Oct - December

Scholarship for Maori mental health studies
An eminent psychiatrist has lent his name to a scholarship which will hopefully help tackle "institutional racism" in the mental health system, a University of Otago Maori leader says.

A master's level scholarship geared specifically towards Maori students interested in mental health and addiction has been announced at the university, and students studying a range of fields - anything from psychiatry to social work - can apply.

Office of Maori Development director Tuari Potiki, who is also national chairman of the NZ Drug Foundation, said the scholarship would be jointly funded by the university and national Maori health provider Te Rau Matatini, who would each contribute $7500.

Since the university would also be waiving the recipient's fees, the scholarship was worth $21,000 in total........

Mangatu lands claims ‘too oblique’
Do these Treaty claims relate to the land?

Are they “well-founded” claims to the land?

These are key points to consider in determining the fate of Mangatu Crown forest licensed lands in the latest Waitangi Tribunal remedies hearing, say Crown lawyers.

The atrocities of the 1865 invasion of Waerenga a Hika Pa should not be considered by the Tribunal for this case, as was put forward by iwi Te Aitanga a Mahaki, say Crown counsel. Neither should a claim into the forest lands by local iwi Te Whanau a Kai be considered.

The claims made by the iwi do not relate to the Mangatu Crown forest licensed lands, it says.

The Crown’s counsel made these statements during closing submissions in the Mangatu remedies hearing to the Waitangi Tribunal in Wellington......

A call for change
The call for systemic change was a major topic at a national hui for Maori RTLB (resource teachers learning and behaviour) at Whangara Marae last month.

Leading the conversation was Ngati Porou educationalist Professor Linda Tuhiwai-Smith, who has spent decades working in education and was a keynote speaker at the hui.

“If you put the Treaty of Waitangi into the Education Act (1989), it should be considered,” said Professor Tuhiwai-Smith.

“I see constant watering down of the principles of the Treaty.

“Multi-cultural is an excuse to not acknowledge the Treaty of Waitangi, and not get to grips with what Maori are saying about education.”

She says all of the challenges and barriers for Maori in education boil down to one thing — racism.

“I do think we have a problem of racism in New Zealand. It’s deeply embedded......

Call to replace royal honours system with something more Kiwi - Order of Tui?
Is an Order of Tui something that could ever fly? Could a Kauri Grand Companion stand the test of time?

Victoria University of Wellington public law expert Dean Knight believes so.

He says the current royal honours system is antiquated, with too much emphasis on sirs and dames, harking back to a monarchical past that was not relevant to the present.

He wants a more Kiwi flavour to the way we recognise good sorts such as changing the titles used to te reo Māori or having orders which reflect distinctly New Zealand symbols.......

Taranaki iwi call Moriori 'conquered and subjugated' in modern-day land battle
Attempts to hand land back to Moriori of the Chatham Islands are opening up old and painful wounds.

The Taranaki iwi which invaded their home in 1835 say it can't happen, because Moriori have been "conquered and subjugated".

Now, Ngāti Mutunga is trying to block a planned transfer of 12,000 hectares of Department of Conservation (DoC) land back to Moriori, saying they have no right to have it exclusively........

Opinion: Shame on those exploiting Moriori for their anti-Māori bigotry
OPINION: Yesterday, Newshub ran this story. I'd worked for weeks on it with Moriori and with input from iwi trust Ngāti Mutunga o Wharekauri.

The story was about attempts to hand land back to Moriori of the Chatham Islands and how that was opening up old and painful wounds.

But instead of actually reading the story and trying to understand it, many used it as an excuse to legitimise the wrongs perpetrated by European colonisers by making incorrect and sweeping generalisations totally devoid of fact.......

Maori health directorate appointed
A new Maori health directorate has been appointed by the Southern District Health Board to try to turn around the region's dismal Maori health statistics.

Gilbert Taurua has been named chief Maori health strategy and improvement officer, alongside two associate officers, Nancy Todd and Peter Ellison.

"I took the challenge up because I thought it was a way I could contribute to the Maori health cause....

The state of Maori Affairs - the things that kept Maori awake at night
“So we wanted to know what keeps our people up at night and the answers might just shock a lot of non-Maori but will make a lot of sense to Maori.” He said

The top five things that concern Maori are:

1. Mounting debt and financial insecurity (26%)
2. Housing affordability, homelessness (21%)
3. State of rivers and lakes / concern for the land (19%)
4. The number of Maori children in State Care (16%)
5. The number of Maori in prison (9%) & (equal) The rising suicide rate and the mental health system (9%).....

Māori Caucus to focus on targeted funds in 2019
Labour's Māori caucus co-chairs Willie Jackson and Meka Whaitiri dispute some critics' opinions that the caucus did not bring enough outcomes for Māori in the new Government's first year.

The pair says 2018 brought many results for Māori, and the caucus aims to build on that momentum.

Next year’s focus will be to secure funding, Jackson says.

"Universal and targeted funding. That is a big area for us to work on, both areas. This year the big one was universal funding but next year it is right for us to focus on Māori programmes, like Whānau Ora and broadcasting."

Jackson says he returned to politics to get more funds, resources and outcomes for Te Ao Māori and that's the key focus of the caucus for the coming years.....

Minister again fails Māori students
News that the Government has failed to fund a programme that supports Māori students into science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) subjects is extremely disappointing and shows a repeating pattern of de-prioritisation of our Māori students, National’s Māori Education spokesperson Jo Hayes says.

“The failure of the Government to support the popular, successful Pūhoro STEM Academy programme shows how it is continuing to fail Māori students. The Government must prioritise investing in STEM – particularly for our Māori students......

Tough calls ahead on 5G mobile roll-out
A boat race, Chinese espionage fears, and a Māori spectrum claim may all play a part in deciding how long New Zealanders have to wait to experience the next generation of mobile technology.

Complicating matters further, there is an existing Waitangi Tribunal ruling – ignored or danced around by previous governments – upholding a Māori claim to radio spectrum when new property rights are created.

Antony Royal, who has been a key figure in Māori spectrum discussions in the past, says there is no need for Māori to make a separate or fresh claim for 5G spectrum.

But iwi have raised the issue of 5G in discussions with the Government and had received "an indication that the Crown is considering Māori interests", he says.

"There is an expectation there will be a conversation with Māori prior to any auction of rights.".....

Iwi place rāhui after car plunges into Wanganui River
Iwi spokesperson John Maihi says it’s a sad start to Christmas Day.

“We went down to the bridge this morning and placed the rahui and depending on how the police search goes, it could be lifted Thursday, but we have to wait and see.”.....

Hundreds of Māori students missing out on education programme
An academic course for Māori high school students is proving so popular there's a waiting list to join. But there is little hope they'll be able to sign up next year because the Ministry of Education won't fund the programme.

"There is bias within the secondary system that pathways Māori students into non-academic futures," says Pūhoro STEM Academy director Naomi Manu.

"But they're more than capable of being on an academic trajectory."

Manu says her STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) programme is doing what the government hasn't been able to achieve.

Pūhoro is based on Māori principles....

Summer Solstice over Aotearoa
This time last year a celestial star compass was built in the tribal area of Ngāti Kahungunu to mark days such as this, and this week they welcomed their first summer solstice at the site.

On the Māori calendar each year during the month of December, the Southern Hemisphere bares witness to the summer solstice.

Piripi Smith or Ngāti Kahungunu and Ngāti Raukawa says, "This is the time when the Antares star rises, the summer star. It's also when the Sun unites with the Goddess of the Summer."......

An introduction to Te Reo Maori for juniors Book 1.
This four-book series is written for any early childhood centre or junior department of a primary school that wishes to incorporate Te Reo Maori into its teaching curriculum. Together, the books build children's Maori abilities from saying single words to using simple sentences and conversations. Each book offers fun language-based activities relating to such topics as He Tangata (people), Te Whanau (family) and Te Whenua (the land).....

Community members needed to shape Southland's future
Expressions of interest are now being sought for people interested in contributing to Southland’s future.

Environment Southland and Te Ao Marama (the environmental arm of Ngai Tahu ki Murihiku) are now seeking people to become members of the Regional Forum.

Te Ao Marama Kaupapa taiao manager Dean Whaanga said the Regional Forum needed to reflect the diversity of all our communities in Southland.

"It also needs to have an urban/rural balance, broad geographic representation, and will have a defined role for tangata whenua to reflect the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi," he said.....

Hui Aligns Healthcare for Māori Across Northern DHBs
Iwi from across the upper North Island have come together in an historic health-sector first, paving the way for a unified approach to the delivery of healthcare to Māori.

Waitematā DHB Chief Advisor Tikanga, Dame Rangimarie Naida Glavish, says co-governance within the DHBs will deliver a strategic and holistic approach to health care that puts Māori intelligence and sense-of-whānau at the very centre of patient experience.

“It will have a strong focus on tikanga, which, loosely translated from Māori, means ‘the right way of doing things,’” she says. “This is better known as a whānau–ora approach and it is 100 per cent designed to deliver better outcomes for Māori, ensuring key players across all three DHBs are united in their approach and working to the Articles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi (The Treaty of Waitangi).”.....

South Taranaki iwi Ngati Ruanui calls for review in wake of spying revelations
A Taranaki iwi fears its activities opposing a seabed mining project off the South Taranaki coast could have been watched by private investigators.

Māori Party president Che Wilson said the inquiry findings exposed an underlying attitude by Government that activism is terrorism.

"They're effectively treating Māori as a potential terrorist threat, and that's unacceptable within this whenua, our home, Aotearoa," Wilson said in a statement.....

Ngāti Rangitihi signs agreement in principle with Crown
Te Mana o Ngāti Rangitihi Trust has today signed an Agreement in Principle (AIP) with the Crown at Rangitihi Marae in Matatā.

"Pivotal to Te Mana's aspirations is establishing a legislative entity charged with restoring the mauri of Tarawera Awa and Te Awa o Te Atua," Comer said.

The agreement also includes $4 million of financial and commercial redress. This is in addition to the $7m of commercial redress the iwi received in the 2008 Central North Island Forests Settlement.....

