July - September

Fish & Game council representatives to be elected unopposed in Rotorua
Lyons said one challenge on the horizon was the Indigenous Freshwater Fish Amendment Bill which he said posed a "clear and alarming threat to trout and angling".

The bill amends the 1987 Conservation Act to allow the Conservation Minister to review old regulations and protect native fish.

The bill is before Parliament and open for submissions at www.parliament.nz. Submissions close October 25.

It could see trout being part of Treaty of Waitangi settlements with iwi and opens the possibility of allowing the sale of trout.

It also allows trout and salmon to be removed from some rivers and lakes to protect native fish, Lyons said.

"We urge all anglers and hunters to get up to speed on this bill.".....

Māori staff back uni vice-chancellor amid controversy
Māori staff at Massey University are backing their vice-chancellor who's under fire for cancelling a Don Brash speaking engagement.

Prof Jahnke said talking about free-speech from a Māori point of view, the context of colonisation needed to be taken into account.

"We can't talk about free speech without talking about white privilege, about white male privilege," she said......

Treaty settlement nears completion for five iwi from Mahurangi to Bay of Plenty
Five closely related iwi who suffered loss from the Crown's failure to meet their Treaty obligations are one step closer to receiving reparation.

The group - Ngāti Maru, Ngāti Pāoa, Ngāti Tamaterā, Ngaati Whanaunga and Te Patukirikiri - forms the Marutūāhu Collective.

Together, the group totalled 15,000 members with interests extending from Mahurangi to the Bay of Plenty.....

Waitangi Tribunal 'a costly business' for claimants
Waitangi Tribunal claimants are concerned about the costs of challenging the Crown for breaching the Treaty.

Retired probation officer Tom Hemopo said it cost him and his iwi at least $10,000 to take the Department of Corrections to the tribunal twice.

There are also growing concerns about the different funding options for newer claims.

Historical claims are funded by Crown forestry rental money, which covers legal advice, research, administration and travel costs.

But the 'kaupapa' claims which have a national focus are funded through legal aid, which does not cover traditional research or the claimants' expenses......

Rohe Pōtae Report breathes life into iwi
Kāwhia iwi Ngāti Hikairo hopes a landmark report from the Waitangi Tribunal will revive the tribe’s fortunes.

The iwi borders Ngāti Maniapoto and Waikato and became a member of the original King Country pact, Te Ohaki Tapu in the mid-1800s.

However, rūnanga secretary Tony Spelman says soon after it lost its lands and its rights on Kāwhia Harbour and the people dispersed in order to survive.

The tribunal found the Crown needs to restore the rangatiratanga of Te Rohe Pōtae claimants....

Waka sculpture installation announced for Hamilton
Waka sculpture installation announced for Hamilton’s Ferrybank Reserve

The date is set for the installation of Hamilton’s newest public sculpture, Tōia Mai which tells the Matariki story and symbolises the cultural, spiritual and economic significance of the Waikato River.

Work has begun to install Tōia Mai, a 6.8m tall interactive sculpture, the result of the Matariki Interactive Waka Project led by artist and Wintec tutor Joe Citizen, before it is gifted to the people of Hamilton on 23 November 2018......

Māori business relationship taken to heart
The Central Economic Development Agency is sending all of its staff back to school to learn te reo.

The beginners' course in Māori language is one of the ways the agency is responding to stinging criticism of its lack of engagement with Māori businesses.

Entrepreneur Graeme Everton and Te Au Pakihi, the Māori Business Association for Manawatū and Palmerston North, bagged the agency in March for failing to recognise them as partners with significant potential to contribute to regional growth.

Agency chief executive Linda Stewart presented a report on progress to developing better relationships to the Palmerston North City and Manawatū District joint strategic committee on Wednesday......

Otago prof calls for more Maori lecturers
The sole Maori academic at the University of Otago law school for two decades has voiced intense frustration at the lack of Maori lecturers across the university's different departments, saying it is a ``crisis'' that needs to be fixed.

Fewer than 6% of the university's academics are Maori, while at the last census Maori made up about 15% of New Zealand's population......

Spreading te reo Māori like peanut butter
Pics Peanut Butter have translated the labelling of some of their product to te reo Māori and are donating two dollars to the Kōhanga Reo National Trust if consumers return four clean empty jars to their factory.

Pics Global Marketing Manager Nikki Neate says, “For me, it was an idea that came from- I grew up in 1970's New Zealand and didn't speak very much te reo and I've come back with two small children who speak an awful lot of it and have really embraced it as part of their everyday use. That was the original idea."

They have collaborated with the Kōhanga Reo National Trust and are donating two dollars to them for every four jars returned in hopes of supporting the revitalisation of the language.

The company produces more than $50mil worth of peanut, cashew and almond butter a year. So far, they've produced 100,000 jars with te reo labelling and are considering rolling it out on a global scale.......

Pare Hauraki iwi authorised to apply for fish farming
The Waikato is on track to establish the North Island’s first offshore fin fish farm which will be for a new commercial species – kingfish.

Waikato Regional Council has granted Pare Hauraki Kaimoana authority to apply for resource consents to occupy 240 hectares of fin fish farming space in the Firth of Thames following a tender process.

The space, known as the Coromandel Marine Farming Zone, is located about 10 kilometres offshore of Coromandel Town.

Pare Hauraki Kaimoana propose farming kingfish in the space and the authorisation means they now have two years to prepare and submit an application for the necessary resource consents......

Tekapo footbridge could be renamed in honour of late advocate
The final step before the bridge can be renamed the MacLaren Footbridge, is to get iwi approval, Mackenzie mayor Graham Smith said.

"It's a result that we're certainly happy with and it's good that iwi will be consulted, because Lake Tekapo is very important to iwi."....

Iwi's 'pain and anguish' at plan to rename Great Barrier Island
An iwi which has occupied Great Barrier Island since the 1700s is outraged another group of iwi will officially rename the island.

The island, which lies off Hauraki Gulf and about 100km north-east of Auckland, will be renamed Aotea - Great Barrier Island by a group of Hauraki iwi, based from North Auckland to Coromandel.

It is one of 52 geographic sites across the North Island being renamed as part of the Pare Hauraki treaty settlement...

TB in NZ 'is a disease of Māori and migrants'
Māori are eight times more likely to get tuberculosis than Pākehā.

New Zealand has low overall rates of tuberculosis, however Māori make up about 45 percent of the roughly 60 locally born cases each year.

International expert Philip Hill said that up to half of older Māori could carry the dormant TB infection without knowing it.

Professor Hill is assessing the feasibility of a nationwide study to identify Māori with a dormant TB infection.

"My gut feeling is that we will probably find an increasing amount of latent TB infection with increasing age.

"I would expect that between 10 and 50 percent of older Māori above the age of 50 may well be infected - but that is a wide range estimate."

"The disparities in TB are huge. This is not a disease of white people, it is a disease of colonisation. It is a disease of Māori and migrants."......

Government funding a huge boost for Rotorua
The Government announced the city will receive $27.4 million from the Provincial Growth Fund. It has set aside:

* $19.9m for the lakefront to match the $20m allocated by Council; and

* Up to $7.5m to go towards the Whakarewarewa Forest with the same amount confirmed from Council....

Fight against 1080 goes to Te Taitokerau Māori Land Court
An urgent injunction has been lodged in the Māori Land Court Te Taitokerau to stop the Department of Conservation making 1080 drops over public or private land.

The injunction was accepted at the Te Taitokerau land court in Whangārei on Thursday afternoon on the grounds of the urgency of the case, said a spokesman for the applicants.

DoC has called off all planned drops until the outcome of the injunction is known, she said. DoC could not comment further while the matter was in that process.

The injunction did not specify the Northland drops but applied to the use of 1080 anywhere over Māori land in New Zealand, Ngatoki said.....

Ngāpuhi in Australia want to be a part of Treaty settlement
Māori of Ngāpuhi descent living in Australia have told Treaty Negotiations Minister Andrew Little they do not want another generation to miss out on a Treaty settlement.

About 25,000 Ngāpuhi live in Australia and Mr Little met with some during hui in Sydney, Brisbane and Perth at the weekend.

Mr Little went with leaders from Tuhoronuku and Te Kōtahitanga - the two groups negotiating with the Crown - to lay out a proposed settlement for the country's largest iwi.

Mr Little said those he met with did not want to miss out on a settlement because they lived overseas and feared their connection with Ngāpuhi would be lost if they were not part of the redress.....

Wanganui iwi gifted forestry land by new Japanese owners
The new owners of former council forests have gifted a slice of the blocks to Whanganui iwi.

The sale of 1000ha of land and forest by Whanganui District Council to Summit Forests NZ, a subsidiary of the Japanese multinational Sumitomo Corporation, was announced this month.

The nearly $13 million deal was signed in December 2016, but had to await Overseas Investment Office approval.

Part of the deal is an announcement Summit Forests will hand over 148ha "for nil consideration once Summit has identified the appropriate iwi to receive the offer"......

Rāhui placed on Mt Ruapehu
On Saturday 22 September a hiker fell into a crater lake on Mt Ruapehu, Te Wai ā-moe, in a fatal accident.

Local iwi from the region, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Rangi and Uenuku, have placed a temporary rāhui on the area to acknowledge the death, show sympathy to those in mourning and to allow time for the tapu to be lifted following the death of the hiker.....

The Journey of Te Pūtea Matua: Our Tāne Mahuta
Te Pūtea Matua is the Māori name for the Reserve Bank of New Zealand. This article presents a broad picture of Te Pūtea Matua’s heritage, role, and interdependencies both within the Bank and economy-wide.

“The establishment of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand in 1934 meant the people and government of New Zealand were better able to manage the economy independent of foreign banks’ credit cycles. In that sense, and drawing on Māori mythology, the Reserve Bank became the Tāne Mahuta of New Zealand’s financial system

“Te Pūtea Matua’s activities include issuing currency to the public, and maintaining price and institutional stability in New Zealand’s money exchange systems. Te Pūtea Matua’s roots are in its legislation. The money exchange systems and functions are its trunk, allowing the money – the sap – to flow throughout the system. The branches are the regulated financial institutions grafted onto the trunk, for their legitimacy and access to the Bank’s money and banking system......

Trout Are Now in Eugenie’s Crosshairs
The NZ Outdoors Party is strongly encouraging all freshwater anglers to submit to the Environment Select Committee on the Indigenous Freshwater Fish Amendment Bill. With absolutely no consultation with Fish & Game, the Minister of Conservation has crafted a bill which could legalise the destruction of our freshwater sports fishery.

David Haynes, Co-Leader of the NZ Outdoors Party, said “This bill, as it stands enables DoC to remove our trout and salmon from particular rivers, will enable trout to be part of any future Waitangi Treaty settlements and gives DoC’s freshwater management supremacy over Fish & Game’s sports fishery management plans. All in all it’s a bloody train wreck from a Minister who seems to be more eco-fundamentalist each passing day.”

The Select Committee needs to hear from all freshwater anglers if our angling heritage and culture is to continue. Trout bashing and cultural appropriation of our freshwater sports fish is deeply offensive to the 120,000 anglers of New Zealand......

Funding boost for Māori mentors
Māori mentoring and social development organisation Te Whare Hukahuka has won a grant of $75,000 from the Community Leadership Fund - Hāpori Whakatipu to support its core operations for the next year.....

Whitebaiters take aim at Conservation Bill
Whitebaiters from around New Zealand are joining forces with the West Coast Whitebaiters Association in a bid to have the Conservation (Indigenous Freshwater Fish) Amendment Bill thrown out of Parliament.
West Coast Whitebaiters Association president Cheryl Riley said it seemed the legislation was being "sneaked" through Parliament.

Support had rolled in from whitebaiters around the country saying the bill was flawed, with little or no consultation, and included a "racial element".

"Whitebaiters, farmers and rural communities are deeply suspicious that the bill is being sneaked through Parliament without anyone noticing," Mrs Riley, of Hokitika, said.

Commercial eel industry, flounder and mullet fishermen were also opposed, and expressed doubts about how iwi exemptions could be implemented.

Bill Chisholm, representing freshwater fishermen, said the proposed exemption for Maori under treaty settlement rights could prompt accusations of race-based legislation.....

Māori boost vital across government for prosperous Aotearoa
A former Māori Minister says the Government’s blueprint needs to acknowledge the need to tackle Māori disadvantage.

In the Prime Minister’s speech on Sunday outlining the plan for a modern and prosperous New Zealand, the only mention of Māori was a pledge to build closer partnerships in the transition to a post-settlement environment.

Sandra Lee, who was minister of conservation and associate Māori affairs in Helen Clark’s Labour Alliance Government, says the persistence of negative statistics about Māori shows that is not enough.

She says PM Jacinda Ardern should ensure all her ministers understand with every piece of policy they put through that Māori are starting from behind.

"Our people, from the time of colonisation, have been put in a place where we are disadvantaged such that we are always behind the eight ball and prime ministers have to make it very clear as they govern to their fellow ministers one size does not fit all when it comes to Māori, and every minister in her Government does something about it quickly," Ms Lee says.

The Government also needs to monitor whether the benefits of treaty settlements are reaching the people the claims are based on, rather than merely creating a new tribal corporate elite.....

Māori tax rate to stay
Tax rates on Māori authorities are likely to remain the same following a review.

The interim report of the Tax Working Group led by former finance minister Sir Michael Cullen says the 17.5 percent rate reflects the most common marginal tax rate of the economic owners of Māori authorities....

Landmark Case Will Reshape Dealings With Iwi Interests
Monday’s Supreme Court decision will reshape expectations on central Government, local Government and the Waitangi Tribunal on their approach to dealing with iwi interests, Chapman Tripp says.

The decision allows Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei to continue to argue their legal rights as mana whenua in the Tāmaki isthmus and continues to establish the place of tikanga in the common law of New Zealand, Chapman Tripp’s Hoa Rangapū Whakarae (chief executive partner) Nick Wells said.

“There are three key outcomes of this decision – first, the setting of the precedent that Crown conduct in negotiating Treaty settlements is judicially reviewable. Secondly, this case paves the way for it be easier to challenge ministers’ decisions. Thirdly, the rights of iwi should be considered when central or local Government deal with them. This third outcome becomes more interesting as the place of tikanga in the law continues to develop.”.....

Court finds jail term discount for deprivation, Māori background was fair
The High Court has upheld a judge's decision to discount an offender's jail sentence by a third because of her Māori cultural background and deprivation, despite opposition from the Solicitor-General.

The discount was given to Rachael Heta by Judge Soana Moala after she pleaded guilty to two charges of causing grievous bodily harm and one of common assault earlier this year.....

New Zealand's school-taught colonial history is racist and needs changing, say teachers
Underlying racism is dictating how New Zealand's history is being taught in schools, members of the Māori Affairs Select Committee have heard.

It's up to schools how much colonial history is taught but teachers have called on the Government to change the way the country's children are taught our histories to better represent Māori.....

Jackson calls for 'fundamental mind-shift' on Treaty consultation
Maōri intellectual property expert Moana Jackson has reservations whether Māori can have faith in the process.

This follows on the back off a delegate’s conference comment that the Māori experience of consultation can sometimes resemble “consult, insult, assault.”

“The Treaty relationship doesn’t talk about consultation. Treaty parties don’t consult- they negotiate, they reach agreement and as long as the Crown is wedded to the idea ‘oh, we’re fulling our Treaty obligations if we consult with Māori' then they’re beginning again from the wrong place.”

“One doesn’t go to the other and say ‘this is what we’re going to do, what do you think?’ and then, as often happens in the consultation process, then ignores what our people say anyways,” he says.

Jackson believes a complete reset of approach is required.

"So, that’s one of those fundamental mind-shifts that has to happen and I’m not sure that the government has got there yet. It still believes it has that superior right to make the final decision.".....

New Māori unit 'more focused' - Kelvin Davis
Crown Maori Relations Minister Kelvin Davis is adamant a new unit being set up to oversee the public services' work with Māori doesn't duplicate what the existing ministry is doing.

The National Party yesterday described the mandate for the newly-announced Office for Māori-Crown Relations as "vague and unnecessary".

The new agency, Te Arawhiti, announced yesterday, was created to ensure the government met its Treaty of Waitangi obligations.

Mr Davis said the agency was the next step in the Treaty relationship, moving beyond the settlement of Treaty grievances into "what it means to work together in partnerships"......

Tribunal hearing to address Māori health inequity
An Alaskan model of healthcare that gives patients more say in their treatment could be an answer to poor Moari health, says a Kaumatua who will present his case at a major Waitangi Tribunal hearing in Ngāruawāhia next month.

More than 170 groups are set to converge at Tūrangawaewae Marae for the three-week long hearing.

Claimants, including Huntly kaumātua Taitimu Maipi, contend that the Crown's failure to address Māori health inequity is a breach of the Treaty of Waitangi.......

Kāpiti and Porirua mayors keen for Transmission Gully gateway project
Māori carvings or a feature gateway could be built on Transmission Gully if the Porirua and Kāpiti mayors get their way.

As work continues on the $630 million expressway, a prime spot for artwork marking the border of Porirua City and the Kāpiti Coast is being decided on.

The Wainui Saddle on the hill above Paekākāriki has been identified as a possible location for the project, Kāpiti Coast mayor K Gurunathan said......

Group reviving Māori games scoops top community award
A Northland group with a worldwide reach working to promote traditional Māori games has won this year's Trustpower Far North Community Awards.

KaiMatariki Trust, founded by PE teacher turned Māori games exponent Harko Brown, scooped the supreme award in last night's awards at the Copthorne Hotel in Waitangi.....

Fusing contemporary Māori cuisine with the richness of te reo
Wāina flowed and waiata were sung, but kai was the show-stopper at an Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) event celebrating te reo and Māori cuisine.

On the menu were tītī (muttonbird), kōura (fresh water crayfish) and dishes infused with kawakawa.....

Government announces new Māori Crown relations agency - Māori Crown Relations: Te Arawhiti
The Government has announced the creation of new Māori Crown relations agency after New Zealand First objected to the first proposal for one.

The new unit, the Office for Māori Crown Relations: Te Arawhiti [the bridge,] does not have the word partnership in its title.

It is understood that New Zealand First objected to "partnership" being in the title of the agency and the portfolio of the relevant minister, Kelvin Davis, as was originally proposed.

But the new agency puts "Māori" first in the title ahead of "Crown" in both the name of the agency and in the title of the portfolio. He was previously the Minister for Crown Māori Relations......

Board congratulates Aucklanders on Te Reo Māori success
The Independent Māori Statutory Board is congratulating Aucklanders for getting behind Te Wiki o Te Reo (Māori Language Week) and showing their support for te reo Māori.

Through its efforts to make city signage bi-lingual, many Aucklanders are feeling great pride in their city’s unique point of difference which the Māori language and culture highlight.”

Mr Taipari said he looks forward to the day when te reo is not just a weekly event once a year but an alternative language used every day by everyone.

“As each year passes, as a city we are a little further ahead with te reo in terms of its active and visible use but we need to keep the momentum going as the opportunities for the use of te reo is limitless. Including te reo announcements on buses, trains, and ferries, reinstating customary names and Māori names for new roads, railway stations, and bilingual wayfinding are easy examples of how te reo can be normalised.” David Taipari said.....

Doctoral theses in Māori: Advice for universities
Standard university policies in Aotearoa-New Zealand allow for any essay or dissertation to be submitted in te reo Māori as an official language, given suitable assessment arrangements are made. Alongside other equity developments in tertiary education for Māori, such as university marae, Wānanga, and immersion-Māori teaching degree programmes, this language policy aims to support national aspirations for our first language as well as Māori aspirations for higher education and research.....

Plant variety rights consultation starts
Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi today announced the start of public consultation on New Zealand’s plant variety rights law, which regulates intellectual property protection over new plant varieties.

“At the same time, I want to ensure our plant variety rights regime strikes the right balance between the interests of rights holders, Māori, farmers and growers, consumers and our wider economy so New Zealand gains maximum benefit from the regime while meeting our international and Treaty of Waitangi obligations.”

“Ensuring the plant variety rights regime includes adequate protection and recognition of Māori interests in the regime will be an important outcome of this review.”....

New Wellington social housing site completed
Te Mara apartments - 104 new social housing units built by Wellington City Council - were blessed in a dawn ceremony today (Monday 17 September).

The units - ranging between one and four bedrooms - occupy part of the former Arlington Apartments site in Mount Cook, the Council’s largest social housing site.

Mayor Justin Lester joined representatives of local iwi, Taranaki Whanui ki te Upoko o te Ika, in a blessing of the site.

The iwi gifted the name Te Mara to the site, meaning the food gardens.....

Māori killed and charged in police pursuits more than any other group
Police figures show Māori make up more than half of people warned or charged following police pursuits.

And as more Māori die as a result, police pursuits are being called 'Māori death chases'.

In less than four years, police have chased more than 10,000 fleeing cars on our roads.

But when it comes to punishing them - Māori make up 54 percent of those who are warned or charged.

That's despite making up just 15 percent of the population.....

