday 26 March work will start on reconfiguring the summit road entrance off Olive Grove and installing a new automated gate. The work will take around four to six weeks to complete. Safe access for vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists will be maintained throughout this period.

Once construction is complete, the tihi and summit road will permanently close to all motor vehicles including motorbikes and scooters. The exception will be continued vehicle access for people who have limited mobility and cannot walk to the tihi;.......

Public release of advice to Minister of Education regarding Māori Education Trust
The Ministry of Education supports MET to provide secondary and tertiary scholarships for Māori students. Since 2009, the Ministry and MET have co-funded scholarships for 1,802 students.

The Ministry of Education has an agreement with MET (going back to 1994) to assist MET dollar-for-dollar, up to a maximum of $664,000, to fund scholarships for Māori students. The Ministry also pays MET an administration fee of $109,000 per year to contribute to scholarship administration costs......

Māori leader welcomed to Whangārei District Council
Aperahama Edwards (Ngāti Wai) has been formally welcomed as the new Māori Relationships Manager at the Whangārei District Council.

Ngāti Wai were well represented at the official welcoming ceremony for the new Māori Relationships Manager today.

"The suitable candidate needs to be steadfast in this position because of its difficulties," says Edwards.

The role is aimed at bringing better understanding between Māori and the council. The Mayor of Whangārei, Sheryl Mai has already expressed her wishes for the coming months.

Mai says that the council still has more to do with regards to the promotion of Māori concepts.....

Nature journal reports new DNA evidence of Papuan genes in Maori ancestors.
Two new studies of ancient-DNA research have produced differing interpretations of the way that canoe voyagers settled the Pacific.

The Harvard team found Papuan ancestry on Polynesian islands west of Vanuatu came from yet another source, and there were three major migrations east from the big islands in Indonesia and New Guinea....

New biosecurity agency needed
The Maori Biosecurity Network Te Tira Whakamataki says the Ministry for Primary Industry is failing to effectively fight threats like myrtle rust and kauri dieback, and responsibility for biosecurity needs to be shifted to an independent agency......

Mahuta open to Maori ward law change
Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta says if there is a clear steer from mayors and councils that the law around Maori seats need to change, she will listen.

Five councils face referendums over their choice to create Maori wards after a concerted campaign by Don Brash's Hobson's Pledge group, and other councils are looking for other solutions for Maori representation that don't involve elected seats because of concerns over the potential backlash.

No other decision by councils can trigger a binding referendum

Ms Mahuta says councils recognise the world has moved on from the one Hobson's Pledge is trying to recreate......

Call to close paua fishery
Pressure on a paua fishery north of Dunedin has prompted a group to ask the Fisheries Minister to close an area of East Otago coastline to gathering of the popular species.

But a recreational paua diver says if the area is closed, it should remain closed for everyone, including those allowed a customary take.

East Otago Taiapure management committee chairman Brendan Flack, of Karitane, said as paua numbers began declining in the taiapure area - which spans from Purakaunui to Waikouaiti - paua was rarely served in his marae, Kati Huirapa Runaka ki Puketeraki.

* A taiapure is a management tool established in an area customarily of special significance to an iwi or hapu, as a source of food, or for spiritual or cultural reasons......

Gisborne District Council votes for dual name
GISBORNE district councillors and Mayor Meng Foon have voted 13 to 1 to submit to the New Zealand Geographic Board that the region’s name be changed to Turanganui a Kiwa/Poverty Bay.

Malcolm MacLean dissented from the proposal to have the region’s original Maori name preceding Poverty Bay in a new dual name.....

A cool new outlook
The unique, indigenous weather will include moon cycles and how it might affect fishing or planting; sea swells for surfers and divers as well as weather across the highways.

It is believed to be the first indigenous weather project in the world and has been created by Māori Television with NIWA (National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research)......

Māori success undermines Māori ward campaign launch
OPINION: The day the National Party caucus picked a Māori leader and deputy undermined the launch of a campaign by supporters of Māori wards in Palmerston North and Manawatū.

A key argument of supporters of Māori wards is that Māori candidates need some affirmative action to get ahead in politics. 
But no affirmative action is needed in Parliament, where there are 29 MPs with Māori ancestry, with 22 who got there by merit and seven by way of reserved seats. 

"Vote yes" committee member Teanau Tuiono said that Māori representation on councils honours the Treaty of Waitangi. 

But he would be hard-pressed to point to where the treaty talks about Māori representation, or even partnership, because it doesn't. 

The best that Māori ward proponents can say is that there will be one or two seats and we have to do it because of the treaty, which, frankly is not sufficient information to make an informed decision. 

If council decisions are mainly to do with roads, clean drinking water, sewage, drainage, libraries, sports facilities and cultural centres, all of which are for the benefit of everyone, what benefit would a Māori ward bring? 

Māori wards increasingly appear to be a solution looking for a problem to solve. 

Free Private Health Insurance for Hapū Members 
Auckland iwi Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei has today announced a deal with nib New Zealand (nib) to provide free universal private health insurance for all members of the hapū to help improve their health and wellbeing outcomes..... 
More on the above here > Ngāti Whātua ōrākei to spend up to $3m a year on private health cover for members 

Deputy Mayor calls on Māori to have their say about Wellington’s future 
Deputy Mayor Jill Day has called on Maōri to take an active part in the upcoming consultations on Wellington City Council’s Ten-Year Plan. 

“The plan is the map for where we want our city to be in ten years’ time. So it is very important that the voice of tangata whenua is heard in the discussion,” Cr Day says. 

“If approved, the policy will move into the implementation stage – we’ll be developing an action plan that will help us recognise te reo Māori and support and encourage Māori culture...... 


Better education information for Maori - Davis
The Government will be making improvements to information for iwi and hapu on the achievement of their tamariki, Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis says.

Today the Ministry of Education released their annual Iwi Profiles, which provide information on participation rates of early childhood, attainment of NCEA Level 2 and 3 and tertiary study in rohe around the country.

"The data in the Iwi Profiles provides a high-level overview of achievement and I know some iwi find it useful for their education planning," Mr Davis says.....

Fonterra hosts hui with 100 Māori suppliers
Over two days, nearly 100 hundred Māori suppliers to Fonterra are meeting with the multinational dairy cooperative in Auckland to learn more about what the company does with their product. For Daisey Noble of Te Rua o Moko, farming operations on a large scale are fairly new to Māori and she believes it's important to understand the Fonterra infrastructure, that until now, was largely unknown to those farmers......

Arden confident CPTPP passes tiriti test
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is confident the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans Pacific Partnership won't hinder the crown response to Treaty of Waitangi claims.

The 11-country trade pact is set to be signed in Chile next week, as countries around the Pacific seek to shore up their relationships in the face of increasing isolationism from the United States....

ES councillor wants colleagues to speak te reo
An Environment Southland councillor with "inadequate" Māori language skills wants his colleagues to start speaking a bit of te reo around the meeting table.

Maurice Rodway made the suggestion at an Environment Southland meeting this week.

The regional council meeting agendas have Māori translations beside some of the headings, but Rodway reckons they could go further......

Iwi-driven health village opens in Dunedin
A former Dunedin primary school has been transformed into an iwi-driven health village serving those in need.

Te Kāika – which includes a state-of-the-art medical, dental and physio clinic and social services – was officially opened at the former College St School site in the suburb of Caversham on Wednesday morning.

The centre is a partnership between iwi and the University of Otago, set-up to provide affordable health and wellbeing services for Māori, Pasifika and low-income families in the Dunedin area......

Customary title claims see Kawau Islanders struggling to pay
With virtually no roads on Kawau Island, wharves and jetties are critical for most islanders to access their properties from the sea.

The cost of maintaining these structures is increasing. But, add to that costs associated with claims under the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act, and some islanders are being put under intense financial pressure.

There are more than 70 wharves or jetties of every shape and size on Kawau Is, jutting out into surrounding waters. The majority of them are privately owned.

Sorting through re-consenting issues, including those relating to marine customary titles, is putting serious financial pressure on jetty owners, he said.

With hundreds of customary title applications from iwi, hapu, individuals and whanau groups nationwide to either the High Court or Office of Treaty settlements at the end of March in 2017, it is likely to take years to get through them all.

Many are likely to be declined but, in the interim, as 20-year resource consents for wharves come up for renewal around the coast, owners will have to find and notify any claimants.

"The responsibility lies with the applicant for resource consent to engage with the Customary Title applicant, prior to the lodgement of their application," an Auckland Council spokeswoman advises.

"The council does not notify applications for Customary Title, that is a responsibility of the Crown, to whom the applications are made."

There are around 30 applications for Crown engagement in the Auckland region.

Marris estimates seven involve Kawau Island.

"They must all be contacted via a lawyer," he said.

After spending several months trying to sort the reconsenting out themselves, Max Templeton ended up going to a planner in Warkworth, who handled everything.

This cost $3,500 plus an engineers report for $5,000. The resulting work needed on the wharf then set them back $35,000......

Promote Māori success, innovation and enterprise
An Auckland of prosperity and opportunity for all seeks to advance and support Māori business and iwi organisations to be significant drivers of Auckland's economy.

Innovation and enterprise are two key elements of Māori success and have been a hallmark of Māori development since Māori first arrived in Aotearoa.....

GradCert - Māori Cultural Studies/Tikanga Māori as a subject
Tikanga Māori (Māori Cultural Studies) teaches you the skills required for a community leadership role in the enhancement of Māori development. In today's rapidly evolving world you will establish a basic, yet necessary understanding of the Māori worldview and its relation to other cultures and worlds.....

Ward referendums a veto on indigenous rights
The Green Party is renewing its call to remove the double standard that allows for referendum on the establishment of Maori wards but not other sorts of council voting systems.

A petition campaign by Don Brash's Hobson's Pledge group means proposed wards in Palmerston North, Kaikoura, Manawatu, Western Bay of Plenty and Whakatane are likely to be overturned by referendums to be held in May.

Maori Development spokesperson Marama Davidson says it's unacceptable indigenous rights to representation are being decided on by the majority.....

Petition to exempt Māori land from Public Works Act rejected
A petition calling for the government to exempt Māori land from a law that compels private owners to sell their land for transport services has been declined.

Petitioners argued in 2016 the Public Works Act was unfair because Māori land had already been alienated throughout history.

The Māori Affairs Committee yesterday responded, and said it would not change the law or hold an inquiry....

Maori central to development effort
Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones is keen for Maori in the regions to come up with ways to spend the Labour-NZ First Government's $3 billion Provincial Growth Fund.....

Five out of five for Maori wards votes
Petitions in both Palmerston North and Kaikoura were validated on Wednesday, which means that all five districts where councils have voted to establish Maori wards will have a vote in May on whether or not those should proceed. > http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK1802/S00735/five-out-of-five-for-maori-wards-votes.htm

Campaigners in Palmerston North presented 3776 signatures by the 5pm February 21 deadline when 2727 were required, while those in Kaikoura presented 373 signatures when 300 were required.

Petitions in Manawatu, Western Bay of Plenty, and Whakatane had been validated a week earlier.

Manawatu required 1004 signatures and delivered 1600, Western Bay of Plenty required 1708 and delivered 4051, while Whakatane required 1161 and delivered 1800.

No central or local government body should be able to create racial segregation without a vote confirming that it is the will of their community.

Councillors are elected to provide clean drinking water, to manage roads, sewage, drainage, libraries, sports facilities and cultural centres, all of which are for the benefit of everyone.

We don’t need Maori wards for that.

Voting documents will be posted on April 27 and the vote closes on May 19.....

Convicted scammer Amato Akarana-Rewi back selling fake New Zealand citizen certificates
A convicted immigration scammer is back selling fake citizenship certificates to overstayers desperate to stay in the country.

But a Herald investigation has found 84-year-old Akarana-Rewi has restarted selling Aotearoa citizenship certificates, which promise holders the right to remain in the country indefinitely, and also be absolved from "Pakeha law", including paying taxes.

He conducts "citizenship ceremonies" at his Otara home for family and friends, who pay between $100 and $300 for the certificates.

"These so-called citizenship certificates are completely worthless," said Immigration New Zealand (INZ) assistant general manager Peter Devoy.

A Tongan national, who overstayed his visitor's visa to remain with his family in Auckland, said he went to see Akarana-Rewi after his appeal to the Immigration Minister was declined.

"After losing all my money to lawyers and immigration advisers, a friend suggested I applied for my right to stay under Maori law," said the man, who paid $150 for his certificate.

"I am grateful that Chief Tupai has approved my citizenship."

He did not want to be identified and said he wouldn't go to the police because it operated under a different jurisdiction.

The man believed the certificate would give him a "basis to fight" any deportation action.

Akarana-Rewi insists the citizenship certificates he issues are legal under Maori law, and that Maori had retained their sovereignty under the 1835 Declaration of Independence......
New Rangatahi Court launched in Whangārei
Justice Minister Andrew Little welcomes the addition of the 15th Rangatahi Court launched at Terenga Paraoa Marae in Whangārei today.