“We’re not given a fair go” says poverty advocate
When asked if treatment towards those groups was the same as the treatment towards Pākehā she replied “No I don’t think so. I think they’ve been victimised in some cases, they’re not given a chance.”

Paraha later added. “We should be treated as one, with respect.”

But The Minister of Social Development, Carmel Sepuloni of both Samoan and Tongan descent, says Māori and Pacifica are not being targeted.

Māori and Pacifika have the highest percentage of people accessing MSD per capita, of all of the ethnicities here in New Zealand.....

Minister applauds appointment of woman Māori judge
The Attorney General this morning announced that La-Verne King whose iwi include Ngātikahu ki Whangaroa and Ngāti Paoa will have jurisdiction in the Family Court.....

Help more teenagers discover taonga in their backyard, group urges
Maori achievement at NCEA level 2 across the country often sat below 70 per cent, he said.

"However when we take them ... into a kaupapa-based learning environment, where they're learning about Te Ao Māori (the Māori World), connections to Te Ao Māori and to each other, we're able to develop a platform that they absolutely thrive in and achieve NCEA level 2 pass rates upwards of 95 per cent."

Teaching kaupapa Māori on the programmes helped normalise things like respect, kaiako Elkington said......

Air New Zealand and Te Matatini sign alliance agreement
Air New Zealand and Te Matatini Society Incorporated have signed a strategic alliance agreement to work closely together to develop and showcase the Te Matatini kapa haka (Māori performing arts) festival as New Zealand’s premium cultural event, promoting Aotearoa New Zealand to the world.

Under the agreement the two organisations will collaborate to promote the festival to new audiences in New Zealand and around the world, as well as enhance the country’s cultural reputation by showcasing the best of Māori performing arts internationally.....

Iwi leaders want Haumaha back on job
A member of the Police Commissioner’s Iwi Leaders Forum says there should be no impediment to deputy commissioner Wally Haumaha resuming full duties now the Independent Police Complaints Authority has released its report.....

No iwi discount for Napier Port shares
Hawke’s Bay Regional Council says it will place Hawke’s Bay residents, port employees and iwi at the front of the queue to buy shares in Port of Napier but it won’t offer the discount sought by iwi.

Iwi have said they are keen to buy, but the amount of extra investment needed as well as the history of taking Maori land for port purposes means a discount is warranted......

Naming project to celebrate Kaipātiki's Māori history
Kaipātiki Local Board is among 11 local boards participating in a regionwide naming project – partnering with mana whenua to add names significant to Māori to parks and community facilities, including libraries, community and leisure centres, in their area.

It has invited mana whenua to provide a Māori name and narrative for 26 local parks in Kaipātiki.

“We are really pleased to be partnering with mana whenua on this project,” says Kaipātiki Local Board Chair John Gillon.....

Submissions are open on the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute Vesting Bill
The Chairperson of the Māori Affairs Committee, Rino Tirikatene, is calling for public submissions on the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute Vesting Bill. The bill seeks to transfer the assets and liabilities of the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute (NZMACI) to the Te Puia New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute limited partnership, which is a joint trust of iwi partners.

The bill would fulfill an agreement made in August 2017 between the Crown and trustees to introduce vesting legislation that would provide for the transfer.....

Tertiary Education Institution Council appointments
Biographies for new appointees

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology
Liz Te Amo (Te Arawa - Waitaha, Tahourangi, Tapuika, Ngati Moko) is Chief Executive Officer for Tauranga-based Maori berryfruit company Miro LP. Before that, Liz was responsible for leading the national Crown-Maori economic development strategy and partnership at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). Liz’s career in both the public and private sector has focused on developing New Zealand businesses internationally and, specifically, on growing Maori exporters, leadership and economic development. Her governance roles include Te Hono Primary Sector Leaders group, NZ Rugby Commercial Committee, and Waitaha Group Holdings.

Te Wananga o Raukawa
Tiwana TIBBLE is a Fellow Chartered Accountant with experience in Investment Banking and Iwi Development. He has been a high achieving Chief Executive, having grown Ngati Whatua Orakei assets from $50 million to over $600 million in 15 years. Mr Tibble now focuses on a broader range of Maori Land Development opportunities, including Geothermal Power, Forestry, Tourism, Horticulture, Fishing and Farming. His current roles are with Tauhara North No2 Trust, Lake Rotoaira Forest Trust, Ngati Porou Holdings and the Tuwharetoa Maori Trust Board.

University of Otago
Suzanne ELLISON MNZM (Kai Tahu, Kati Mamoe and Te Atiawa) is an iwi manager and researcher for arts and cultural heritage projects. She is Runaka Manager for Kati Huirapa Runaka ki Puketeraki, chairs the Ngai Tahu Funds Committee, and her governance experience includes Toi Aotearoa the Arts Council of New Zealand. She was a senior manager with Ngai Tahu Development Corporation for more than 10 years and received her MNZM for services to Maori, the arts and governance....

Govt signs off $mil funds for Māori Wardens
The Māori Wardens will be focusing on developing opportunities for rangatahi in education and employment now that the government has signed off the $1mil promised in Budget 2018.

Te Puni Kōkiri Māori Wardens project manager Te Rau Clarke says, "The focus will be on moving rangatahi onto a programme or a pathway that moves them closer to education or employment."

Māori Wardens from across the country will build a programme based on their experiences in the regions. It's part of the wider Pae Aronui programme targeting Māori youth not in employment, education or training.......

Birth education programme based on Māori practices kicks off in top of the south
Antenatal classes based on kaupapa Māori practices and principles are being offered to pregnant women and their whānau across Nelson and Marlborough.

In a South Island first, the hapu wananga programme draws on traditional Māori childbirth practices, pregnancy, child birth and parenting. It is open to pregnant women and their wider whānau......

Cancer sufferers once again let down by PHARMAC
“This is why our people turned first to the Maori Affairs Select Committee – they should be the voice of our people in the Parliament and the facts are laid bare for all to see. One in nine women diagnosed with breast cancer are women. Maori are less likely to be able to afford the life saving and life extending medications as it stands and Maori women are at higher risk of death than non-Maori. So; its time for PHARMAC to be hauled in and held accountable.” Tukaki said

“Maori Council will always fight for the interests and well-being of our people” Tukaki said.....

View of mountain would be blocked by hotel, iwi company says
Tūwharetoa Limited says an eight storey hotel planned for Taupō would block views of Mt Tauhara and change the future use of its own commercial property in the CBD.

But the proposed hotel developer says views of the mountain should not be a factor in determining whether the project could be approved......

New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute another step closer to iwi ownership
An internationally-famous tourism business in Rotorua is a step closer to iwi ownership after the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute Vesting Bill had its first reading in Parliament today.

Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta said it was a significant step in the journey towards iwi ownership.

"The journey began 10 years ago between the Crown and Ngāti Whakaue, Tūhourangi and Ngāti Wahiao......

Kaimai treaty claim journey of rediscovery
A proposed settlement of historic claims has been a journey of rediscovery for Matamata’s Ngāti Hinerangi.

The iwi signed an agreement in principal last Friday for an $8 million settlement covering claims stemming from its support for Tauranga Moana in the Land Wars and the subsequent loss of its lands through confiscation and the activities of the Native Land Court......

Mount urban space officially named
City Council elected members have voted six to five to adopt an official name for the new urban space, located in the heart of the Mount retail area.

The space will be titled Te Papa o Ngā Manu Porotakataka (The Place of the Circling Birds).

The new name was provided by Ngai Tukairangi and Ngati Kuku. Council has been working with local iwi and hapu since 2016 about the concept design of the new open urban space in the Mount, and invited iwi to provide a name for the park.....

Urgent hearing granted on prisoner voting rights
The Waitangi Tribunal has announced an urgent hearing on Māori prisoners having the right to vote. Current legislation disqualifies sentenced prisoners from participating in general elections.

The claim has been filed by prisoners and includes two applications for an urgent inquiry into the electoral act.

Auckland lawyer Richard Francois, who is representing claimants, says the urgent hearing is good news for sentenced prisoners.......

Scholarships to increase Maori and Pasifika doctoral scholars
Massey University has awarded 40 scholarships to doctoral students who will start their study next year.

For the first time, the University awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s Pasifika Doctoral Scholarship and a further three scholars were presented with Vice-Chancellor’s Māori Doctoral Scholarships.

The four recipients were part of a cohort of 23 scholars who received a Vice-Chancellor Doctoral Scholarship that provides an annual stipend of $30,000, plus fees, for three-years of full-time study, making it the highest value centrally-funded scholarship for doctoral students offered upon enrolment by any New Zealand university.......

Tauranga City Council may gift $1m historic Mission St property to trust
A $1 million historic public property near Tauranga's CBD may be gifted to a trust.

Tauranga City Council yesterday agreed in principle to transfer 11 Mission St to the Ōtamataha Trust for no cost, on the understanding the trust would lease the land to the Elms Foundation at a "peppercorn" rent such as $1 a year.

The Ōtamataha Trust, which represents the interests of Ngāi Tamarāwaho and Ngati Tapu, also put in a claim to be gifted the land in recognition of their mana whenua status and ancestral connection, subject to a lease favouring the foundation......

Funding boost for Whakatohea Maori Trust Board's aquaculture projects
Years of planning has paid off for the Whakatohea Maori Trust Board as it looks to develop its own aquaculture interests in the Eastern Bay.

The board has received 950 thousand dollars from the Government's provincial growth fund......

Settlement future uncertain as Ngāpuhi say no to evolved mandate
The next step in the Ngāpuhi Treaty settlement process is uncertain after the iwi rejected a new Treaty negotiation plan.

One leader said it is a chance for hapū who voted yes to move forward together; another agreed but said not with the evolved mandate; a kaimahi for Whangārei hapū said it's a chance to pause; and another leader said experienced people needed to come together, engage hapū, and build a new model....

Coroners Act amended for tikanga Māori values
The Coroners (Access to Body of Dead Person) Amendment Bill passed its third reading in Parliament last night.

“The Bill will ensure tikanga Māori and other ethnic cultural beliefs are considered and respected by our coronial system,” said Justice Minister Andrew Little.