Māori intellectual property hui welcomed
Whakatū marae welcomed close to 200 Ngā Taonga Tuku Iho delegates at a pōwhiri in Nelson yesterday afternoon, opening a conference that's an important 'wellness' check on Māori intellectual, cultural and property rights.

The 'Our Past, Our Future, Our Legacy' conference comes 26 years after WAI-262 was lodged in the Waitangi Tribunal and 7 years since the Tribunal released its ’Ko Aotearoa Tēnei’ report on this indigenous flora and fauna claim.....

Winston Peters renews his push for referendum on future of Māori seats
Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters has reiterated his intent to push for a referendum on the future of the Māori seats in Parliament.

Mr Peters told SKY News Australia New Zealand does not need separate Māori seats, and never has.

"The principle reason why I'm for a single franchise is that Māori don't need the molly coddling of this paternalistic attitude which, unfortunately, Māori have now adopted," Mr Peters said.....

Maori Climate Commissioner Announced
The Chairman on the Māori Carbon Foundation, Sir Mark Solomon, has announced the establishment of an Office of the Māori Climate Commissioner (OMCC) to provide independent Māori-focused research and advice that will contribute to Aotearoa meeting its obligations under the 2015 Paris Agreement on greenhouse-gas-emissions (to reduce emissions by 30% below 2005 levels by 2030).

The Commissioner would provide research and advice based on a Māori world view, and be available to Māori, to politicians, government agencies, media, other New Zealanders, and to the global community.

Sir Mark said he was proud to announce that the inaugural Maori Climate Commissioner would be Donna Awatere Huata, of Ngati Whakaue, Ngati Porou, Ngati Hine and Nga Puhi descent.....

E Ihowā Atua only to be sung at Tall Blacks match tonight
The New Zealand national anthem will be solely sung in Te Reo Māori at the Tall Blacks top of the table clash with Lebanon in Rotorua tonight.

FIBA rules allow only one minute for a teams pre-game ritual, with most teams meeting that requirement with their anthem. New Zealand is the only nation in the FIBA competition to be granted an additional minute for their haka, Tū Kaha O Pango Te Kahikatea. Yet the additional time is not enough for the Tall Blacks to complete both versions of the anthem and their haka, with proceedings running overtime and into the three minute countdown to tip-off.....

Catholic church applies for court order to trespass protesters from Hato Pētera College
The Catholic Diocese has gone to court to evict a group occupying the grounds of Auckland's Hato Pētera College.

The college, Auckland's last Māori Catholic boarding school, closed in August after its roll dwindled to just one student.

Descendants of the original landowners erected flags and signage at the site in August, calling for the diocese to return the land, and have been living at the marae on the grounds.....

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Welcomes Landmark Supreme Court Ruling
Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust has today welcomed the Supreme Court’s ruling that Crown decisions regarding the transfer of land as part of proposed Treaty of Waitangi settlements can be judicially reviewed.

The case, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust v Attorney-General, Ngāti Paoa Iwi Trust and Marutūāhu Rōpū Ltd, was heard by the Supreme Court on 14 and 15 May in Wellington.

Today the Court released its decision in favour of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei....

New campaign to attract te reo Māori teachers
A new te reo Māori advertisement on TV this week aims to grow the number of additional teachers New Zealand needs, with real stories about what motivates teachers and gives meaning to their work.

In what is a fitting tribute to Te Wiki o te Reo Māori | Māori Language Week, this commercial is one of the first to be aired on mainstream TV entirely in te reo Māori, without subtitles.

Ministry of Education Associate Deputy Secretary Pauline Cleaver says the Ministry has taken this approach to underline the importance of our Māori language......

Wellington's te reo Maori waterfront lagoon name highlighted
Confusion about the name of Wellington’s waterfront lagoon will be no more, with Whairepo Lagoon now etched into the landscape.

The man-made landmark by Frank Kitts Park was officially named Whairepo Lagoon in 2015, but the name is not widely known.

Deputy Mayor Jill Day is excited to see the name permanently recognised. "Our new te reo Maori policy, Te Tauihu, is not just about new ideas, events and names, but about acknowledging the past and the existing Maori contributions in our city.....

Kerikeri Kindergarten kids embrace Te Wiki o te Reo Māori
To mark Te Wiki o te Reo Māori some of Northland's youngest language learners took to the main street of Kerikeri to show off their kapa haka skills on Thursday.

The children, aged 3 and 4, performed two 15-minute brackets featuring classic action songs such as Tutira Mai Ngā Iwi as well as kid-friendly songs like Tutu the Taniwha....

Auckland University normalises te reo through new policy
Auckland University has launched a new policy ensuring that competent staff are available to assess students in te reo Māori.

New Zealand's top university is making a stand to protect and encourage the use of te reo Māori.

Dr. Tauwehe Tāmati says the University is committed to ensuring that competent staff are available to assess work submitted either fully or partially in te reo Māori.

Co-President of Auckland University's Ngā Tauira Māori, Mamaeroa Merito says, "There are going to be procedures put in place so that when we submit assignments, essays or examinations in Māori that there will be competent staff to deal with that."

The new policy aims to promote and encourage tikanga Māori and recognise te reo as a valued skill. Tāmati says that it gives everyone the opportunity to speak Māori....

Waipā discovery centre likely to be named Te Ara Wai, The Path of Memories
The long discussed Waipā discovery centre in Te Awamutu will be known as Te Ara Wai, The Path of Memories.

That was agreed upon by the governance committee in a meeting at Waipā District Council on September 11.

It was Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, so there was a lot of te reo spoken around the table, particularly in the case of Ngāti Raukawa's Paraone Gloyne.

He spoke exclusively in te reo via translator Jillian Tipene.....
Govt plans elite mātauranga Māori school for youth
An elite Māori language school to be piloted in 2020 will invest in youth excelling in te ao Māori.

Te Kawa Matakura will develop a qualification for students to formally recognise distinction in te reo and tikanga.

Associate Minister of Māori Education Kelvin Davis says the school will focus on tikanga, reo and Māori leadership skills. It is estimated 20 students will be selected for the $2.8mil pilot through an application process or nomination by iwi and kura.

"This will support a new level of education within Maōri culture that will help create a new elite who will fill the roles on our paepae."....

Wellington eyes flock of te reo reserve names
Wellington City Council is embracing Te Wiki o te reo Māori by proposing to name several new reserves after native birds.

The City Strategy Committee will be asked to approve the names of 17 reserves in Churton Park, Newlands, Tawa and Aro Valley when it next meets on September 20.

Four of the names are of European origin, recognising local identities, and the remaining 13 are Māori.

“The communities involved have embraced te reo Māori for their reserves,” says Wellington Mayor Justin Lester. “Where there are areas of significance to iwi we have adopted the suggested name, and for most of the names in Stebbings Valley native birds have shone through.....

Hauraki District Council embraces Te Wiki o te Reo Maori
“To celebrate and acknowledge Te Wiki o te Reo Maori we’ve set a goal to encourage and grow our te reo skills, not just during Maori Language week, but on an ongoing basis,” says Chief Executive Langley Cavers.

From this week, public toilet sings at Ohinemuri Park, Karangahake Reserve, Ngatea Main Street and Waihi’s Victoria Park, will sport bilingual headings.

Over time this will be extended to other Council signs throughout the district. Email signatures will also be changed to include te reo job titles, and staff will be encouraged and supported to practice speaking te reo with each other and with customers where they can.....

Chapman Tripp supports Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week)
“Chapman Tripp has long been an advocate of cultivating Māori culture and keeping the language strong. We offer Te Reo classes in all three of our offices, all of which are fully subscribed, and our Te Waka Ture (Māori legal) group work closely with our people across the firm to promote the use of Te Reo.

“Chapman Tripp is also currently considering a formal Te Reo Māori policy – with the intent that a fundamental level of Te Reo should be able to be used by everyone across the firm in dealing with our clients and staff....

Kaupapa approach used to curb forestry deaths
A kaupapa approach to a health and safety programme for forestry workers in Tairawhiti has helped people speak up about dangers at work.

A blessing now takes place before trees are felled, and visitors are greeted with a formal Maori welcome as a result of the programme......

Ngāpuhi iwi living in Australia to have their say on treaty negotiations
Members of a Māori iwi living in Australia will be able to have their say on a major negotiation between their people and the New Zealand Crown.

Senior Government Minister Andrew Little will travel across Sydney, Brisbane and Perth next week as part of the Government's talks with members of Northland's Ngāpuhi.

He's been travelling New Zealand to speak with Ngāpuhi members as part of historical redress settlement talks - which may be worth as much as $300 million.....

Study to examine why Māori are more likely to die from heart disease
A new health research project will look at why Māori are twice as likely to die from heart disease than non-Māori.

Dr Anna Rolleston from the Tauranga Centre of Health has been awarded a $150,000 research grant by the Heart Foundation.

She will be joined on the project by Erina Korohina of Toi Tangata - an agency which helps to develop kaupapa Māori-based approaches to health.....

Whanau Ora challenges financial stranglehold
A west Auckland community leader says if five percent of state spending was channelled through Whanau Ora, Maori could fix their problems in a decade.

The former Labour MP says Governments of both left and right have taken a mean-spirited approach to funding Maori and anger will inevitably build......

Bilingual signs will become more commonplace around Porirua soon.
A commitment has been made to put up signs in both Māori and English around the city, with the approach part of Porirua City Council’s partnership with Ngati Toa, and celebrating the city’s diversity and culture.

Ngāti Toa kaumatua Taku Parai says seeing signage around Porirua in Māori will be incredibly pleasing and recent increase in the use Te Reo in everyday life – not just Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori – shows a shift in attitude to becoming bilingual......

McDonald's employee told off for speaking Māori vindicated as it changes policy
"They're allowing me and all Māori-speaking employees to speak Māori to staff and customers. I'm absolutely stoked."

Since then McDonald's New Zealand has reviewed its policy to allow all employees to speak all three official languages of New Zealand including Māori, English and Sign Language.

McDonald's Hamilton stores are planning to offer a bilingual menu to customers......

New council sub-committee to engage with Te Ao Māori
A Te Ao Māori sub-committee is to be established at the Marlborough District Council to help with iwi representation.

The council first flagged the need for Te Ao Māori representation as part of this year's long-term plan, which was approved on June 28.

It originally planned to engage a Te Ao Māori cultural advisor to assist the council with their interactions with Te Ao Māori, or the Māori world......

Gisborne port authorities disappointed in iwi appeal
The port authorities in Gisborne have expressed disappointment over an appeal planned against expanded facilities for the export of logs.

They said they needed to rebuild 60-year-old wharves and reshape a derelict 1920s-era slipway to cope with a wall of wood coming from nearby forests.

But resource consent granted to allow this to happen looks set to be challenged in the Environment Court.

Port managers won resource consent for the work, but an iwi collective has said it planned to appeal the case to the Environment Court.

The iwi objectors could not be reached for comment......

Māori academics 'isolated' and lacking in numbers
Māori academics are few and far between with the latest figures showing Māori make up less than 5 percent of all university academics in New Zealand.

The latest figures from the Ministry of Education show there were 495 Māori academics compared with more than 10,000 non-Māori last year.

Indigenous studies expert, Dr Joanna Kidman, from Victoria University, said for Māori academics, universities could be very isolating places.

"Often when academics are wanting to raise issues about Māori concerns or bringing mātauranga Māori into courses at the universities, sometimes we're kind of met with blank stares."

She said racism was a common experience too......

Māori tourism leaders added to industry body
Two leaders in the Māori tourism sector have been appointed to the board of Tourism New Zealand.

Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis says he as was looking for people with commercial tourism experience, particularly in the regions, a connection to Māori tourism operators, and strong financial acumen.

He also reappointed John Thorburn, Jamie Tuuta, and Jan Hunt for various terms, and extended the term of chair Kerry Prendergast to next March while future changes are considered.....

Descendants of original landowners demand Hato Pētera College be returned
The school's future is now uncertain, but the church is exploring education options for the now-defunct Northcote school, including a student hostel at the site.

But Kotahitanga Movement Aotearoa spokesman Reti Hohaia Netana Boynton said the school site should be returned to them.

Boynton said the land was gifted to The Catholic Diocese of Auckland in 1850 to be used to educate Māori children under a 90-year lease.

"So because they've broken the agreement, we want our land back," he said, referring to the Ministry of Education's decision to close the school last week......

National challenges new Broadcast Minister to be inclusive of Māori
National's Māori Development spokesman Nuk Korako says former Minister Clare Curran failed to include Māori on her public media advisory panel and that Faafoi should step up and put this right.

Faafoi wants a thriving media sector- so what is expected for Māori?

"It's pretty early days so getting my head around where the dynamics of where the Māori media are at is one of my priorities working alongside the likes of Nanaia Mahuta," he says......

Baby grabbing a colonial abuse
The growing numbers of wāhine Māori in prisons is likely to be one of the main topics for discussion at a Māori criminal justice summit in November.

It will also challenge a system that continues to affect Maori from birth, such as the way Oranga Tamariki preemptively take babies because they consider the mothers to be a risk.

"Mums are imprisoned while they are pregnant. Some give birth in prison and keep their babies until a certain age when they are taken away from them because they are 'bad mums' in prison, and I think that is a gross abuse of colonising power," Mr Jackson says.......

Victoria University sponsors Te Matatini
Victoria University of Wellington has announced that they will be one of the sponsors for Te Matatini next February.

Te Matatini is a world-class event where forty-five kapa haka teams will vie for the title of the best kapa haka in the world......

ANZ bank kicks off te reo classes
ANZ has kicked off their free te reo Māori classes this week in celebration of Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori.

More than 100 people attended the class on Monday at the ANZ Centre hosted by Precious Clark from Te Kaa, a Māori cultural competency programme.

Clark says she wants people to have the opportunity to experience the “magic” of te reo Māori......

Māori succeeding in Parliament just fine without need to entrench seats
Already most of us Māori in the House today are here not through the Māori seats, but through general electorate seats and because our parties back us to be here as of merit.

And our representation in the House today did not require the entrenchment of the Māori seats.

And our continuing representation in the House will not require the entrenchment of the Māori seats......

High School with compulsory te reo Māori classes welcomes PM
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern kicked off Māori Language week by visiting Wellington High School, which has already made te reo Māori a compulsory subject.

The initiative starts at enrolment for Year 9 students.

When asked whether making te reo Māori a core subject was the same as compulsory, Ardern says “Well, we are trying to integrate the language into primary and intermediate and early childhood education so that will be by default part of that curriculum that is already being learnt and will continue to be learnt.".....

BNZ launches digital banking in Te Reo Māori with a twist
BNZ customers can now switch their mobile and on-line banking to Te Reo. In a new initiative aimed at helping budding Te Reo speakers, BNZ has added a twist to the website’s Te Reo function by adding a “learning mode” where both English and Te Reo translations sit side-by-side.....

Bilingual bins ensure no words wasted
Yesterday Waste Management NZ Limited launched the country’s first bilingual (Te Reo Māori/ English) waste bin labels in Gisborne.

Gisborne Mayor Meng Foon welcomed the launch by joining the Waste Management NZ team at a special assembly at Kaiti School where principal Billie-Jean Potaka Ayton had worked on the translations of 10 different types of waste bins into te reo.

Waste Management Manager Lower North Island, David Howie says, “The mayor's attendance at today's launch is greatly appreciated and we are delighted he backs this initiative."

The launch of the labels coincides with Māori Language Week and they are available to Waste Management NZ residential and commercial bins in Gisborne.....

More Auckland parks and places to get Māori names
More Auckland parks will get Māori names after councillors today passed support for a programme of telling the stories of Tāmaki and increasing the visibility of te reo and Māori culture and history.

The decision to endorse Te Kete Rukuruku includes the Māori naming of parks and places and in principle the inclusion of regional parks and cemeteries.

It is expected that, in most cases, Māori naming will be dual naming, meaning a Māori name is added to the existing name to enrich the stories about that place, while not taking away from a current name......

Report: Government failing te reo in schools
“New funding of over $13 million in Budget 2018 was made available for a package of initiatives to better deliver te reo Māori education.

The main focus of the spending is improving the capability of school teachers to speak and teach te reo Māori, which will be directly mostly at English-medium school teachers.

"The best learning occurs when there is a mutually supportive relationship between the learner's whanau and the teachers."

A further $20m was allocated in the Budget to increase the supply of teachers, including Māori medium and te reo Māori teachers”.....

After voting against Māori wards, Waipā seeks other avenues for representation
Less than a year after Waipā District Council chose not to include Māori wards in the next local body election, council staff are now trying to find other ways of giving representation to iwi.

A workshop was presented in the council chamber in August, laying out various ideas for representation, given that 13.8 per cent of residents in Waipā as of the 2013 census identify as Māori.

These included such measures as special positions for iwi members on council committees, with voting rights afforded to them.....

Wanganui residents have mixed emotions after local newspaper adopts Māori spelling

Wanganui residents have mixed emotions over their local newspaper adopting the Māori spelling of the city in its front page banner.

After 162 years, the Wanganui Chronicle has from today added an 'h' to the name becoming the Whanganui Chronicle, to mark Māori Language Week.

Some locals say they do not like it, while iwi and community leaders are calling it the right move, and one that is long overdue.....

Māori a 'core subject' by 2025 - but still not compulsory
The Minister for Māori Development says te reo will be a "core subject" in primary and intermediate schools by 2025.

But Nanaia Mahuta admits there is a "huge challenge ahead" to reach that goal, with the nation in the midst of a teacher shortage - let alone teachers that can speak Māori.....

Te reo Maori much more than just an official language at Parliament
Te reo Maori is an essential part of Parliament, to be supported, respected and celebrated.

Kaiwhakamaori Maika Te Amo offers interpretation for anyone who wants to speak te reo to the Maori Affairs select committee, at Parliament, in Maui Tikitiki-a-Taranga the Maori Affairs select committee room, or when the committee travels to hearings around the country.

He says helping people feel comfortable when they are speaking to the select committee is vital.....

Waitangi Tribunal finds serious Treaty breaches in report on Te Rohe Pōtae claims
The Crown’s significant breaches of the Treaty of Waitangi caused serious damage to the mana and autonomy of the iwi and hapū of Te Rohe Pōtae (the King Country), the Waitangi Tribunal has found.

The Tribunal today released the first 11 chapters of Te Mana Whatu Ahuru: Report on Te Rohe Pōtae Claims. The report addresses 277 claims concerning Crown actions in Te Rohe Pōtae after the Treaty was signed on 6 February 1840......

Jacinda Ardern announces plans for Crown-Māori Partnership Office
The Government has outlined plans for a Crown-Māori Partnership portfolio and agreed to the establishment of a new agency to support the Crown to be a better Treaty partner, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Crown-Māori Partnership Minister Kelvin Davis have announced today.

The portfolio would be renamed from Crown-Māori Relations to Crown-Maori Partnership to better reflect the purpose and importance of the portfolio, Ardern said.

"Earlier this year at Waitangi I said as we needed to start thinking as a nation about what our relationship looks like beyond the Treaty negotiating table.

"Settlements are not the end of our relationship or the Crown's responsibility, but the beginning of a new relationship freed from grievance," said Jacinda Ardern......

A welcome sign for a bilingual Rotorua
Rotorua Mayor Steve Chadwick says, “We hope over time you're going to see a lot more of the reo incorporated into road signage.”

In April the New Zealand Transport Authority (NZTA) told the council the sign must be written in English, but both groups then came to an agreement to tweak the sign so both languages can appear......

Spark jumps on the waka, asking staff to bring 'their real selves' to work
But now Spark is embracing Māori culture, with its own waiata (song) and an app providing a Māori interpretation of its corporate values.

Spark Agile coach Te Arepa Morehu wrote the waiata for Spark that concludes with the words: "Through collaboration we will all stand with purpose to hear the language from within".

Mihi – Māori welcomes – are incorporated into all significant staff meetings and Spark's annual meetings are now opened and closed in te reo Māori.

General manager of human resources and diversity Rhonda Koroheke says Spark is encouraging staff to embrace their Māori identity as part of a wider bid to persuade employees to "bring their real selves to work".

"For the most part people will start learning about Māori principles and values and the 'gold' is where they start connecting what is important to them inherently to something that is common within the Māori world," Paraku says.....

New Zealand Fire Service to overhaul firetrucks with te reo Maori
New Zealand's fire trucks are to be emblazoned with te reo Māori, with one of the first trucks marked 'AHI' rolling out of Wellington Central.

The te reo Māori word will sit alongside its English equivalent, 'FIRE', on about 2000 ​New Zealand Fire and Emergency vehicles as they're repaired and replaced in the coming years.

A truck with the the new markings will take part in a hīkoi through Wellington on Monday to mark the start of Te Wiki o te reo Māori (Māori language week)......

Economy Hub: Te Pūia Tāpapa fund targets local infrastructure
New Māori investment fund Te Pūia Tāpapa could end up investing in major infrastructure projects like Auckland light rail, says chairman Paul Majurey.

The $115 million fund is modelling itself on the NZ Super Fund and will hopefully further advance the progress iwi are making towards economic sovereignty, Majurey says.