“Rangatahi Courts are a judicial initiative that work within the existing Youth Court framework. They use a marae-based, Māori-specific environment to help young Māori and their whānau engage with the justice system in culturally appropriate ways.

“Rangatahi Courts offer an alternative indigenous solution to address offending by young Māori, and non-Māori by involving natural communities in the youth justice process......

Community fights back amid claims of corporate greed at mine
Locals are mystified as to how a Wellington businessman has gained control of the mine, leaving them with no say in how the company is run.
The E Tū union has taken a complaint to the Employment Relations Authority alleging the new managers have arbitrarily removed allowances, while a local action group has gone to the Māori Land Court claiming the incorporation that owns the land has failed to protect wāhi tapu and the environment.
There are claims that workers have been threatened with their jobs if they speak out......

Maori youth initiative gets more funding
A robotics initiative by Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi has been awarded increased funding to support the growth of computational thinking among Maori students in Gisborne, Bay of Plenty, Auckland and Northland regions.

Professor John Clayton and the team from Tokorau – Institute for Indigenous Innovation have been awarded increased funding from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

The funding comes from the Unlocking Curious Minds contestable funding initiative created to increase engagement in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics......

Mana whenua members walk out of meeting over Te Mata peak track
The meeting went well until it reached the third item, which was the issue of the controversial track, which was built by Craggy Range winery late last year. The winery agreed to remove the track in December after a public outcry and criticism by Ngati Kahungunu.

"The meeting was called to have a better relationship with Maori. That was fair enough. When they brought up the track I asked what it had to do with the trust board when it was an issue that had been resolved as far as I was concerned. Craggy Range gave the undertaking that it would be remediated and we accepted that," MacDonald said.

MacDonald, a Waimarama kaumatua, said board member Michael Bate told the meeting that the track was not going to be remediated.

"He said 'let's be honest, the track will not be remediated'. He also said it was a landscaping issue, not a cultural issue. Someone like Michael Bate certainly isn't going to tell me what is or isn't a cultural issue. But that wasn't really the issue, the issue was why were we even discussing the track. I just felt it was highly inappropriate," MacDonald said.

"I wasn't there to discuss the merits of leaving the track as it was. I was there because I'd been told the meeting was about seeing how to get more Maori representation on the trust. So I left. Rose followed me," he said.....

Claimants sidelined as CPTPP push on
Wai 262 claimants have expressed frustration at way they have been ignored in the push to secure the Comprehensive Progressive Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal.

The Government has released a national interest statement on the agreement, which is an amended version of the TPP which puts on hold some of the concessions demanded by the United States, which is no longer a party.

University of Auckland law professor Jane Kelsey says the statement makes claims which don’t hold up about benefits to Maori business and the supposed protection of Treaty of Waitangi settlements.

"People like Moana Jackson, Maui Solomon, Aroha Mead, Angeline Greensill and those who have been involved with this forever gave the officials a very clear understanding the whole of the way this has been approached from the consultation through to the content was yet another breach of Te Tiriti," Professor Kelsey says......

Government open to reviewing Māori ward law
The government is refusing to condemn as racist the law that allows Māori wards to be contested with referendums.

Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta repeatedly refused to say if she thought the law was racist but admits it is inconsistent and wants the sector to write to her.

"There are different standards - it is evident - and that is a view that has been strongly reflected to me.

"I believe that if we want to ensure better decision making then the diversity of the community needs to be represented at the decision making table," she said.

However, the Green co-leader James Shaw said the law discriminates against Māori.

"We want to get rid of the discrimination that says that if you want to set up a Māori ward it requires a referendum but if you want to set up a general ward you don't need a referendum - we believe that is discriminatory and you should remove the distinction."

But the New Zealand First leader Winston Peters said a law that allows people to have a democratic say cannot be racist....

Hamilton's Iwi Māori panel targeting low-end offenders
As New Zealand prison beds near capacity, a Hamilton-based community panel has offered a fix.

The Iwi Māori Panel in the Waikato is a collaboration of Te Kōhao Health, New Zealand police and the Māori King's office.

The panel which was launched in February is one of six around the country so far, but it's hoped there'll be a panel in each of the 12 police districts.

While the panels were set up under National, Labour Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis has given the concept new impetus.....

Waikato-Tainui signs with ITOs to upskill iwi members
Waikato-Tainui is putting its money on trade skills, signing agreements with 11 Industry Training Organisations to boost career opportunities for iwi members.

In a speech to ITO representatives at the tribe's endowment college north of Huntly, chief executive Donna Flavell said the agreements would allow people to gain the skills needed to play a role in the workforce and at home.

"This is untested ground for these ITOs, but they have taken a bold step and the signals that they have sent to the market today will have far-reaching and positive consequences for our people and our region," Flavell said....

Iwi take lead in reo projects
Tairawhiti iwi are preparing to invest in te reo Maori revitalisation.

Maori language body Te Matawai has delegated the task of deciding what projects should be funded to eight regional investment panels.

While iwi are at different stages with their settlements, many raised loss of te reo Maori in their claims and some including Ngati Kahungunu and Ngati Porou are spending settlement money on language strategies......

New body for health primary care
There's a new body bringing together primary health care providers and representative agencies.

A summit of primary health care leaders decided to form the new federation and appointed former health minister Dame Annette King as its first chair.

Dame Annette says the aim is to provide an inclusive platform for health and care integration with the people of New Zealand at the heart of its objectives.

She is putting together an establishment board which will include Maori health leaders, pharmacy, allied health, midwifery, nursing, and NGOs as well as PHOs from Cape Reinga to Bluff.....

Trust Slams Tax Payer Funding of Wrestling on Maori TV

The Sensible Sentencing Trust Manawatu spokesperson Scott Guthrie is calling for Maori television to withdraw the airing of WWE wrestling from its programme line up before its start date of the 24th of February.

“What sort of message does this type of programme send the community?

Maori Television is funded by the tax payer and Freeview is available to everyone in this country including prisoners” Guthrie said. The public of New Zealand aren’t interested in promoting violence but if we allow this to happen that’s exactly what we are doing......

Over $1mil to Te Tai Rāwhiti for te reo Māori
A Te Kāea exclusive, Te Mātāwai has been funded $10mil to support iwi efforts for the revitalisation of the reo. Today they began distributing these funds to the regions.....

Flexible approach for better crown relations
The Minister for Crown Maori Relationships is about to head out onto the road to hear what Maori think his job should be.

Kelvin Davis says he will visit marae and communities overcoming months to give people the opportunity to say what they want from the crown.....

Māori achievement a priority for Education
The Government’s three-year education work programme prioritises lifting achievement for Māori students, Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis says.

Today Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced a comprehensive work programme to ensure the education system delivers for New Zealand children and their families, with a focus on lifting Māori achievement....

Te Puni Kōkiri commends Council’s te reo Māori commitment
“I applaud Wellington City Council on its goal to make the Capital city, a te reo Māori city. Most people in the world, and certainly in the globe’s capital cities, speak at least two languages. We can do it too,” says Te Puni Kōkiri Chief Executive Michelle Hippolite.....

Kaikoura to vote on Maori ward
Kaikoura will vote on a Maori ward after the required 300 signatures on a petition for a vote were validated today.

The Kaikoura District Council decided on November 22 to proceed with a Maori ward and gave notice of the right of 5 percent of electors, a total of 300 people, to demand a poll.

Signature collectors found strong support for a vote, with most of the 373 signatures collected in the past few days, Hobson’s Pledge spokesman Don Brash said today.

Petition forms were sent in by early afternoon and Electionz.com had the signatures validated within a couple of hours. The vote must be held within 90 days.

Kaikoura is the fourth district in which a vote has been confirmed.....

Auckland unfairly losing access to maunga
How right is that? The Maunga Authority's 2014 setup legislation transferred ownership of Auckland's volcanic summits to Maori treaty claimants, though the cones retained their public reserve status.

Such status was no doubt the reason for the then Minister of Treaty Negotiations, Chris Finlayson, saying while ushering through the prior maunga Deed of Settlement, "There will be no changes to existing public access and use rights."

The Maunga Authority also has to administer the cones having regard to "the spiritual, ancestral, cultural, customary, and historical significance of the maunga to Ngā Mana Whenua o Tāmaki Makaurau". Okay, hence the summit bans, but how popular are they, actually?

Under its legislation the Maunga Authority must also have regard to "the common benefit of Nga Mana Whenua o Tamaki Makau Rau and the other people of Auckland." I think it's likely, by letters to the Herald and other evidences, the Authority has not to date persuaded "the other people of Auckland" or even those "mana whenua" I personally know, that car bans on all the maunga are welcome.

Nor can you ride willy nilly over the access and parking problems the policy entails. The Tupuna Maunga Authority's conduct in imposing its car ban on Mt Victoria-Takarunga in the way it has is damaging to its reputation.....

Aotearoa/New Zealand gets another Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) option.

Papaioea/Palmerston North, Aotearoa/New Zealand <19 February 2018>

New Zealand’s first Weightless Internet of Things (IoT) wireless network has launched. In order to support the economic aspirations of Iwi in the Manawatū, First Tree Growing Ltd is providing local Māori farmers hands on access to a range of emerging technologies in smart agriculture including the low power, wide area network technology called Weightless.

One of the first projects to benefit from the newly established Weightless network is a Māori Future Farm initiative. The aim is to pilot technologies that will help small farming operations to be more sustainable and competitive while delivering on their commitment to the environment and local community.....

Inspiring youths with te ao Maori
Sixteen Wairarapa youths will be challenged mentally and physically over the next few months, while connecting with their past through a kaupapa Maori course.

Wairarapa police and Rangitane o Wairarapa, with support from Whaiora, jointly-organised ‘Te Rerenga Ake’ — a mentoring programme designed to build confidence and self-esteem in intermediate-aged rangatahi.

Mentor and Rangitane youth worker Mikey Kawana said the inspiration behind the course was to connect youths back to te ao Maori, or the Maori world, which many rangatahi were not readily exposed to these days.

The rangatahi would learn about nutrition and exercise during the eight-week programme, based at Rangitane o Wairarapa at Kokiri Pl on Tuesdays.

Mau rakau, traditional Maori weaponry such as the taiaha, and raranga, the art of weaving, would also be explored......

Hawke's Bay councils choosing karakia over prayers to open meetings
Across Hawke's Bay/Tararua only half of the six councils have an official prayer which references religion. Of these three, two favour a karakia (a Maori formal greeting similar to a prayer).

The Hawke's Bay Regional Council's prayer has the most religious references, including "God our creator" and "Christ the Lord", but this term council decided the chair could decide whether to open with the prayer, a karakia, or a welcome.

The prayer is now "very seldom used", with council chair Rex Graham preferring to use a karakia to open meetings as it "reflects the times for us living in New Zealand just a bit better".

A karakia has also become the preference at Central Hawke's Bay District Council. Mayor Alex Walker said she saw a karakia as a respectful, true reflection of the partnership between mana whenua and the council.

At Wairoa District Council a karakia typically opens and closes every meeting, but there is no formal statement, and the karakia is usually "thought out on the spot by someone who is at the table", a spokesman said......

‘Kōhanga Reo chronically underfunded’ - Professor Paul Moon
In an interview with Māori TV’s show Kawekōrero, historian Paul Moon says that the solution to help strengthen te reo Māori is to dramatically fund Kōhanga Reo and to make it a nationwide organisation. He goes on to say there is a need to create a demand where Te Reo Māori can be spoken on a daily basis.

“The so-called experts have had 40 years to address this crisis, it’s got worse, so I say to them in return well if they are experts how come things have got worse,” says Moon.....

Ngati Whatua Orakei appeal $1.85 billion East-West Link Highway
A New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) project that would link the South-Western (SH20) and Southern Motorways (SH1) has been granted consent. NZTA says it will improve travel times and make for easy more reliable travel, but Auckland iwi Ngati Whatua Orakei are appealing the decision.

A highway estimated by NZTA to cost up to $1.85 billion has been granted consent.

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei spokesperson Ngārimu Blair says, “EPA, the Environmental Protection Authority, have given consents to build this highway.”

Blair says, “This will be laid out over The Mānukanuka of Hoturoa, the habitat of some of our birds and endangered species of the tribes of this region.”.....

Māori school feeds body, mind and spirit for $4 a day
Parents of students at Tai Wānanga don’t pay anything for education – but they pay $4 a day for the school to give their children breakfast and lunch.

The state school opened in 2011 under the “special character” clause that is now being offered to charter schools, and has only 190 students this year – 115 in Hamilton and 75 in Palmerston North.

It has no subject timetable. Instead, students have “individualised tailored learning plans” and develop their own “project-based” learning spanning multiple subjects.

Tai Wānanga is open to anyone, but 165 of its 169 students at last count were Māori.

All students learn te reo Māori immediately after karakia in the mornings, and the school’s vision is “Kia Tu, Kia Ora, Kia Māori“:

* Kia Tu: “Stand with confidence.”

* Kia ora: “Healthy in mind, body and spirit.”

* Kia Māori: “Māori succeeding as Māori.”.....