“The Bill strengthens the Coroners Act 2006 focus on cultural considerations. The Bill provides an explicit requirement for coroners to consider cultural considerations when determining who can view, touch, or remain near a tūpāpaku - body of a deceased person......

A 'bridge' to better Maori Crown relations launched at Parliament
Maori Crown Relations: Te Arawhiti Minister Kelvin Davis has welcomed the launch of the Office for Maori Crown Relations - Te Arawhiti at Parliament tonight.

"Tonight was about bringing together people with a range of experiences across the Maori Crown relationship and celebrating the important role Te Arawhiti will play," Kelvin Davis said.

"When the Prime Minister first asked me to lead this portfolio, we knew that we wanted to change how the Government engaged and worked with Maori, and to change how policy is developed.

"We didn’t want to repeat the mistakes of the past by deciding in Wellington what we thought was best for Maori and then presenting Maori with a done deal......

Mental health, addiction survey shows cultural gaps
New data from those working in mental health and addictions services has found that more needs to be done on cultural appropriateness for Māori tāngata whaiora. The findings have been released in the Ngā Poutama Ōranga Hinengaro report, which was coordinated by the Health Quality & Safety Commission.

The survey also found that the use of te reo Māori in services is low, as is the use of the Māori cultural practices of mihi and whakawhanaungatanga......

Disability reforms overlook Māori needs
A Māori disability advocate says a new accessibility work programme won’t benefit Māori unless there is proper funding and dedicated advocacy.

"For a lot of Māori it's like: 'Oh no, not again.' Occupational therapists, physios, doctors, there's no process. Unlike with ACC where if you have an accident there is a team of people waiting to assess and assist you, you don't get that with medical disabilities which Māori are predominantly high in numbers of," she says.

Ms Hickey says 84 percent of disabled Māori get no support services at all......

Māori bilingual teacher
We are seeking a highly motivated, enthusiastic and collaborative kaiako who is committed to raising student achievement. We are looking for a kaiako who has culturally responsive practices, who can inspire and engage our tamariki and their whānau, in authentic learning partnerships.....

Ngāi Tahu backs out of Agria deal, takes direct stake in Wrightson
Ngāi Tahu Capital has taken a direct stake in PGG Wrightson, ending a seven-year relationship with Singapore-domiciled Agria as the foreign investor's grip on the rural services firm remains uncertain.

Ngāi Tahu has taken direct ownership of 27.4 million Wrightson shares, or 3.6 per cent of the company, worth about $14 million at the current 51 cents share price. No consideration was paid, documents lodged with the stock exchange show.....

Treaty claims could be the straw that breaks the back of capital gains tax
OPINION: As if the Tax Working Group does not have enough to grapple with, it faces a dilemma which arguably goes to the heart of the sovereignty of the tax system.

Does it accept warnings that an introduction of capital gains tax (CGT) could breach the Treaty of Waitangi?

Two large iwi organisations have submitted to the Tax Working Group (TWG) that unless they receive an exemption from CGT , the new tax would breach the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.

If the iwi case is strong enough, the path of least resistance for Labour may well be to grant iwi and exemption.....

French supermarket Auchan slammed for 'haka' advertisement
A French supermarket chain, Auchan, which used the haka to promote its in-store sales, has been slammed for being "offensive", "desperate" and "ignorant".

The video posted on YouTube shows a comedian acting like an aggressive drunk person being asked to leave by an Auchan security guard when a flash mob of people with stripes of war paint arrive and attempt to perform the Māori haka Ka Mate.....

No voice for Maori – Council calls for "Maori Voices" report
New Zealand Maori Council has called on the Secretariat for the Mental Health and Addictions Inquiry to release reports and material related to the voices of Maori. The call comes after it emerged the Secretariat failed to inform stakeholders and the public about the existence of a series of reports that underpinned the recently released Inquiry recommendations. This includes a report related to the Maori voices and submissions.....

Environment Canterbury workers to strike Monday
One-hundred-and-fifty Environment Canterbury workers will strike from noon on Monday amid stalled union pay and contract negotiations.

The Public Service Association (PSA) who are representing the 152 workers - about 35 percent of Environment Canterbury (ECan) staff - hoped it would encourage ECan to reconsider adding in a clause recognising Te Tiriti (The Treaty of Waitangi).

Organiser Angela Collier said members wanted a clause in that proved ECan valued people's cultural beliefs.

"We've put forward a clause that recognises Te Tiriti and also recognises the organisation validating and valuing employees cultural beliefs - in particular Māori in relation to Te Tiriti......

Ngāpuhi and Oranga Tamariki commit to a brighter future
Grainne Moss, Chief Executive of Oranga Tamariki says this partnership is vital to New Zealand’s success. “We are all in this together, and if we partner we are stronger. Keeping children with whānau, and providing kaupapa Māori approaches to our work is vital. We’re committed to working differently, and value the leadership of iwi.”

Leaders today signed the Strategic Partnership Agreement, which is based on Te Tiriti o Waitangi, recognising a proactive Māori-Crown relationship.....

More scholarships offered to attract Māori and Pasifika
Lincoln University is continuing its drive to increase Māori and Pasifika representation in tertiary study, by introducing a suite of scholarships in 2019.

The $5000 scholarships are intended to assist those passionate about agriculture, science, tourism, Mātauraka Māori including Mahinga kai, and to support students pathwaying up from other tertiary providers.

Lincoln introduced Māori and Pasifika Accommodation Scholarships at the start of 2018, while Sir Turi Carroll Scholarships for Māori student leaders were initiated in 2013.....

Census 2018 – Heads should roll, incompetence reigns
The New Zealand Maori Council has poured scorn on Statistics New Zealand for what is turning out to be an embarrassing waste of resources, money and planning when it comes to the 2018 Census.

“When it comes to Maori there is a mountain of building evidence that is telling us that many people in rural, regional and remote communities didn’t even get a visit from anyone on Census night and why is that?

“This is a disgrace because the data runs the risk of telling a story that is neither accurate or true. It gives public servants the ability to paint a picture that because there was no or little response from some of these Maori communities that no one lives there and therefore its perfect excuse to withdraw services.” Tukaki said.....

Trade and Enterprise appointment supports Māori business
The Board of New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) Board is welcoming a new director, who will bring extensive experience in business, and in particular the development of the Māori economy.

Ms Traci Houpapa MNZM has been appointed a member of the NZTE Board for a three-year term by the Minister for Economic Development, Trade and Export Growth, David Parker....

Government accused of ignoring Waitangi Tribunal reports
A new report is being seen as stronger evidence that the government is ignoring Waitangi Tribunal recommendations.

In the past 40 years, the Crown has only fully-settled the claims raised in 21 tribunal reports out of a total 130 reports that have been completed.

The late Saana Murray of Ngāti Kuri dedicated her whole life to the Wai 262 claim she helped lodge in the Waitangi Tribunal in 1991.

"It is actually quite sad aye ... we have been really marginalised from our land and our relationship from our taonga for a long time," Ms Waitai said.

"We are constantly trying to forge a relationship, in a space where the Crown doesn't actually know how to have a relationship."

For the first time, Te Puni Kōkiri has released a break down of all the tribunal claims back to the first out in 1978.

This shows that of the 130 reports, just 21 have been settled. That means most of the claims in the reports have been addressed through Treaty settlements or policy changes.

A number of others have been partially settled, are in progress or their status is unknown.

Treaty lawyer Annette Sykes said the numbers are telling.

"The Crown has ignored and I believe deliberately ignored the gravamen of some of the issues that they have been confronted with," she said......

Auckland iwi Ngāi Tai wins Supreme Court case in stoush over Rangitoto, Motutapu commercial rights
An Auckland iwi has won a Supreme Court case giving it the right to re-apply for exclusive rights to conduct commercial operations on Rangitoto and Motutapu.

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

The iwi lost challenges in both the High Court and 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.

While the islands are administered by DoC, Ngāi Tai has claims there based on historical breaches of the Treaty of Waitangi both as an iwi and as part of Ngā Mana Whenua o Tāmaki Makaurau.

Ngāi Tai had argued in granting those concessions DoC did not properly give effect to section 4 of the Conservation Act, which relates to principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.

Both the High Court and Court of Appeal agreed DoC had made errors, but believed it was still consistent with the Treaty.

In a majority decision released today, the Supreme Court ruled in Ngāi Tai's favour. It said the concessions needed to be reconsidered in a manner that involved a "proper application of s4"......

Māori still more likely to die of cardiac arrest - report
A St John's report into cardiac arrest outside of hospitals shows Māori continue to have the highest rates of cardiac arrest and the lowest survival rates.

The Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest Registry Report for 2017/18 shows Māori have a rate of incidence of 135.5 per 100,000 people.

This compares to European rates of 96.4 per 100,000 people and 104.5 for Pacific people.

Māori have a 24 percent chance of surviving cardiac arrest outside of hospital compared to 31 percent for people of European descent.

In the last year St John New Zealand has treated more than 2000 people for cardiac arrest outside of hospital....

Reo-speaking Santa hears children's Xmas wishes
Reo Māori-speaking families are taking Christmas into their own hands in the wake of the Māori Santa at the Nelson Christmas parade who was the subject of an online racist tirade. The latest, Christmas calls to a reo-speaking Santa Clause.

For reo-speaking children, the only Santa that exists is Māori Santa. Videos have emerged of families initiating conversations for their children with Santa in te reo, enabling fluent kids to take part in the Christmas tradition of asking for their Christmas wishes.

Te Ataakura Pewhairangi says, “My daughter Tapairu has long been asking to call Santa so that she can ask for Christmas presents and, the thing is, te reo Māori is her first language.”.....

MSD takes preventative approach to staff safety
The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) rolls out new and improved security measures and front of house changes at the Ōtara Work and Income offices today.

Some of the changes to make the feel of the office more comfortable for the clients is having areas for private conversations with clients, comfortable chairs for those who have difficulty with movement, more open office spaces and Māori signage.

It will be three years before these new measures are in place in all the offices across the country......

Waikato iwi and Crown sign deed of settlement
A Waikato iwi has initialled its Treaty of Waitangi deed of settlement valued at more than $8 million with the Crown.