It pulls together capital from 26 iwi and Māori entities located in the lower North Island, Taranaki, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Hauraki, Northland, Auckland, Te Tau Ihu (Nelson-Marlborough) and Wharekauri (Chatham Islands)

"This investment reflects the way we see the world – so that has important ethics like manaakitanga [respects and kindness] and kaitiakitanga [stewardship] in terms of how we see people and resources," he said. "The outlook is very long-term and intergenerational."......

Academic tells Sam Neill Māori not exploited in early European encounters
Māori were certainly not exploited or victims in their early encounters with Europeans, believes a Waikato University academic.

Speaking on the latest episode of Uncharted with Sam Neill airing on Sunday night, the School of Māori and Pacific Development's professor of research Ngahuia Te Awekotuku told the actor how "we were friends and we were equals" when tribes first met the crew of Captain Cook's Endeavour in the late 1860s.

"We tend to romanticise how Māori were and sometimes I get annoyed by that. We're so often portrayed as being stolen from or exploited.

"Māori were conscious of what they were doing and even though new we have taken the more righteous view of them being the preyed upon, we were the predators too.".....
Five-year reo strategy to normalise language
A major new te reo Māori strategy is hoping to strengthen the use of the Māori language in everyday life.

Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi will unveil its five-year strategy Ngā Parirau o te reo Māori in Whakatāne on September 12.

The strategy has been developed over two years with input from strategic partners, te reo Māori experts and iwi and it describes the Māori language aspirations of the indigenous tertiary institution while also focusing on fresh approaches over the next five years.

The strategy will set in motion a series of initiatives including a bilingual community focus and a live-in immersion programme......

Call for broadcasters to be censured if they butcher Māori words
Staff at the University of Waikato are calling for broadcasters who don't pronounce Māori words correctly during Māori language week to be censured.

Members from the Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies want the Broadcasting Standards Authority to take a tougher line with journalists and on-air hosts.

They are suggesting any mis-pronunciations next week be treated as a professional foul.

For 51 weeks of the year, Māori tolerate the mispronunciation of their language in broadcasting, Professor Pou Temara said.

"My view is that the Māori language cannot be the responsibility only of the Māori people, there's less [sic] than 500,000 of us. It's the language of a country, and the greater New Zealand population has a responsibility."....

Bill to entrench the Māori seats passes first hurdle with support from opponent
A bill entrenching the Māori seats into New Zealand electoral law – requiring a 75 per cent majority of Parliament to get rid of them - has passed its first reading in Parliament because it was supported by New Zealand First, which opposes the Māori seats.

New Zealand First MP Darroch Ball said the party believed the issue of the Māori seats should be put to a binding public referendum and the bill was an opportunity to do that.

He said later that the referendum would be on entrenching the seats or abolishing the seats. If the party could not get that amendment passed it would not support the bill.

Tirikatene said it was a small but significant bill.

"It cuts to the heart of the representation and the status of the Māori seats in this House."

He said the general seats could be abolished only by a 75 per cent majority but the Māori seats could be abolished by a simple majority.

"There is an imbalance there and my bill seeks to raise us to an equal standard with the general seats."....

Iwi Challenged to Create Jobs
Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones wants iwi to do more to help create jobs in the regions.

"Iwi leadership needs to step up and deliver practicable initiatives and stop all this airy fairy flights of fancy they are going to own the water or something. Just come down to earth and work with us with our young people, because that is the real test of our leadership, whether the generation we leave behind to carry on the seeds of our identity, our culture, out language, have we adequately prepared for that task," he says......

Coromandel maunga too tapu to trash
A Hauraki iwi is looking at the closure of Uluru in central Australia as a precedent for what they might like to happen with their sacred maunga.

She says the maunga is privately owned, and like the traditional owners of the landmark formerly known as Ayers Rock, they are concerned at the lack of respect shown by many visitors.

Ngati Huarere has had support for its rahui from local agencies and local government.....

Māori health: 'We have to be talking about racism'
Health experts are calling for frank and fearless discussions about racism and white privilege to improve Māori health.

Co-author Dr Bryn Jones said people needed to have more open discussions about structural racism, white privilege and colonialism.

"We have to be talking about racism," he said.

"But we particularly have to be talking about racism in terms of who it privileges. Those are very important discussions to have and they don't happen as often as they need to."....

Vodafone commits to Mahi Tahi partnership with Māori Language Commission
Vodafone New Zealand and the Māori Language Commission have joined forces in a Mahi Tahi agreement to promote and revitalise the Māori language.

Vodafone NZ is the first international company to have a strategic partnership of this kind with the commission.

“This is a big win for te reo Māori because here we have a company telling more than three million of their customers there’s a special place for the language in everyday life and in big business New Zealand......

Green Party calls for plaque in Parliament for New Zealand wars
Parliament's debating chamber currently features 33 memorial plaques and wreaths on its walls commemorating famous battles or wars New Zealanders have died in, including Gallipoli, Passchendaele, and Afghanistan.

None commemorate the New Zealand Wars, a series of armed conflicts during the mid-nineteenth century between Māori and the New Zealand settler government.....

Bill passed for Wairoa settlement
What’s the sixth-largest treaty settlement to date has now been concluded, with parliament yesterday hearing the third reading of Te Rohe o Te Wairoa legislation.

Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Andrew Little says the $100 million in financial and commercial redress will open up new opportunities for the iwi and hapu and the Wairoa region.

The settlement also includes relationship agreements with government agencies and councils which provide opportunities for iwi and hapu to contribute to and influence decision-making on issues that are significant to them......

Chronicle puts the 'H' in Whanganui
New Zealand's oldest newspaper is having a change of name.

NZME announced today the spelling of their titles Wanganui Chronicle, Wanganui Midweekand Wanganui Chronicle Weekend Edition are all changing to include an 'h' as in Whanganui.

Te Ohu Kaimoana committed to represent Māori interests at UN
Te Ohu Kaimoana committed to protecting and representing Māori interests at the United Nations

Te Ohu Kaimoana Chairman Jamie Tuuta travelled to New York on Monday (3 September 2018) as a member of the New Zealand delegation that will participate in discussions on a new international agreement on Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ). The international community is discussing ways in which marine biodiversity in international waters should be managed in the future. Te Ohu Kaimoana considers that mātauranga Māori and ensuring that Māori rights are protected will form a fundamental part of that kōrero.....

Iwi group to appeal port ruling appeal
An iwi collective is to appeal to the Environment Court against the decision of independent commissioners to grant resource consent for the demolition of wharves six and seven and the slipway at Eastland Port.

Spokesman for the collective, Ian Ruru, said it would take the development to the Environment Court if mediation failed.....

Indigenous courts, the way of the future?
An advocate for an improved justice system for Maori, Dr Valmaine Toki has researched and visited indigenous courts in comparative jurisdictions and is now calling for the establishment of indigenous courts in New Zealand.

The University of Waikato associate professor considers if Maori were to have their cases heard in courts where ‘tikanga Maori’ and ‘therapeutic jurisprudence’ are practised, then there would be far fewer Maori in New Zealand prisons and far fewer cases of recidivism.

She proposes two ways that indigenous courts could be introduced, either by building on the marae-based justice system that has been introduced for rangatahi (youth) and matariki (for adults), or expanding the jurisdiction of the Maori Land Court to include criminal and civil matters for Maori.....

New Māori obstacle endurance event coming to AKL
A new Māori endurance event centred around the elements of the Māori Gods is set to take place in Auckland in November.

He says the event was designed to allow people to feel the vibrations and the energy of the land.

“We want Māori and non-Māori to experience the life force within us which we call mauri and where we raise a frequency so high it just matches the ability to be able to live a prosperous life with purpose and potential.”.....

Wellington hapū place rāhui on land to halt development plans
A Wellington hapū has placed a rāhui on their land in Wainuiomata after alleging their plots are being targeted for sale by iwi land managers, Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust.

The trust is planning to use iwi redress land, what was the former grounds for Old Wainuiomata Intermediate and Wainuiomata College, for development.

They have approached Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Crown Māori Relations Minister Kelvin Davis for help......

Kereru are a protected species but some iwi want to hunt the birds for cultural reasons
Wood pigeons or kereru have been a protected species since 1922, but some Māori are now calling for the Department of Conservation to allow hunting of the birds for cultural practices.

The bird’s considered sacred to Maori and believed to have healing powers.

Some Māori are continuing to hunt and eat kereru or kukupa, as the bird's called in Northland.

Hinerangi believes Māori should be able to go onto their own land and hunt kereru for cultural occasions......

Long-overdue state sector reform needs to deliver
Reform of the State Sector Act is long overdue and the public of Aotearoa needs to take this chance to develop a future-focused public service, the PSA says.

Mr Barclay says the relationship between the Crown and Māori is moving into a new era, and the public service needs legislation which can give effect to that......

Hapū voices making mark on Auckland mainstream boardrooms
The next generation of Māori leaders is looking to shape the future of Auckland - and they do not want to rely only on their iwi to have their voices heard.

The central Auckland hapū has grown its assets and resources through commercial real estate and now has assets valued at more than $1 billion.

Māori business was booming and for non-Māori it was an unknown and perceived threat on colonised systems that they felt safe in, Ms Blair said.....

DOC postpones Far North 1080 aerial drop following outrage from iwi
The Department of Conservation has postponed a controversial 1080 aerial drop in the Far North following outrage from iwi who say they weren't consulted.

"In fact, the opposite was true and some had actually spoken out against 1080 at DOC's hui," Anderson said. "This is a serious breach of trust, and included misrepresentation of a local trust and Treaty partner."

However, DOC said consultation with iwi and hapū did take place, including discussion around a combination of ground and aerial pest control methods. "At those meetings iwi reps did not say they opposed the use of 1080 in parts of the forest", a spokesperson said....

Waitemata DHB doubles MĀORI WORKFORCE
The Waitemata District Health Board has doubled its Māori nurses in three years, and is set to double its entire Māori workforce.

Since 2015, the number of Māori staff members at the DHB has gone from 276 to 483.

"There is a major recruitment drive happening,"

"Fifty positions have become available to Māori nurses at all levels.

"We are committed to eliminating inequities wherever they exist, particularly in relation to Māori."....

Prayers remain commonplace for opening council business around New Zealand
Across New Zealand, regional, district and city councils start their meetings with some sort of blessing: 13 pray, 26 say a karakia, 19 use a mix of both or another blessing, and 18 don't use anything.

Local Government New Zealand president Dave Cull said councils were free to open meetings as they chose.

"While karakia, blessings or prayers should never be compulsory, some public institutions have introduced elements of tikanga Māori as part of their acknowledgement of biculturalism under the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi, or say a prayer as a continuation of long-held traditions."....

Mark Richardson's passionate push for compulsory te reo Māori stuns co-hosts
Mark Richardson says it's vital the Māori language is "forced down" Kiwis' throats, or it will die.

"The language is an endangered species," the AM Show sportsreader told viewers on Monday morning. "When you get an endangered species, certain things happen that are mandatory - I think it needs to happen with this language."....

Kids not fodder for te reo experiment
"Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta’s suggestion that te reo Māori should be made compulsory in schools is divisive, exploitative, and doomed to fail", says ACT Leader David Seymour.

"The Minister must categorically rule out making te reo Māori compulsory in our education system."......

Govt invests in raising awareness of NZ wars
Te Pūtake o Te Riri-Wars and Conflicts in Aotearoa-New Zealand Fund will support whānau, hapū and iwi to bring to life the stories of the past.

The Minister for Māori Development Nanaia Mahuta said the fund would focus on increasing awareness about local history, significant landmarks and people.

"Our history is bursting with notable rangatira whose prowess in war, strategic and tactical feats are compelling and continue to impact on how communities have settled and relate to their own story.....

Cross-examining the '$170 million
Compensation for the claimed Treaty of Waitangi breaches by the Crown against Te Aitanga a Mahaki was the main topic of discussion at the Waitangi Tribunal hearing of the Mangatu remedies claim yesterday.

Economist for Te Aitanga a Mahaki, Dr Richard Meade has estimated that the monetary value of the overall compensation for the Mangatu claim would be $170 million plus the return of the Crown forest-licensed land.

Dr Meade was questioned for most of the day about how he came to that figure, especially regarding the methodolgy he used towards reaching his estimate.

Dr Meade said he came to his estimations using a process called ‘counter-factual’.

“We look at what we know actually happened and then we ask, ‘what would the world be like had the Treaty of Waitangi breaches to Te Aitanga a Mahaki not happened?” he said.

“If we don’t have a counter-factual, I don’t have anything to work with.

“I have a factual (historical wrong-doings by the Crown).

“I have to estimate what would have happened if the breach had not happened.”......

High Court appeal lodged against Waiheke marina
The battle to stop a controversial marina on Waiheke Island has fired up again, with opponents telling the High Court the wrong iwi group was consulted about the consents.

In May the Environment Court granted resource consent to develop the 186-berth marina, which would feature a floating car park.

But Save Kennedy Point spokesperson Sebastian Cassie said the wrong iwi group was consulted during the consenting process.

"The mandated authority for Ngāti Paoa is completely against the marina and a large part of the case for the applicant was that it had the support of tangata whenua."

The High Court appeal claims the Ngāti Paoa Trust Board, rather than the separate Ngāti Paoa Iwi Trust, is the legitimate Māori authority for the island.

Board spokesperson Dave Roebeck said the trust did not become the Māori authority until Treaty settlements were ratified.

"There hasn't been consultation with the right entity and that's because the [Auckland] Council are recognising a non-mandated entity."....

Education minister Chris Hipkins announces $10m for Rotorua school Te Wharekura o Ngāti Rongomai
A $10m Government investment in a Ngāti Rongomai kura is a dream come true for an iwi that was, not long ago, at risk of extinction.

Education Minister Chris Hipkins today announced Te Wharekura o Ngāti Rongomai would receive $10 million to build a new school.

The school has been a satellite of Te Wharekura o Te Kaokaoroa o Pātetere since it opened in July 2008 after whānau of Ngāti Rongomai expressed a desire to form their own kura for Ngāti Rongomai descendants....

Tea's the key to access $50b Māori economy
Gardiner said the Māori economy was exploding in the wake of what he described as the "dormant" years between 1850 and 1990.

He said the $50 billion economy represented an "explosion of wealth generation on an unprecedented scale".

"We are rediscovering ancient skills embedded in our DNA. We're not learning new things, we're rediscovering things we already had."

One example was the Raukura Inland Port in Hamilton.

In 50 years, he said, it would cover a space larger than the Auckland CBD and by 2041 would see a million six-metre containers coming through each year.

"The skies the limit on this project."....

Sadness follows closure of Māori boarding school
The fight to keep a Māori Catholic boarding school open has come to an end - with Minister of Education Chris Hipkins announcing its doors will close.

It was costing more than $200,000 to keep the school running for one student - and the school's grounds and facilities had fallen into disrepair.

With the school currently sitting empty, Mr Hipkins said the process of closing the school should be quick.

In a statement, Auckland's Catholic Bishop Patrick Dunn said today's decision was in the best interests of students......

Maori medical students: 'It was just blatant racism'
Māori students studying medicine at the University of Otago say they are fed up with the ignorance they face over the way they are selected into their second year of study.

There are limited spaces in the second-year programme and everyone in their first year has to reach a grade threshold.

But in a push to improve the diversity of the health work force, all Māori students who meet the minimum grade requirement, can identify their Māori heritage through whakapapa, and complete an essay showing their commitment to giving back to Māori communities, make it through.

It's known as the Māori Entry Pathway.

Once Māori students who have used the pathway make it into their second year of study, they are required to sit the same exams and reach the same standards to qualify as doctors like all other students.

Other students, who apply in the general pathway, compete for limited spaces and grades can become competitive.

Third-year medicine student Tiana Mihaere has been told on many occasions the Māori Entry Pathway is wrong and unfair.

"I remember being in the dining hall one time and some girl was having a moan about how unfair the pathway was and it was just real blatant, dumb-@r$e racism.

"But it is a big problem. Every Māori student that does Health Science will have experienced some form of racism during that year."

She said its a lack of understanding about the state of Māori health, and the need for Māori in the health work force that leads to attitudes like this.

Figures from the New Zealand Medical Council show Māori make up just 3.4% of all doctors in New Zealand.

Third year medicine student Nadine Houia-Ashwell said the Māori entry pathway existed to lift that....

Stats reveal Māori students over-represented in suspensions, expulsions
Latest statistics reveal that almost 41 out of every 1,000 Māori school students were expelled or excluded from school in 2017.

The vice-president of the NZ Māori Principals Association says the results are "reflective" of society.

The stats also show that Māori students are more likely to be stood-down, suspended or expelled for schools- well above the national average.

However, the president of the NZ Māori Principals Association says that the onus should not necessarily rest upon the student alone.

"We know that Māori students tend to be kicked out a lot quicker and a lot earlier then non-Māori, we have a real issue with that," says principal of Ōtāngarei School, Myles Ferris.

"There is this bias and racism that happens in our schools and what we want is for schools to take a good look at themselves and say 'we need to do more before we kick them out'.".....

Munro to put Māori face on regional council
Hawke’s Bay Regional hopes the appointment of a Māori partnerships manager will help staff and councillors engage more effectively with tangata whenua.

He's former Wellington district police commander Pieri Munro, who is currently national Māori advisor for Workplace New Zealand.....

Planned closures of charter schools prompt debate about Māori self-determination
The New Zealand government’s move to close charter schools as part of its education reform has prompted strong Māori criticism.

Māori educators Sir Toby Curtis and Dame Iritana Tawhiwhirangi have filed a Waitangi Tribunal claim, arguing that the failure to involve Māori, and consider Māori interests, breaches the Crown’s obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi. They say that the school closures would disproportionately affect Māori. Six of the 11 charter schools have predominantly Māori rolls.

The debate is bigger than public versus private education, which is how the government sees it.

It is more a matter of the meaning of Māori citizenship, and whether citizenship has evolved from the subjecthood Māori were granted under the treaty in 1840.

Indigenous peoples have the right to establish and control their educational systems and institutions … in a manner appropriate to their cultural methods of teaching and learning......

Cape Kidnappers has a new name: Te Kauwae-a-Māui
The new name is one of 11 bestowed on geographic features across Hawke's Bay.

Other features to get new names are Mount Erin, a 490m hill 8.5km southwest of Havelock North, which will now be known as Kōhinurākau or Kohinurākau. Lake Hatuma, 3km southwest of Waipukurau, which will now be known as Lake Whatumā.

Puhokio Stream at Waimarama is now Pouhōkio Stream.

Motuokura, an island 2km off the east coast, about 22km southwest of Cape Kidnappers is now Te-Motu-o-Kura/Bare Island.

The other locations to get new names are:

- Capstan Rock, a rock between the mainland and Te Motu-o-Kura/Bare Island, will now be Muhuaka/Capstan Rock.

- Flat Rock, a 400m long rock adjoining the mainland 1.7km southwest of Cape Kidnappers, is now Puapua.

- Hakakino, an historic pā site 21km southeast of Havelock North, is now Hakikino.

- Kuku Reef/Rocks, a 75m reef extending from Waimarama beach, is now Paparewa.

- Nga Puhake-o-te-ora, a shallow spring on the southeast of Te Motu-o-Kura/Bare Island, is now Ngā Puha-ake-o-te-ora.

- Waihakura, an historic pa 15km southeast of Havelock North is now Te Wai-a-kura......

Hastings grant supports Maori education programme
A grant from the Hastings District Council’s contestable grants fund is a big boost to Inspire in Education’s aims to help young Māori learners achieve success, says the charitable trust’s founder and general manager Conrad Waitoa.

This includes supporting the delivery of Māori language culture and identity in the classroom among communities of learning,

Ultimately, he says the goal is to expand the programme further across Hawke’s Bay.......

Taranaki iwi wins seabed mining appeal
South Taranaki iwi Ngāti Ruanui has won a landmark High Court decision to quash Seabed Mining off the coast of Patea.

Overnight, the High Court at Wellington announced it will not allow Trans-Tasman Resources (TTR) to mine iron sand off the South Taranaki bight.

Te Runanga o Ngāti Ruanui Trust kaiarataki Debbie Ngarewa-Packer says this win for the iwi and the community of Patea proves that voices and actions count.

"We have fought this battle twice and won each time, she says.....

'Foreshore belongs to us' - tribe's lore revealed after surf shooting hits headlines
A handful of holiday baches sit quietly at the beachfront. A small swell bends around Honipaka, or Albatross Point, to the ill-famed beach where surfers say they were shot at.

Police visited village elders as part of their investigation and visited this scene. This coast is isolated and notorious. Outsiders are typically allowed to surf 'by invitation', according to Raglan's Daniel Kereopa.

The stance infuriated many, including members of parliament, who believe the sea is free for everyone to use

Ngāti Mahuta own massive tracts of farm and forest here as well as the ironsand mining operation over the hill at Taharoa.

And they own the sea, too, tribal matriarch Connie Hepi says.

"We claim the foreshore right around and we are only protecting it. The worry is, for the kaitiaki of the moana, is [others] can come in by boat or jet ski now......
Ngāti Porou welcomes Baby Neve and $200k govt funds
Ngāti Porou has received $200,000 from the government for a business case to improve health services in the region.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern met today with Te Rūnanganui o Ngāti Porou (TRONPNui), she says the region has some of the country's worst health outcomes.....