Transport Minister celebrates opening of Te Onewa Pā
Minister of Transport, Phil Twyford, has this morning opened the recently upgraded Te Onewa Pā, located under the northern end of the Auckland Harbour Bridge, with a dawn blessing.

“Te Onewa Pā holds a special place in Māori and Auckland history. This work acknowledges the cultural and historical importance of the area,” says Phil Twyford.

The upgrade work includes a new walkway, replacement of a pedestrian bridge, fencing, planting and landscaping and is the final part of a wider upgrade programme which started in 2010.......

NZ First Bill: English Language set to become official
New Zealand First has submitted a member’s bill for English to be recognised as an official language of New Zealand. Te Reo Maori was recognised in 1987 and New Zealand Sign Language in 2006, yet there is no legislation that recognises English.

“The Bill is called the ‘English an Official Language Bill’ and that will give English the same legal status as Te Reo Maori and New Zealand Sign Language.” Says New Zealand First List MP Clayton Mitchell

It’s common sense to officially recognise the language that the vast majority of New Zealanders use on a day to day basis. English is the primary language that New Zealanders use, whether that’s in business, at home, on the sports field or in the media.

“A petition was presented to Parliament last year with 6,258 signatures asking for English to be recognised. I’ve travelled around the country and everyone I’ve spoken to think it’s absurd that this isn’t already the case.”

Unity of effort a key to lifting Māori economic performance
A strong partnership between central Government, Māori business and whānau, and their partners in the wider community, is essential to further boosting Māori economic performance, says Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta.

“There is significant scope to raise the contribution of the Māori economy, for example, through iwi-led business initiatives such as the ones successfully carried out by the likes of Ngāi Tahu and Waikato-Tainui.

“Besides improving the well-being and security of whānau, this will benefit New Zealand as a whole. What’s good for Māori is good for the rest of New Zealand.”.... 

Murupara water bottling plant one step closer for Ngati Manawa
The next step in what is hoped will be a lifeline for Murupara and its people has been given the green light.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council has approved a resource consent application to allow the first drilling and underwater testing of groundwater from farmland privately owned by Ngati Manawa Incorporation.

Ngati Manawa, working collaboratively with New Zealand Aquifer, plan to develop two bottling plants on the land, an operation they hope will create 1500 jobs in the region.

Te Runanga o Ngati Manawa chairman Kani Edwards was delighted with progress.

"We are getting closer to delivering a promising future for our people and for generations to come......

Teachers contributing to Māori under-achievement
Teachers are contributing to Māori children's poor performance at school, the Education Ministry has told Parliament's Education and Workforce Select Committee.

Appearing before the committee for its annual review of the Education Ministry yesterday, the Secretary for Education, Iona Holsted, said Māori students' poor performance was a long-standing problem.

"The school system has under-performed for Māori students since the system began, so we have an intractable systemic problem," she said.....

Aucklanders being exposed to more Māori culture in everyday life
Auckland, or Tāmaki Makaurau, is becoming a more inclusive city with Māori design and te reo Māori becoming increasingly prevalent in daily life.

A new interactive information hub created by Auckland Council's Māori Design Specialist team and Auckland Transport is the most recent example of this.

Launched on Thursday, Pā Rongorongo allows visitors to create a unique digital walking or cycling tour incorporating Maori sites of significance, arts and culture, heritage spaces, and more.....

Te Reo Māori subtitles are now available on Air NZ
It seemed like it was so long ago that we were just announcing that Disney's Moana was being released in te reo Māori and what a day that was!

That's now been and gone and although there is a lot of controversy about learning Te Reo Māori, many people are still trying to get their fix of the language.
Well now, Air New Zealand crafts are offering Thor with Te Reo Māori subtitles!....

Ground-breaking Māori business programme in Hamilton
The country’s first business accelerator programme for ambitious Māori entrepreneurs was launched with a pōwhiri in Hamilton on Monday (February 12).

Callaghan Innovation and Te Wānanga o Aotearoa have teamed up with Creative HQ, Robett Hollis, Crowe Horwath and Ernst & Young Tahi to create Kōkiri, a unique business accelerator dedicated to speeding up the development of fledgling Māori businesses.

Ten promising, young start-ups from across Aotearoa have been selected to participate in the four-month Kōkiri programme, based at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa’s Mangakōtukutuku campus in Hamilton....

Mt Victoria summit on Auckland's North Shore to be vehicle-free
The summit of Mount Victoria in the Auckland suburb of Devonport will be made a vehicle-free space at the start of March.

The summit, or tihi, will be permanently closed to all vehicles from March 1st, following a decision from the Tūpuna Maunga Authority - the group looking after Auckland's ancestral mountains.

"The maunga will continue to be public places for people to enjoy. These changes are about rethinking how we interact with the whenua and better protect it," he said......

1800 sign for referendum
Petition calling for referendum on Maori wards given to Whakatane council

WITH more than 1800 signatures, a petition requesting a referendum on whether Maori wards should be established in the Whakatane district was making its way to Auckland last night so the information could be verified.

David Dowd and Colin Holmes presented the petition to Whakatane District Council yesterday at 2pm.

To invoke a referendum on the issue of Maori wards, the petition had to receive at least 1161 valid signatures. It has been forecast a referendum could cost $40,000.....

Maori ward petition delivered to council
A petition calling for a public poll on the issue of Maori wards for Western Bay of Plenty District Council has been delivered today.

Petitioners arrived at council offices on Barkes Corner at 12pm with boxes containing more than 4000 signatures.

Of those, they say a random check shows at least 2532 are eligible voters within the district, and therefore entitled to call for a poll.

1708 signatures are required to initiate a public poll on the issue of Maori wards, which a majority of councillors voted in favour of at a meeting in November 2017.

The three councillors who voted against the decision – Mike Lally, Margaret Murray-Benge, and Kevin Marsh – joined other residents in presenting the petition.......

Petition organisers confident they have enough support to force Māori wards poll in Manawatū District

A petition opposing Māori wards in the Manawatū District appears to have surpassed the target needed to force a poll that could overturn the council's decision to bring them in.

Both the Palmerston North City Council and Manawatū District Council voted last year in favour of establishing Māori wards, but a petition in Manawatū has gathered more than 1600 signatures, which would comfortably exceed the 1004 needed to force a referendum if those signatures are verified.

In Palmerston North, petition organiser Don Esslemont couldn't provide an exact number, remaining "optimistic, but not certain" the target of 2727 in the city will be met.

Manawatū petition organiser and councillor Andrew Quarrie said the support highlighted how opposed people were to the council's decision. But he would collect signatures until the February 21 deadline as the returning officer might rule some out as invalid.

Waikato District Council wants better engagement with iwi
Waikato District Council has made a step towards enhancing its relationship with iwi.

At Monday's meeting councillors deliberated over options for the Māori community to have input into and awareness of council processes and decision-making for around half an hour.

In the end, the recommendation was accepted and it was decided council would reconvene at a later date for a workshop about enhancing the status quo arrangements, in particular the Joint Management Agreements with Māori partners......

Indigenous biodiversity examined in Marlborough Environment Plan hearings
Marlborough's indigenous plants and animals are under the microscope as the latest round of hearings on the region's proposed environment plan get underway this week.

The plan would determine the council's environmental policies for the next 20 years, and specified what sort of activities would be allowed or banned.

Ngāi Tahu wanted to include a new policy allowing customary harvesting in areas with threatened indigenous vegetation, habitats with significant indigenous biodiversity, and ecologically significant marine sites.

Customary harvesting allowed iwi to collect plants and animals for cultural purposes, such as ceremonies, medicinal uses, weaving or consumption.

It was important to ensure legislation was drafted to comply with the Treaty of Waitangi principles, he said.

"Customary harvesting is essential in enabling Ngāi Tahu, and other tangata whenua iwi, to exercise kaitiakitanga [guardianship of the environment] and to provide for their relationship with their culture, lands, water and other taonga [treasures]......

High Court dismisses case that controversial Stuff cartoons breached Human Rights Act
The High Court in Auckland has found Stuff did not breach the Human Rights Act in publishing two "provocative" cartoons in 2013.

Labour MP for Manurewa Louisa Wall claimed the two cartoons published by Fairfax NZ, now Stuff, in The Press and The Marlborough Express depicted Māori and Pacific people negatively and were a breach of human rights.

She appealed a 2014 decision by the Human Rights Review Tribunal, which had rejected her complaint that the cartoons were "insulting and ignorant put-downs" of Māori and Pacific people.

In a decision released on Monday, the High Court rejected the appeal.....

New Zealand gangs recruiting bigger numbers than the army
New Zealand is said to have more gang members than soldiers.

More than 5300 members or "prospects" are lining up to join one of 25 listed groups.

A recent article by The Economist quoted police saying gangs were a bigger force than the army, and organised criminal groups were thriving in rural areas as well as cities.

The Hell's Angels, Head Hunters, Nomads and Killer Beez all have a presence in New Zealand. Black Power and the Mongrel Mob have ruled the roost for almost half a century.

Gang members "stick out like dogs' balls", one member admitted to The Economist, because of their patches and tattoos. They are often clothed in leather jackets branded with clenched fists, bulldogs or the Nazi salute.

Police say three-quarters of the country's mobsters are Maori - despite the fact they make up just 15 per cent of the population......

Funding available for Maori in tech
A fresh round of funding aimed at building Maori capacity in the digital technology space is underway.

Maori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta says it's about helping Maori participate in the modern digital economy.

Already, some $3.6 million is helping 20 projects around the country develop under the Ka Hao Maori Digital Technology Fund. The new funding round will expand this, with applications open since February 9. .....

How to talk about the Treaty of Waitangi
Hawke's Bay Today has paired up with The Parenting Place to run a weekly Parenting Hot Tip

Talking about the treaty with your children might be different if you are Maori or if you're pakeha— or if you don't have children. If your family has moved here from a different country, it might feel unfamiliar and tricky to engage with. It might not even feel applicable. But if you've made Aotearoa your home, the treaty does affect you. Here are some ways to start the conversation.

Tell them the story. Not every child loves discussing politics, history or the translation differences in Article Two. But they do love stories. Our history is a story. Tell them stories about our country so that they can see how they are a part of it. Place them in the story.

Paint scenarios and ask questions that help your child engage with the idea of ownership and sharing. They could imagine they live on a beautiful beach and can surf every day on uncrowded waves. Then one day people show up and want to live on the beach and surf the waves too. Is that fair? How would you make that work for everyone? Give them an analogy.

If your child has ever been to a wedding then you could use that as an analogy. A marriage is when two very different people make a whole lot of promises to each other so that they can make one relationship work. That is sort of what a treaty is. Making a marriage work isn't easy. It is learning to see through the eyes of our pater, being willing to compromise and learning to put the interests of our partner ahead of our own. When we're able to do this, we are building healthy relationships.
Hawkes Bay Today Feb 10, 2018 – page 10 (Sorry no link)
Sir Bob Jones says he'll sue woman behind petition to remove his title
The controversy sparked by a column written by Sir Bob Jones continues as he considers taking the woman behind the petition to strip him of his title to court.

His column was pulled from the National Business Review due to its "inappropriate content" which included the comment there should be a "Maori Gratitude Day" instead of "a much disdained Waitangi Day".

An online petition to remove his knighthood had gained more than 40,700 signatures.

Sir Bob Jones told One News he wanted to sue the woman who started the petition.

"I won't sue her for a lot because that would seem like I'm bullying her," Sir Bob told One News.

But he planned to sue her on the basis of hate speech.....

A strong vote against dual name (Poverty Bay)
NEARLY three-quarters of the people who responded to the web poll question this week about giving Poverty Bay a dual name voted against such a move.

The question was, “Do you support moving to a dual name for Gisborne’s coastal bay to Turanganui a Kiwa/Poverty Bay?” — a proposed change that is being promoted and consulted on by Gisborne District Council.
NO 72% YES 25% Don't know 3%......

Charter schools to be axed
The Minister of Education Chris Hipkins didn’t mince his words, being very clear of his intentions for charter schools. “We’ve been very clear that we don’t like the charter school model and we’re not going to continue the charter school model.”

Minister Hipkins accepted some Māori saw value in the model, saying “I acknowledge for the Māori education providers in particular, there is a desire to have a ‘by Māori for Māori’ focus and we certainly want to see how we can accommodate that better within the public education system.”.....

Tribe ready for harbours claim
Waikato Tainui is keen to start on its outstanding claims to its west coast harbours.

Lead negotiator Rahui Papa says the land settlement of 20 years ago and the more recent Waikato River settlement left unfinished the matter of the Kawhia, Aotea, Whaingaroa and Manukau harbours.

He wants to work with the hapu affected on what their needs are.

"We really want to acknowledge the whanau out on the coast and the people who have come away from there because of lack of employment. We want to look at a host of models like the harbours being a legal entity to themselves or a legal personality," Mr Papa says.

Te Reo Māori introduced at Halberg Awards
Te Reo Māori is taking centre stage at the prestigious Halberg Awards tonight.