Ngāti Hinerangi signed the deed today at a ceremony with Crown officials in Hamilton.

The initialled deed of settlement includes financial redress of $8.1m and the return of 14 sites of cultural significance.

This includes part of the Wairere Falls Scenic Reserve near Matamata - a sacred awa to Ngāti Hinerangi - and a cultural revitalisation fund, and five commercial properties.....

Ngāti Tūwharetoa passes third reading
Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations, Andrew Little, today welcomed Te Ariki Tā Tumu Te Heuheu and members of Ngāti Tūwharetoa to Parliament to witness the Third Reading of their Treaty Settlement legislation, the Ngāti Tūwharetoa Claims Settlement Bill.

The Settlement provides Crown Apology redress, including an agreed historical account and Crown acknowledgments of its historical breaches of the Treaty of Waitangi.

Ngāti Tūwharetoa will receive financial and commercial redress of $25 million, and cultural redress, including funds totalling $3.95 million, to support their aspirations for the cultural and environmental revitalisation of Ngāti Tūwharetoa. They will also have 32 sites of cultural significance returned to them.....

New Zealand lacks comprehensive strategy to counter family violence - new report
Colonisation had had a traumatic affect on Māori, and culturally-appropriate solutions - informed by science - were needed for Māori and Pacific communities.

"Despite the well-reported relative absence of whānau violence before colonisation, Māori are now highly exposed to it. The trauma of colonisation has had an inter-generational effect on Māori, who experience disproportionate rates of family violence, combined with other negative social effects of racism, discrimination and dislocation, alongside strengths and resilience factors that endure."....

Iwi not to blame for Ngāpuhi settlement delay - Treaty expert
A Treaty expert says iwi are not to blame for lengthy delays in settling Treaty claims.

Former Treaty Negotiations minister Chris Finlayson told RNZ Ngāpuhi leaders were making it impossible for progress to be made on the settlement.

"You've got people who want to run the show as though it's a politburo ... they've had 10 years, they messed me around [and] they had all sorts of promises made to them.

"Sonny Tau has been a great disappointment [and] Hone Sadler ... he's a person that hasn't made much of a contribution so I think some of these guys need to get lost," Mr Finlayson said.

But an expert in the Treaty of Waitangi and Māori law, Dr Carwyn Jones, said it was a Crown-led process which made it difficult for iwi to settle their treaty grievances......

TOP Wants to work with Māori Party for 2020 election
The Opportunities Party (TOP) and the Māori Party both fell short in last year's general election. However, TOP hopes they can work together for 2020.

The new leader of TOP, Geoff Simmons, hopes by working together with the Māori Party, the party will establish how a 'genuine' Treaty relationship would work.

A major policy TOP hopes will glean Māori votes is focusing on Māori water rights.

“The big thing at the moment is water, recognizing Māori rights over fresh water- that's the real live issue and we're 100% supportive of that”....

Hawke's Bay Tourism criticised over lack of Māori tourism growth
Hawke's Bay Tourism has being criticised over the lack of growth for Māori tourism in the region.

At the Hawke's Bay Regional Council's corporate and strategic committee meeting yesterday , committee member Toro Waaka said there needed to be more accountability as to where the funding was going.

Waaka is also a director of New Zealand Māori Tourism, and chair of Hawke's Bay Māori Tourism.

"What strategy have you got to engage with Māori, and what are the key performance indicators that you have to do so, and who are you engaging with?" Toro asked representatives of Hawke's Bay Tourism at the meeting.

He said Māori made up roughly 20 per cent of the Hawke's Bay population, and therefore 20 per cent of the funding should be directed into growing Māori tourism.....

Harcourts promises not to repeat 'culturally offensive' ad portraying marae for sale
A Harcourts ad has been labelled "culturally offensive" for suggesting an iconic East Coast marae was for sale.

The unaddressed mail ad for Harcourts Real Estate had a colour image of a $500 banknote containing a photo of a Harcourts real estate agent, an image of a Maori meeting house with a "for sale" sign across the front and the words "Reserve Bank of Harcourts".

In a complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority a J Staite said they were concerned the pamphlet may be culturally offensive as it showed Porourangi Meeting House, at Waiomatatini Marae with a "for sale" sign across it.....

Passing of Medicinal Cannabis Bill prompts iwi discussions
The only Māori company with a medicinal cannabis growing licence says the passing of the government's medicinal cannabis bill is a step in the right direction. Hikurangi Enterprises Managing Director Panapa Ehau says New Zealand could be a world leader in the medicinal cannabis space.

"If whānau Māori or whānau that are in this industry are put at the centre of this, which there's a good chance that will happen, it's going to create a whole lot of opportunities both economic and in the well-being space for our people."....

Te Mata Peak should get legal status as person - iwi
Te Mata Peak should be given the legal status of a person, a Hawke's Bay iwi says. 
It is one of several recommendations made to Hastings District Council in a cultural report by iwi organisation Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga.

It was commissioned by the council following the outcry after Craggy Range winery cut a controversial walking track up the eastern slope of the peak last year.....

Long-running land dispute resolved as Parliament passes Waitara Lands Bill
After 30 years of talks and nearly 160 years of disagreement, a law's been passed to resolve the long dispute over leasehold land at Waitara.

It's the third attempt to settle the case for two hapū - Manukōrihi and Ōtaraua.

They'll get $28 million from property sales on Waitara land over the next two decades, plus $28m more to go to projects co-managed by hapū, iwi and the Taranaki Regional Council.

They'll also get 120 hectares of land, mostly in reserves.

Another $34m will be allocated to Waitara River and environmental projects, co-governed by the council, and hapū and iwi with interests in the river.....

South Auckland marae to receive $1mil from Māori Housing Fund
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today that the initial investment will support the marae's papakāinga plan.

“It’s the government’s overall priority to improve the wellness of New Zealanders and their families and ensure everyone has a warm, dry home,” says Ardern.

The $1mil will assist with infrastructure and the construction of six kaumātua flats on the marae site.

Helping businesses lift their te reo Māori capability
Victoria University of Wellington Te Kawa a Māui lecturer Dr Vini Olsen-Reeder is helping financial education firm Banqer lift its Māori language and cultural competency.

“I want to see a bilingual nation in New Zealand, and celebrating te reo Māori promotes this vision,” says Dr Olsen-Reeder. “It’s great to see businesses turning to te reo Māori more and more to create a point of difference for their product.”...

New warrants for Māori wardens
As well as giving tohu for long service and acknowledging several well-respected wardens who have died in recent years, 27 wardens were given their unique warrant to operate, something that hasn’t happened for several years.

"That just gives the wardens the right to go into areas where our Māori people might be congregating, looking after the kaupapa around the marae or in hotels where our people are drinking and they might get a bit intoxicated so the Māori wardens are there to make sure they don't get into their vehicles, and we have got a van to take them home," Mr Henry says......

Colonisation trauma linked to family violence - Report
A new report by the prime minister's chief science adviser says it is possible to prevent and end family violence in New Zealand. The report, titled Every 4 Minutes, acknowledges the link between the trauma of colonisation and prejudice to the high rates of family violence and incarceration among Māori.

Lambie says, "Colonisation has had an inter-generational effect on Māori and Māori are disproportionately affected by family violence combined with other negative social effects of racism, discrimination and dislocation. Programme design and implementation must be in accord with [the] Māori world view."

Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft says, "I don't think a 'one-size-fits-all' approach will work. It doesn't for children and we need to focus and harness the resources of iwi and Māori organisations and I look forward to that happening."

The Te Rōpū group which will advise ministers directly of the needs of Māori will be announced in the new year......

Here’s the link to the actual report > https://cpb-ap-se2.wpmucdn.com/blogs.auckland.ac.nz/dist/6/414/files/2018/11/Every-4-minutes-A-discussion-paper-on-preventing-family-violence-in-New-Zealand.-Lambie-report-8.11.18-x43nf4.pdf

Also see Mihingrangi-Forbes Twitter tweet here >https://twitter.com/Mihi_Forbes/status/1072308005922897920

Rongoā Māori Research Project Presents Guidelines
These guidelines challenge the research community to have an understanding of Te Ao Māori values and the practice of Rongoā Māori before engaging with future Rongoā study participants. They encourage researchers to address Māori concerns about the exploitation of traditional knowledge which is shared in studies for commercial gain, or the assumption of intellectual property rights beyond those traditionally charged with carrying such knowledge. The CERLS guidelines also draw researchers’ attention to a duty of care to attend to not only their legal health and safety responsibilities, but also to the cultural health and safety aspects of their studies.

It is considered imperative that new models, paradigms and frameworks are found that will allow Rongoā Māori to be treated as the taonga it is, even if not currently fully understood by science, medicine or research and which will ensure that the future generations can feel secure that Rongoā Māori is a taonga that continues to be treasured and protected in the years to come.....

Talks underway to bring iwi justice panels to Taranaki
A new initiative to keep people from walking through courtroom doors could be on the cards in Taranaki.

Known as Te Pae Oranga, the iwi justice panels are part of a nationwide pilot under the Turning of the Tide strategy which is designed to cut Māori offending rates.

The initiative, which is open to all offenders who fit the criteria, aims to address low level offending and ensure participants don't go to court. It will put in place supports to ensure they stay crime-free.....

Pre-fab Māori-style house scheme launched: traditional weaving, carving reflected in architecture

An affordable pre-fabricated house scheme has been launched, with places having aspects of Māori exterior and interior design elements.

Craig Wilson of Britomart's TOA Architects in Auckland said that business had joined with Christchurch-headquartered Mike Greer Architectural, Nelson-headquartered cross-laminated timber manufacturing business XLam Building Solutions and others to launch Māori Modular House.......

Māori health advocates say ASA lacks cultural awareness
The Advertising Standards Authority recently decided not to uphold a complaint from public health collective Healthy Auckland Together (HAT) about advertising junk food to children. The complaint was targeted at a YouTube advertisement for Kinder Surprise.

HAT considered the Kinder Surprise advertisement a breach of The Children and Young People’s Code as it is a chocolate bar for children, advertised by child actors and seen by children.