Iwi push for Hawkes Bay ngāhere
Wairoa to Wairarapa iwi Ngāti Kahungunu has teamed up with Hawke’s Bay Regional Council on a plan to plant millions of trees on 250,000 ha of erosion-prone land.

The Kāhutia Accord signed on Friday is a formal partnership to assist the region to become New Zealand’s first carbon neutral province by 2040.

Ngati Kahungunu has applied to the Provincial Growth Fund to fund the plan......

New Zealand Māori Council to act on suicide
The latest suicide data is a telling story of the impact of suicide on Māori and the New Zealand Māori Council want to do something about it.

The Māori suicide statistics totalled 142 deaths across the country, the highest since the provisional statistics were first recorded for the 2007/08 year.

"When it comes Māori we need to have a single national approach driven by Māori for Māori – where Māori have a say in what services they want and need – including how they should be delivered. These are times for the most honest of conversations."

"There are lots of lost souls out there and I would support the approach of the New Zealand Māori Council."

He said there were generations of Māori who had lost their identity.

"They've lost touch with traditional Māori values......

Extra help needed for Māori suicide risk
A Māori health advocate wants to see more resources going into Māori suicide prevention programmes.

Te Rau Matatini chief executive Maria Baker says the trauma from colonialism and dispossession is a factor.

So too are standard risk factors affecting disproportionate numbers of Maori like poor housing, lack of access to good education, good jobs and income . . . which also gives pointers to what needs to be done.

Torbay School Pilots Student-Led Te Reo Māori
Torbay School on Auckland’s North Shore is running a pilot to get students leading te Reo Māori in the school.

Two days a week teams of year 4-6 students lead year 3 classes in a waiata and a simple lesson on that waiata. They show the class how they can incorporate what they have learned into their daily class routine. The classroom teacher learns with the class and makes sure everything runs smoothly......

Mangatu claim before Tribunal
The return of the Mangatu forest to local iwi will be on the table at a Waitangi Tribunal hearing in Gisborne next week.

The Mangatu remedies claim will be heard from Monday to Friday at the Poverty Bay Golf Club.

The Waitangi Tribunal reported in 2004 that the Mangatu Crown Forest should be returned to local iwi Te Aitanga a Mahaki......

Lake Horowhenua activist Philip Taueki to shut public road access to lake
Public road access to Lake Horowhenua will be shut by activist Philip Taueki after boy racers tore up turf at the park.

The threat of closure is the latest in a years-long dispute over the heavily polluted lake, which has pitted Taueki against the Horowhenua Lake Domain Board, local councils and the trust representing Muaūpoko iwi interests.

Taueki, a direct descendant of a Muaūpoko chief who signed the Treaty of Waitangi, says authorities have failed to protect the lake and its shoreline from damage.

A "bunch of local red necks" have broken through a gate shut at night, skidded over grass and hurled abuse at Taueki this week. ....

Māori Radio launches Treaty claim against Crown
Te Ūpoko o Te Ika was under threat of closure following tension over it's frequency but the station will not be silenced, at least for the next twelve months.

Chairman Piripi Walker says, “We're very happy that the iwi of this region have been able to come to an agreement about our treasured radio station.”

Frequency licence holders Te Ātiawa and Ngāti Toa Rangatira met with and iwi members as well as the station yesterday. They voted unanimously to keep the station open.

“Following the meeting, they went to Te Māngai Pāho and they are continuing to fund us for another year, we are grateful,” adds Walker.

The situation has sparked a claim to the Waitangi Tribunal about alleged underfunding and mistreatment of Māori radio stations by the Crown.

Walker says, “They're really against what the Crown's done, the rules surrounding Māori broadcasting, and that is why a group has decided to bring the issue to the attention of the Waitangi Tribunal.”.....

Poor financial health sees Government stump up with cash for Whitireia, Unitec
The dire state of its books has prompted the Government to dish out $15 million to Porirua-based tertiary educator Whitireia and signal it may be forced to intervene in the way the institution is run.

Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced the decision on Thursday, while also confirming Auckland's Unitec would receive a loan of $50m to help sure up its long-term financial stability....

Kahutia Accord sets path to reforest Hawke’s Bay

Today’s signing of the Kahutia Accord MOU between Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi incorporated and Hawke’s Bay Regional Council aims to plant millions of trees on the 250,000 ha of erosion-prone land across Hawke’s Bay.

The Kahutia Accord is a formal partnership to assist the region to become New Zealand’s first carbon neutral province by 2040, a target highlighted in the Council’s Strategic Plan.

“Not only will we be healing the people but we’ll be healing the land, that’s significant in terms of our sustainability and prosperity” says Mr Tomoana......

Larger projects proposed in river clean-up
The Waikato River Authority’s eighth funding round has closed with a number of larger projects proposed for river clean-up.

More than $8 million has been applied for from 45 project applications. Two applications are over $1 million and two others for more than $500,000.

The Authority has this year allocated up to $6 million for clean-up projects.

Among the areas the Authority has signaled it will be giving increased priority to this year include:

* Partnerships: A greater level of support for applications that involve strong partnerships and that have the ability to deliver significant outcomes from larger projects.

* Iwi Engagement: There will be an increased focus on bigger projects that incorporate iwi in the project delivery.....

Former MP Dover Samuels said Ngāpuhi leadership 'mana munching'
Former Māori Affairs Minister Dover Samuels is urging those leading the Ngāpuhi Treaty claim to "just get on with it".

The call comes after Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Andrew Little recently concluded eight hui in Northland and Auckland to discuss an evolved structure for negotiations.

Tipene said the settlement could be anything up to $300million and should not go through a single entity.

Sonny Tau and Hone Sadler confirmed they would not stand aside.

Sadler said "Ngāpuhi doesn't want quitters to lead them" and hopes to have a settlement reached by 2020......

Govt to implement changes in criminal rehabilitation
The government is looking to implement changes to rehabilitation and transitions within the justice system within the next year two years.

This comes following the conclusion of the Justice Summit in Porirua.

The government says there will be more investment and changes in rehabilitation and transitions.

Justice Minister Andrew Little says, "The summit is the start of the process of getting the conversation going. We've had many years of just talking about locking more people up and we don’t have a talk about what happens after that.”

The government hopes to increase the housing supply, including 7 places for people on bail, 31 places for those on home detention and 47 places for people on parole, by next year.

11 community rehabilitation centres will also be set up for women and 34 iwi navigators will also provide more support for Māori.....

Wellington welcomes Māori wardens
Rongotai MP Paul Eagle is welcoming plans to reintroduce Māori wardens to the streets of Wellington.

He says the revival of the wardens a decade ago bypassed the capital, so it's good it is finally catching up.....

'Restore mana' - Andrew Little calls for Māori representation in prison reforms
Justice Minister Andrew Little wants Māori to have more of a say in addressing their "appalling" over-representation in prisons.

Māori make up 16 percent of the overall population, but represent 51 percent of prisoners - and for women that increases to two-thirds of prisoners.

"They've got some amazing ideas ...I want it to come from them so that we are showing real partnership, State and Māori, to actually make a difference in that system."....

Local iwi fight for Māori catholic school to stay open
Supporters of a Māori catholic school in Auckland will make a last-ditch effort to save it from closure at a meeting with the Education Minister today.

Mr Boynton was determined to bring the school back to life.

"Once we get this back into our rightful hands, we will actually get this kura back up and running. To actually acknowledge what our tūpuna wanted it to be for the education of Māori, to educate Māori."....

Far North council aims to recoup $20m unpaid rates from Māori land owners
Far North District Council has set up a dedicated unit to work with Māori freehold landowners in a bid to recoup more than $20 million unpaid rates.

The total rates debt on Māori freehold land from 2013 to 2018 is $20.9m owed by 2060 accounts.

Because much of the land is of poor quality, unoccupied and landlocked, along with the issue of collective ownership, the council is working with Māori to develop their land to generate income to repay the debt.

Treaty lawyer Season-Mary Downs, from Tukau Law and Consultancy, said addressing rating issues would be difficult as there were "a lot of historical issues" that must be taken into account.

Only 5 per cent of land in New Zealand is Māori land, and there needed to be "careful consideration about if and how it is rated", she said.

"It's not just a rating issue, it's a Treaty and a partnership issue," Downs said.

"Any regime created must consider Treaty issues as well as the Treaty partnership......

Minister reappoints members to Waitangi Tribunal
Māori Development Minister Hon Nanaia Mahuta has reappointed four members of the Waitangi Tribunal to maintain the continuity and security of its decision making.

Sir Sidney (Hirini) Moko Mead, Professor Rawinia Higgins and Dr Grant Phillipson have all been reappointed along with Chief Judge Isaac (Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu) who has been reappointed for a further five-year term as the Chairperson..

“Chief Judge Isaac possesses the key attributes needed to fulfil this important role, He also has extensive experience from his time as a Chief Judge and Deputy Chief Judge.

“The four Tribunal members collectively bring 33 years of invaluable skill and experience to the Tribunal and they all bring an enormous wealth of knowledge.

“These appointments ensure that the Waitangi Tribunal can continue its crucial role in the Māori world,“ said Nanaia Mahuta.......

Surf wars: Car club member says visiting Taharoa was frightening and intimidating 
A classic car club stopped to take in the sights of Taharoa were chased out of the remote Waikato town by local Māori threatening to shoot them and bash their cars if they didn't leave. 

A club member, who did not want to be named, said about 10 classic cars and their owners were parked on the public road leading to the Taharoa Ironsands mine on April 7, reading a sign with the history of the town when two men approached and started swearing at them. The site is opposite the lookout. 

"The next thing these Māori fellas come out with the guns and say 'you better piss off, we will shoot the lot of you and wreck your cars'."..... 

Treaty process 'dirty deals, done dirt cheap'
Iwi negotiators have been left traumatised and feel bullied and let down by Crown Treaty settlement processes according to research by academic Margaret Mutu.

Ngai Te Rangi iwi leader, Charlie Tawhiao, describes the process as 'dirty deals, done dirt cheap'.

The Ngai Te Rangi Runanga chairman’s views are backed by research from Auckland University Māori Studies professor, Margaret Mutu, who interviewed iwi negotiators nationwide.

“That came across very clearly, that we were being bullied often into having to accept things that we knew were wrong, that we knew were unjust,” says Mutu.......

Ngāti Paoa group 'repossesses' Northcote's Hato Petera College
Two Māori families whose ancestors lived around the site of Northcote's Hato Petera College 170 years ago have "repossessed" the land.

The issue is politically delicate given the large Māori caucuses in the governing Labour and NZ First Parties, although Boynton said his Peters family was not related to Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters.

Thompson, a former Hato Petera house parent, has told Hipkins and the Catholic Church that the iwi wants to be involved in any decision about the school, but said he had not heard from Hipkins.......

Drinkable water first priority for marae
A lawyer who has been involved in discussions with the previous Government over water says there are urgent issues which can’t wait for the high level talks over water ownership.

The Iwi Leaders Group and some iwi have refused to participate in the Government’s new Māori freshwater forum, Te Kāhui Wai Maori, with Ngāi Tahu saying that as the treaty partner in most of the South Island it insists on direct talks......

Maori sidelined in whitebait debate
The chair of Te Wai Māori, the Māori freshwater fisheries trust, says iwi need to urgently get involved in the debate about the state of the whitebait catch.

"Māori, iwi are a central part of whitebait as regard to native fisheries and let's get on with it. I'm worried that once again we as iwi are being sidelined from this debate when we are a critical part of this discussion around whitebait," Mr Mair says......

Puketāpapa Local Board and Ngāti Tamaoho formalise their relationship
Puketāpapa Local Board and Ngāti Tamaoho have signed an agreement to formalise their working relationship.

“Ngāti Tamaoho has an enduring relationship with the Puketāpapa area," said Harry Doig, chair of the Puketāpapa Local Board.

“This agreement will enable Ngāti Tamaoho to contribute to council decision making and service delivery, and provide opportunities for Ngāti Tamaoho to improve or expand its own community services,” said Mr Doig.....

Eco-Sanctuary Proposal Goes Out to Community
The proposal for an iwi-led Eco-Sanctuary at Pōkākā in the Ruapehu district was put before the community on Monday in Raetihi at the first of a number of planned stakeholder hui.

In an effort to revitalise and restore part of the ancestral estate, Uenuku Charitable Trust has developed the concept for a major conservation and restoration project at a site adjacent to the Makatote viaduct. A feasibility study into the proposal has begun.....

Funding for Ngāpuhi hapū hui
Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little has announced funding support for Ngāpuhi hapū to consider their Treaty settlement progress.

Andrew says that the funding is to enable hapū to hold hui to consider the evolved mandate negotiation structure and provide feedback to my office.......

Kelvin Davis: 'Ngāpuhi 'most incarcerated tribe in the world'
Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis says his Ngāpuhi iwi is probably the most incarcerated tribe in the world and he has a goal to change that.

Mr Davis said Māori make up over 50 percent of the prison population, and he wants that number reduced.

"Of that 50 , half again, are from Ngāpuhi, my own tribe, so this is personal.

"My tribe of Ngāpuhi is probably the most incarcerated tribe in the world, per head of population, so we really have to look at what we're going to do differently as a country, to turn these figures around.".....

Canadian indigenous business delegation comes to NZ
Delegations from more than 25 countries and representatives of more than 500 Indigenous businesses, as well as many leaders from across a growing global Indigenous business economy, are expected to attend the Forum, from 9 to 11 October.

“The goal of the Forum is to develop Indigenous-to-Indigenous domestic and foreign trade business opportunities, which in New Zealand is represented by our burgeoning Māori-led business,” says Jefferies.....

Kupe Scholarships encourage Māori and Pacific students into teaching
Thirty highly-accomplished Māori and Pasifika student teachers have been awarded prestigious Kupe Scholarships.

The Scholarships aim to attract Māori and Pasifika high achievers to the teaching profession and support them to become inspiring teachers and role models in early childhood, primary and secondary education.

“It’s fantastic to see the Kupe Scholarship being utilised to encourage Māori and Pacific peoples into a teaching career,” said Davis.

“These scholarships reflect the Government’s commitment to raising the quality of education and education outcomes for Māori and Pacific students.

Kupe scholarship recipients will have their course fees paid; receive a $15,000 study allowance, professional mentoring and assistance with finding a job. Each scholarship is worth over $25,000.....

Tira Hou Marae gets makeover
The Auckland Council has allocated $150,000 to Auckland's oldest marae, Te Tira Hou. Marae spokesperson Kiri Maaka says the funding has been used to renovate its facilities and to build a new Papakāinga housing development.

Te Tira Hou Marae received the funding as part of the council's community development and cultural initiatives fund.......

Blessing of Raleigh St Reserve carvings brings 'good omen' for park's future
Even the rain seemed to pause in respect for the blessing of the new carvings at the gateway of the renewed Raleigh St Reserve in Palmerston North.

Rodney Wong of Awapuni Rotary said two traditionally carved gate posts, or pou, representing the Awapuni community's mana and history, were installed at the park entrance ahead of Adams' visit......

Our Whanau
In recognising the unique position of the Maori culture, Kimihia School will take all reasonable steps to provide instruction in tikanga and te reo Maori.

Kimihia School will regularly engage and consult with the Maori community and work together in partnership to raise Maori achievement.

A Maori culturally responsive education environment is one that meets the needs of Maori students and the school's Maori community, delivers engaging education and strong student outcomes, and enhances Maori students' identity, language and culture through access to high quality teaching (Hautu)......

Winston Peters is continuing his push to abolish Maori seats in Parliament
The Deputy Prime Minister says Maori can and should be equal in every area, and don't need separate electoral representation.
All seven Maori electorates are currently held by the Labour Party.
Peters told Sky News, academics and what he calls do-gooders continue to insist a separate roll is good for Maori.
But he says Maori don't need a paternalistic, mollycoddling attitude - and showed that with their vote.
Winston Peters says Parliament will have the option to vote for a referendum - his long-held position.....

Minister for Crown/Māori Relations still without job description
Ten months after the government named Kelvin Davis the Minister for Crown/Māori Relations, it is still unclear what his job is.

The government is heading to Ngaruawahia this weekend to attend celebrations for the Māori King but the prime minister will not be there. Questions are being raised about how stable the relationship between the Crown and Māori really is.

Mr Davis' job was dreamed up without a description - he was supposed to fill in the blanks by last month.

But after a series of hui around the country, there is no update.

Mr Davis said he would take a paper to Cabinet in the next couple of months and he was not bothered by the delay......

Media banned from Māori King's koroneihana celebrations
Media have been banned from the grounds of Tūrangawaewae Marae at Ngaruawahia for the anniversary celebration of Māori King's koroneihana or coronation this weekend.

Tūrangawaewae Marae spokesperson Moko Templeton said it was the first time such a ban had been imposed.

Media would still have access to the event through a live stream, and Ms Templeton stuck by the decision not to allow media at Tūrangawaewae.

Ms Templeton said the marae was concerned that the media would not focus on the kaupapa of the koroneihana anniversary - the 12th such celebration for Kingi Tūheitia.

"Has there been a media ban in the past from coronation? No, there hasn't," she said.....

National Māori genetics research centre unveiled in Kaitāia
Māori genetics is at the forefront at the countrys newest Māori medical research centre officially opened today in the Far North.

The partnership between The Moko Foundation and a national alliance of world-renowned scientists and medical clinicians will look to develop tailored responses to Māori through understanding of our genetic makeup.

"Having a better idea and a clearer view on patients genetic profile is going to allow us to identify problems early and then make sure they get the right treament - not the treatment that may work but the treatment that will work" says chair and founder of The Moko Foundation, Dr. Lance O'Sullivan.

The project recently secured $500,000 of funding as part of a nationwide research program co-ordinated by Maurice Wilkins Centre.

"The genetics of Pākehā and Asian people is being studied intensively overseas, but the genetics related to Māori health is very unique to New Zealand and so we should really be putting alot of our resources in to these issues specific to us here.".......

$20mil to build new school for Manukura
A Māori school which fosters academic and sporting excellence for youth will operate from a new location.

Manukura, which has some of the top pass rates in the country, has been based at Massey University for the last 14 years.

Manukura has now received government support to have its own location.

Minister Kelvin Davis says, "The government have given $20mil so that the school may accomplish what they have been working on for the last 14 years and that is to have their own site and buildings.".....

Iwi boycott of alternative water group is followed by demand for talks by Ngai Tahu
Fallout from the Government's decision to set up an alternative Maori group with which to consult on freshwater issues continues, with Ngai Tahu now demanding direct engagement immediately with the Crown over water issues relating to most of the South Island.

And it is throwing into question what "partnership" means in terms of the Crown's engagement with Maori.

The former Government consulted closely with an iwi leaders group within the Iwi Chairs Forum on issues relating to Maori rights and interests in freshwater.

But the Coalition Government wants to set up a new wider group to represent Maori interests, Kahui Wai Maori.

The Government also wants to have a final say on who is on the group.

The Iwi Chairs Forum has decided to boycott that group saying there was no consultation over the change and that the terms and membership of the group "does not reflect a relationship of partnership under Te Tiriti o Waitangi."

And Ngai Tahu, one of the most influential iwi with a rohe covering about 80 per cent of the South Island, now says it will be seeking direct engagement with the Crown.

It has also hinted that court action is an option......

Māori radio station battles iwi to stay open
Wellington iwi are blocking the oldest Māori radio station from getting funding, and the station is on the brink of closure.

Documents leaked to RNZ show Te Āti Awa and Ngāti Toa are pushing for broadcaster Te Ūpoko o Te Ika to be merged with their own radio station, or shut down.

Te Ūpoko o Te Ika has been broadcasting from Wellington city since 1985.

But under new Crown licensing changes in 2011, the station needs local iwi permission before it can get funding....

Iwi gets behind $200m roading project despite ongoing internal division
A Taranaki iwi has given its support to a $200 million roading upgrade, but not all its members are happy.

Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Tama was once neutral about its view of New Zealand Transport Agency's (NZTA) plans to upgrade State Highway 3 at Mt Messenger, but its had a change of heart and given the project the green light.

The proposed bypass cuts through land known as Parininihi, which is owned by Ngāti Tama. The whenua (land) had been confiscated by the Crown but later returned as part of its 2003 Treaty of Waitangi settlement.

But the "fractured" relationships within the north Taranaki iwi were once again laid bare at a resource consent hearing connected to the proposal on Thursday.

Members of Te Korowai Tiaki o te Hauāuru provided evidence to independent commissioner Stephen Daysh, which voiced their opposition to the work along with their concern about being left out of the consultation process.......

Plan to scrap Māori and Indigenous faculty labelled 'white-streaming'
Students and staff at the University of Waikato are disappointed with a proposal to scrap the Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies, with one professor calling it a "white-streaming" of Māori issues.

More than 80 people gathered in a peaceful protest today over a re-structure which will see the faculty lose its status and fall under one of four new "super-divisions".

Outside of the Vice Chancellor's office, protesters were determined to let him know the Māori Faculty wasn't going anywhere without a fight.....