New Zealand's sporting greats have gathered for the 55th Halberg Awards in Auckland. It is the country's pre-eminent event to honour and celebrate New Zealand sporting excellence.

And for the first time a Halberg Foundation Youth Council member, Thomas Chin, has chosen to perform a Māori karakia before the awards.

“To be here in such a big arena, and to have these opportunities to promote the Māori culture, is something that is a huge honour for me,” says Chin.

The hope is that the Māori language will be used in other events run by Halberg.

There will be many recipients tonight, but the real winner will be the Māori language.......

Maunga become pedestrian spaces
More of Auckland's volcanic cones could soon be closed off to vehicle access.

Tamaki Tupuna Maunga Authority chair Paul Majurey says the reaction to making Maungawhau-Mt Eden pedestrian only acess has been overwhelmingly positive.

He says other communities are now asking for similar protection for their maunga and three will get their wish to be pedestrianised......

Overwhelming response to Poverty Bay re-naming proposal
Captain Cook saw nothing of value in Poverty Bay when he named it in 1769 - but 250 years later that could be about to change.

Nearly 2000 public submissions have been made on the proposal to restore the East Coast's district's original Māori name - Tūranganui-ā-kiwa.

Submissions on the name change closed today and in the next few months a final decision by the council will be taken to the National Geographic Board.....

Kids who struggle in conventional classes engage with Māori tikanga and history
An experimental programme using traditional Māori knowledge and history to engage boys struggling in the classroom has been so successful it could be expanded to non-Māori children.

Two years ago, teachers at Roslyn School in Palmerston North were looking for a way to engage restless children. Looking at tests results and children's engagement, they found many were Māori boys, teacher Jason Tatana said.

They decided this was a group that would benefit from extra support, and their approach has been so successful the school is backing its expansion.

Tatana began a group with six of the year 7 to 9 boys, meeting once a week for less formal and more personal classes. He began teaching them about their Māori heritage, tikanga Māori (customs), and values.....

Māori & migrants call for treaty to be included in citizenship oath
The issue of including the Treaty of Waitangi into the country's citizenship ceremony has resurfaced, following an online petition by a group of Māori and migrants, who are calling on the government to include the Treaty in the allegiance oath.

Mexican migrant Ricardo Menendez hopes the allegiance oath he solemnly pledged last year, will one day include the Treaty as follows.

"I swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Tangata Whenua and the Crown, according to law, that I will honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and faithfully observe the laws of New Zealand and fulfil my duties as a New Zealand citizen."

March is part of Change the Oath along with Māori, who have launched an online petition to the Minister of Internal Affairs to have the Treaty included in the oath ceremony (as written above)......

Govt to target Māori unemployment rates - Jackson
The falling unemployment rate is tracking in the right direction but the percentage of Māori and youth out of work is still too high, Minister of Employment Willie Jackson says.

Mr Jackson said while Māori unemployment fell more than 20 percent last year, it was still double the national average - which was not acceptable.

Mr Jackson said Māori would benefit from government investment in families, health and housing, but he was also negotiating targeted initiatives......

Charter schools were a failed, expensive experiment on kiwi kids – NZEI
Sixty percent of children in charter schools are Māori.

NZEI Te Riu Roa Matua Takawaenga Laures Park says that charter schools did not serve tamariki well and she looked forward to them coming back into the fold.

"We also want to hear more from the Minister about support and resourcing for bilingual/immersion education so that all learners have their identity, culture and language valued and supported at school."

She says there is no credible evidence charter schools are better for Māori than kura kaupapa or mainstream public schools.....

Council considers protecting Te Mata Peak by making it a wāhi taonga
The option of recognising Te Mata Peak as a wāhi taonga, or sacred place, will be considered by Hastings District Council.

The council's planning and regulatory committee met on Thursday to discuss the adequacy of the Hastings district plan in light of the controversial track cut up the eastern side of Te Mata Peak late last year.

The track, built by Craggy Range winery, was deemed to have "no more than minor" environmental effects when the council issued resource consent, without public notification, in October 2017.

Last month an independent review found multiple issues had not been thoroughly scrutinised by the council, particularly the peak's importance to Ngāti Kahungunu.

This is partly because the peak is not a listed wāhi taonga, or wāhi tapu, and therefore cultural effects were not fully considered.

At Thursday's meeting councillors discussed the fact that if the peak was identified as a wāhi taonga it would mean hapu were treated as an affected party in any resource consent application received by the council.

Any activities involving excavation, modification or disturbance of the ground that would destroy wāhi taonga would be a discretionary activity.

An area can only be declared wāhi taonga if it is advanced as such by the hapu with mana whenua......

The New Zealand Navy's newest - and largest - ship will have a badge inspired by the legend of Maui.
Chief Petty Officer Steven Knight says he was rapt to make the shortlist of 10 - out of more than 250 designs submitted - to produce a badge for the HMNZS Aotearoa, the Navy's newest and largest ship.

"I just tried to produce something that contained all the elements that were important for a Navy ship that carried the name of our country," he said.

Rear Admiral John Martin, who was on the design selection committee, says he looked for "simple yet striking" designs and CPO Knight's Maui-inspired effort stood out.

"The fish hook elegantly blended the Maori legend of Aotearoa's origin with the replenishment role that the ship will be responsible for," he said......

Don Brash calls out Treaty of Waitangi oath attempt
A former politician is questioning a call to include the Treaty of Waitangi in the Oath of Citizenship.

A petition has been launched calling for new citizens to pledge allegiance to Tangata Whenua and the Crown.

The Minister of Internal Affairs is being urged to amend the oath, recognising the Treaty as New Zealand's founding document.

But former National leader Don Brash says it's not that straight forward.

"If it implies it was a partnership between Māori and the Crown then certainly I would strongly oppose it because there was no such partnership created," he says......

BOP Maori collaborate with dairy plant
A group of Maori organisations has partnered with Japanese food company Imanaka to develop a milk processing plant to make high-value niche products in the Bay of Plenty town of Kawerau.

Kawerau Dairy is a collaboration between 11 Maori entities, which own two thirds of the venture, and Imanaka's Cedenco Dairy unit, which owns the remaining third. They expect the first stage of the $32 million project to begin operations early next year.

The dairy venture is following the model of the Miraka milk company in Taupo.

"For Maori, it's about getting more experienced and becoming more involved," said project coordinator Richard Jones, who is chief executive of Kawerau Dairy shareholder Poutama......

RANZCP strengthens their commitment to Māori
‘Mr Keelan’s knowledge of Te Ao Māori (the Māori world) will provide the RANZCP with strong cultural leadership,’ said Dr Rees Tapsell (Ngāti Whakaue) Chair of Te Kaunihera mo ngā Hauora hinengaro Māori

‘Much of Mr Keelan role will focus on advising on mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge), tikanga and kawa (protocol). We are particularly pleased that Mr Keelan will be able to tautoko (support) us with cultural events associated with this year’s RANZCP Congress in Auckland,’ Dr Tapsell said.....

Labour won't repeat 'closing the gaps'
The government won't be funding any big-ticket policies specifically targeted at Maori but its other plans will disproportionately help Maori, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says.

During her historic speech at Waitangi's Treaty Grounds on Monday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called on those present to hold her government to account on promises about health, education and jobs, saying there was "much work to be done".

Asked whether the government would be looking to introduce a specifically targeted, large-scale programme - such as the last Labour government's "Closing the Gaps" strategy for Maori and Pacific Islanders - Mr Robertson on Wednesday told Radio NZ that wasn't on the cards.

"That's not the approach we are taking, but we believe that we will be able to lift a significant number of Maori out of poverty," he said.....

Māori unemployment rate at nine-year low, but twice NZ rate
In the year to the December 2017 quarter, the unemployment rate for Māori fell to a nine-year low, at the same time as 19,000 more Māori, especially rangatahi (young people), moved into work, Stats NZ said today.

The unemployment rate for Māori fell to 9.0 percent, compared with 11.9 percent a year ago. This is the lowest Māori unemployment rate since the December 2008 quarter; however, unemployment for Maori is double the national rate.....

Council apologises over post suggesting Aucklanders ignore Waitakere Ranges rāhui
Auckland Council is extending an olive branch after a blunder encouraging people to ignore an iwi-imposed rāhui and head to the Waitakere Ranges on Waitangi Day.

A post from ATEED, which is an arm of the council, on Monday suggested a good way for Aucklanders to spend their Tuesday off work was to head to the Kitekite Track, in the Waitakeres.

The post did not mention that the council had committed to working with Te Kawerau a Maki Iwi on ongoing protection, nor that the mentioned track was protected under the rāhui.

The rāhui, or exclusion zone, was announced by West Auckland iwi Te Kawerau a Maki across the 16,000ha ranges park in a bid to curb the spread of kauri dieback disease.

At the end of last year Mayor Phil Goff and a majority of councillors did not support a full closure of the Ranges, but voted to support it in principle.....

Column calling for Māori servitude for a day pulled after outrage (Sir Bob Jones)
A column calling for a day in which Māori serve the British has been deleted from the National Business Review's (NBR) website.

The Sir Bob Jones column argues that instead of a day in which Māoritanga comes to the centre, we should have a day in "appreciation" of the Brits.

Why? Because Sir Bob believes there are "no full-blooded Māoris in existence", ergo, he argues, Māori should thank the British for their existence on Waitangi Day.

"As there are no full-blooded Māoris in existence it indisputably follows that had it not been for migrants, mainly Brits, not a single Māori alive today, including Professor Temaru, would have existed," he wrote.

"I have in mind a public holiday where Māori bring us breakfast in bed or weed our gardens, wash and polish our cars and so on, out of gratitude for existing."

On Twitter, the column was called "incredibly racist" and "hate speech".

Sir Bob was called a "fossil" and a "blatant white supremacist"......

Fresh funding round for Ka Hao Māori Digital Fund
A fresh round of funding aimed at building Māori capacity in the digital technology space is about to get underway.

“It’s about helping Māori participate in the modern digital economy,” says Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta, announcing the latest round along with Research, Science and Innovation Minister Dr Megan Woods.

Already, some $3.6 million is helping 20 projects around the country develop under the Ka Hao Māori Digital Technology Fund. The new funding round will expand this, with applications opening on Thursday 9 February.....

National have been much better at settling Treaty claims than Labour
ANALYSIS: With Jacinda Ardern spending a historic five days in Waitangi this week while Bill English speaks about as far away from Waitangi as he can get (Bluff), it might seem like Labour are better friends of Māori than National.

Given Labour currently hold all seven Māori seats, it would seem many Maori would agree.

But judging the two partys' records - even leaving aside the contentious foreshore and seabed legislation - one crucial factor does play into National's favour.

The last National Government were far more successful settling Treaty of Waitangi claims than the previous Labour one.

Despite both ruling for nine years National settled 59 claims to Labour's 15........

Maori design for Lakeside fitting for local-themed concert
This year's Lakeside concert has its very own logo with a special local cultural flavour.

Graphic artist David Jones has provided the artwork for Lakeside concerts every year since they started 21 years ago.

But this year he enlisted the help of accomplished artist Okiwi Logan Shipgood, who has added a special Maori element to the logo....

178 years of Treaty — what has been the intergenerational impact on your local Iwi?
In 1840, Thomas Chapman, a well known missionary for the Church Missionary Society (CMS), was asked to seek signatures for the Treaty of Waitangi in the Rotorua and Taupō districts. The Treaty of Waitangi was first signed on the 6th February 1840. It established a British Governor in New Zealand. It recognised Māori ownership of their lands and gave Māori the rights of British subjects.

It subsequently opened the door to colonisation, which had a devastating impact on tribes all over Aotearoa, including Te Arawa.

Te Arawa did not sign the Treaty in 1840, as they were confident they did not need the protection of the Queen. However, they agreed to its terms in 1860 with a group of Te Arawa leaders signing a covenant in Kohimarama, Auckland, recognising the Treaty as a binding document of partnership with the Crown. Why? Because they had suffered the negative effects of colonisation. Sadly, signing the covenant would prove meaningless as Claudia Orange comments:

“The Kohimarama resolution was similar to a formal ratification of the treaty. The government promised to hold further conferences to discuss sharing power, but no more were held. The chiefs who attended the conference expected to play a greater part in decision-making, but they were to be disappointed.”....

Making Wellington a te reo city
Wellington City Council wants to hear from the public on how it can achieve the goal of making Wellington a te reo Māori city, Deputy Mayor Jill Day announced today.

The public consultation for the draft te reo policy, Te Tauihu – Te Kaupapa Here Hukihuki Te Reo Māori, opened today and asks Wellingtonians for ideas on how the Council can celebrate the language in the city.

“It’s about incorporating more te reo into our everyday lives,” Deputy Mayor Day says.

“The Māori language has inherent mana and importance and we need to acknowledge that by making it more visible in our city.”....

Māori freshwater rights put to one side at Waitangi when the PM met with iwi leaders

A Government delegation led by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern arrived at Waitangi on Friday for her first official meeting with the Iwi Chairs Forum (ICF) ahead of Waitangi commemorations next week.