The response by the ASA complaints board included these comments relating to the advertisement being run adjacent to the video clip of ‘Aotearoa’, a reo Māori pop song performed by Māori artists Stan Walker, Ria Hall, Maisey Rika and Troy Kingi. The song was launched during Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori in 2014 and has been viewed 4.6 million times:

"I guess this illustrates what happens when you don’t have enough people with whānau Māori in their lives sitting around the decision-making table," says Janell Dymus-Kurei, General Manager Māori Public Health for Hāpai. "It's an enormously popular song with tamariki Māori - you’d be hard pressed to find a kura kaupapa or kohanga kid who doesn’t know all the words. I guess the complaints board don’t spend enough time with our communities to know that."....

Freshwater conference embraces Māori values as it looks to the future
Protecting freshwater is not a question of ownership, but guardianship, an iwi representative says.

Barney Thomas, a Nelson iwi manager for the Department of Conservation, said freshwater was "probably the most important bloody issue in the universe" at a freshwater sciences society convention in Nelson.

Conference convener Cawthron Institute freshwater ecologist Joanne Clapcott, Ngāti Porou, said looking after freshwater was something all New Zealanders had a role in.

Her focuses for the convention were mātauranga Māori, or Māori knowledge and wisdom; and emerging science.

"There is a deepening understanding of the importance of mātauranga Māori, but a real capability and capacity crunch," she said......

Ex-education minister Nikki Kaye signs up sitting Minister Chris Hipkins to progress bill for teaching languages
The bill is also likely to extend the provision of Māori language teaching in schools as well as foreign languages.

The bill requires the Government to set 10 priority languages - likely to include Mandarin, Spanish, French, Japanese, Korean, Pacific languages and possibly Hindi as well as official languages Te Reo Māori and New Zealand Sign Language.

It also requires the Government to resource the provision of those languages in primary and intermediate schools.

She said the bill would also ensure universal access to te reo Māori as a result and more young people learning te reo.

"I think it should be very, very positive for iwi and Māori." ....

Space for Māori in Tomorrow's Schools revamp
The Principal's Federation is welcoming a focus on the Treaty of Waitangi and Māori achievement in the proposed revamp of the tomorrow's school's framework. 
This includes a proposal to set up a hub focused on the needs of kaupapa Māori education

Iwi gutted council snubs them for homeless contract
A Wellington iwi social service has been left confused and angry after the Wellington City Council declined its funding bid to help the homeless.

Instead the Wellington City Council awarded $476,000 per year to DCM, formerly known as Downtown City Mission, to do the job.....

MDC seeks more iwi input
More iwi representation is being sought around the Marlborough District Council table.

The council will hold a hui, or workshop, with Te Tau Ihu iwi from the top of the south in the new year to establish a stronger partnership and encourage more iwi into local government.

It comes as part of the council’s first Te Ao Maori subcommittee, held last month, which aims to achieve greater representation for iwi in the Marlborough region.

The subcommittee had the power to allocate $30,000 a year to projects that improved the council’s access to cultural advice and long-term relationships with Maori.

The immediate focus of the subcommittee was creating a visible Maori presence in the council buildings through artwork and bilingual signage, and increasing access to knowledge and education for council staff.......

Ngāpuhi hapū reject Treaty of Waitangi proposal
A new proposal for Treaty negotiations has had the thumbs down from a majority of Ngāpuhi hapū.

The iwi's many hapū have been holding endorsement hui for the past three weeks, on a revised mandate.

But on the last day of voting, the 'no' votes have already passed the threshold of 38 - at which the mandate is declared rejected.....

Tōtaranui suggested as alternate Māori name for Abel Tasman National Park
The country's most popular national park should also have a Māori name, says the author of a new book on the Abel Tasman.

Acclaimed conservationist Philip Simpson has suggested Tōtaranui National Park as an alternate Maori name for the 23,000 hectare park that has one of the country's Great Walks along its spectacular Nelson coastline......

Ngati Whakatere is leading the construction of a new whare taiao, or information kiosk, in Te Maire Park, Shannon.Ngati Whakatere is leading the construction of a new whare taiao, or information kiosk, in Te Maire Park, Shannon.

The whare is one of eight being constructed along the Manawatū River as part of the iwi-led Tu Te Manawa project, which aims to restore the mauri of the Manawatū River and reconnect iwi, hapu and communities with their awa......

Principals welcome Tomorrow's Schools Report
Cormick also expressed his pleasure at the centrality of the Treaty of Waitangi to all aspects of the report.

‘It is pleasing to see that the Treaty of Waitangi and true partnership with Maori is strongly embedded throughout the report, so rather than seeing Maori as a problem to be fixed, they will be seen as equal participants. Our young Maori people will now be educated in a way that is consistent with their cultural beliefs and practices,’ said Cormick.....

Maori Council call for culture change in SOE
The New Zealand Maori has today released figures showing only six Maori sit on boards right across the State Owned Enterprise Sector begging the statement from Council’s Executive Director Matthew Tukaki – “No wonder we are not making progress around our social and economic futures we aren’t even sitting at the table!”.....

Māori education: 'We certainly have got a lot of work to do'
The Tomorrow School's Review has shown changes are needed to the education system to stop it failing Māori.

The review taskforce is calling for a national Kaupapa Māori education hub committed to the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi to be set-up.

And it's estimated Māori educational inequity is costing the economy $2.6 billion a year.

Mr Ferris said the systemic racism within the education system was a key concern for Māori education.

Māori make up 25 percent of the school-aged population.

"When we have students in this country saying in their own words that 'my teacher is racist,' we certainly have got a lot of work to do."

He wants kaupapa Māori schooling to be at the centre of the changes. .....

First study of Māori league players discovers health and well-being issues
An alarming number of Māori rugby league players have been found to suffer from early onset osteoarthritis after they retire.

Dr Trevor Clark has two new titanium knees because of his 12-year footy career.

Clark played professionally in England from 1983 to 1995, during which he received an honours and masters degree majoring in exercise physiology and sports psychology.

Five years ago, he started researching whether other Māori players had experienced similar issues he had. He focused on Māori because no one else had and on how many Māori play the game.....

2018 - the year of quiet revolution
The year will also be remembered as a tipping point for Māori, especially for te reo. The goodwill towards the language seen this year has been unprecedented and suddenly it feels like New Zealand is headed towards bilingualism of a sort. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori​ prompted much more than the usual token effort and other moves, such as Radio New Zealand's emphasis on te reo and Crown Law Office lawyers introducing themselves to the court in Māori, signal a solid future for the language.

The question of how much of Māori culture should be regarded as sacrosanct and non-negotiable has yet to be decided but at least the future of te reo looks more secure......

Winston Peters slams Māori Santa as 'arrogant'
NZ First leader Winston Peters caught up with Jamie Mackay from The Country today for a wide ranging conversation on the issues currently leading the news.

The pair had an interesting discussion over the allegations against Maggie Barry who is accused of workplace bullying, Jacinda Ardern being named as the 29th most powerful woman in the world and the outrage over Santa Claus being replaced by a Maori man wearing a red korowai (Māori cloak) instead of the traditional outfit......

Māori 'contaminated' by a lack of Te Reo
A prominent kaumatua has put the blame for the 'P' scourge squarely on the diminished role of Te Reo among Māori.

"When our kids are taught Te Reo we don't have this," he said.

Curtis said Te Reo provided "cultural oxygen" and that it had been denied to Maori for 178 years.

"We were taught at school a language we never heard at home," he said.

"English language doesn't touch my emotional intelligence. . . for 178 years we have been denied.".....

Iwi panels using tikanga Māori solutions to help divert low-level offenders from courts
A tikanga Māori solution to keep low-level offenders out of the court system is having a wider impact outside Māori communities.

Police figures show in the year to June 58 per cent of the 1800 people referred to the Te Pae Oranga process did not identify as Māori.

The programme is a partnership originally developed by police and iwi to reduce prosecutions against Māori.

Police Māori, Pacific, and Ethnic Services national manager Michael McLean said the tikanga Māori solution to curb low-level recidivism was proving effective in keeping people of all ethnicities and cultures from entering the justice system...... 

National Iwi Chairs Forum Delegation at COP24 UNCCC Katowice, Poland
“It is vital that indigenous peoples voices are heard at these forums and I congratulate the New Zealand government for being responsive to this. I encouraged the Māori & Pasifika youth in Te Ara Whatu to make their presence felt and during a Presidency Dialogue, they made a powerful presentation which drew tears from hardened diplomatic negotiators.”......

Hundreds swarm Bayfair Shopping Centre for first look at $115m revamp
A blessing was held at 7am, with iwi members leading a crowd of about 40 investors, managers, and team members through prayer down the wide avenues of the new section of mall.

Children from Te Kura o Matapihi performed with song and dance before speeches from dignitaries and those involved in the project......

$9m reconciliation package for Parihaka announced
A $9 million reconciliation package for people of Parihaka has been finalised at a ceremony in Wellington.

On Thursday Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta met with about 100 members of the coastal Taranaki community and signed an agreement between the Crown and the Parihaka Papakāinga Trust.

Mahuta said the trust, in consultation with the community and Te Puni Kōkiri and Treasury, had produced a development plan for the $9m, which begins with a focus on healing and reconciliation and the development of urgent infrastructure.....

New sculpture for Christchurch's Victoria Square
A new $319,000 taxpayer-funded sculpture paying tribute to the Treaty of Waitangi signatories is likely to be installed in Christchurch's Victoria Square.

Two 4.75 metre-tall upright waka, titled Mana Motuhake, are being gifted to the Christchurch City Council by Crown rebuild company Ōtākaro​, which commissioned the work.

​The artwork, by carver Fayne Robinson, commemorates the significant Treaty signatories and by extension would support the achievements and memory of Queen Victoria, a council report said......

Brian Tamaki, gang members launch justice protest outside Parliament
Destiny Church's Brian Tamaki descended on Parliament on Thursday to deliver a fiery castigation of New Zealand's prison and justice system.

Surrounded by gang members, Mr Tamaki accused the Government of disproportionately locking up Māori and called for an alternative indigenous justice system.

Mr Tamaki was met by several politicians, including current Justice Minister Andrew Little, former National Justice Minister Judith Collins and ACT Party leader David Seymour.