Iwi leaders reject govt freshwater initiative
Environment Minister David Parker announced the Kāhui Wai Māori proposal at the National Iwi Chairs Forum hui earlier this month.

Chair of the Pou Taiao Iwi Leaders Group Herewini Parata rejected the offer because he says there was no prior engagement on the initiative.

“Its terms and membership are to be determined by the Crown. That does not reflect a relationship of partnership under Te Tiriti o Waitangi."

He says the Iwi Chairs Forum was disappointed about the approach......

DOC failed to consult iwi regarding cow burial on Motutapu Island – Conservation Minister
Heritage New Zealand has met with the Department of Conservation (DOC) and Ngai Tai ki Tāmaki about the burial of 49 dead cows by a farmer on Doc land on Motutapu Island in December.

The iwi says it was not consulted and that the burial damaged a midden site.

Ngai Tai ki Tāmaki wants all parties responsible for the burial on Motutapu to be prosecuted.....

Now a significant time in history of Treaty settlements
At the end of August, Waitangi Tribunal hearings will open in Gisborne for the latest Mangatu remedies claims, in which the tribunal is under immense pressure from the courts to issue binding recommendations. But how did we get here? And what does this mean for our relatively politically stable Treaty settlement process?......

.....It is unclear exactly what the repercussions of these decisions will be for the Treaty settlement process. Only time will tell but it is clear we are in the middle of a very significant moment in the history of the modern Treaty settlement process......

Fishing rāhui placed on beach where whales died
Northland's Te Roroa iwi has placed a rāhui or ban on the collection of shellfish and fishing on the beach where two humpback whales died this week.

The rāhui stretches from Baylys Beach to Mahuta Gap, and is supported by the Department of Conservation (DOC).

DOC said the ban would last for at least the next few days as the carcasses deteriorated and was disposed of.

Tangata whenua are working at the site under the supervision of Ngāti Wai, to salvage culturally-valuable materials from the whales...... 

Removing Māori seats too divisive, Bridges says
Removing the Māori seats - part of an ACT policy to get the number of seats in Parliament down to 100 - would be too divisive, says National Party leader Simon Bridges.

ACT leader David Seymour announced the policy, which is in a new private member's bill, at his party's annual conference in Auckland on Sunday.

Bridges said on Monday that in principle National's policy was that the Māori seats should go over time, but the party had made no moves in recent years to do that. 
"Let's be honest, it would be incredibly divisive. I think we'd see protests like we've never seen before. So you've got to say, would it be worth it?" Bridges told The AM Show.....

Results of the 2018 Māori electoral option
The 2018 Māori Electoral Option has closed, with more than 23,300 Māori choosing to change roll types or enrol to vote.

The Option ran from 3 April to 2 August and gave all enrolled voters of Māori descent the opportunity to be on the Māori roll or general roll.

At the end of the Option, 52.4% of Māori voters were on the Māori roll and 47.6% were on the general roll, compared with 52.8% and 47.2% at the start of the Option period. There have been net increases of 1,200 on the Māori roll and 4,015 on the general roll.
“About 95% of Māori voters chose to stay on the roll they were already on and there was a small change in the proportion of voters on each roll,” says Mandy Bohté, National Manager for Enrolment and Community Engagement.....

ACT leader David Seymour wants to slash number of MPs to 100, scrap Māori seats
ACT has unveiled a plan to slash the number of MPs to 100 - and erase the Māori seats.

Leader David Seymour has today unveiled a "Smaller Government Bill" which proposes to cap the number of MPs at 100, restrict the size of Cabinet's executive to 20 and scrap the seven Māori seats.

Seymour also proposed doing away with the seven Māori electorates.

"New Zealand is a modern, diverse democracy. There is simply no longer a place for one group of people to be treated differently under the law," he said......

Taranaki iwi leader critical of changes to region's coronial services
A Taranaki iwi leader has heavily criticised upcoming changes to the region's coronial services, citing the negative impact it could have on Māori tikanga connected to the dead.

A new set of contracts, which are in the process of being finalised by Ministry of Justice (MOJ) and come into effect on September 1, will see Taranaki people in need of post-mortems being taken to Hamilton or Palmerston North for autopsy.

Prior to this, pathologists were directly contracted by MOJ to do the work in the region.

Debbie Ngarewa-Packer, kaiarataki of Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Ruanui, said the changes had been made without any consultation with the Taranaki community or iwi.

"This is a blatant disregard for tikanga Māori and whānau throughout Taranaki," she said....

Māori nurses claim on pay disparity gets Tribunal hearing
NZNO Kaiwhakahaere Kerry Nuku says the crown has breached its obligations to Māori in the health system under the Treaty of Waitangi.

Kerri Nuku says it's a huge victory - Māori nurses will finally have their say.

“What we want to do is have conversations with the Ministry of Health around how Māori models of care can be delivered in a different way,” said Nuku, “funded in a different way that sees the autonomy and funding sit within Māori Iwi Provider groups or other Primary Healthcare sectors to determine what's best for their communities.”....

First wave of marae get funding boost
Māori Development Minister Hon Nanaia Mahuta has today announced an investment of $725,000 in the late Koro Wētere’s whānau marae near Kawhia.

Three other marae in Northland have also been granted funds totalling $2.9 million for rebuilds.

“The Oranga Marae programme was launched in May and is a combination of Marae Ora Funding from Vote Māori Development ($10m over four years) and Lottery Grants Board funding, jointly managed by Te Puni Kōkiri and Te Tari Taiwhenua (Department of Internal Affairs on behalf of the Lottery Grants Board), “ says Nanaia Mahuta.

In 2018/19 the programme has a combined fund of approximately $17.5 million ($2.3m from Crown and $15.2m from the Lottery Grants Board) to support marae by ensuring that cultural taonga and traditions are preserved for future generations and our national identity is sustained.

In particular it assists to build, repair and restore whare while also encouraging marae to plan for the revitalisation of tikanga and te reo Māori and the transmission of mātauranga.....

First Mana Whakahono a Rohe
In April 2017 the National Government released a suite of changes to the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA). Among those changes was a significant provision to enhance the participation of Maori in council decision-making enshrined in the legislation as Mana Whakahono a Rohe (MWR) or Iwi Participation Agreements. Completion of these arrangements is mandatory should a local authority or regional council receive an invitation from an iwi authority.

The purpose of a Mana Whakahono a Rohe is (section 58M):

* to provide a mechanism for iwi authorities and local authorities to discuss, agree and record ways in which tangata whenua may, through their iwi authorities, participate in resource management and decision-making processes under this Act; and

* to assist local authorities to comply with their statutory duties under this Act, including through the implementation of sections 6(e), 7(a) and 8.

The test will come when the specific details pertaining to participation have been identified: in particular those matters that are not mandatory which include (section 58R (4)):

* How a local authority is to consult or notify iwi on resource consent matters;

* Circumstances in which an iwi authority may be given limited notification as an affected party;

* Any arrangement relating to other functions, duties, or powers under [the RMA];

* If there are two or more iwi authorities, how they will work collectively together to participate with local authorities; and

* Whether an iwi authority has delegated to a group or person a role to participate in particular processes under the RMA......

Raukawa Iwi chair Vanessa Eparaima resigns from Waikato River Authority after Roger Pikia appointment
The Waikato River Authority, which oversees millions of dollars in grants, is in uproar after two unexpected resignations.

The chairwoman of Raukawa Settlement Trust resigned from the authority's board after objecting to the appointment of Roger Pikia as co-chair.

Backed by Ngāti Raukawa, Vanessa Eparaima resigned on Friday, following the appointment of Pikia, who is currently at the centre of a Serious Fraud Office investigation into the finances of two Te Arawa iwi trusts which he chairs.....

Greens co-leader Marama Davidson on new fresh water forum
The Green Party has welcomed the establishment of the new Crown-Māori partnership on fresh water, Te Kāhui Wai Māori, and will continue to push strongly for Māori rights over water to be upheld, says party co-Leader Marama Davidson.

Thompson put it to Davidson that some would say water belongs to everybody.

Davidson said there was clear disagreement and discomfort with the line that water belongs to everybody: "It denies a treaty principle for Māori to be able to maintain kaitiakitanga and tino rangatiratanga over water rights."

"Our longstanding position is we reject the bottom line of everybody owns water."

Davidson says the conversation so far hasn't included hydro plant water usage, focusing more on land allocation and land use of water.

"I haven't seen in the discussion so far a reference to changing what we've got in terms of hydro. But I have to say in the Treaty settlements that have gone through, and are going through, hydro plants governance and management does come through some of those Treaty settlements."....

Ngāti Rangi settlement bill passes first reading
The Ngāti Rangi Settlement Bill passed its first reading in parliament yesterday, marking the beginning of a new relationship between the iwi and the Crown, says the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little.

But Little says no settlement can compensate Ngāti Rangi for the suffrage the Crown has brought them.

“No settlement could ever compensate Ngāti Rangi for the prejudice they have suffered by the Crown's acts.”....

Government sets goal to have a million Kiwis speaking basic Te Reo Māori by 2040
The Government's goal to have one million New Zealanders able to speak basic Te Reo Māori by 2040 is achievable, a Māori Language teacher says.

That is despite there being only 125,000 speakers of te reo in the country according to census 2013.

The Government not only wants an increase in te reo speakers, it also wants 150,000 Māori to speak it as a primary language, and the country as a whole to value te reo as a central part of national identity.....

Auckland iwi Ngāi Tai to argue in Supreme Court for exclusive rights to Rangitoto, Motutapu
An Auckland iwi is taking its bid for exclusive rights to commercial operations on two Hauraki Gulf islands to the highest court in the country.

Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki Tribal Trust has claimed rangatiratanga, exclusive rights, to conduct commercial tours on the Rangitoto and Motutapu motu (island) in the Hauraki Gulf for at least five years.

The iwi lost challenges in both the High Court and then the Court of Appeal over the Department of Conservation's issuing of five-year tourism concessions to Fullers and the Motutapu Island Restoration Trust on Rangitoto and Motutapu Islands.

Now the iwi has been granted leave to appeal to the Supreme Court on August 14 and 15.....

Govt raising Māori expectations on water
Environment Minister David Parker’s establishment of Kahui Wai Māori is just another attempt by this Labour-led Government to mislead Māori on freshwater issues, National’s Māori Development spokesperson Nuk Korako says.

“National’s policy is that nobody owns the water. Nor is a national settlement like that achieved on fisheries appropriate. Freshwater issues, such as nutrients, sediment, E.coli and allocation vary so significantly around the country that solutions have to be worked out on a catchment by catchment basis.....

Court action could be on the cards as tensions boil over between Ngāphui leaders
Insiders say talks are stalling between opposing Ngāpuhi leadership groups, Tuhoronoku and Te Kōtahitanga after a series of "failed meetings" with the new Treaty Negotiations Minister.

Te Kōtahitanga co-chair Pita Tipene says the seven closed meetings have left him feeling frustrated, angry and betrayed.
Iwi leaders say they will go to court over Māori freshwater rights
Iwi leaders have told the government they'll see them in court over Māori rights to freshwater.

The leaders met Cabinet ministers in Ngāruawhāhia on Friday, where the politicians made it clear those rights were not up for debate.

Now the iwi leaders say they have no choice but to go to court, given the government's unwillingness to negotiate with Māori on freshwater rights.

The Waitangi Tribunal and the Supreme Court have both acknowledged Māori have first rights to freshwater, but that has not been backed up by government policy.

Ownership rights are at the heart of the debate about water allocation and management, but successive governments have failed to reach a position that satisfies Māori......

Who has rights to freshwater?
A spokesperson for Rongowhakaata, Jody Wyllie says, "The crux of the matter issue for all Māori right around NZ is the ownership of water and it's coming. The fact that we're starting this conversation around allocation, and we're yet to have the conversation with the council and with the Crown about who owns water in this country.".....

Broad Māori voice needed in water talks 
Crown Māori Relations Minister Kelvin Davis says the Government needs to hear from more than just iwi leaders if it is to resolve conflict over fresh water. 

He says iwi chairs made no progress in their talks on water with the previous Government. 

Mr Davis says iwi activity makes up only a small part of the Māori economy, and water is critical to the wider land development strategy. 

A teacher's fight to prove her English is good enough to meet Education Council's 'absurd' requirement
"The rule is the same for everyone: teachers need to demonstrate that they have the required proficiency in English or Māori ... [they] need to demonstrate they have met the required level.".....

Rooftop gardens, urban food forests and swimmable waterways part of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei's plans
Rooftop gardens, urban food forests and swimmable city waterways are all part of an Auckland iwi's plan to "mainstream" kaitiakitanga.

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei's 2018 iwi management plan, Te Pou o te Kāhu Pōkere, lays out iwi objectives on land, air and water management within its rohe (tribal area).

The plan, presented to a meeting of Auckland Council's planning committee yesterday, involved embedding and "mainstreaming" kaitiakitanga, guardianship and conservation, into the council's planning and documents......

NZ Maori Council steps into lead the social policy agenda
For immediate release: The future development of social policy impacting on Maori has never been more certain now that the New Zealand Maori Council’s new structure is in place. At the national hui in July a new strategic direction was proposed that focussed the energy and work of the New Zealand Maori Council around its role as a partner with Government when it comes to the development of social policy......

Barrier name change bragging rights denied
The chair of Ngātiwai Trust Board is angry Hauraki iwi have been given the right to change the name of Great Barrier Island.

Haydn Edwards says the deed of settlement signed last week shows Hauraki’s negotiators have successfully used the crown’s flawed policies on overlapping claims to extend their sphere of influence over natural resources beyond their tribal boundaries.

"It is a bit on the nose and in your face when a group that has had no names, no urupa, no maunga, no pa, no marae on Aotea at any time in my lifetime, that they are given the right to change the name from Great Barrier to Aotea. That is a miscarriage of justice," he says......

'Build our understanding': Jacinda Ardern wants baby Neve to speak Māori and English
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has revealed her baby, Neve Te Aroha, will be raised to speak te reo Māori and English.

In an interview with Māori Television on Monday, Ardern said it was important to her and her partner Clarke Gayford that Neve has an understanding of Māori culture and believes speaking Te Reo is the first step.

Ardern told Native Affairs Neve won't be the only one learning te reo.....

Study under way into link between science and mātauranga Māori at Whakarewarewa
Scientists will be descending on the Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley over the next two years as part of an in-depth investigation linking the science with mātauranga Māori.

The Whakarewarewa Village Charitable Trust and the MacDiarmid Institute of Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology have announced a new partnership to use materials science to better understand the natural colours of rocks and waters at the Whakarewarewa Village and surrounding areas.

"By working with traditional knowledge around the colours in the rocks and waters of Whakarewarewa and surrounding areas, this project will provide new knowledge where skills and experiences can be shared with schools, and relevant curriculum-linked activities based on the themes of mātauranga and science in practice."

"We will incorporate the legends that have been handed down from generation to generation and the Māori cultural stories about where the colours come from," Millar said.

"It's about bringing the stories, the legends, the waiata and the science together."....

Ngāti Porou seeks to secure longevity of resources
Ngāti Porou lawyer Matanuku Mahuika says hapū of Ngāti Porou stand to gain greater protection and management of their marine and coastal resources through the Ngā Rohe Moana o Ngā Hapū o Ngāti Porou Bill.

"The goal for the hapū of Ngāti Porou is to move forward knowing that they are maintaining the rights to their marine and coastal areas," says Mahuika.

The first Bill of the Marine and Coastal Area Act, the Ngā Rohe Moana o Ngā Hapū o Ngāti Porou Bill, will give Ngāti Porou customary title over significant parts of the East Coast coastline as well as customary rights, such as fishing and the protection of wāhi tapu. It will also require iwi consent for resource consent applications.

"There are aspects to do with fishing, there are other aspects of resource management, all of that," says Mauhika......

Consent for nine-metre retaining wall as much as construction
Their project will also need iwi approval, including a processing cost of $800, because their property is within the area of the Mahaanui Iwi Management Plan Silent Files and Kaitorete Spit cultural zone in the Christchurch District Plan.

A silent file area is an area given special protection because it contains significant wāhi tapu (sacred places) or wāhi taonga (treasured possessions). The area is larger than the wāhi tapu to ensure the exact location of the sacred place remains secret or "silent".

Sue Denny said she was quoted $5980 by a consultant to manage the complicated process of iwi approval........

Kahui Wai Māori group to work on freshwater
The Government is establishing a new group to broaden the conversation with Māori on freshwater.

Environment Minister David Parker today briefed the Iwi Chairs Forum meeting on plans to establish the group, to be known as Kahui Wai Māori – the Māori Freshwater Forum.

“Freshwater is a taonga of huge significance for Maori and all New Zealanders.

“As we take the next steps towards this goal, we want to widen our engagement with Māori.”

David Parker said Ministers acknowledged the valuable contribution by the Iwi Leaders Group to the debate on water in recent years.

“We now want to include more voices, from different areas of Māoridom.”....

New Māori group to engage on freshwater issues
​Maanu Paul says freshwater is a taonga of huge significance for us all. And he's critical of the Government's decision to set up a new advisory body for freshwater. 
“Personally, the Government has hijacked our scheme and have said that they have the authority to say which Māori can stand. My answer to that is no, they don't have the authority we do”.

“We, as in Māori and hapū, have our own people. Like we have said to the Tribunal, establish our own committee that communicates with the government on how the policies and laws are set down for freshwater,” says Paul.

Sir Toby (Curtis) warns the issue pertaining to Māori ownership of water will not be solved overnight.

“We have more of a connection to water than anyone”.....

Appointments to Conservation Boards made
Eugenie Sage announced 57 appointments to the 15 Conservation Boards across New Zealand.

“Conservation Boards are the link between DOC and the community. They help ensure their region’s voice is heard on conservation issues,” Eugenie Sage said.

“These appointments bring the number of women on the boards to 52 per cent and 41 per cent identify as Maori.

This year, boards will have a greater focus on promoting recreation opportunities and tourism on conservation land, and enhancing relationships with iwi and hapū.”.....

Govt looking for positive outcomes with Whānau Ora
45 students graduated today in Auckland with a Diploma in Whānau Ora, with a decision on the future of the Whānau Ora initiative looming in November.

The two-year course aims to up-skill service providers in order to better serve clients.

Minister for Whānau Ora Peeni Henare says, “Today is about recognising the growing number of graduates receiving their certificates under Whānau Ora.”

The Minister for Whānau Ora is making a commitment to ensure these graduates still have jobs in the future.

“The government's aim is to look for ways to help improve Whānau Ora.”.....

'Offensive' Māori sign removed at Rotorua tourist attraction
A tongue and cheek sign that has thrilled tourists for years at one of Rotorua's top tourist attractions has been removed after being labelled a grotesque racial stereotype.

The sign at Hells Gate geothermal park, mud bath and spa shows a tubby, tattooed Māori man eating from a cooking pot containing a person tied up in rope with the face cut out for photos.

For 20 years or more, tourists have had fun taking photos through the sign until this week when Māori feminist Moata Tamaira saw a friend's child wee head pop through in her Facebook feed......

Proposed name change for part of the North Island Main Trunk railway
A promise made in 1885 could lead to a name change for a section of the North Island Main Trunk railway line.

The New Zealand Geographic Board is seeking public submissions on a proposal to change the name of a 112 kilometre section of track, between Taumarunui and Te Awamutu, to Te Ara-o-Tūrongo.

An application to change the name was made by the Office of Treaty Settlements on behalf of Ngāti Maniapoto.

The proposed name translates to 'the track of Tūrongo' or 'Tūrongo's pathway'. Tūrongo was a tūpuna of many Tainui iwi including Waikato-Waitomo based Ngāti Maniapoto.....

Rights to fresh water to be discussed as govt meets iwi leaders
After years of impasse over Māori rights to freshwater, iwi may head back to court.

Several Cabinet ministers are headed north to Ngaruawahia today to meet with the Iwi Chairs Forum, where water is set to be a hot issue.

It's the first meeting between the leaders and the government since Cabinet agreed not to pursue any water ownership rights for Māori.

While the government will not pursue any ownership rights for Māori, it will provide capital - most likely through the provincial growth fund - for Māori to develop water storage so they can make better use of under-developed land.

But Ngāpuhi negotiator and senior member of Labour's Māori Council Rudy Taylor said that would not float with iwi.

He likened the situation to the foreshore and seabed controversy in 2004 that led to one of the biggest hikoi ever seen at Parliament......

Kahui Wai Māori group to work on freshwater
The Government is establishing a new group to broaden the conversation with Māori on freshwater.

Environment Minister David Parker today briefed the Iwi Chairs Forum meeting on plans to establish the group, to be known as Kahui Wai Māori – the Māori Freshwater Forum.

“Freshwater is a taonga of huge significance for Maori and all New Zealanders......

PM says Hauraki settlement an “issue between iwi”
Progress. That is what the government is focussed on when it comes to the Pare Hauraki Treaty settlement, according to the PM.

During the 10 minute interview the PM was asked whether or not the Pare Hauraki settlement is a ‘repeat of the Foreshore and Seabed’ as many opposing the settlement have claimed.

She refutes those claims saying, “No, no.”