Freshwater rights have been a bone of contention at the ICF for the last decade but Ardern said following her meeting that the emphasis was on water quality, not rights and interests over it.

She said who owned water didn't come up but given how long the issue has been around she expected it would continue to be a feature.

She said Ministers are looking at policy around a levy on companies who export bottled water but she wouldn't preempt when that might happen.

"Our position continues to be the same. Everybody has a stake in water, but we acknowledge particularly Māori do."

She denied the Government had put the issue in the "too-hard basket" - it was a case of being too early to say what the result of any policy might mean for Māori......

A further article on the above here > Ardern: Water rights not top of mind at Iwi Chairs Forum

'We can’t do it alone' - Jacinda Ardern promises a partnership with Maori on problems they face
....the message from people at Karetu Marae today is that clear they want the Government to keep listening to them, visiting them and working with them to solve the problems in Northland, and facing Maori. 

Ms Ardern told reporters she thinks those on the marae and the Government "absolutely agree"......

National Government only ever wanted a Treaty settlement on their terms - Ngāpuhi leader
A Ngāpuhi leader has hit back at Bill English and the National Party for never being genuine about a Treaty settlement with the country's largest iwi unless it was on the Crown's terms.

Hone Sadler, the chair of Tuhoronuku, which is the entity who holds the mandate for negotiating with the Crown on behalf of Ngāpuhi, says English is taking "pot-shots" at the iwi now that he's in Opposition.

His comments are in response to English saying, "short of a couple of people dropping dead it will need someone to break it into four or five settlements" in order for Ngāpuhi to get across the line.....

Name proposal a good balance
The council proposal for Gisborne’s coastal bay to be renamed Turanganui a Kiwa/Poverty Bay is a good one — officially reclaiming the original name for our place, while retaining our other historical and, in the case of Gisborne, widely-known markers.

It is a compromise solution to community desires for overdue change that recognises and promotes our bicultural heritage, and for equally strongly-held community desires for continuity.

The city will still be called Gisborne. That will be disappointing for those Maori who would like our city to adopt the dual name of Turanganui a Kiwa/Gisborne.....

Proposed new bylaws aim to protect freshwater taonga
The Ministry for Primary Industries has publicly notified proposed new Te Arawa Lakes Fisheries Bylaws which aim to protect the sustainability of freshwater taonga species and recognise traditional Te Arawa fishery practices.

The proposed bylaws have been developed by Te Komiti Whakahaere, the Te Arawa Fisheries Committee, which sits within Te Arawa Lakes Trust.....

Corporate world enticing te reo Māori educators away from classroom
Better pay and smaller workloads are seeing any Māori language teachers swapping the classroom for the boardroom, the New Zealand Principals' Federation says.

The pull of the private sector is adding to an acute teacher shortage across all levels of education, with some centres struggling to fill vacancies.

The Government poured an extra $9.5 million as part of a teacher supply package to address immediate need last year, including in Māori medium and te reo education......

PPA treaty exception not up to task
A critic of the Trans Pacific Partnership is accusing Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of glib and inaccurate reassurances about the effect of the 11-country trade deal on Maori.

The rejigged Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement on Trans Pacific Partnership is due to be signed in Chile on March 8.

On Facebook the Prime Minister posted that New Zealand has an exemption meaning it can always legislate and act to protect its obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi.

Professor Kelsey says that’s not so......

Festival to connect with Mangere Mountain history
In 2014, a landmark Te Tiriti o Waitangi (Treaty of Waitangi) Settlement was passed, transferring the ownership of fourteen Tupuna Maunga (ancestral mountains) to the Mana Whenua tribes of Auckland and enabling the establishment of the Tupuna Maunga Authority to govern and manage the sites.

The Tupuna Maunga Authority is a co-governance body with six iwi representatives and six Auckland Council representatives. The Authority is independent from Auckland Council and has its own decision-making powers and functions.

Ownership of Mangere Mountain remains with the Crown and the Tupuna Maunga Authority is responsible for all ongoing maintenance and care.

A central role of the Tupuna Maunga Authority is to ensure that Mana Whenua world views and priorities, and the strong living connections that all communities have with the maunga, is woven into their long-term care......

Council ready for water rights challenge
New Zealand Maori Council chair Sir Taihakurei Durie says the new coalition Government needs to talk to council as well as to iwi on issues like water.

National froze out the council despite its statutory role as an adviser to government, choosing instead to talk to iwi leaders.

The Maori Council draws its mandate from grass roots Maori committees.

"There are of course many areas in which the views will be the same and we’ll be supporting one another on occasion. The post-settlement governance entities will have good reason to look at the commercial aspects of water development whereas the focus of the council is on the preservation of waterways and the allocation of water rights which is not necessarily based on commercial opportunities," Sir Taihakurei says.

He says the New Zealand Maori Council approach to water was reflected in the policies Labour, the Greens and the Opportunities Party took into the election......

King Tuheitia launches new Iwi Māori Panel
The Waikato region has established an iwi Māori Panel aimed at reducing incarceration rates among Māori. The panels, which are in high demand across the country, focus on an offender's genealogy, whānau, income, and background in order to understand why they commit a crime.

The panel will consist of a representative from the police, two community members and a representative for the Māori King.

The Hamilton-based community partnership is between Te Kōhao Health and police. It has the backing of the Māori King's Office and was launched by King Tuheitia.

Over the past three years, Panels have been piloted in Lower Hutt, Gisborne, Counties-Manukau and the South Island. Assistant Police Commissioner Wally Haumaha says the results have been positive.

“We, the government, are working with Tainui,” said Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis. “The (former) government has signed a covenant with Tainui. I want to do the same with other Iwi.”

The government plans to set up Iwi Panels in 13 districts throughout the country over time.....

Submissions open for Te Waikoropupu Springs water conservation order
Kaumatua John Ward-Holmes said the steps iwi was taking to protect the springs was a part of their responsibility to the ancestors.

"And we have a responsibility to our mokopuna, our future generations, to do our very best to look after the environment the best way possible. This is what drives us to apply for the conservation order to protect the aquifer which feeds our taonga [treasure] to Waikoropupu."

Ward-Holmes said it was "heart-warming" there had been so much support from all over the country, and even overseas from people who were contacting the iwi.....

Petition could overturn Kaikoura District council's vote in favour of Maori Ward
The Kaikōura District Council have voted to establish a Maori Ward at the next election but a lobby group said voters need to make their own decision.

Last November Kaikōura District Council voted unanimously in favour of establishing a Maori Ward for the 2019 and 2022 local body elections. It was the first council in the South Island to do so. Several councils in the North Island have voted for a Maori Ward, while others have voted against.

Residents who were enrolled at the last election could overturn the resolution if five per cent sign a petition by February 21 to demand a poll and request a referendum.

Rakautara woman Ngaio Te Ua who spoke at the meeting in November in support of the vote said she was proud of the council's mandate.

Don Brash one of the founders of Hobson's Pledge said the group was formed as a political party to try and reverse what they they saw as a very dangerous drift toward creating constitutional and political differences between New Zealanders based on the ethnicities of their ancestors.

"Hobson's Pledge is concerned whenever council's want to create political distinctions based on race," he said.

"Hobson's Pledge can't tell the people of Kaikōura how to react ... but we can encourage the voters in Kaikōura to make their own decision on this issue, and not leave it to councillors."

Brash said dividing the country on the basis of race was not conducive to long-term racial harmony, and a poll taken on the issue was the most democratic way to make the decision.

"Once separate wards are established for Maori they are likely to last a long time.

"Maori electorates were established in 1867, originally for five years, and are still with us more than 150 years later despite there not being the slightest need for such racially-based electorates today."......

Report: Racism prevalent at Kiwi schools
Kiwi kids say they are experiencing racism from other students and teachers at school, according to a survey.

Almost 1700 children were surveyed in the Education Matters to Me report released on Wednesday by the Office of the Children's Commissioner and the School Trustees Association.

It found many students felt they were "being treated unequally because of their culture", in what the report's authors described as a "significant and disturbing insight".

Others with learning difficulties or disabilities also felt marginalised.

"Some teachers are racist. They tell you that you are not going to achieve... this makes me feel angry because it hurts... then we do stupid things and we get blamed," a Pasifika-background student in an alternative education unit said.

"I'm real good at maths but my teacher just thinks I'm stupid so never gave me any time," a Maori student in alternative education said.

A secondary student with an African background also told of the need for "basic ethnic/race knowledge and tolerance, things like teaching kids that the word N***** is bad and racist".

Many of the comments were from in-person interviews with 144 mostly Maori students, "who were not well served" by the education system, the report said..... 

Schools collaborating to learn better
ABOUT 180 educators met yesterday at Mangapapa School to take part in the first Gisborne Community of Learning (COL) — Kahui Ako activation day.

Representatives from 14 Gisborne schools attended the first of three days designed to help schools work collaboratively to improve the educational outcomes of students.

COL — Kahui Ako is the collective vision of 25 Gisborne schools with the goal of achieving their full potential by learning and achieving together.

Emeritus professor Russell Bishop, known in New Zealand and internationally for his research and successful development on what works best for Maori and marginalised learners, delivered the keynote address.....

Teachers' council needs Maori seat
Principal's Federation chair Whetu Cormick says there needs to be a formal seat for Maori on the revamped Education Council.

The Federation is welcoming a bill to turn the ministerially-appointed Education Council into the Teaching Council with a mix of elected and appointed members.

Mr Cormick says it's a sign of trust that teachers will have a say in who sits on their main professional body.

He will make a submission to Education Minister Chris Hipkins on the need for a Maori position......

New course to focus on cherishing kaumatua
A NEW programme from Te Wananga o Aotearoa teaches tikanga Maori and health skills to those dedicated to looking after the elderly.

The Level 3 Te Kumana Raeroa programme starts in Gisborne in March.

It combines tikanga Maori with an understanding of health services to ensure kuia and koroua and their whanau are not only well looked after, but cherished, understood and empowered in the community.

It covers Maori and non-Maori aspects of caring for the elderly.....

Wellington hoping to expand mentoring programme for Maori
Wellington is hoping to double its involvement in a national Maori mentoring programme this year, Wellington Mayor Justin Lester says.

Since 2011, Wellington’s Mayor has mentored a rangatahi (young person) each year as part of the Local Government New Zealand Mayors Taskforce for Jobs Tuia programme.

Tuia aims to develop the leadership capacity of young Māori by pairing them with mayors and/or deputy mayors, who mentor them on a one-on-one basis.....

Taepa wins chance to transform Kapiti park
Papamoa-based artist Kereama Taepa has been selected to develop a project for Maclean Park in Paraparaumu.

The Kapiti Coast District Council deputy mayor Janet Holborow says the council’s public art panel was impressed with the quality of Taepa’s concepts and their flexibility, so his motifs can be integrated into different areas of the park now and in any future development.

Previous projects include public sculptures in Wellington and New Plymouth, toilet block screens and drinking fountains for Rotorua Lakes Council, and an ATM wrap design for ANZ bank......

Rotorua's first charter school officially open
Rotorua's first partnership school has celebrated its official opening with a dawn ceremony attended by more than 200 people.

The school will be governed by Ngati Whakaue's education arm, the Te Taumata o Ngati Whakaue Iho-Ake Trust, which previously said support for the school had been phenomenal.

Once school starts it will cover the full New Zealand curriculum but with a focus on science and technology, teaching literacy and other learning areas through science topics defined in Maori terms such as whakapapa (genetics) and ahuwhenua (agriculture)......

Rahui after beach tragedy
A ban on the collection of shellfish or fishing near a fatal crash scene on a Northland beach has been imposed until Sunday. Ngai Takoto has imposed a rahui on 10km of the beach, extending 5km north and south of Waipapakauri Ramp, on 90 Mile Beach.

The rahui will remain in place until Sunday......

South Island rivers restored to original Māori names
One man's bid to stop a South Island river getting a name change because the proposed Māori version was "too long" has been shot down.

"Waiau Uwha River is not a long name," the New Zealand Geographic Board said as it officially renamed the Waiau River.

The Clarence River was also renamed, to Waiau Toa/Clarence River, after Ngāi Tahu made proposals to the board on behalf of Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura in 2015 and 2016 to have the rivers returned to their historical names.....

PM looks to build partnerships with iwi
In an unprecedented move the Labour leader will be spending five days in the region, saying that she wants to form "strong, open transparent relationships" with Māori and signalling her time at Waitangi is "a fresh start".

Ms Ardern told Morning Report the government is looking for form partnerships with iwi in order to tackle issues such as housing, unemployment and child poverty.

She said home ownership rates for Māori were at 27 percent which was "unacceptable".

The government also aims to reduce the incarceration rate by 30 percent......

Consider the name - Gisborne District Council
Feedback is being sought from the community on their level of support to change the name of our bay to a dual name ‘Turanganui a Kiwa / Poverty Bay’.

Gisborne District Council agreed in February 2017 to research the name of our bay and engage with the community to put forward a naming application to the New Zealand Geographic Board (NZGB) Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa.