Mr Tamaki has launched a Waitangi Claim to get Destiny Church's Man Up prison programme funded.

A statement from Mr Tamaki said he had been "prejudicially affected" by the Crown and demanded "fair and equal access to government funding for social programmes" and "access to Māori in prison or other state confinement".......

Treaty of Waitangi 'not taught enough' and not taught well
Educators are calling for the Treaty of Waitangi to be taught accurately and in-depth in schools.

But a lack of teaching material and underlying resistance is getting in the way.

Professor Angus McFarlane from the University of Canterbury said there were concerns about what people were learning about the country's founding document.

"There is a general consensus that it is not taught enough and when it is taught, it is often fraught with inaccuracies," he said.

"Educators need to become more serious about getting to know the Treaty, about the principles and the articles of the Treaty, and how they can be more binding, than separatist."

"If you are passionate about being a New Zealander, you must be passionate about the Treaty of Waitangi. Because without it, we would not exist.".....

Nationwide debate on Nelson's Santa parade exposes underlying racism
The problem was a lack of an easily recognisable Santa suit, according to most critics of Nelson's Christmas parade Santa, but days on and the gloves are coming off.

A post on social media, shared almost 2000 times, collects a selection of comments about Hana Kōkō - all of which show that the problem is not with what Nelson's Santa was wearing, but with the colour of his skin......

Uniting new science and traditional Maori knowledge
A major Marsden Fund project will combine cutting edge science with Matauranga Maori to reveal the secrets of pa across the Waikato.

Waikato University’s Associate Professor Alan Hogg, along with Associate Professor Tom Roa and Dr Waikaremoana Waitoki, are working on the $827,000 project. There are more than 500 pa (fortified settlements) around the Waikato. The region is undergoing rapid development that is threatening pa and their landscapes, so work to identify how, when and why they developed is urgent.

The overall aim is to create a regional history of Waikato wetland pa and gardens for the pre-european transitional period - the time interval between about 1400 AD and 1800 AD.....

Whānau Ora surplus questions raised at TPK review
Te Puni Kōkiri appeared before the Māori Affairs Select Committee today for its annual review where questions were raised about the allocation of surplus funds under the Whānau Ora scheme.

Money and where it did not go dominated discussions, with answers sought about the $600,000 surplus National’s Jo Hayes says went back to shareholders and not to families.

There were disputes around a $5.2mil underspend and whether funds were adequately allocated from the year’s $37mil budget.

National’s Māori development spokesman Nuk Korako says, "Why have they got an underspend? What that tells me is that strategies and policies are not working because you shouldn't have an underspend."....

Ngāpuhi hapū take to the polls for tribe's Treaty settlement
Ngāpuhi hapū made a decision on whether or not to accept the government's evolved mandate over the weekend- some remain worried.

Hapū members are uncertain about processes being followed in some hui ā hapū consultation to settle the Ngāpuhi Treaty claim.

This follows hapū consultation meetings around the region.

The iwi could receive up to $300mil. However, Lyndon says money is not the issue for hapū.......

Māori groups support call to boost addiction treatment funding
Thirty organisations support an open letter calling on government to double funding for addiction treatment each year starting with next year's budget. NZ's largest Māori health organisation, Hāpai Te Hauora, says there is an urgent need in Māori communities.

Iwi and Māori health providers are among those calling for more funds and new models to stub-out substance addiction......

New committee will work with communities on waterways
New committee will work with communities towards improving the health of waterways and harbour

A new whaitua committee - Whaitua te Whanganui-a-Tara - has been established by Greater Wellington Regional Council to work with communities in the Hutt Valley and Wellington to develop proposals to improve fresh and marine water quality throughout its valley and harbour catchments.

The Committee combines the expertise of local and regional councillors, iwi and community members drawn from throughout the Hutt and Wainuiomata valleys, the suburbs of Wellington Harbour and the south coast and the Makara and Ohariu stream catchments.....

Te Arawa Lakes Trust says no to treated wastewater in Lake Rotorua
Te Arawa Lakes Trust is opposing plans to discharge treated wastewater into Lake Rotorua in what is being described as a "surprise" move at a late stage.

It's a blow for Rotorua Lakes Council which has worked on the $37 million wastewater upgrade since 2015.

However, the trust backs local hapū concerns, who say Lake Rotorua is a "taonga not toilet".....

Is Andrew Little in breach of the Treaty of Waitangi? - Right to Life
In an unprecedented attack on the sanctity of life of the unborn the Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern and the Minister of Justice propose that the killing of children before birth should not be a crime.

The Minister of Justice, Andrew Little, at the direction of the Prime Minister proposes to amend the Crimes Act to remove women and their unborn from the protection of the Crimes Act. This Act provides legal protection for women and unborn children against the violence of abortion, it also protects the right to life of the unborn, which has been in the Crimes Act since 1856.

Right to Life believes that the decriminalisation of abortion would be a breach of the Treaty of Waitangi and requests our submission be referred to the Waitangi Tribunal for a decision on this matter.....

Ngāi Tukairangi elder of Tauranga Moana seeks acknowledgment
Despite the apology given by the Anglican Church of Aotearoa to Tauranga Moana iwi today for land lost in 1867.

Ngāi Tukairangi representatives voiced their disapproval because only two hapū were formally acknowledged.

In 1838, 80 percent of the 1333 acres belonging to Ngāi Tamarawaho and Ngāti Tapu, later known as the CMS Te Papa Block, was transferred to the Church Missionary Society.

The Anglican Church of Aotearoa formally apologised for their role in the loss of 423ha of Māori land to the Crown.

However, during the formal apology some expressed their disappointment that only two sub-tribes within Tauranga Moana were formally acknowledged......

Santa gets a remake for Nelson's Santa Parade, but not all are happy
Nelson's Santa parade has taken a bi-cultural approach, but it caused confusion among some of Santa's young fans.

The white-bearded, jolly man was replaced in Sunday's parade by a Māori man representing Santa Claus.

The sleigh led by Santa's reindeer was ridden down Trafalgar St with the merry elves, but Santa's traditional suit was ditched for a red korowai (Māori cloak), worn by Robert Herewini......

Duncan Garner bashes Nelson's Māori Santa
"Māori don't have to own everything."

That's the blistering message from The AM Show host Duncan Garner, who's accusing Nelson of wrecking Santa with its "PC" attempt at being ethnically diverse.

The Nelson Santa Parade on Sunday descended into debacle after Santa and his traditional outfit were discarded for a de-bearded Māori man wearing a short-sleeved shirt and red korowai. It's a decision that's led to bitter divisions and recriminations.... 

Apology issued over lack of traditional Santa in Nelson parade
Organisers of a Nelson Christmas parade have apologised after a non-traditional Santa Claus took centre sleigh, confusing onlookers and sparking a backlash.

Yesterday, a Santa Claus donning a red korowai and holding a taiaha featured in the parade festivities sans trademark hat, beard, and suit......

Report explains why New Zealand's Māori are better off than Australia's Aborigines
New Zealand's Māori have better outcomes than Australia's Aboriginal people because our Government treats its indigenous people better, according to a report.

The Economist states Aboriginal people living in Australia face a decade-wide gap in life expectancy, high rates of incarceration and suicide, and their children are 10 times more likely to be in state care.....

NZ makes solar power accessible to all
Solar power is now available to all NZers through a monthly online subscription. Climate Change Minister, James Shaw is backing the worlds first virtual solar power plant.

Minister Shaw says, "It knits together all of the houses that have got rooftop solar and batteries, not just so those houses can have power but that they can work as a community to provide power to the grid."

And for every twenty connections, SolarCity is offering free solar panels to marae, kohanga reo and community centres while training and employing rangatahi to carry out installation and maintenance.......

Collaboration key to Waikato regional growth
More than 100 Waikato leaders are looking at ways to improve the region's environment, economy and communities.

Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Māori leaders agree collaboration is key in growing the interests of Māori and the region.

Mahuta says the teaching of King Tawhiao - "If there is but one toetoe stem it will break, but if they are together in a bundle they will never break," is a guide to regional success.

“We need to consider how Māori can engage in these discussions to action our needs in order to strengthen all areas of the region of Waikato,” she says.

FOMA Chair Traci Houpapa is laying down the gauntlet at the inaugural Waikato Regional Council gathering for heads in environment, business, councils and iwi to collaborate.

“Māori need to recognise generally that in order for us to succeed and grow our wealth and prosperity we need to partner,” says Houpapa......

Action urged after song uses karakia
WELLINGTON: The use of a Maori karakia in a Korean pop song has ramped up calls for the Government to protect Maori intellectual property, some saying that cultural appropriation of Maoritanga is getting out of hand.

The video clip has been viewed about seven million times since in the past week, but it is an uneasy watch for Karaitiana Taiuru.

‘‘I was little bit shocked and disappointed, because of the words that were used . . . It is a karakia and to me our karakia was being mocked,’’ he said......

Anglican Church apologises to Tauranga Moana iwi over land lost 151 years ago
Today, the Anglican Church of Aotearoa will formally apologise to the iwi of Tauranga Moana for its role in that land being lost, and in particular to the hapū of Ngāi Tamarāwaho and Ngāti Tapu.

The apology is a momentous milestone in what has been a long, painful process to have the grievance recognised and acknowledged.

The apology is also, however, the beginning of a new chapter for iwi and the church.

It's one of reconciliation and, eventually, both parties hope, one of restorative justice.

The block of land in question stretches from The Strand to the suburb of Gate Pā.

It encompasses Tauranga's central business district – a modern place of work, hospitality and city governance.

The Te Papa peninsula, however, was once one of the most densely populated Māori settlements in the region......

'He was a murderer' - Gisborne iwi demand apology ahead of Captain Cook celebration
Ahead of celebrations to mark Captain Cook's arrival in New Zealand, a Gisborne iwi is demanding an apology for the atrocities he brought upon their people.

The English explorer landed on the shores of Turanganui-a-Kiwa in 1769. But according to Rongowhakaata, what really happened that day has largely been swept under the carpet.