“This is an issue between iwi, unlike the Foreshore and Seabed where the government really was at the centre of that issue,” she said.

“We were the ones guiding the decision making there... We have a role to play in trying to mediate our way through and ultimately seek settlement.”....

Tens of millions of dollars going to Treaty of Waitangi negotiators and lawyers
Winston Peters has called it a gravy train, others the necessary cost of settling Treaty of Waitangi claims.

Either way, the amount of money the Government pays negotiators and lawyers involved in Treaty settlement negotiations continues to climb, now sitting at $26.6m since the 2006-07 financial year. When payments to Crown lawyers are included, the figure balloons to $68m.

The Office of Treaty Settlements (OTS) released 11 years of data to Stuff under the Official Information Act, providing one of the most comprehensive looks yet at the amount of money being made by experts connected to the Treaty process.......

Slow flow to hundreds of Māori coastal and marine claims in pipeline
A judge has urged the Crown to step up with resources for resolving Māori coastal and marine claims.

Funding for court claimants, and delays in the Crown deciding which groups they wanted to negotiate with privately, are already threatening to slow the process.

In the High Court at Wellington Justice David Collins is overseeing the 202 pending court claims, many of which are also among the 385 who have taken the other route of trying to negotiate a recognition agreement with the Crown......

Lance O'Sullivan joins Treaty of Waitangi campaign
Prominent Maori leader Dr Lance O’Sullivan has added his support to the campaign launched by Sir Toby Curtis against the closure of Charter Schools.

Dr O’Sullivan met with Sir Toby this week to pledge his support for the campaign and thank him for the role Sir Toby played in his own education pathway......

Hamilton City Council votes Māori on to high-powered committees
Māori seats on council sub-committees is a step in the direction of full participation but opponents to it are calling it democracy by stealth.

A waiata - Waikato-Tainui anthem, E Noho Tuheitia - broke out from a packed gallery in chambers, on Thursday, as Hamilton City Council voted 6 to 4 in favour of introducing five vote-making positions in council for Māori.

Spokesman for Te Haa o te Whenua o Kirikiriroa which represents five Hamilton-based mana whenua groups, Rawiri Bidois, said there are bigger things to come.

"This is but the first part of the process to get to," Bidois said. "Everybody is talking about Māori wards and Māori electorates so we are expecting, and desirous, for this process to begin that longer term aspiration of getting to the stage where there is real and meaningful representation.".....

Tipene rejects single Ngapuhi settlement
Attempts to find a way to resume Ngapuhi settlement talks have hit turbulence, with an opposition leader rejecting a proposed solution developed over the past few months.

Mr Tipene doesn't think the proposal goes far enough, and when technical advisor Jason Pou presented it to a Te Kotahitanga hui at Mangakahia yesterday it was rejected.

"The Minister put to our group that there would be one entity to negotiate on behalf of all of Ngapuhi and in fact one entity to receive all of the cash quantum for all the people of Ngapuhi. Rudy and I have said from the get go that would be unacceptable," he says

National Research Charter for Aotearoa being developed
A working group has been formed, with support from research funding agencies, bodies representing different types of research organisations and Royal Society Te Apārangi.

Hay said other countries have developed a charter, such as Australia and the United Kingdom, but rather than simply adopting one of those, it is important that New Zealand develops its own charter to include elements specific to the context of Aotearoa, such as setting out how researchers should meet their responsibilities under the Treaty of Waitangi. The charter will, however, be benchmarked to contemporary international good practice.........

Hauraki settlement signed despite opposition
The Pare Hauraki collective redress deed was signed today as protesting iwi clashed with police and security on parliament grounds.

Ngāti Paoa is amongst many iwi from Hauraki who did not partake in the signing.

Ngāti Paoa delegated negotiator, Morehu Wilson says, “Minister Little has decided to sign the Hauraki Settlement today with those Iwi who are available to sign. Ngāti Paoa remains steadfast in our commitment to uphold Tikanga in order to reach a mutually beneficial outcome for all."

He says one reason for the decision not to sign today is the commitment the iwi made to follow the Tikanga process.....

University of Auckand hosts annual Māori Day
What does a modern day urban Māori look like? Hundreds of Māori students gathered in Auckland to celebrate their culture and heritage through song, dance, and food at Auckland University's 7th annual Māori Day.

Our reporter Rukuwai Tipene-Allen spoke to some of the students to ask what it means to be Māori in the big city.

For the over 3,000 Māori at Auckland University, today was a chance to showcase all that makes them who they are.

"It's a way of sharing a Māori perspective and not just with Māori but also with those who want to learn, with those who are in awe of what we have as Māori," says Tauawhi Bonilla.

"What we try to do as Ngā Tauira Māori is create a place when people are free to be Māori.".....

Record high employment rates among Māori
Employment rates among Māori are the highest they've ever been, according to new statistics from Stats NZ.

Overall, 94,000 more New Zealanders were in employment in the June 2018 quarter compared to June 2017.

Minister for Employment Willie Jackson says the gap between employment among Māori and the general population is closing.

"In fact, all data for Māori is positive, with Māori unemployment and the number of Māori NEETs ['Not in Education, Employment, or Training'] falling in the June quarter.”

The rate of young people not in employment has also dropped.

"Our rate of young people aged 15-24 not in employment, education or training fell from 12.4 percent to 10.9 percent in the June quarter,” says Jackson......

Hamilton City one step from Māori representation on council
Māori wards may have failed to get across the line but Hamilton councillors are looking set to back a seat at the decision-making table for iwi.

In October, 2017, Hamilton City Council kicked the idea of a Māori ward to touch but staff were instructed to find another way.

On Thursday, council will decide on a staff recommendation to approve five Māori representative positions to three high-powered committees - one to Finance, one to Growth and Infrastructure and two to the Community and Service Committee. The final appointment will be to the Regulatory and Hearings Committee. The move looks to have the numbers to pass......

Murupara educator Pem Bird hits out at Hipkins over partnership school closures
Pem Bird, who won the 2018 Matariki Award for contribution to education, said, in his opinion, Chris Hipkins' actions were "profoundly disrespectful".

"It's condemning these children to return to a system where Māori and Pasifika underachievement is chronic, intractable and systemic."

Bird said partnership schools were making a positive difference for Māori and Pasifika students.

"They are thriving in these culturally inclusive and wairua uplifting environments," Bird said.....

Nurses pay rise won't benefit most Māori nurses
Most Māori nurses will miss out on pay rises won by strike action because they don't work at district health boards.

Any settlement will only apply to nurses employed by district health boards (DHBs).

But the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) said a majority of Māori nurses won't see the gains because many are not employed by DHBs.

NZNO Kaiwhakahaere Kerri Nuku said most Māori nurses work in primary health areas such as Māori health organisations.

She said funding is different for Māori and iwi health providers, and their nurses earn up to 25 percent less than DHB nurses.

And many Māori nurses are grappling with lower pay as it is.

Ms Nuku said that gap will widen with the proposed pay rises, and she hoped the wider nursing movement will advocate pay parity for all nurses......

Council asked to spend $19k to clean up neglected memorial site
A neglected Māori memorial site (urupa) in Waimate could be in for an $18,900 clean-up.

The Waimate District Council has been approached by Jo McLean on behalf of the Thomas-Huruhuru whanau with a request for ongoing maintenance at the Te Huruhuru Rd site on the outskirts of the township.

The council will consider the request at its August 7 meeting.

He proposed the council consider two distinct work streams that could assist in bringing the urupa and the adjacent council-owned reserved back to their former condition and ensure visitors could enjoy the sites and the history associated with them.

He estimated it would cost $18,900 to remove shrubs and trees and replant them.

Ongoing maintenance costs were estimated at $5000 a year, made up of up to 10 working days of weed-spraying, replanting, mowing and miscellaneous tasks.....

Is Ardern's government in breach of the Treaty? - Right to Life
Right to Life believes that Jacinda Ardern is in breach of Article Three of the Treaty of Waitangi. Jacinda Ardern proposes that abortion, the killing of the unborn, should be taken out of the Crimes Act and treated as a "reproductive issue of choice for women". It is her belief and that of her government that the killing of children before birth should not be a crime, this includes Maori children.

When the Treaty was signed in 1840, the Crown gave an assurance that Maori would have the Queen’s protection. It is believed that that protection was to include protection for the right to life of Maori from implantation to natural death, which was provided by the common law of England and carried on in the New Zealand Crimes Act since 1856......

Biggest wind turbines in the country proposed for the Kaimai Ranges
But local iwi say not enough has been done to mitigate the cultural impact of the wind farm.

Ngāti Hako iwi manager Paulin Clarkin said turbines on the maunga, the mountain ranges, would be visible to three Ngāti Hako marae.

"That is significant to Ngāti Hako and other Hauraki iwi."....

Tuwharetoa Maori Trust Board wins Environment Court appeal
Tūwharetoa Maori Trust Board [TMTB] has won an environment court appeal regarding Lake Rotokawa and a nearby geothermal resource.

As a result, Ngāti Tūwharetoa has been acknowledged as having a kaitiaki [guardianship] role at Rotokawa, near Taupō, as well as a smaller iwi, Ngāti Tahu-Ngāti Whaoa.

The TMTB appeal was lodged against the Waikato Regional Council's decision to grant various resource consents to Rotokawa Joint Venture Limited (RJVL) in 2017......

Poor census turnout could decrease Māori seats
Low census turnout could have a major impact on the number of Māori seats in Parliament, a data group says.

Early Census 2018 results show only 90 percent of individuals responded, and the Māori data sovereignty group Te Mana Raraunga expects the response rate to be much lower for Māori.

New Zealand's national parliament has had Māori seats since 1867, and there are seven specific Māori seats representing the country's seven Māori electorates across Aotearoa.

However, they are not entrenched and the number of seats can change depending on many factors, including how many people identify as being Māori on the census.....

Expect more Māori women appointments
Minister for Māori Development Nanaia Mahuta says she will support the promotion of more Māori women to positions of power.

“If I can support other women to reach their leadership potential or to be able to exercise their leadership and influence in ways that can transform Māori development then I’m going to do it,” she says.

Speaking to Māori Television’s Native Affairs, the minister said the recent appointment of Rawinia Higgins as the first female chair of the Māori Language Commission was overdue......

Ngāpuhi set for biggest iwi settlement yet
The latest Treaty settlement is being hailed as a major leap forward for the country's largest iwi.

Ngāpuhi in Northland could receive up to $300 million following negotiations with Treaty Minister Andrew Little.

Iwi leader David Rankin says it will mark a new chapter.

"Things will happen rapidly now, and Ngāpuhi will now also be able to take their place as an economic superpower in this country, like Ngai Tahu and Tainui."

The settlement would be the biggest in New Zealand's history. Mr Rankin says the wealth will be for all.

"This is not the future for the Māori elite or the people above - this is for the people at the grassroots level."

He is confident the deal will be settled by the end of the year......

Skylarking on sacred Mt Manaia summit at Whangārei Heads frowned upon
Last week, two young men who call themselves RoadRebelz posted the video, including drone footage, of their climb on the spectacular maunga at Whangārei Heads.

Along the way, the men took stunning footage showing Manaia and its surrounds in the best possible light.

The mountain was considered a sacred ancestor to local hapu and was therefore tapu, in particular its summit, or head.

That was the main reason the Department of Conservation worked with Ngatiwai some years ago to have the trig station which once stood there removed, Donaldson said.....

Call for rāhui on West Coast from Raglan to Northern Taranaki to boost kaimoana stocks
Iwi leaders from along the coastline of the King Country and Northern Taranaki want to introduce a temporary rāhui from Mokau to Raglan.

They say a ban on fishing and collecting shellfish would enable kaimoana numbers to rejuvenate to sustainable levels.

Kaumātua Bill Rewi-Wetini has lived in the area most of his life, and spent more than 30 of those years as a local fisherman.

In the last decade, he's noticed declining numbers in kaimoana stocks including pipi, flounder, crayfish and pāua.

He and other kaumātua believe part of the problem was overfishing and tangata whenua should be able to manage the takutai moana, or marine environment, as Māori did prior to the arrival of Europeans......

Iwi researchers, scientists study natural disasters
Geologists and volcanologists today met with iwi researchers at Tangatarua Marae in Rotorua to better understand, prepare and respond to natural disasters.

The gathering is part of an $8mil research project called Eclipse.

According to Graham Leonard of GNS Science, the research is an international team effort.....

National "hasn’t done well enough” previously for Māori vote - Bridges
National leader Simon Bridges admits his party has not done enough for the Māori vote in the past but says it's worth chasing. His remarks come at the beginning of National's AGM weekend but when asked, he wasn't sure where Māori interests feature on the agenda.

Simon Bridges is sure what direction he wants to lead National.

He says "when we are back in government in 2020 we will reinstate through legislation partnership schools and we'll do it within one year of returning to office."

But when asked what feedback he’d had from Māori constituents and what they could expect from today’s AGM Bridges says "I'm not sure what's on the agenda of the AGM."

Despite this Bridges says many Māori showed up to his public meetings keen to know what National is all about.....

Treaty Negotiations Minister Andrew Little will sign Hauraki deed
Treaty Negotiations Minister Andrew Little has announced he is ready to sign the controversial Pare Hauraki Collective Redress Deed.

The decision has been welcomed by Pare Hauraki but a Ngāi Te Rangi leader says he's shocked.

Tauranga iwi, led by Ngāi Te Rangi, have protested the settlement, which they say will give Hauraki iwi mana whenua status in Tauranga.

In May, Little put off signing after Tauranga Māori marched on Parliament to demand the Crown make way for a tikanga Māori process to settle disputes between Tauranga Moana and Hauraki iwi.....

Concerns over how NZ history is taught: 'You Māori are lucky'
A teacher in Whanganui says she was shocked when she heard another teacher tell his class that Māori were lucky the British didn't wipe them out.

Riria Henry was in her final placement for teachers training in 2011, when she says she sat in on a social studies class, of mostly Māori students.

But the Treaty of Waitangi lesson left her speechless.

"So he was walking around with a cricket bat - he was a coach of cricket and he had a big bat that he walked around with," she said.

"He said 'you Māori are lucky that the British soldiers were too busy colonising other areas and did not just choose to focus on New Zealand at the time.

"Otherwise your people would have been wiped out."....

Educator pleads for Māori MPs to speak up over charter school closures
One of Māoridom's most prominent voices has called out Labour's Maori caucus for its silence over the closure of charter schools.

In a full page advertisement in the Sunday Star-Times in te reo Māori, Sir Toby Curtis pleads for political leaders to show compassion for those involved in the schools.

Part of the message translated into English says: "We have not yet heard any of you support the families, the children, teachers of our charter schools. These schools strengthen them and give them pride – it is not just the students who benefit – all of us benefit."

Sir Toby, who was knighted in 2013 for services to Māori education, went on to say in the advert: "If the late Dame Whina Cooper were alive, there is no doubt she would say to you, 'Where are your marbles?'....

Insight: Should te reo Māori be compulsory in school?
What could come from a greater understanding of te reo Māori and New Zealand's past? With enduring calls to make language and history compulsory at school, RNZ's Māori News Correspondent Leigh-Marama McLachlan asks current learners what they get out of it.....

Plans to build a bilingual New Zealand a 'bold step
Kelvin Davis has ambitious plans for a bilingual Aotearoa, but one expert says that future isn't possible unless non-Māori get on board.

The associate education minister is working towards "a future where New Zealanders from every background will have the ability to use Te Reo Māori in everyday conversations".

Davis would love to see Kiwis born in 2018 be able to switch between English and te reo "without batting an eyelid".

One of the Government's first steps towards that lofty goal is making te reo universally available in schools by 2025.....

Haka Tours scholarship encourages tourism careers for Maori
Haka Tours are ensuring sustainable employment for New Zealand’s tangata whenua with the announcement of their Maori Tour Manager scholarship, providing career opportunities in tourism.

The scholarship is open to New Zealand citizens of Maori descent, and provides up to $5,000 of training, as well as transport, meaning applicants can be based anywhere in New Zealand.....

Māori advisor position 'not a substitute' for Māori ward
The appointment of a new advisor will not give Māori a strong enough voice at the council, a Hawke's Bay councillor says.

It follows a failed attempt to establish a Māori ward last year by a five to four vote - a move that would have guaranteed Māori representation at the decision-making table.

Councillor Rex Graham said he wasn't expecting that result in a region that had a 23 percent Māori population.

"I was really disappointed we lost. We've got such a liberal council - smart, intelligent group of people - and I thought it would just fly through. But it didn't.....

Bias in govt agencies a barrier to Māori single mums
The Minister for Women says Māori solo mums experience a number of barriers to returning to work including unconscious bias treatment by government agencies.

Julie Anne Genter says a more culturally aware approach is needed by staff to address the issue.

Genter says the way Māori single mothers are treated by agency staff is a hurdle to them entering the workforce or training......

$100k of scholarships to help Māori students study abroad
Five Māori students will receive $20,000 and the opportunity to study abroad with a new scholarship up for grabs.

Introduced last year by Crimson Education, Te Ara a Kupe Beaton Scholarship is the first to support Māori students to gain admission into top universities in Aotearoa and abroad, whether it be computer science at Victoria University, medical school at the University of Auckland or economics at Harvard.....

Beaton says not only does the scholarship open up doors for young Māori, it helps to introduce the world to Māori culture.....

Higgins to bring Crown up to speed with te reo Māori
The first appointed female chair to the Māori Language Commission today received her formal welcome.

Professor Rawinia Higgins has been tasked with ensuring the Crown safeguards the future of Te Reo Māori.

A loss for Te Mātāwai and a gain for Te Taura Whiri i Te Reo Māori.....

Treaty claimant groups call on Crown to replace Hawke's Bay Regional Council with commissioners
Hawke's Bay treaty settlement groups concerned about the region's water quality have called on the Crown to replace Hawke's Bay Regional Council with commissioners.

The settlement entities say they have "lost confidence in the council to act in good faith regarding their responsibilities to iwi and the environment".

In a statement the groups said "We propose the Crown appoint commissioners to replace the Hawke's Bay Regional Council and work with tangata whenua to review the [regional council's] regional planning committee engagement mechanisms".....

Iwi wants sustainable fishery too
As one of the largest stakeholders in the commercial fishing industry here, Ngati Porou says it is has an interest to maintain a sustainable industry as much as other commercial fishers.

Through the bill, Ngati Porou is seeking legal customary title of the foreshore and seabed along the East Coast coastline to Gisborne.

If the bill is passed through Parliament and becomes an Act, Ngati Porou will have customary rights such as fishing, and the protection of waahi tapu (sacred sites).

Iwi consent will be required for resource consent applications in the areas over which it has customary title, as well as for proposals such as marine reserves.

Ngati Porou will be able to propose bylaws to restrict or ban fishing for either sustainability or cultural reasons, such as a rahui (a ban on fishing or swimming, such as after a drowning).

The Tairawhiti Rock Lobster Industry Association said if the bill was passed, it would provide opportunities for significant closures of areas, impacting on the industry......

Dame Tariana Turia joins Treaty claim
Today I have joined the Claim before the Waitangi Tribunal, led by Sir Toby Curtis and Dame Iritana Tawhiwhirangi on behalf of tangata whenua, opposing the shutdown of Kura Hourua/Partnership Schools.

The failure of the Crown to consult mana whenua before issuing termination notices to successfully performing schools is a national disgrace......

Rāniera Tau wants $1.5bil for Ngāpuhi settlement
The chairman of Te Rūnanga Ā Iwi o Ngāpuhi, and co-leader of Tūhoronuku, Rāniera Tau wants $1.5bil to settle the Ngāpuhi Treaty claim.

This comes as the embroiled iwi leader defends allegations of mismanagement of tribal assets.

For the first time, the co-chair of Tūhoronuku, and chair of Te Rūnanga Ā Iwi o Ngāpuhi Rāniera Tau has given the sum he is wanting to settle the Ngāpuhi Treaty settlement.

"I'll say that it's worth up to at least $1.5bil in value" Tau says exclusively to Te Kāea's Northland regional correspondent, Raniera Harrison.

"That $1.5 billion? That's only the beginning for Ngāpuhi."......

Working with Tangata Whenua
Council has agreed to spend an additional $384,000 per annum from year 1 of the Long Term Plan to grow capacity and partnerships for co-governance and co-management with Tangata Whenua to better meet Council?s statutory obligations.
Council adopted its final Long Term Plan on 27 June 2018.

Protest in Kaikohe challenges Ngāpuhi leadership
"Feed the people not your pockets" is one of the key messages Ngāpuhi protesters want rūnanga leadership to hear.

About 60 adults and 15 children took part in a peaceful protest in Kaikohe yesterday, calling for a change in leadership at Ngāpuhi.

The 30-minute hīkoi, or march, began at the RSA on Broadway at 11am and finished at the offices of Te Rūnanga-ā-iwi o Ngāpuhi.

At issue was the fact the rūnanga received dividends of $2.6 million but only gave about 11 per cent back to the people through scholarships and hapu development funding......

Paraparaumu golf course gives holes Māori names
"The Maori names we chose capture the very spirit of our golf course."