"Dual names recognise the special historical and cultural significance of both original Maori and non- Maori names," says Council Director of Transformation and Relationships, Keita Kohere.

"It’s a longstanding aspiration of many in our community to reinstate the name Turanganui a Kiwa for the coastal bay, promoting and recognising our bicultural heritage.".....

Drivers license APPs to be translated into Māori and more
A Māori couple and creators of New Zealand's only Restricted and Full driving license APPs are looking to translate their devices into several languages including Māori. Swaine Nelson says it's part of their move to engage more youth to get licensed and also to normalise te reo Māori.

It's the everyday youth language that has 19-year-old mid-wife student, Michelle Ellis, confident about attaining her restricted license.

“It's simple, it's straightforward. Like compared to the road code it's like all these big words that probably no one would understand,” said Ellis......

Australian Indigenous Business Delegation Arrives
The Australian High Commission is delighted to be welcoming a delegation of senior Australian Indigenous business leaders to New Zealand from 28 January to 3 February. The purpose of the visit is to learn from the successes and experiences of the Māori economy and to to build linkages between Australian and New Zealand Indigenous business for mutual benefit.....

Rangatahi unemployment – a key focus for the Government
Minister of Employment Hon Willie Jackson announced the first steps to tackle youth unemployment in the regions, as part of a broader Employment Strategy.

“Tackling youth unemployment is a priority for this Government, especially amongst young Māori and Pasifika,” says Minister Jackson.

“The crisis of entrenched unemployment is real for many rangatahi and their communities.....

Māori set example for the kind of government we want to be - Jacinda Ardern
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says we should turn to Maoridom for an example of the kind of compassion and ethics the Government should show.

"I want to be a Government that brings back manaakitanga", she said.

Manaakitanga is a concept central to the Māori worldview, meaning to show respect, generosity and care for others.

That call to unity - a symbol that "we are on the same side" - was echoed in Ms Ardern's speech.......

Ardern pledges commitment to Ratana
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the relationship between the Labour Party and Ratana is a living commitment rather than a moment in history.

"I'll tell you it's my belief we will never have fulfilled our obligations under Te Tiriti o Waitangi ore the prophesies of Ratana until we make sure Maori are no longer over-represented in our unemployment statistics, that they are no longer over-represented in our prison population, that they no longer have tamariki living in poverty, and that our rangatahi, particularly those who live in the regions, have every opportunity for a decent job and a decent future," Ms Ardern says......

Reclassification of export mānuka honey may breach Treaty of Waitangi
A looming change in how mānuka honey is classified is being challenged as a breach of the Treaty of Waitangi with a claim Māori were not consulted.

The change in classification is being pushed through by the Ministry of Primary Industries in a bid to rid the highly lucrative trade of inferior honey.

But it could also reduce export earning by millions as honey currently classified as mānuka could be downgraded to bush honey, which does not attract a premium price.......

MWWL President to Government – It’s time for them to step back
It was only a small party that went on to Ratana for the Māori Women’s Welfare League. But there were some big words for the government, saying they need to step back.

At the special pōwhiri specifically for the Māori Women’s Welfare League, their President Prue Kapua talked about wanting to work with Ratana to help support Māori. Something she says the government has failed to do effectively.

Her message was that the government needed to take a step back.

“It’s time for them to step back and it’s time for us to be involved in the decision making and in providing the services that our people need,” she says......

PM turns to tikanga Māori after pregnancy
The Labour Party have confirmed today they will increase the importance placed on tikanga Māori, after the announcement of Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern's pregnancy last week.

"At the news the Prime Minister was pregnant, there was a definite increase in importance placed upon the adheral to protocol on the marae" says MP for Tāmaki Makaurau, Peeni Henare.

"These are the protocol of our ancestors to protect and guard our women and children on the marae at all times. It is a substantial undertaking" says Henare.

"The whole idea of the whare tangata, the home of our unborn babies being protected is very much a part of the tikanga" says Henry.

She adds that from a traditional Māori epistemological worldview that the Prime Minister and her child are in the ultimate state of tapu, and all precautionary measures are welcomed whilst undertaking the sacriligious pōwhiri process.

"This is about the power of mana wahine, of mana tāne and I think that is something ancient and important in our culture that we have equality" adds Henry.......

Omiha name change hits the rocks
Land Information Minister Eugenie Sage has squelched an effort to remove the Maori name from a Waiheke locality.

It gave the minister the final word, and she stuck with Omiha, adding a macron to the O.

The minister also agreed that Castle Rock southeast of Coromandel township has the alternate name Motutere.

The Clarence River, which meets the ocean northeast of Kaikoura, will also be known as Waiau Toa, while the Waiau River southwest of Kaikoura will be known as Waiau Uwha......

Government needs to build on progress for Maori - Muller
The Government needs to explain how it will ensure Maori continue to make real progress, after axing the public targets which have helped drive improvements in everything from education to immunisation, National’s Crown/Iwi Relations spokesperson Todd Muller says.

"The Better Public Services targets have had an immense impact on the lives of New Zealanders - and led to real improvement in the lives of Maori.

"The National-led Government focused on working alongside Maori to make real inroads in areas including child immunisations, crime, economic development, education and domestic violence, leading to real results including:....

Hastings District Council appointments voice for Maori interests
The appointment of two new advisers to the Hastings District Council will help the local authority build stronger relationships with iwi and hapu and better reflect Maori cultural values and concerns, says chief executive Ross McLeod.....

Waikato-Tainui receive $190 million boost
The government says the recent Ngāi Tahu and Tainui-Waikato Treaty settlement payout won't affect other iwi negotiating a fair deal in the future. Both iwi received a combined $370 million as part of a special clause in their Treaty settlements.

Minister for Treaty Settlements Andrew Little says, "This gives them more investment capital to use to continue to grow the value of the asset base of those iwi and therefore the total Māori economy grows."

The two tribes have become economic powerhouses in the New Zealand economy and Little says this clause won't affect other iwi looking to complete their claims.

"All future negotiations have to be conducted in good faith and it is not right for the Crown to put arbitrary limits on how it is dealing with the claims because it's dealing iwi by iwi."

Both Tainui and Ngāi Tahu iwi have the right to seek further payment every five years once an evaluation is done of the Treaty settlements over that period......

Iwi assets climb from $6b to $7.8b: new report
The asset base of New Zealand's approximately 70 iwi rose by $1.8b in the last year to $7.8b, a new study out today has found.

Phil Barry and William Turner of financial and investment business TDB Advisory in Wellington released the Iwi Investment Report 2017.

The growth was driven partly by six new settlements in the last two years totalling $222m, they said listing iwi as Ngati Hei ($8.5m redress), Ngati Tamaoho ($10.3m), Ngāti Tūwharetoa ($78m), Ngāti Tara Tokanui ($6m), Ahuriri Hapū ($19.5m) and Te Wairoa ($100m).

Barry said $4.8b of assets was controlled by the eight richest iwi as at June last year and excludes relativity payments to Waikato-Tainui and Ngai Tahu.

The eight iwi represent about 53 per cent of the Maori population throughout New Zealand. They have around $4.8b in assets and that is steadily growing. Last year, eight iwi had just $4.4b, TDB noted.

Barry predicted that by 2026, iwi assets nationally could climb to $12b......
Iwi assets swollen by tax loophole

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union says the rapid growth of iwi assets is driven by special tax treatment.
Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says, “The corporate tax rate for Maori Authorities is 17.5%, compared to 28% for other businesses. And because of their ‘charitable’ status, many iwi-run businesses don’t even pay income tax.”

“These loopholes don’t just let iwi keep more profit – they allow iwi to gain a competitive advantage by undercutting their competitors.”

“Look at Shotover Jet for example. Owned by Ngāi Tahu, it pays no company tax at all, and no guarantee whatsoever than a cent is returned to the community. It’s just a legalised rotten tax rort.”....

Thousands snubbing Waitakere Ranges rahui despite reminders by park rangers
Thousands of people are snubbing an iwi-imposed rahui over Auckland's Waitakere Ranges - even after being approached in the park and told about it.

Results from an on-site survey, provided to the Herald, showed just a small number of those visitors approached chose to leave when told about the rahui.

Te Kawerau a Maki imposed the unofficial ban over the 16,000ha park last month.

Of more than 1100 people approached by one council-employed kauri dieback ambassador in the week before Christmas, only a dozen chose to turn back because of the rahui.

Another couple were reported as saying they knew about the rahui, but argued it was "up to the council" to close the ranges.

"We are Europeans, so we will listen and respect the final word of those who have the power to shut or leave the tracks open."

The iwi's executive manager, Edward Ashby, acknowledged there were no statutory powers to enforce the rahui, but was nonetheless saddened many visitors were ignoring it.

The reasons ranged from a lack of awareness and confusion to people not taking the threat seriously and not respecting iwi, he said......

Dargaville High School
whatonga korero
Ko te Kura tuarua o Takiwira hei akonga tauira. Hei ngakau whakapuke ako, ki te angitu me te moihotanga. He takahoa hua Ki tenei rohe whanui.

When developing policies and practices for the school every endeavour is made to reflect New Zealand Cultural diversity and the unique position of the Maori culture.
Dargaville High School will develop procedures and practices that reflect New Zealand’s cultural diversity and the unique position of the Maori culture, in consultation with our community. The school will take all reasonable steps to provide instruction in Tikanga (Maori culture) and Te Reo (Maori language). Dargaville High School’s core values are:

* Respect (Whakaute)

*Responsibility (Kawenga)

* Contributing (Aroha Hoatu)

* Integrity (Ngakau Tapatahi)....

Fishing ban lifted from Taranaki coast but another may be soon imposed
The ban on collecting shellfish in coastal Taranaki following the scattering of human ashes has been lifted.

On Saturday, whānau and members of Parihaka Papakāinga Trust gathered at the Egmont Boat Club in Pungarehu where they held a formal ceremony to lift the rāhui.

​The rāhui, or ban, on collecting kaimoana and onshore fishing was put in place in December after ashes were scattered by a whānau near the boat ramp at Bayly Rd.

Trust chairperson Tina Mason said while restrictions were now lifted there would be a hui held soon to discuss whether a further ban was needed to replenish the area's fish stocks.

"We need to monitor our fishing as well as our kaimoana out there and any further need for a rāhui would be supported.".....

Ngāi Tahu and Tainui receive $370 million in Treaty payment top-ups, with more to come
Two iwi have quietly been paid huge top-ups, totalling $370 million, to their supposed "full and final" Treaty of Waitangi settlements.

Waikato-Tainui received $190m and the South Island's Ngāi Tahu $180m – more than they originally settled for in 1995 and 1998, respectively.

The Government made the payments on December 15 without any public announcement, but they were discovered by Stuff and confirmed by the Office of Treaty Settlements this week.

The payments were made because of "relativity" clauses the tribes negotiated during the "fiscal envelope" settlement process in the mid-1990s.........

A further article on the above here > Govt walking a tightrope as Māori relations set to trip

And a further article here > Treaty Negotiations Minister Andrew Little believes compensation is necessary to make right the horrific circumstances Māori faced. 

End of Life Choice Bill sparks debate about euthanasia and Maori values
Rotorua Maori are discussing how euthanasia fits with their values, as a bill legalising euthanasia makes its way through parliament.

While some kaumatua said the thought of euthanasia did not sit well with them culturally, they saw no need to stop a tangi of someone who chose euthanasia from being held on a marae.......

New wharekura opened after 10 years of planning
Dreamed of for a decade, joyful tears were shed as a new $2 million technology centre was opened and blessed at Te Pi'ipi'inga Kakano Mai Rangiatea in New Plymouth on Saturday.

Around 300 people gathered at the new wharekura for a pre-dawn blessing, principal Moana Kake-Tuffley said.

It was the first time any of the women involved, including Kake-Tuffley and project manager Kiri Wanoa, had been inside the two buildings.

Iwi tikanga dictates women are not allowed to enter the buildings until they were opened.

The design was inspired by the story of Rongo, God of Cultivated Food, taking shelter in the body of Papatūānuku, the earth mother.

The timbers of the ceilings in the two buildings reflected the tahu and heke of traditional whare and also the stem and veins of a leaf - representing the shelter the whare gives to the children within.......

Industry heavyweights to gather for Maori business conference in Tauranga
More than 100 of the best minds in Maori business are coming together to take part in a national conference in Tauranga this year.

Te Hekenga III is the third instalment of the National Maori Business Networks and Maori Enterprises Conference, which will host up to 200 people, including Minister for Maori Development Nanaia Mahuta and Minister for Regional Development Shane Jones.

"It's also a great networking opportunity," Mikaere said......

Justice reform group suggests marae as bail address
Using marae as bail addresses would help those who struggle to get permission to stay in private accommodation while awaiting trial, a defence lawyer says.

The Sir Peter Williams QC Penal Reform League is pushing the move, saying it would help to reduce the number of people held in remand.

Auckland lawyer John Anderson, who supports the league's idea, said it would be a good option for people who identify as Māori.....