"Our experience wasn't a great experience in the sense that a number of our tipuna were killed during that first encounter. A number of our taonga were stolen [and] taken. That is a story that hasn't been told."

"We're quite keen to engage with the Royal Society, who were Captain Cook's employers at the time to seek some sort of an apology for the behaviour of the crew of the endeavour and that's to put to rest some of the not so great thing that occurred during that encounter.....

Foreshore Act repeal Finlayson highlight
Former Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Christopher Finlayson rates the repeal of the Foreshore and Seabed Act as his proudest achievement in parliament.

During his nine years as a minister he concluded more than 60 treaty settlements, and found it the most satisfying part of the job.

He says he came into parliament determined to overturn Labour’s foreshore claims legislation.

"I had been repelled by the appalling aftermath of the Court of Appeal's decision in the Ngāti Apa case and I still marvel that in the 21st century legislation was rammed through the House to deny a significant proportion of people the right of access to justice and the right to investigate their property rights," Mr Finlayson says.....

Matched funds draw iwi to Victoria University
More scholarships and internships for Māori will be available through a series of partnerships being formed by Victoria University of Wellington.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Māori) Rawinia Higgins says more than 20 relationship agreements will be signed with iwi organisations, representatives of Māori trusts and other organisations at a ceremony at the university's Te Herenga Waka Marae next week.

They will bring to more than 60 the He Herenga Tangata agreements formalised with iwi since 2016 to boost opportunities for Māori students and foster research collaborations.

Professor Rawinia Higgins says the university matches the funding provided by Māori partners dollar-for-dollar, to maximise the study and research opportunities for Māori students.....

Low Census uptake means iwi information deficit
Gaps in collecting Census data could affect both the make up of the next parliament and the ability of iwi to plan for the needs of their people......

Iwi seeks bigger local stake in Napier port sale
Ngati Pahauwera is urging Hawke’s Bay Regional Council to offer shares in Napier Port to residents and iwi at a discount in order to secure a local cornerstone holding in the firm.

The iwi’s development trust said it would consider investing up to $5 million in the port, with a two-year restriction on sale, were the shares offered at a discount to the general offer......

Māori landowners targeted for forest fund
Forestry Minister Shane Jones says supporting Māori to realise the potential of their land is one of the priorities for a new One Billion Trees Fund.

Mr Jones and Primary Industries Minister Damien O’Connor today announced the fund led by Te Uru Rākau: Forestry New Zealand would provide $118 million for simple and accessible grants to landowners and organisations looking to plant trees……

Crown has 'failed' to protect fresh water, independent body needed - NZ Māori Council
A Māori water rights claim wants to see the country's rivers and lakes treated as public goods instead of a "free lunch" to commercial interests.

The Waitangi Tribunal is this week hearing the closing submissions into a claim over Māori rights to fresh water, following the government decision in 2012 to put shares in state-owned power companies up for sale.

Ownership of water - whether by Māori, nobody, or everybody - has been the focus of a debate around allocation and management issues....

"The RMA has become a vehicle for providing a free lunch to commercial interests, such as water bottling companies. Many have derived immense financial wealth from their 'free' water. Those who use it for private commercial benefit should pay for it."

An Independent Water Commission would be made up of half Māori representatives, chosen by Māori, and be funded by charging those who used water commercially.

What Māori ownership of fresh water would mean for the general population was still to be determined.

"That is a huge question, but we want the Government to recognise native title to fresh water, and then we can sit down and discuss it......

Te reo Māori names to be considered for hundreds of Auckland parks
Your local Auckland park could be about to gain a Māori name as local boards consult Māori groups on how to tell the "unique stories of Tāmaki Makaurau".

Brains Park, Dickey Reserve and Eastdale Reserve are just three among 99 places picked by the Whau Local Board in its first group of parks and reserves to go through the review.

The Auckland Council move to add Māori names or even have them replace existing names was initiated by mana whenua - Auckland Māori who have mana and ancestral connections in some part of the region.

Mana whenua groups are being asked to propose Māori names to local boards.....

Moves underway to set up Māori-owned bank
Could an iwi bank become the next Kiwibank? The Māori Council thinks so and is taking steps to set up a Māori-owned bank.

The Māori Council says Māori are being let down and shut out by the four big Australian-owned banks.

It's calling on iwi to come together and make a Māori-owned bank a reality.....

Māori entities continue to grow their putea
The Māori asset base continues to grow year on year says Leon Wijohn.

Protecting and growing the putea for future generations is a key ethos in Māori business. The Māori asset base continues to grow year on year as illustrated by this year's Deloitte Top 10 Māori Business Index.....

Māori to benefit from climate research funds
The Māori Climate Commissioner says Māori should be excited at the number of Māori scientists pitching in to work on climate change solutions.

Donna Awatere Huata has welcomed new funding for crown research institute GNS Science and the Resilience Challenge.

In the latest fund of the Government’s Endeavour Fund GNS got $11.2 million for three new multi-year research projects, on top its two Marsden Fund projects......

Scholarship awarded to innovative researcher examining mātauranga Māori and environmental science
The Sir Hugh Kawharu Scholarship for Innovation in Science, administered by Royal Society Te Apārangi, has been awarded to Arna Whaanga (Rongomaiwahine, Ngāi Tāmanuhiri, Rakaipaaka).

Arna is working towards completion of a Masters of Māori Studies at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi. Her thesis will examine contemporary kaitaikaitanga in the context of initiatives such as Predator Free Mahia and the Rongomaiwahine Coastal Marine Title application that is currently being processed by the Office of Treaty Settlements.....

What Māori can teach us about early childhood development
Being surrounded by their own culture is vital for the optimum development of all children, but for many Māori and Pacific children in New Zealand, it has been missing for too long.

Almost four decades ago, Kara Puketapu had the idea to develop Kōhanga Reo (literally: “language nest”) — early childhood centres for Māori children, guided by the Māori philosophy that a child is the sole responsibility of an entire community. Within them, children are enveloped in their language and culture, and provided a safe environment where they are nourished, stimulated, and cared for......

Spark and Maori Language Commission strengthen ties
Today Spark NZ and Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Maori (The MaoriLanguage Commision) have signed a mahi tahi Memorandum of Understanding to promote and revitalise te reo Maori.

"With meaningful partnerships like this, we truly believe our national treasure - te reo Maori- will continue to be revitalised and show up as an everyday language which resonates throughout New Zealand.

This is not a new thing for te reo Maori. It was New Zealand’s first language of business and trade. Spark and other companies are restoring te reo Maorito its place in the commercial world".....

Redress options ‘beyond money’
An expert economist for the Crown has encouraged the Waitangi Tribunal to look more at non-financial redress for Maori, in its bid to determine the Mangatu remedies claim.

Six claimant groups have applied to the Waitangi Tribunal for the return of Mangatu Crown forest-licensed land, and compensation for historical breaches of the Treaty of Waitangi made by the Crown to Maori.

Dr Meade estimated the monetary value of the overall compensation for the Mangatu claim would be $170 million, plus the return of the Crown forest-licensed land.....

Māori voices needed in mental health reform
A member of the leadership group advising the government on how to respond to the Mental Health and Addiction inquiry says more Māori representation is needed.

Māori submissons to the review panel included calls for treatment options that include Māori cultural practices, including te reo me ōna tikanga.

"To gain those we need access to our own world, to our own communities, and these things are not necessarily available in mainstream services and one might say shouldn't be but there should be ready access to the things we know helps us heal as Māori," Ms Baker says......

Māori wardens helping in courts
Māori Wardens are now working at the Wellington District Court.

The initiative was introduced by Sue Little, Manager Justice Services, and Noelene Smiler, Operations Manager of Te Korowai o Te Whanganui a Tara Watene Māori, earlier this year to help break down barriers between court users and the court system and to improve responsiveness to Māori......

O'Sullivan fumes after Northland deaths
Dr Lance O'Sullivan has unleashed a scathing attack on NZ's health system following an outbreak of the disease meningitis which has killed six people nationwide, three of which occurred in Northland.

O'Sullivan says he is fed up with seeing brown kids dying because of the health system.

Speaking to Te Kāea, O’Sullivan says the Northland outbreak is a symptom of a wider issue- that the health system is "broken for Māori".

"What's happened in Northland is a symptom of a chronic problem, a chronic disease if you like, which is massive under-performance from the health system for Māori. It's just another boil and festering wound that's showing up as to the problem."

On Facebook, O'Sullivan says in his work around New Zealand he had seen the disparities of treatment for Māori and Pacific children who were neglected or misdiagnosed by health professionals and over-represented for diseases such as rheumatic fever.

"Things need to change and so, what are those solutions you might ask? Well, how about a Minister for Māori Health, a Minister for Māori well-being? Put us in charge and we'll do a better job.".....

Waitangi Tribunal gets new members
The president of the Māori Women's Welfare league is one of three new members added to the Waitangi Tribunal.

The Māori development minister Nanaia Mahuta annouced the appoinment of eight members to the tribunal - who'll each serve a three year term.

Māori Women's Welfare League president Prue Kapua, te reo Māori advocate Ruakere Hond and public servant Kim Ngarimu are the new members.

"They have already contributed so much to Aotearoa New Zealand," Ms Mahuta said.

The Tribunal will benefit greatly from their skills as it embarks upon significant kaupapa in the coming months."

Dr Angela Ballara, Dr Monty Soutar, Ronald Crosby, Tania Simpson and Professor Pou Temara have been reappointed to the Waitangi Tribunal.

"As I consider the people who will hear these claims on behalf of New Zealand, I take very seriously the mix of expertise, mātauranga and perspective they each bring."

The Waitangi Tribunal's members are appointed by the Governor-General on the recommendation of the Minister for Māori Development.

Tāmaki Iwi welcome new urban housing agency
The poutaki of Ngāti Whātua o Ōrākei Marae, Taiaha Hawke, says the new Housing and Urban Development Authority (HUDA) should build Māori communities.

The Auckland-based iwi, alongside Ngāti Paoa, are keen to partner with the Crown's new agency to provide affordable housing for their beneficiaries.

Hawke says they are relishing the new opportunities on the horizon.

“It’s not for the government only to build more housing, let's give all that knowledge to iwi, for iwi to develop their own housing projects to build Māori communities,” he says.....