Kaumatua Don Te Maipi was consulted in the naming of the holes, and now players will be able to refer to holes not just by their number, but by their new Maori name, or their English translation.

Club president David Buck and life member and local iwi representative Ria Erskine unveiled the new signage during a recent ceremony, and Mr Barber is keen to see members and visitors embracing the Maori names......

More charter schools to become character schools
The Ministry of Education says a character school has a particular character which sets it apart from ordinary state schools and kura kaupapa Māori.

The six schools include Te Aratika Academy in Whakatu, both Te Kāpehu Whetūteina and tuakana schools in Whangarei, Te Kōpuku High in Hamilton, Pacific Advance Secondary School in Auckland and Te Rangihakahaka Centre for Science and Technology in Rotorua.

Kapa haka tutor Tatai Henare recently told te Kāea reporter Leah Te Whata that despite a change of model, the school is determined to continue what they’ve started.

“No matter whether it'll be called a charter school or mainstream, our values remain the same. We want to merge the students within the teachings of the 28th Māori Battalion.

Only the descendants of those who served are capable of delivering that. They are the elders leading the transfer of knowledge.”.....

Boundaries in dispute - Ngati Porou bidding for customary title
Tribal boundaries are a major issue of contention in a bid by Ngati Porou to obtain legal customary title of the East Coast foreshore and seabed.

Ngati Porou are seeking to secure customary title and rights through the Nga Rohe Moana o Ngati Porou Bill (No 2), which had its first reading in Parliament in May.

If the bill becomes an act, it will see protection of waahi tapu (sacred sites), customary fishing rights, as well as iwi consent required for resource consents.

The major concern for Rongowhakaata is that Ngati Porou has included in its boundary Te Toka a Taiau — the culturally-significant rock that was once near the Turanganui rivermouth before it was blown up by Gisborne Harbour Board in the mid-1870s to establish a channel.

This same claim crosses over with hapu, Ngati Oneone and Ngati Konohi, who say they have mana moana in some areas within that region.....

Hokianga residents fear impact of Kupe cultural centre
Hokianga residents riled about the impact of a $7.25 million cultural centre on their small seaside towns have dubbed it a 'Maori Disneyland.'

More than 200 residents attended two meetings on July 17, at Pakanae Marae and Opononi Hall, after Stuff reported residents' concerns that Opononi and Omapere won't cope with an influx of visitors flocking to see the Manea Footprints of Kupe cultural and education centre.

The centre will celebrate Kupe's voyage to Hokianga and showcase the area's rich Maori heritage.

Residents are worried about the impact on local infrastructure, including increased traffic, parking problems and environmental impacts on the Hokianga Harbour, and say there has been no public consultation.

The Manea project is being managed by Far North Holdings, on behalf of Te Hua O Te Kawariki Trust, who initiated the project in 2005.

It received $4.6 million from the Government's provincial growth fund in February.
Up to 35,000 visitors are forecast in the first year, increasing to more than 60,000 in year five, according to the resource consent application, which was approved by Far North District Council in March.....

Largest Maori public health group left disappointed at confusing advocacy
Hāpai Te Hauora is the largest Māori public health group in Aotearoa and they are disappointed that strong statements have been used that are confusing to Māori and Pacific who may be trying to stop smoking.......

Māori heading back to school to learn te reo in large numbers
Huge numbers of Māori are going back to school later in life to learn te reo.

In the last four years, 1400 more Māori have enrolled at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, the largest Māori tertiary provider.

Thirty-year-old Nik Pearson of Ngāti Maniapoto who enrolled said despite attending kōhanga reo, and studying te reo at high school, the language never came home.

But he said the birth of his first child last year was the push he needed.

"My plan and goal is to bring him up bilingual - English and Māori......

Hate hucksters threat to race relations
Anti-racism campaigner John Minto says there is no free speech issue with the impending visit of a pair of right wing speakers because their aim is not to contest ideas but to provoke hate against racial and religious minorities.

Mr Minto says the pair’s rhetoric about the collapse of western society leaves no room for Māori values.

"This can only be damaging to race relations or what we have here. They’d be staunchly opposed to the Treaty of Waitangi or any recognition of the Treaty of Waitangi. They’ve been opposed to any kind of recognition of values other than those white European values from the nineteenth century," he says.....

Education Minister has “foot on our throats,” say partnership school leaders
Minister of Education Chris Hipkins has forcibly silenced partnership school leaders from speaking out against the shutting down of their schools, according to Sir Toby Curtis who is leading a Treaty of Waitangi claim against the Crown over its failure to consult on the closures.

“Now the school leaders tell me they have had enough. The Minister’s carrot-and-stick approach may work on his Māori MP colleagues who remain curiously silent. But the school communities and the Māori electorates those MPs serve won’t be silent for long. We’ll have those MPs all sitting up and taking notice over the coming weeks and months,” he promises......

Māori experts to help develop education initiatives
Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis is hosting an impressive group of 12 Māori experts in Wellington today to help realise the potential for two education initiatives flagged in this year’s Budget.
The group will help the Government develop the parameters for two Māori education initiatives: Te Ahu o te reo Māori and Te Kawa Matakura.

“There’s huge potential for this if we get it right,” Kelvin Davis said.

“Te Ahu o te reo Māori will support teachers to deliver te reo in the classroom and is the start of our plan to better integrate te reo across the education system......

Public spaces across Auckland to get Māori names
Hundreds of public spaces have been put forward for a Māori name in Auckland.

The naming proposal was a part of an Auckland-wide local board project to having te reo Māori more widely spoken, heard and seen throughout the region.

"When people come to some of our parks and community facilities we want them to get a greater sense of the history of our area, including our Māori history," Flavell said.

The dual naming project would not remove or translate existing names, but add a new Māori name to it, Flavell said.....

Tertiary Institutions failing Māori could lose funding
The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) says tertiary institutions may lose funding if they don't improve the success rate of Māori and Pasifika students.

The commission's chief advisor Māori, Paora Ammunson says, “If there’s no change we will want to move funding either within an institution or into another part of the sector if there’s someone else delivering success."....

$410 a month for Reo not enough says Puna Reo manager
Education Minister Chris Hipkins has agreed to review the level of funding for te reo Māori resources in response to cries for better resourcing from Puna Reo operators.

Te Kōhao Kōhungahunga (Puna Reo) manager Tere Gilbert says her center only receives around $410 per month for their Māori language subjects......

Hato Petera supporters protest parliament, lodge Treaty claim
A small group of Hato Petera College supporters took to parliament to protest the school's potential closure and announce the filing of a Treaty claim to address the issue. However, no one was there to receive them at parliament.

The group lodged a Treaty claim today hoping it could bring results.....

Liquor licence for south Auckland tavern declined, again
Māori warden, David Rātu from Turehou Māori Wardens Ki Ōtara Trust was one of the objectors and says the decision was welcomed.

"The community can be satisfied that they will not have to tolerate an operation in its backyard, that was dragging huge amounts of money out of a community that could least afford it, primarily through pokie machines," he says.

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

Community advocate driven to “ignite the fire” for Māori law graduates
Australian-born Scottish/Māori bagpipe-playing Highland dancer Jamie-Lee Tuuta’s legal efforts opened the eyes of one High Court judge to a need to consider the cultural background of offenders.

In the case of Alexander, who, from the age of 18 months spent much of his life in care, Justice Davidson said he appreciated Ms Tuuta’s report. It included references to evidence which showed that Māori who explored their culture found a sense of belonging and were less likely to re-offend.

Of Alexander, Jamie-Lee told the judge: “As much as he knows he is Māori, he doesn’t know what that means.”

Justice Davidson said Jamie’s focus on Alexander’s disconnect with his Māori culture was “extremely helpful and enlightening.” He also said it was the first time he had come across such a cultural report, saying it may apply to Pākehā and other ethnicities as well, and he knew many judges who had not come across them.....

Taranaki iwi speak out against intensive farming
Taranaki iwi have spoken out against intensive farming in the region, in a new guide developed to help environmental management.

The criticism came in a document Taiao, Taiora - the Taranaki Iwi Environmental Management Plan.

The guide is intended to help decision-making by iwi, marae, pa, hapū and whānau, as kaitiaki of the Taranaki rohe.

Te Kāhui o Taranaki Iwi chairperson Leanne Horo said the strategy marked an important step towards developing a clear understanding between the iwi and local authorities on matters concerning the natural environment.....

A Northland iwi is disappointed permission has been granted to dredge the Whangarei Harbour
It plans to deepen and realign the harbour entrance, to better accommodate Suezmex vessels, which can only use the harbour 90 per cent full due to the channel's depth.

Patuharakeke iwi trustee Julianne Chetham says it's not what they wanted, but it's pleasing some alterations to resource consents have been made.

The Board will decide tomorrow if it will appeal the decision.....

Former Māori Party MP Te Ururoa Flavell has resigned as co-leader
Former Māori Party MP Te Ururoa Flavell has resigned as the party's co-leader to take up a new position as the chief executive of Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.

Te Wānanga o Aotearoa is the country's second largest tertiary education provider, delivering more than half of the sector's Māori language education.

Mr Flavell said education had always been a big part of his life.....

Zero Carbon Bill submissions exceed 13,000
The submission round for the Zero Carbon Bill has ended with more than 13,000 submissions received.

Climate Change Minister James Shaw says Māoridom has raised many key points and concerns.

The Climate Change Minister says many verbal submissions were made by Māori.

"Māori are very interested in ensuring that there is an ambitious plan for climate change because Māori interests are so affected by climate change."...

China partner in climate clean up
Climate Change Minister James Shaw says New Zealand could be working closely with China on efforts to address climate and environmental challenges.

He says the Zero Carbon Bill needs to carefully consider the position of the Treaty of Waitangi, because it would not be acceptable if Māori economic interests were put at risk for the needs of the wider economy, as has happened too often over the past 170 years.....

A matter of trust: Iwi voice in Christchurch rebuild
You needn't look far through the Christchurch rebuild to see the hand of the Matapopore Charitable Trust.

Designs sandblasted onto buildings, poems etched into stone paths, new artworks, native plantings, and te reo names for new buildings all reinforce its work.

Jointly set up by the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) and Ngāi Tahu in 2014, the trust gives cultural advice on the rebuild anchor projects. It has invoiced taxpayers and ratepayers for about $2.5 million of consultancy work since then......

Deadline nearing to have your say on representation review
There are just over two weeks left for you to have your say on how you want to be represented by Porirua City Council.

Manager Democratic Services, Lynlee Bailey, said the current review includes a proposal to include Māori names for Porirua’s three electoral wards.

Ms Bailey said the proposal came out of a desire from the Council to better recognise local iwi Ngāti Toa Rangatira, and the significance of te reo Māori in general.

“Your Council wants to know if you agree with the proposal before the review closes on 3 August.”....

Leveraging Māori agribusiness economy
The man charged with improving and developing relationships with dairy giant Fonterra's Māori supplier base believes his work will have positive spinoffs for the entire company.

This has been particularly important given Māori's strong ancestral connection to the land and the statutory role iwi play within the execution of the Resource Management Act.

Māori are reported to own more than 30 per cent of fishing quota, 30 per cent of land under plantation forests, 10 per cent of kiwifruit and dairy production, and 25 per cent of sheep and beef production.....

Kaikōura cycleway plan upsets local iwi: 'No consultation'
A planned cycleway along the coast will cross an urupā - or Māori burial ground - as well as other sacred sites, and cut off access to traditional food gathering areas, Kaikōura iwi say.

"There has been no consultation ... [the sites] have been registered with the Māori land court and these people were actually ignoring our issues," Ms Starkey said.

There were five Wahi Tapu sites along that area of Kaikōura coast, she said....

Māori state house tenant appointed to Housing NZ board
For the first time, a Māori state house tenant has been appointed to the Housing NZ board.

Disability activist and lawyer Dr Huhana Hickey looks to bring a new perspective to the director role.

Hickey says, "I hope I can actually bring the voice of the very tenants that live in there. There's a range of us- we're not all P addicts, we don't all have a lab in our house."

Hickey is a panel member of the Human Rights Review Tribunal and has a PhD in law and science.....

More calls for rongoā Māori and healing practices as treatment options
Award-winning author and wairua practitioner Wiremu Niania says it's time for rongoā Māori and Māori healing practices to be recognised alongside western practice in our healthcare system.

“Our rongoā is natural, there's no chemicals involved,” he says.

Niania says he is the first paid tohunga contracted with Te Tairawhiti District Health Board. He's calling on the government to give more funding for Māori traditional medicine and tohunga......

Māori after-thought in broadcast innovation fund
Māori screen artists feel Māori are an after-thought in a new broadcasting innovation fund.

Broadcasting Minister Clare Curren has announced $6 million for public media content for under-served audiences such as Māori and Pacific peoples, children and regional New Zealand, to be administered jointly by Radio New Zealand and New Zealand on Air.

Erina Tamepo from industry group Ngā Aho Whakaari says the Minister is overhauling public broadcasting with no Māori input and no Māori say on what gets funded.

She says Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta should have insisted Māori have a seat at the table.....

Māori students gain new champion
Ms Manu says Massey’s Tiriti-led strategy is another huge opportunity. “This isn’t about one group getting more than another – it’s about ensuring our rangitahi Māori are empowered and have the same opportunity as other New Zealanders. It’s important people understand that Māori need to advance themselves in a uniquely Māori way because if we deny Māori as a treaty partner, that opportunity, we are in effect advancing one dominant culture and ultimately continuing the process of colonialisation.”......

New scholarships for Maori nurses
New scholarships to support Māori nurse development and innovation, including becoming nurse prescribers or nurse practitioners, have been launched with the support of Pharmac.

Winners of the first Tapuhi Kaitiaki Awards will be announced at the Indigenous Nurses Conference in Auckland on August 11.

Pharmac and Te Pōari o Te Rūnanga o Aotearoa of the New Zealand Nurse Organisation launched the awards with Pharmac chief executive Sarah Fitt, who said the awards acknowledged the role that Māori nurses have as key influencers and role models.....

Iwi to build fences on Ninety Mile Beach
Far North iwi are proposing to build fences along beaches - including New Zealand's popular Ninety Mile Beach - to stop vehicles damaging the local environment.

Te Takiwa o Ahipara spokesman Haami Piripi said several hundred hectares of land was returned to iwi during a Treaty settlement three years ago, and they recently received title for it.

About 5kms would be fenced off, to protect "ecological and cultural values" that are wahi tapu [sacred places], he said.

"They will close off access to the sand hills to the extent we can control and restrict the four-wheel drives and motorbikes," Piripi said.

"We have been trying to do this for a while but haven't had the authority....now the land has been returned to us, it allows us, the landowner, to call the shots.".....

Filmmaker's defence in 'hate speech' case calls on historical Sir Bob Jones remarks
A Māori filmmaker is defending her petition to revoke Sir Bob Jones' knighthood and is building her legal defence against his defamation suit with comments made by the wealthy businessman from as far back as the 1970s......

Māori voices rising in local government
Māori in local government feel their voice is growing, despite the failure of any councils this year to get Māori wards in place.

Bonita Bingham from the association's Te Maruata Māori subgroup says despite Māori ward proposals being overruled by referendum, councils are finding ways toke iwi partnerships and direct appointments to committees to improve the chance of a Māori voice being heard.

There are also more Māori being elected, compared with a decade ago when less than 5 percent of councillors had any whakapapa Māori.

It is going to be young and it is going to be brown and it is going to be beautiful," Ms Bingham says.

She says a call for more power and resources to shift from central to local government could fit well with iwi rangatiratanga.....

Matariki could replace Queen's birthday - Paul Eagle
Labour MP Paul Eagle is leading the charge to have Matariki recognised as a public holiday and it could be possible given the review of the Holidays Act.

Matariki could bump the Queen's Birthday from its public holiday pedestal.

Eagle says "I've taken a proposal to the Māori Caucus and we've looked at whether we replace Queen's Birthday weekend or whether we replace another holiday or create a new one."....

Te Atiawa makes commercial move by snapping up land under police station, court house
Te Atiawa - Taranaki's biggest iwi and a multi-million dollar entity - now owns the land underneath New Plymouth's police station and court house.

As part of its 2014 Treaty of Waitangi settlement deal, the iwi negotiated a $87 million cash payment along with cultural and commercial redress.

As part of the commercial element of the agreement, it was given a sale and leaseback option regarding the land where the police station and court house are situated.....

Councils push for local control
Local Government New Zealand is pushing for a shift of power from central to local government.

Mr Cull says localism will give local citizens, iwi/Māori organisations, businesses and community groups a greater say.

The conference is the first since referendums overturned the attempts by five councils to create Māori seats, and other councils opted to not even try to increase Māori representation because of the fear of backlash.....

Realising Māori potential the focus of new partnership
A shared vision to reduce child poverty rates and social inequity is at the heart of a new funding arrangement between Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and the Peter McKenzie Project (an initiative of the J R McKenzie Trust).

The grant, worth almost $1.4m over five years, is the largest amount ever funded in the history of the J R McKenzie Trust and will be used to help fund a social innovation lab to be based within Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. This is a co-investment arrangement whereby both Ngāi Tahu and the Peter McKenzie Project have committed funds to the initiative in a bid to spearhead change and maximise collective impact.

"Our goal is to achieve equity in education, employment and income for all Māori in our takiwā by 2040. We know these are key drivers of whānau empowerment, security and prosperity, and, in transforming outcomes for tamariki." ....

Auckland's Statue of Liberty: Giant statue of Papatūānuku the Earth Mother proposed for Bastion Point
New Zealand's own version of the Statue of Liberty may soon welcome visitors at the entrance to Auckland Harbour.

The structure of Papatūānuku the Earth Mother, proposed by Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei and part-funded by Auckland Council, would stand 30 to 50 metres tall on the historic headland of Takaparawhau/Bastion Point.

That would make it as big as, if not bigger than, the New York icon, which is 46m. 
The iwi has conceived it as Auckland's version of the Statue of Liberty or the 30m Christ the Redeemer above Rio de Janeiro, visible in lights at night from across the city, with stunning views from downtown, the North Shore, and from ships and ferries......

Achieving improved outcomes for Māori - Te Toa Takitini
The Independent Māori Statutory Board has identified areas, for this 10-year budget, where additional funding should be applied.

These areas focus on:

* improving visibility and support for Māori identity

* relationship agreements with the 19 iwi of Tāmaki Makaurau

* support for Māori economic development

* infrastructure development for sites of cultural significance.

This will bring the total budget for Te Toa Takitini to $146 million over the next 10 years.

South Auckland iwi want a say in 10,000 new home build
Local South Auckland tribe Te Ākitai o Waiōhua are keen to have a seat at the table following the government's plan to build 10,000 new homes in Māngere.

“This is just the start to ensure that we are at the table to plan and also discuss how we can work together,” says spokesperson David Wilson-Takaanini.

“We're also looking at specific ways we can work with iwi and other Māori organisations to make sure that whānau Māori get a fair shot at the KiwiBuild homes,” says Housing and Urban Development Minister, Phil Twyford.....

Iwi group invests $100m on plans to revive local economy
A Hawke's Bay iwi group is investing more than $100 million in commercial developments with plans to reinvigorate the local economy.

The Mana Ahuriri Trust has launched their plans to become one of the largest commercial property and asset owners in the region.....

First bids for slice of $1b fund
The first regional attempts at grabbing a slice of the government’s $1 billion Provincial Growth Fund are under way.

But one of the applications is for an initiative to prepare secondary school pupils for their next step in life, a programme headed by Tom Hullena on behalf of Masterton District Council.

He said being unprepared for the transition from secondary school into the workforce could increase the risk of long-term workplace failure for young people.

But he wants to strengthen this transition for all pupils, especially young Maori men.

While the finer details are yet to be discussed, he said the idea was to employ about two people to each work with 20 young Maori men – 120 over the three years – who may be at risk of not transitioning smoothly......

Bicultural competence at heart of new degree
A new Bachelor of Communication degree at the University of Canterbury is weaving bicultural awareness and activities into each course of study.

The Bachelor degree in the College of Arts launches in 2019 and will offer four majors: Journalism, Communication Strategy in Practice, Political Communication, and Tauwhitinga Māori: Communication Strategy for the Māori World.

Activities incorporated into the degree include visits to Tuahiwi Marae, work-based projects with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and coursework highlighting Māori perspectives on communication, such as indigenous understandings of risk and writing for Māori news media.....

Maori on list for extra radio content funding
Radio New Zealand and New Zealand on Air have been asked to team up to oversee a new $6 million innovation fund aimed at generating more content for under-served audiences such as Maori and Pacific Peoples, children and regional New Zealand.

Broadcasting Minister Clare Curran yesterday revealed how the $15 million in new funding in the Budget will be carved up....

Ringatū in good heart as tamariki sing out
Tūnuiārangi Mclean was among the hundreds of who attended the commemoration at Rangiwaho Marae, Muriwai, south of Gisborne this week.

He says the turnout was a coming together of the Māori faiths, with Ratana, Pai Maarire and followers of the teachings of the Parihaka prophets also represented.....