Maori ward opponents bring brash to town
Don Brash, controversial spokesman for lobby group Hobson's Pledge, is to visit Manawatū on Wednesday to rally support for petitions that seek to overturn local council decisions on Māori wards.

Both the Palmerston North City Council and Manawatū District Council voted last year in favour of Māori wards.

Hobson's Pledge is a lobby group dedicated to removing what it sees as legislative favouritism for Māori.

Unattributed pamphlets inviting Manawatū District and city residents to sign a petition demanding a binding poll on Māori wards had been circulated to voters through letterboxes and rural mail boxes.....

Hapū lays claim to school grounds with peaceful occupation
Overnight wind and rain dampened their tents but not the resolve of Taranaki hapū members occupying land they claim is theirs.

About 50 members and supporters of Ngati Tamāhuroa me Titahi hapū have occupied the former Pihama School site on State Highway 45 in coastal Taranaki since January 11, with up to 120 people some days.

The peaceful protest aimed to remind the Government and the two iwi whose areas the land lies in, that they wanted official recognition of their hapū and of their historical ownership of the school site, spokesman Garth Weston said

Maori input vital for abuse inquiry
A group of leading experts says factors that led to the targeting of Maori families by child-welfare agencies need to be a major part of any inquiry into abuse of children and vulnerable adults in state and out of home care.

The Government has made setting up such an inquiry one of the commitments for its first 100 days.

They recommend the royal commission covers historic and contemporary abuse in care, hears evidence from a wide range of people, has powers to compel witnesses and the production of documents and has a significant research capacity.

It should also have responsibility for setting compensation and other redress.....

Tikanga on the table as Waitangi prepares for Jacinda Ardern’s visit
Jacinda Ardern's speaking rights and where she'll be seated during the formal ceremony at Waitangi is being discussed today.

Misunderstanding of tikanga for women leaders has caused controversy in the past, with Helen Clark reduced to tears in 1998.

However, a spokesperson for the marae says it is important the timing is correct and that any tapu is removed before she speaks.

In some iwi, women traditionally sit behind male speakers during formal welcomes, which historically offered better protection for the child bearers of the tribe......

Iwi needed for civil defence
The review was started last year by the previous Government with cross-party support, and headed by former National Party deputy leader Roger Sowry.

Civil Defence Minister Kris Faafoi says he will consider its recommendations as he meets with local authorities, iwi and other groups over the next few months.

The review calls for a national emergency management agency and “fly-in” teams of professionals for a rapid response.

Local authorities would retain a major role, with mayors responsible for declaring states of emergency but iwi would be added to the existing joint governance committees in each area.

“We found a compelling case for iwi to be represented at all levels of the group structure. As a result, we recommend clearer protocols with iwi, and full participation of iwi in coordination and planning structures,” it says......

Millions spent on controversial Māori land bill
Millions of dollars were spent by the previous government on the failed Māori land bill, which one political leader labelled "a poisonous and destructive cancer".

Documents released under the Official Information Act reveal the National-led government spent $5.2 million on investigating how to establish a Māori Land Service despite widespread opposition and the bill not being passed into law.....

Multimillion dollar boost for te reo
Efforts to get more people using te reo Māori at home and in the community are getting a boost with a new regional funding model.

Māori language body Te Mātāwai developed the new model over the last two years, with the Tainui region in Waikato set to receive its share of more than $10 million.

For the last two years, Maehe Paki has worked at a ground level in her role with the iwi organisation Waikato Tainui.

In that time she has also seen wider community interest in the language grow and last year worked with Westpac on the rollout of a Māori language option at Waikato ATM machines......

Tuariki Delamere appointed new political advisor to the Maori King Tuheitia
A speech made on the king's behalf by Mr Delamere, who served as the Immigration Minister, has signalled the Maori monarch's unconditional support for the Labour-led government, despite his backing of the Maori Party in the lead up to last September's election.

Mr Delamere says he's humbled to be King Tuheitias' advisor on all things politics.

Tuariki replaces former Maori Party chairman Tukoroirangi Morgan......

Myers Park's taniwha sculpture put on hold due to increasing costs
Auckland Council has put a moving taniwha sculpture on ice.

The $460,000 taniwha artwork, fully funded by Auckland Council, was meant to create a gateway beneath the Mayor Drive underpass.

It was designed to link the park to the city and improve the perception of Myers Park as a public space......

Oranga Tamariki looks to recruit more social workers
Oranga Tamariki - the Ministry for Children - is needing more than just a new name, it needs to fill more than 100 social work jobs too.

It has hired about 200 social workers since changing from Child, Youth and Family nine months ago, bringing the number to about 1200, but it is still short.

Meanwhile, the $400,000 name-change for Oranga Tamariki comes into effect today.

The change is expected to cost $418,000 to update signs, stationery and a computer system.......

Changing attitudes in the power game
Hickman believes that as a country, New Zealand benefits hugely from Māori values.

“I think they are a massive strategic advantage for us as they flow through to our whole culture. Māori have longer timeframes, they don’t look so much for short-term benefits. One local Iwi has a 1000-year vision.....

Restoration and research of a nationally significant Māori storehouse to begin
The Dowse Art Museum's only permanent exhibition in Lower Hutt is getting a facelift.

Nuku Tewhatewha, the 162-year-old Māori storehouse, has a long history, from its creation as part of the Māori King movement to its years on a pākehā farm.

All up, the project would cost $148,500, funded by the Hutt City Council......

Poll on Maori seats looks likely to challenge Western Bay of Plenty council decision

A poll looks almost certain to be held to challenge the decision to have separate Maori seats on the Western Bay of Plenty District Council.

Councillors who opposed the decision to have a Maori ward or wards for the 2019 and 2022 elections have succeeded in raising the 1708 signatures needed to force the council into holding a district-wide poll on the issue.

''We are feeling comfortable about achieving 3000 signatures,'' Te Puke councillor Mike Lally said.

He and fellow councillor Margaret Murray-Benge believe they will gather more than enough signatures to guarantee a poll - even if a couple of hundred signatures on the petition turned out to be people ineligible to vote in the Western Bay District.

Murray-Benge said they had well over 2000 signatures already and there were still plenty to come in.

Mikaere was not surprised or disheartened the 1708 signatures would be reached, but he was slightly disappointed. ''It might not be this time.''

So when will it happen, he was asked. ''Biology will take care of that,'' he replied referring to intermarriage between Maori and Pakeha......

Local govt, iwi in hospital rebuild group
Local government and iwi representatives are among Dunedin organisations invited to form a new group to advise on the rebuild of Dunedin Hospital.......

Man tries using police lack of te reo Maori as defence in Rotorua District Court
A man facing three charges has been told by a Rotorua District Court judge his intention to argue he was not dealt with by police in te reo Maori will not be an adequate defence.

Tauhu Mitai-Ngatai, 58, appeared in court today facing three charges, including refusing to give police a blood sample on December 29, wilful damage and breaching court release conditions.

Mitai-Ngatai had asked the court to deal with his case in te reo however Judge Phillip Cooper said that was not possible as an interpreter wasn't able to be found in such a short time frame.

The judge said the law stated the court was required to provide an interpreter within 14 days of a request being made but Mitai-Ngatai's request was only made two days in advance.

Mitai-Ngatai, who represented himself, said he wanted to make the point people's desires to speak te reo Maori with government departments was not being taken seriously.

Judge Cooper said he understood where he was coming from and offered an interpreter to be in court when he was sentenced on February 16......

High cardiac arrest rate in Māori prompts medical gift
A potentially life-saving gift has been donated to Marlborough maraes to help curb the high rate of deaths caused by cardiac arrest.

Two Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) have been donated to Omaka and Waikawa maraes as part of a project geared towards reducing the number of cardiac arrest fatalities among Māori......

Decolonising the curriculum
An Auckland primary school teacher of 25 years, Tamsin Hanley has mortgaged her home to be able to research and produce 'A critical guide to Māori and Pākehā histories', a professional development package aimed at educating teachers about accurate histories of NZ.

"It's giving them local, accurate, decolonised critical histories for them to teach," says Hanley.

Her master's degree research found that some schools aren't teaching accurate histories.

"They teach generally what I call 'standard story' which is a kind of colonial version, like [Captain James] Cook discovered the country and the English Treaty is the [correct] Treaty version and all this stuff which we know now is inaccurate."

Hanley says that under the NZ Curriculum, every school is meant to enact the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi. However, she suggests that schools can't honour the Treaty if the teachers don't understand the accurate histories of NZ......

Poll: More than 60 percent oppose Maori wards
More than 60 percent of voters and ratepayers in the Western Bay of Plenty, Manawatu, and Palmerston North disagree with a proposal by their councils to set up Maori wards, a poll commissioned by equality group Hobson’s Pledge revealed today.

The poll, conducted by market research company PureProfile, surveyed by email 340 people in the three areas in the second week of last month. There is no sign of any other poll on this question in those areas.

It found that in the Western Bay of Plenty area, a majority of 59.7% disagreed with the Maori ward proposal, with only 9.7% supporting the move, and the remainder with no opinion.

In Palmerston North, a majority of 63% disagreed with Maori wards, 5% supported the move, and the remainder with no opinion.

In Manawatu, a majority of 63% disagreed with Maori wards, 12% in support, with the others having no opinion.

Hobson’s Pledge spokesman Don Brash said that councils did not undertake any public consultation on the matter whatsoever before making their decisions.

“Had they bothered to consult the people they are supposed to represent, they would have seen the huge opposition to this separatist policy,” Dr Brash said.......

Te Reo Maori needs relevance, not artificial feel-good factor 
Victoria University of Wellington's Professor Rawinia Higgins says statistics show Maori people live outside of the language and choose not to see the relevance of the language to themselves because it appears to lack any relevance to society.

Ironically, in recent years, there's been a push by Caucasian Kiwis to "have a go" at speaking the language. Some of these noble good sorts do so, with the "look at me" attitude that goes with it, making their endeavours come across as disingenuous.

Language evolves and changes and the 'use it or lose it' rule applies.

But trying to prop up a language artificially, when it lacks daily relevance beyond the feel-good factor, is doomed to failure......

Saving Te Reo is the Maori people's responsibility - Bill English
Bill English says it comes down to Māori to preserve Te Reo.

"The language will be saved by the people who own it and love speaking it," the National Party leader told The AM Show on Tuesday.

"Māori need to speak Māori if they want to preserve the language."

"The Government has some obligations through the treaty. It's met them in my view. We've spent a lot of money on TV, on resources for schools and so on......

Meeting iwi values crucial to success
Finding a framework for a proposed Remarkables National Park that addresses Ngai Tahu’s concerns is a key to the park’s creation, a proponent says.

Federated Mountain Clubs (FMC) president Peter Wilson says he is as optimistic about the park’s long-term prospects as he was last June, when FMC and Forest & Bird launched their campaign to lobby for the proposal.

FMC had discussed the proposal with Ngai Tahu and was keen to continue the talks to explore how to better address iwi values in the park’s framework, Mr Wilson said.

He was encouraged by an agreement reached by four Taranaki iwi as part of Treaty of Waitangi settlement negotiations that would give them sovereignty over land within Egmont National Park.

That provided a model that could be applied to the Remarkables proposal, he said......

Voters urged to ignore Maori ward petition
Whakatane mayor Tony Bonne is urging voters to ignore a petition promoted by the Hobson’s Pledge lobby group seeking to overturn a council decision to create Maori wards for the next election.

Mr Bonne says the nation is maturing, and once Maori wards are in place people will ask why there was a fuss.

“I am confident that once (wards are) introduced our district will move forward so much quicker for the benefit of all.

Whakatane-based list MP Kiritapu Allen is also urging support for the seats, given that 43 percent of the population in the area is Maori......

Explosive” book on Māori language released by academic
Historian Professor Paul Moon, from Auckland University of Technology, has released a short book on the present state of the Mori language, titled Killing Te Reo Mori: An Indigenous Language Facing Extinction

Among the main points of the book are:

* The Māori language is facing extinction as a living language

* Compulsory Māori language in schools will contribute to the language’s demise instead of saving it

* Many of the initiatives aimed to save the language are having the opposite effect

* The insistence on the correct pronunciation of Māori is damaging the language

Professor Moon has drawn on hundreds of reports and studies to show why the current approach to preserving the Māori language is having the opposite effect,.......

Tensions at lake reignited
Tensions dating back more than 150 years were reignited amongst Lake Ferry residents this week as the mouth of Lake Onoke was once again reopened.

The Greater Wellington Regional Council used diggers to open the mouth of the lake to control rising water levels as part of its ongoing flood management scheme.

Lake Ferry resident, Mary Tipoki, strongly opposed the opening of the lake mouth and said the subject was an underlying cause of conflict in the area for almost 160 years.

But Adrienne Staples from the Greater Wellington Regional Council [GWRC] advised the opening of the lake mouth was necessary to prevent billions of dollars’ worth of damage to surrounding farms and residential properties.

Mrs Tipoki had written a 19-page document outlining the cultural significance of keeping the mouth closed, which had historically allowed Maori to rely on eeling at the lake for both food and trade.....

Call for Maori voice on cannabis
The Government should consider a "double majority" for its intended referendum on cannabis to give Maori an equal voice on potential law reform regarding a drug which affects them disproportionately, an academic says.

As part of the Confidence and Supply Agreement between Labour and the Greens, a referendum on legalising the personal use of cannabis will be held at or by the 2020 general election.

Maori make up 51% of the prison population and 44% of those have been jailed for drug offences. Studies have found Maori cannabis usage rates are double that of non-Maori.

Given those statistics, the Government should consider sounding out Maori opinion on cannabis law reform by making the planned referendum a double majority referendum, University of Otago law professor Andrew Geddis said......

Campaign to support more Auckland Māori business women
An Auckland business network is campaigning to increase their Māori businesswomen. The move is part of an initiative by Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED).

The KidsCoin founder and CEO says the more Māori business women the better!.....

Petition launched over Whakatāne Māori ward
The establishment of a Māori ward on the Whakatāne District Council has sparked fierce debate in the town.

It follows a six to five vote in favour of Māori wards by councillors last year.

Māori make up 43 percent of the Whakatāne population, and many residents, including local iwi, believe there should be a designated Māori seat at the decision-making table.

But not everyone agrees, including lobbying group Hobson's Pledge, who have launched a petition demanding a referendum.

Former councillor David Dowd has signed the petition and said Māori wards should go to a public vote.

"A six to five majority was not the way to make this decision. We had a ... referendum on the subject about 10 years ago, 70 percent of voters then opposed the formation of Māori wards.

"It's simply about democracy."

The push for a referendum has been met with fierce opposition.

A social media campaign led by Toni Boynton is encouraging people to post images of themselves holding signs backing Māori wards.....

Māori climate change claims draw a long bow
OPINION: The Mātaatua District Mā​ori Council has lodged a claim with the Waitangi Tribunal alleging that New Zealand has breached its obligations to Māori by failing to implement policies that will address climate change.

The council says that provisions of the Waitangi Treaty make the government responsible for the "active protection" of natural resources such as forests and fisheries on behalf of Māori. In short, the claim is that the government has reneged on the commitments it made at the 2015 Paris Climate Conference and this has negatively affected Māori interests, both economic and cultural.

Now this raises several interesting points.

The use of the Treaty to protect Māori interests is one thing but to include climate change as a specific issue is nothing short of ludicrous, a very long straw indeed.

Also, why is it that Māori consider themselves separate from the rest of New Zealand? Surely this is a time for collective responsibility not separatism based on race? Was it only Māori affected by the recent floods on the Coromandel?

Climate change is a reality for all of us so to raise this purely as a Treaty claim and base it on a US case that is spurious to say the least is nothing short of vexatious, especially given our change of government......

Axe attack on NZ Wars memorial
A self-described “anti-colonial activist group” is claiming credit for vandalising a New Zealand Wars memorial on the corner of Symonds Street and City Road in Auckland early this morning

An axe was stuck to the head of a statue of Zealandia and a poster reading” Fascism and White Supremacy are not Welcome Here” was placed over a plaque.

The anonymous group issued a statement saying: “The ‘Zealandia’ war memorial is an ode to the violent and brutal occupation of Māori lands. It celebrates the ongoing colonisation of Aotearoa, its lands and its peoples. The settler capitalist system imposed on this land is a poison that works to systematically oppress indigenous peoples throughout the world to the benefit of corporations and the super-rich. It is a system that is doomed to fail.”......

Restrictions in place for Rotorua river over recent death
Restrictions have been placed on Te Awahou River in Rotorua due to an incident which led to Donald Bidois’s death, aged 51.

A coroner has yet to confirm the cause of Bidois death, however, the local iwi of Ngāti Rangiwewehi is urging swimmers or fishermen’s to respect their wishes.

“Now the rahui has been put into place to allow the wairua to seven days cycle to flow. Also to let the people know that somebody has drowned there.”.....

New Zealand Wars commemoration set for 11th March
The famous flagpole chopped down by Hone Heke is at the center of the latest national remembrance event being facilitated by numerous tribal leaders of Northland.

“There will undoubtedly be a lot of people descending here due to their love of this initiative,” says Pita Tipene (Ngāti Hine).

The organising committee of the event, aptly named 'Te Pūtake o Te Riri', has met in Kawakawa to finalise arrangements for the proposed three-day national remembrance event.

“One thing is clear - we are looking at the 11th March 2018 as the day of national remembrance. That was the day that Kawiti, Hone Heke and the like began a siege on the government of the time,” says Mr. Tipene, the chairman of the board vested with organising the national event.

The Māori Party secured funding of $4 million, over four years, in Budget 2016 to support New Zealand Land Wars commemorations.....

Holidaymakers claim threats made over Far North beach rahui
A Rodney man is warning other holidaymakers to steer clear of Cable Bay after his family was threatened by young men claiming to be enforcing a rahui.

Following the tragedy a rahui was imposed on part of the bay, prohibiting swimming or seafood gathering.

However, a Rodney man said he and his family had been threatened by young men enforcing the rahui. The men also claimed the rahui included a ban on playing on the beach.

They kept away for the first few days, then went to the beach about 5pm on Saturday for a game of touch. His group was approached by a man in his 20s, accompanied by two older women, who filmed beachgoers on their phones and told them to ''Clear off''.

''He told us 'You can't swim here, you can't fish here, you can't play on the beach, so get out of here'.''

On Monday afternoon his wife took their children, aged 2 and 3, to play in the stream at Cable Bay. They were joined by four other children ranging in age from 4 to 8.

She was approached by another man who told her to leave. Dan's wife said they were only playing on the beach, not going into the sea, so they had every right to stay.

''He got right up in her face and told her to leave. He threatened to bring some more people to the beach to remove them. It smelt like he'd been drinking. The kids were pretty upset.''

Hone Bassett, a trustee at the local Parapara Marae, said a lack of education about rahui and other Maori cultural practices was an issue around the country.

"If our partners who have been here for 170-odd years can't understand that, there's not much we can do," he said.

"We can't be in control of our young people when people are desecrating our culture."

"We have to put these rahui in place for protection of our culture, it's really protection for all people," Mr Bassett said. "When it comes to drowning, we take that very seriously."

Mr Bassett confirmed the rahui was lifted yesterday morning.....

We’re keen to recruit a new generation of Māori candidates – English
National leader and former Prime Minister Bill English admits that the party needs to rethink their approach if they are to get Māori support in the next election and he is keen to get some fresh new Māori talent to do it.

As part of a series of sit-down interviews with the five political leaders in parliament, the National leader tells Te Kāea political reporter Heta Gardiner, “Having got a small proportion of Māori votes we will have to rethink how we achieve that in the future. It’s an important and influential group of voters. We’ll be keen to recruit a new generation of Māori candidates."

English believes his party’s approach is aligned with how modern Māori think.

"It’s taking control, it is Tino Rangatiratanga and we will stick to that, even if we didn’t do so well with Māori in the last election.”.....

Winery and iwi look to develop alternative to controversial Te Mata Peak walking track
Craggy Range winery executives met with iwi and council members on Friday.

In a statement released on Monday, Wilding said the company remained committed to removing the track.

"However, it is clear that there is considerable public support for walking access on the eastern slopes of the peak, and today we have agreed to work together on exploring an alternative that can hopefully satisfy everyone."

Tomoana said the iwi "look forward to working collaboratively with [Craggy Range] and others to explore the development of walking access on the eastern slopes of the peak – this is a chance for us all to work together to create something exceptional. It has been great to have the opportunity to sit down and talk it over with all parties".

The company was developing a remediation plan and would soon apply for resource consent to remove the track. Work on removing the track was likely to start in autumn. The track remains closed.

A petition to keep the track as it is has gained more than 9000 signatures.......

Solve Māori inequality with pan-Māori not iwi organisations – Peters
New Zealand First leader and Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters says that we need to invest in pan Māori Organisations to stop from ‘diluting’ the talent and resources into many different iwi organisations.

“Well it’s always been my belief that you can only solve it (Māori inequality) with sound pan Māori organisations, not iwi organisations."

"Pan-Māori organisations can be overseeing the iwi organisations and what we have in this country now is iwi by iwi development and you so dilute your talent you so dilute your skills you so dilute your cost structure when you’re paying over and over for the same thing."

Continuing on with his critique of Māori organisations Peters talked about the need to avoid favouritism among Māori

“In the Māori world, we need to understand far better that you need the best. Far too many of us and our relations don’t get that, they say blood is thicker than water. Not when it comes to money it’s not, you need the best possible person there even if they happen to be a European or dear I say it an Asian, or an American.".......

Manawatū District Council invests $5m into roading upgrades
The contract to replace the bridge was awarded in March 2016, but was immediately halted after two problems with resource consents, engineer Jim Mestyanek said. Ngāti Kauwhata objected to the proposal and the hydrology calculations contained an error, which required redesign.

Without a consent, the council was forced to stand the contractor, Bailey Civil Ltd, down and the site was closed for 18 months.

The council struck an agreement with Ngāti Kauwhata in August to allow for a paid iwi observer during periods of excavation to produce a cultural report following any work in the stream bed.

Despite being stood down in 2016, Bailey Civil Ltd had shown a "significant amount" of goodwill by not claiming compensation for frustration or loss of profit, Mestyanek said........

Preventing youth reoffending through indigenouspractice
A health and wellness program created by a Māori whānau is making use of indigenous practices to help empower youth prisoners and prevent reoffending.

The Turongo Collective is run by Karena Koria, his wife Milly Grant-Koria and Puriri Koria, all from Rongowhakaata, Te Aitanga-ā-Māhaki and Ngati Kohuru.

The three tutors have spent the last six months teaching up to 30 young people twice a week at the Korowai Manaaki youth prison based in Manurewa, Auckland......

Matakana Island blockaded with barbed wire and fence posts
Visitors to Bay of Plenty's Matakana Island were greeted with piles of a barbed wire and a sign saying "Bugga Off!" this morning.

Kewpie Cruise owner Brandon Stone said the one of his vessels discovered the debris this morning, supposedly marking a tribal boundary, and cancelled their trip to the island.

Stone says it is the latest act of aggression against his tour business from a few "bad apples" on the island.

A sign placed at the front of the Panepane wharf reads, "This is the tribal boundary of Tauwhao, Te Ngare, Tamawhariua, Tauairi, and Tuwhiwhia."......

A Māori perspective on the climate crisis
As part of the Living on the Edge series, reporter Deena Coster explores a Māori perspective on climate change.

Taranaki woman Emily Bailey believes climate change is a Treaty of Waitangi issue.

The environmentalist thinks the issue presents a direct threat to Māori and she's not the only one.

Last year, a statement of claim was lodged with the Waitangi Tribunal by the Mataatua District Maori Council.

The claim, made on behalf of all tangata whenua, asserts the Government had failed to fulfil its Treaty of Waitangi obligations to protect Māori land and property.

As a result, it said Māori will suffer serious consequences......

$1 million research partnership with Maori business cluster
High-Value Nutrition National Science Challenge has partnered with Nuku ki te Puku, a cluster of Māori-owned food and beverage businesses, in a $1m project to prototype how Māori businesses and some of the country’s top researchers can share science and cultural expertise to collaborate on the development of new food for health products for export.

Challenge Director Joanne Todd said, “This is very much a partnership with mutual benefit. The Nuku ki te Puku business cluster will build experience in translating research into high-value food products for commercialisation. For Challenge-funded researchers, it is an opportunity to gain insight into mātauranga, the Māori worldview, and learn from Māori businesses who already have a presence in the key markets the Challenge is focusing on.”......

Waikato river marae to trial first nitrate wireless sensor
In a first, a scientific research charitable business is working with a Waikato marae to release a wireless sensor that measures nitrate levels in rivers. Lead project researcher Dr Leonie Jones says it will give local iwi the tools to care for their ancestral Waikato river.

The Waikato River of a hundred taniwha - at every bend a taniwha can be found. The ancestral waters will soon have sensors to take care of its waters

Dr Jones says, “The project gives kaitiaki tools to help them better monitor the river, so it allows them to get data that is substantial and comprehensive. So that gives them a footing in the door of councils.”

The wireless sensor prototype has been in development since 2016, with a $250,000 fund from the governments Science for Technological Innovation. It will measure nitrate levels in real time.......

Mana motuhake for iwi to pursue
The country’s leading Maori jurist says mana motuhake or self determination needs to be tackled on a tribal level.

Justice Joe Williams has been promoted to the Court of Appeal after a decade on the High Court bench.

Justice Williams says the settlement process in New Zealand has been much quicker than in Australia or Canada, which are dealing with similar legacies of colonialism.

Whether it will lead to mana motuhake remains to be seen.

“I think the tribal runanga are still working out how to build that (mana motuhake) and it’s a matter of attitude as much as it a matter of real power on the ground and iwi are still working out their attitude to that on the ground and I think we are still a couple of generations away from resolving what the end product will look like,”....