Far North sand dunes need protection from vehicles - Te Rarawa
Te Rarawa is taking steps to block motorbikes and offroad vehicles at Ahipara, to protect fragile sand dunes and sites of significance to Te Rarawa.

Te Takiwa o Ahipara spokesman Haami Piripi said conservation reserves returned via the iwi's Treaty settlement would be fenced off, and pouwhenua erected to tell the iwi's stories and connections to the whenua.

"Our colonial history here in the Far North has over time produced a relatively peaceful community, established upon the honour of our respective leaders sharing a nation as partners and expressed through Te Tiriti o Waitangi, signed in 1840 at Te Ahu in Kaitaia," Piripi said.....

Maori games taught to take back to Timaru classrooms
Timaru teachers enjoyed a day of play as they prepare to take Maori games into the classroom.

Sport Canterbury community sport advisor Lawrence Tau, who travelled from Christchurch to run the SportStart Takaro programme, said the main purpose of the initiative was to erase the stigma attached to being Maori.

Maori youth, “especially disconnected Maori”, could benefit from the games because they allowed the children to explore their culture without feeling pressure to know everything, he said....

Tai Tokerau language expert calls for exclusive Northern wānanga
Former Te Taura Whiri i Te Reo board member, and staunch Māori language advocate, Quinton Hita (Ngāpuhi) is calling for a new regional-specific Māori language school specifically for Te Tai Tokerau.

It's call for the Tai Tokerau investment collective of Te Mātāwai to fully fund the establishment of a new language school in the north.

"Perhaps we should look at a collaborative approach and set that money aside for Northland Māori language strategies?" he says.....

Māori Wardens suitable for diversion
New Zealand Māori Council chair Sir Taihākurei Durie wants a greater role for Māori wardens in alternative forms of justice.

Sir Taihākurei says increasing the role of Māori committees and wardens in community development is one of the aims of the new council, which has just finished its triennial elections.

"I would like to actually see the wardens have a direct role in police diversion and those types of schemes that prevent our people being put through the court system.....

Māori speech bad, white speech good for Brash
Auckland Peace Action says the Free Speech Coalition which is suing Auckland Council for refusing to rent a venue to right wing extremists is full of hypocrites and opportunists.

She says hate speech is not free speech but an industry for the racist right who use it as a recruiting tool and a show of power.

Their hate speech creates the environment where racist speech and violence against Tangata Whenua, migrants and refugees is acceptable and normalised...... 
A further article here > Council sued over white speech 

Tukutuku fund encourages te reo in the kainga
The branch of Māori language organisation Te Mātāwai that represents education, community, broadcasting and urban Māori stakeholders is looking to fund innovative ideas on language revitalisation.

There’s $2 million on offer with the fund open until July 25......

Nash says new iwi community justice panel not a soft option
The first iwi community justice panel in Waitematā has been launched today with the police minister backing it as an effective way to reduce the rate of reoffending in young Māori.

The panel was created in a partnership between Hoani Waititi trustees and police.

"The trustees of Hoani Waititi Marae in Glen Eden have a long history of leading innovative restorative justice programmes," Nash said.....

Patents threaten to misappropriate Māori knowledge 
New research has identified 77 ‘families’ of patent applications for inventions that are of potential concern because of how they aim to use plant species connected to traditional Māori knowledge. 

Around half of the inventions are in the fields of pharmaceuticals or cosmetics, with the United States filing the most applications, followed by China. 

Thirty-three of the families cover some aspect of mānuka, either the plant, honey made from it, or isolates from one of these..... 

Strategic Adviser Maori | Taranaki
The Strategic Adviser works with leaders and staff to support local strategies that focus on accelerating Māori achievement.

The role provides strategic advice and leadership across the Taranaki, Whanganui, Manawatū region to help the organisation accelerate Māori educational achievement, seeking equity outcomes and the promotion of Māori identity, language and culture and to support the Director of Education to lead engagements with iwi and Māori stakeholders.....

Councils and iwi come together to support the Kaituna River
A unique collaboration between Bay of Plenty iwi and authorities is examining the impact we are having on local waterways, and working to change it.

A plan of how to help restore and enhance the health of the Kaituna River, produced by a collective with representatives from different groups, has just been released.....

Māori public health org wants healthier food policies at sports clubs
New Zealand's largest Māori public health organisation is backing new research from the University of Otago to take bold action against the obesity crisis.

They're calling on minister for sport and recreation Grant Robertson and the minster of health Dr David Clark to help sports clubs to implement healthier nutrition policies....

ITPs look to embrace Māori innovation
For the first time, the National Institutes of Technology and Polytechs (ITPs) annual symposium has implemented a Māori theme, with a specific focus on Māori innovation.

ITPs are preparing for a generation of culturally immersed Māori students coming from full-immersion education.

Te Urikore Biddle (Tuhoe, Kahungunu, Ngāti Awa) from UNITEC, says, “Māori is their first language, Māori philosophy is at the forefront of their thoughts at all times so ITPs and the wider education sector must be ready for that group as they come through.”

“The tribes and groups that are working hard and trying to nurture and develop Māori communities,” says Biddle.

“The key to getting more success and realising the potential of that $15bil is that we collaborate... so an iwi might have land and another iwi might have cash, you combine the resources of all three and then you're in a more powerful position than each of them are individually,” says Grant......

Labour’s Māori caucus considers Matariki public holiday
A proposal to make Matariki a national holiday is being weighed up by the Labour Party’s Māori caucus – and if the bill gains widespread support within the party it could be introduced as a private member’s bill......

New Maori Disability Action Plan out now
The Ministry of Health has launched a brand new Maori Disability Action Plan for 2018-2022

The Plan is available in:

* Easy Read
* Te Reo Maori.
You can download it now from the Ministry of Health website and the People First NZ Easy Read page.....

Maori seats only guarantee of representation
Labour’s deputy Leader Kelvin Davis says the Māori seats remain a vital way for Māori to be represented in the affairs of the nation, and he’d like to see them entrenched.

Te Tai Tonga MP Rino Tirikātene has a bill requiring a 75 percent majority before any changes could be made to the seats.

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has said his party won’t vote for unless it is supported by a referendum that also asks whethee the seats should remain at all.

Mr Peters says MMP has delivered a greater number of Māori MPs, but Mr Davis says only the Māori seat MPs are accountable to Māori voters......

Tapuhi Kaitiaki takes nurses to next step
The Nurses’ Organisation and government drug buying agency Pharmac have teamed up to create new awards to help Māori nurses advance in the profession.

Tāpuhi Kaitiaki Awards will help nurses undertake further study to become nurse prescribers and nurse practitioners.

Atene Andrews from Pharmac says the awards arose from a survey which aimed to identify what could be holding Māori nurses back.....

NZQA credits
* Demonstrate knowledge of tikanga Māori in relation to the treatment of an injury – 2 Credits

* Demonstrate knowledge of tikanga Māori in relation to the human anatomy – 2 Credits

* Explain anger management in an oranga context - 4 Credits

* Compare western medicine with rongoā Māori in relation to prevention and treatment – 3 Credits

* Explain impact of tangihanga on tamariki and rangatahi - 4 Credits

* Compare modern and traditional Māori diet and nutrition – 4 Credits

Maori Outcomes Coordinator – Fixed Term
Date: 09-Jul-2018

Location: Central Auckland, NZ, 1010

Company: Auckland Council

* Maternity leave cover for 8 months starting September 2018

* Be part of an organisation who is shaping spaces for Aucklander’s to love

* Unique opportunity to play a key support and administration role in Maori engagement

The opportunity
During this 8 month maternity leave cover, you will be providing support to our project teams through centralised facilitation and management of administration processes associated with Māori engagement......

Compulsory te reo Maori would 'do so much good' for New Zealand, actor says
Te reo Māori should be compulsory in schools if New Zealand wants to progress as a diverse country, a veteran actor says.

While not everyone is good at picking up languages, having te reo Māori in schools "would do this country so much good", according to Rāwiri Paratene.

The actor's been arguing the case for it since marching the steps of Parliament with protest group Ngā Tamatoa in the 1970s, and his mind hasn't changed.....

Calls for prosecution after damage to Māori archaeological site
An Auckland iwi treaty settlement body is calling for prosecutory action after a previously unknown archaeological site was damaged on Motutapu Island in the Hauraki Gulf.

Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki Tribal Trust chairman James Brown has claimed 49 cows died in the summer heat on Boxing Day last year before being buried in a hole that damaged a midden - where early Māori stored food waste.

Department of Conservation Auckland Inner Islands operations manager Keith Gell said Heritage New Zealand had discovered there had been a slight accidental disturbance of a corner of the midden.

"The cows were buried at a location that, according to the map, was free of archaeological sites. That's because no one knew the midden was there because it was hidden underground.

"In digging a hole to bury the dead cows, the farmer was unaware he'd slightly disturbed the corner of a midden."

Meanwhile, Ngāi Tai just had its third and final reading of bill in Parliament over own settlement with Crown that includes exclusive sites on Motutapu Island. ....

Normalising Māori langauge within the legal profession
The first ever Māori language workshop for those in the legal profession was held at Hoani Waititi Marae in Auckland. The Māori Law Society say the aim is to develop the understanding of Māori language in legal settings.

Speaking on behalf of The Māori Law Society, Alana Thomas says the aims is “for te reo Māori to be normalised in the courts, to flow within all areas of the legal world, to come naturally from the lips of judges, lawyers, everyone within the legal profession.”

Jeremy Tātere McCleod says the idea for this workshop was to teach the relevant Māori words and sentences related to legal services and proceedings, to enable those within the profession to speak it daily.....

Questions why kapa haka doesn't gain university entrance
Fresh off the He Pouwhenua, He Puapua secondary schools national kapa haka competition stage, former Māori Medium students and Māori Performing Arts (MPA) leaders are asking why the hours of sacrifice don't count when seeking entrance to university.

“Not everyone wants to be a doctor, not everyone wants to be a lawyer, they just want to do haka and that's just Te Ao Māori, that's what they've grown up with,” said one former student.

“When we were at school we took performing arts as a subject, we got credits in Māori Performing Arts, but those credits weren't cross-credited to gain University Entrance,” said another.

Kapa haka leaders are joining the call for MPA to be recognised as a core curriculum subject.....

Scouts NZ lists unprofitable Scoutlands campsite for sale
Scouts New Zealand is selling off land in Whanganui as the group scrambles to stay afloat, but local iwi say the land belongs to them.

Scoutlands campsite on Lake Wiritoa is for sale, with Scouts saying it "no longer makes a significant contribution to our youth development programme".

But Ngāti Tupoho members say they have not been consulted, and they are concerned any development of land would breach tangata whenua rights outlined in the Treaty of Waitangi.....

Māori names given to community boards
Community boards now have Māori names to reflect an increased awareness of the language and culture.

The seven community boards have been given names, which are to be added at the front of the current English ones. They also feature in their agendas.

“Ngāi Tahu relationship team have created the following names that reflects the wants of the rūnanga, and the desire to keep a Māori worldview towards naming each community board,” a city council spokeswoman said.

She said there had been an increase in awareness of te ao Māori (Māori worldview) by community board members and city council staff.....

Development of New Māori Music standards
Māori Qualifications Services is pleased to advise that three (3) new New Māori Music unit standards were approved for listing on the Directory of Assessment Standards in June 2018.....

Governor Orr draws on Tāne-mahuta to tell RBNZ's new story
There is a new broom at the head of New Zealand's central bank, and he's planning to shift the mindset of the institution towards better embracing the rich cultural diversity of the country.

Adrian Orr is part Cook Islander and grew up in a largely Māori community in the central North Island, and since he took the helm of the Reserve Bank this year phrases like tikanga Māori and te Reo have begun to feature prominently on its list of priorities.

Orr was the first of New Zealand's central bankers to be welcomed with an official pōwhiri in March fronted by the bank's recently formed waiata group, and at his first press conference announcing the official cash rate in May he greeted journalists in English, Māori and sign language. Under his watch, the bank's Statement of Intent, where it sets out its strategic objectives to the government for the next four years, highlights its intent to embed te Reo and tikanga Māori into the culture of the bank......

Historical Abuse in State Care Royal Commission
The legacy of people taken into state care who suffered neglect and abuse is a stain on our country’s history. A majority of people who have been in state care are Māori and also Pasifika. While some people received a better education and start in life, regrettably many did not and suffered abuse and neglect.

The Human Rights Commission and the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination called for this matter to be the subject of an independent inquiry. The Government has accepted the task by establishing the Royal Commission.....

Winston Peters wants 'two-part referendum' on Māori seats
Acting Prime Minister and New Zealand First leader Winston Peters is calling for a two-pronged referendum on whether Māori seats should be entrenched, or should go altogether.

Labour MP Rino Tirikatene's member's bill to entrench the seven Māori seats was pulled from the members' ballot in May and will soon have its first reading in Parliament.

New Zealand First campaigned on holding a binding referendum on whether to abolish the seats.....

Whakatāne iwi appeal water bottling consents
A Whakatāne iwi is asking for the Environment Court to decline a Chinese owned company the consents to 1.1 billion litres of water for bottling.

Last month, the government gave approval for Creswell New Zealand - owned by Chinese company Nongfu Spring Co Limited - to buy land near Whakatāne for a $42.5 million expansion of its current bottling plant.

Resource consents were then granted by the Bay of Plenty Regional Council and the Whakatāne District Council.....

Birth centre adopts traditional Maori practices
Tauranga families will have more options when it comes to labour following the introduction of a traditional Maori birthing tool at Bethlehem Birthing Centre.

The centre has recently introduced a pounamu pito (umbilical) cord cutter for families to use during labour, which falls in line with traditional Maori birthing practices.

According to Te Ao Maori, there is a strong sense of connection between people and the land they come from – people come from Papatūānuku (earth mother) and when they die they then return to Papatūānuku......

Final reading of treaty settlement for hapū destroyed by Crown
A Waikato-Tainui hapū which was left landless and had its community destroyed by the Crown had the final reading of its Treaty of Waitangi settlement in Parliament today.

The settlement included $10.3 million of financial compensation and the chance to buy Crown properties.

Ngāti Tamaoho's area of interest extends from the Awhitu Peninsula across Franklin District and the Hunua Ranges and also includes both Waikato wetlands and central Auckland.....

New Zealanders deserve a referendum on Māori seats
Democracy Action welcomes Winston Peters’ call for a two-pronged referendum on whether Māori seats should be entrenched, or should go altogether.

“NZ First has campaigned for many years on holding a binding referendum on whether to abolish the seats, and we are pleased Mr Peters is taking this opportunity to allow voters to decide,” says the founder of Democracy Action, Lee Short.

“The Māori seats are from a bygone era, and should have been removed when MMP was introduced in 1996, as recommended by the Royal Commission.”.....

Ngāti Whātua supports application for America's Cup build
Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei has today filed an application with the Environment Court supporting the notified resource consent of Panuku Development Auckland (Panuku), which will allow for infrastructure to be developed ahead of the America’s Cup.

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei had previously opposed a resource consent for extensive modifications on the waterfront, which the iwi said would degrade the mauri (spirit) of the Waitemata.

Trust Deputy Chairman Ngarimu Blair says the iwi is now confident that the development agency understands the importance of the Waitemata Harbour as a taonga.

He says Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei is also encouraged by the City’s support to investigate the establishment of a Māori/Polynesian cultural centre somewhere along the Waterfront CBD......

Electoral Commission promote Māori roll in te reo Māori
The Electoral Commission is down at the He Pouwhenua, He Puapua Secondary Schools Kapa Haka National Competition promoting the Māori roll and the General roll using te reo Māori.

The commission has called upon their staff who are able to speak te reo Māori to promote both the Māori and General rolls to rangatahi Māori.

Mona-Pauline Mangakāhia says you have to have Māori blood in you in order to be on the Māori roll

“The Māori roll is only for those who are a direct decedent of a Māori ancestor.”....

Matariki bill heads to Labour Maori Caucus
A proposal to make Matariki a national holiday has gone to Labour’s Maori Caucus. 
Labour MP Paul Eagle said if it gets approved there it will then head to Labour’s wider caucus. At that point the proposal could become a bill and eventually law.

Responding to a call from Wellington Mayor Justin Lester to replace Queens’ Birthday with Matariki, Eagle said that he would look at replacing other holidays as well.....

Leading Māori educations claim closure of Kura Hourua in breach of Treaty of Waitangi
Leading Māori educators claim closure of Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua is in breach of the Treaty of Waitangi

Sir Toby Curtis and Dame Iritana Tāwhiwhirangi yesterday lodged a Treaty of Waitangi claim alleging that the Crown’s actions in closing Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua will have a disproportionately detrimental effect on Māori.

Sir Toby said the claim was important because the large majority of the 1500 students at the schools that are being shut down are Māori, many of whom have enrolled in these schools to get a fresh start in education and get their lives back on track. Six of the eleven Kura Hourua currently in operation have between 87% and 100% Maori rolls......

Pioneering te reo metal band say they're 'fighting for everyone who has been ripped off by colonial governments'
“Not a lot of kids have had a father who pretty much knows everything about their genealogy all the way down to our ancestors who landed here thousands of years ago.”.....

Environmental group taking council and winery to High Court over Te Mata Peak track
An environmental group is going to take Hastings District Council and Craggy Range winery to the High Court to challenge the decision to cut a controversial track up Te Mata Peak.

The track which was built late last year sparked an outcry by the iwi and others, prompting the winery to later say it would remove the track. But in May the winery said it was unable to remove the track and its favoured option was to have it remain.

Some iwi members, including those at Waimarama marae, were unhappy with this decision.

EDS chief executive officer Gary Taylor said proceedings would be filed in the High Court at Napier later this week challenging the decision-making process that led to the track being cut.

Taylor said EDS would argue that the decision to approve the track was unlawful and will seek an order for its removal.

"We are filing these proceedings because it has become clear that we can no longer rely on the earlier assurances of Craggy Range Vineyards that it would remove the track," he said.....

Maori posters promote hygiene and tidiness
Vogeltown School pupils are among the first New Plymouth kids to get their hands on a series of novel posters that use humour to promote the use of Te Reo Maori.

But the colourful free posters, designed and produced by commercial cleaning company CrestClean, also contain important health, hygiene, and environmental messages.

Mike said as well as promoting Te Reo, the posters dovetailed with the Vogeltown School’s karikea. “It’s part of our mission statement about caring for the land and that’s about picking up rubbish.”.....

Awanuiārangi leads largest ever study of the Māori language
The “largest and most sophisticated study ever” of the Māori language will analyse data extracted from the internationally recognised longitudinal study Growing Up In New Zealand.

The study of 7000 children collects detailed information about individuals and their families from before birth and into the children’s adulthood. The children are currently around 8 years old....

US business called out for selling fake mummified Māori tattooed heads
Dapper Cadaver, a Californian based halloween themed prop design business, had fake mokomokai available to buy online for $110.

Facebook users expressed their shock in finding fake mokomokai were being sold for entertainment purposes.

In a statement, the owners of Dapper Cadaver said they have since decided to stop selling the replicas out of respect for Māori people.....

Lower Wanganui land settlement negotiations in full swing
It's an exciting time with negotiation for settlement of lower Wanganui land claims going strongly, lead negotiator Ken Mair says.

The negotiations happen about every two weeks, alternating between Wanganui and Wellington. They are intensive and there is a long way to go before an agreement in principle (AIP) can be signed.

Those on the Wanganui side of the table include Mair, Richard Kingi and various iwi historians and experts. On the other side is chief Crown negotiator Rick Barker. 
Wanganui tribes are lucky to have research from the Waitangi Tribunal process to inform their negotiations, Mair said.....

Vehicle access to be limited at Mt Wellington summit
The summit of Maungarei in Auckland will close to vehicles in the next few weeks.

Construction will soon begin on a number of enhancements, including the build of a new visitor car park and toilet block at the base of the mountain.

The process will take 12 weeks, but after that, the summit will close to all private motor vehicles, including motorbikes and scooters.

An exception will be made for vehicle access for people who have limited mobility.

Their drivers will need to contact the Auckland Council to obtain an access code.....

Kahungunu and Corrections sign kawenata
Ngāti Kahungunu have signed a kawenata (agreement) with the Department of Corrections that would see the iwi play a more pivotal role in reintegrating prisoners back into the community when they leave prison.

"We want to be able to work with the families before even going to prison, as well as when they get out," says Ngahiwi Tomoana, Ngāti Kahungunu Chairman.

"I support all iwi in this, Ngāti Kahungunu is one of the first to sign this agreement with Te Ara Poutama [Corrections], and it makes sense because of inmates in prison are our relations," says Kelvin Davis, Minister of Corrections.....

Projects to develop te reo Māori money words and resources
Moves are underway to re-establish te reo Māori as a language of wealth and money.

A Victoria University project, backed by the Financial Markets Authority, ASB, the NZ Super Fund and Harbour Asset Management, is compiling a lexicon of 100 key financial terms.

Meanwhile, Banqer is set to launch a te reo Māori version of its online programme, aimed at training a generation of schoolchildren to be good with money.

Banqer's founder Kendall Flutey said the move was prompted by requests from teachers in Kura Kaupapa Māori immersion schools.....