Pop Up Project provides a boost to Māori culture in Porirua
A group of community-minded entrepreneurs are using new technology to promote Māori and Pasifika culture by setting up shop in Porirua.

The Arepa Gamers Club are a group of friends and business people united in their desire to provide a safe space for youngsters to play games, while connecting them with positive values and Māori and Pasifika culture.

“We in the process of developing language training courses that use gaming as a tool to help them learn how to speak their language or learn a new language.

“Our end goal is to run gaming events all around the world where you must speak in another language to be able to play....

Key Maori Businesses recognised as good employers
Forestry Minister Shane Jones has this evening presented the Māori Agribusiness Awards at the Primary Industries Good Employer Awards, which salute the achievements of these and other Maori companies operating in the primary sector.....

Te Korowai o Wainuiārua one step closer to Treaty Settlement
On Friday the Chair of Uenuku Charitable Trust Aiden Gilbert and the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Hon. Andrew Little signed an Agreement in Principle (AIP) at Parliament.

Included in the Wainuiārua agreement is an acknowledgement and apology from the Crown, cultural redress including a partnership agreement with the Department of Conservation and the vesting back of land within the Erua Forest Conservation area for the iwi to develop a ecosanctuary and tourism venture at Pōkākā.

The Wainiārua core area of interest mainly consists of Crown conservation estate including the Tongariro and Whanganui National Parks that are being settled separately.

A number of relationship agreements sit alongside financial redress of $21.7-million and cultural redress of $900,000.

Crown owned properties including 183-hectares of Crown Forestry land at Erua and the former 500-hectare Waikune Prison will be purchased.

National Park and Raetihi Schools and Police Stations along with the Landcorp farm Raurimu Station have been identified for potential transfer and leaseback.

Included in the Wainuiārua agreement is an acknowledgement and apology from the Crown, cultural redress including a partnership agreement with the Department of Conservation and the vesting back of land within the Erua Forest Conservation area for the iwi to develop a ecosanctuary and tourism venture at Pōkākā.

The Wainiārua core area of interest mainly consists of Crown conservation estate including the Tongariro and Whanganui National Parks that are being settled separately.

A number of relationship agreements sit alongside financial redress of $21.7-million and cultural redress of $900,000.

Crown owned properties including 183-hectares of Crown Forestry land at Erua and the former 500-hectare Waikune Prison will be purchased.

National Park and Raetihi Schools and Police Stations along with the Landcorp farm Raurimu Station have been identified for potential transfer and leaseback.....

Waimarino land grab compensation $21.7m
The Government has agreed in principle to a $21.7 million settlement with Te Korowai o Wainuiarua, which covers upper Whanganui River hapu affliating to Uenuku, Tamakana, and Tamahaki.

Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Andrew Little says the agreement signed on Friday is an important step in the settlement of the their claims.

He says within a short space of time in the late 1800s the hapu lost large tracts of ancestral land to the construction of the main trunk line and subsequent logging of the great Waimarino forests.

The package includes Crown acknowledgments of its Treaty breaches, financial and commercial redress, and the return of sites of cultural significance.

Council receives Maori language accolade
Rotorua Lakes Council was named a winner at this year’s Maori Language Awards for work delivered by its Te Amorangi ki Mua, Te HÄpai ÅKi Muri Unit.

The event hosted by Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Maori (Maori Language Commission) was held at Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington on Friday. (23 November 2018)....

Future proofing surf breaks in Aotearoa
Surfer and researcher Dr JordanTe Aramoana Waiti says surf breaks in Aotearoa are increasingly at risk due to coastal development activities, and that iwi have a role to play in their protection.

Dr Waiti says it’s about, “Living lightly on our whenua, and within our moana so that it's around for our future generations in the same state that we've been able to experience it.”

He says, “Māori were surfing pre-European arrival, we were surfing on canoes, planks of wood, using kelp as well, and amongst a lot of iwi throughout the motu there's narratives or kōrero that document this.”.....

Mangatu hearing to hear the final evidence
The Waitangi Tribunal hearing for the Mangatu remedies claim resumes in Gisborne tomorrow.

The next two days will hear the last round of evidence for the claim, before the tribunal deliberates and works towards a reccommendation.

Six iwi claimant groups have applied for the return of Mangatu Crown forest licensed lands, plus compensation.....

Māori voices needed in kauri strategy
The leader of a new $13 million strategy for tackling kauri die back and myrtle rust says it’s a chance for Māori voices to be heard.

He says traditional practices like rāhui show Māori had a sophisticated understanding of threats to their natural environment and the tools to tackle them.

Our people have known of the sensitivity of these taonga plants for as long as we have been in Aotearoa," Dr Waipara says.....

Māori Climate Commissioner pays respects
Māori Climate Commissioner, Donna Awatere Huata, has praised the final UN Climate Vulnerable Forum Communique from the leaders of nations most vulnerable to climate change.

"It is essential the voices of Indigenous and First Nation Peoples are not only given space in the climate change challenge, but that they're provided with the resources for leadership in this debate. Indigenous cultures have centuries of cultural knowledge when it comes to the values of sustainability and living in harmony with the environment that are desperately needed as we pivot from destructive and short sighted consumer capitalism to a far broader and progressive set of economic and social measures."

"Māori in New Zealand have been kept out of the debate on climate change for too long when we require a leadership role, I call on an Indigenous virtual summit to be held in Aoteroa next year to expand this dialogue and build bridges with other first nation whanau to confront the unique crises we face from global warming.".....

When the NZ Army became an iwi – Comment.
Every few months a disparate group of New Zealanders file into Rongomaraeroa-o-nga-hau e wha, the National Army Marae in Waiouru. They have just made it past the initial hurdle of Army basic training: the gruelling first few days. The group has come to attest - the process of swearing loyalty to the Queen and formally entering the armed services.

Speeches precede the solemn ceremony. High-ranking officers welcome the recruits, and entreat them to consider eachother as comrades. They then explain the significance of what is about to take place. Having attested, they will have a new family: Ngāti Tumatauenga - ‘Tribe of the God of War’.

This is what makes the New Zealand Army, a small force with few major deployments, so unique. It is not a conventional Western military. In 1994 it transformed itself into Ngāti Tumatauenga: an iwi created by, with and for the state.....

'That's a mouthful': New name proposed for Phoenix carpark reserve in Mount Maunganui
Tauranga City Council wants last-minute public feedback on its new name for the old Phoenix carpark in Mount Maunganui.

Te Papa o Ngā Manu Porotakataka is the name proposed for the new urban space being developed on the site of former Maunganui Rd carpark.

It was picked up by council staff in partnership with Ngai Tukairangi and Ngāti Kuku, and approved by the full council subject to consultation.......

Northland iwi consent to dead sperm whale's stomach being tested
A sperm whale that died after being stranded on a Northland beach will have its insides tested for plastic by the consent of local iwi.

DOC is working with local hapu Ngāti Kahu to determine how the dead whale should be dealt with, however on Saturday morning Ngāti Kahu performed a karakia to acknowledge the death.

"They plan to pull the whale further up the beach to bury it, according to their cultural traditions," Petrove said.

"The hapu would like to examine the whale's stomach contents to see if there is any plastic.

"They have sought assistance with this from Ngāti Wai expert in whale tikanga, Hori Parata, who is travelling to the site from Whangarei today," she said......

Te Korowai o Wainuiārua and Crown sign agreement to settle historical Treaty claims
Te Korowai o Wainuiārua and the Crown have today signed an agreement in the settlement of historical Treaty claims for three iwi, including the return of culturally significant sites to Te Korowai o Wainuiārua.

The agreement, involving claims by Uenuku, Tamakana and Tamahaki, also outlines a broad settlement package which includes provisional Crown ackowledgements of Treaty breaches and the financial and commercial redress of $21.7 million.....

Government seeks input on plans for post-Brexit deal with UK
The government is calling for public submissions on a post-Brexit free trade agreement with the United Kingdom.

New Zealand would seek an agreement that safeguards protections for labour and the environment, and promotes gender equality and indigenous rights.

"We want to reduce costs and barriers for New Zealand businesses operating with the UK," Mr Parker said.

"Our exports to the UK are already worth over $1.5 billion annually, and there is an opportunity to grow the links between our economies even further."

The deal would include protections for the Treaty of Waitangi and maintain the government's right to pass laws in the public interest, he said.....

Biggest intake of citizens and first time affirmation in Maori
Yesterday, the Queenstown Lakes welcomed 82 new citizens, the largest number in a single ceremony to date in the district, including two women who became the first in the resort to give their affirmation in Maori.

When she received her citizenship letter, the Queenstown Lakes District Council planner noted giving the affirmation in Maori was not an option, so asked if she could.

"I thought it would be cool to do it in Maori ... it felt right doing it in te reo.

"I asked and they said, ‘Yes, absolutely’."Miss Evans, a graphic designer for Colliers, has been here six years and completed the first two years of her te reo Maori study, doing so "to become part of New Zealand"......

Politicians and iwi leaders lambast Taxpayers' Union for 'ignorant' koha criticism
Politicians and iwi leaders are criticising the Taxpayers' Union for saying the government shouldn't give koha because it could be used to buy Māori support.

Giving koha is a Māori custom that has stood the test of time. It's a token of appreciation generally given to hosts of a hui or tangi.

These days, a guest might place an envelope with money in it on the marae ātea during the pōwhiri.

"That in and of itself sets a very dangerous precedent," Taxpayers' Union executive director Jordan Williams said.

"Literally giving cash to a minister, paid for by taxpayers, to hand over, is grossly inappropriate."

When Crown-Māori Relations Minister Kelvin Davis held 33 hui around the country to consult on the new agency, he gave koha to marae who hosted him, in addition to paying for venue hire and catering.

On average, he spent $2200 per hui in total, he said.....

Spelling mistakes in Māori words see New Plymouth District Council iwi committee 'fail' new policy
Basic spelling mistakes of Māori words have seen a policy guiding how New Plymouth's council will spend millions of dollars sent back to the drawing board.

Spelling mistakes, inaccuracies in the iwi history and a need for more specific statements were among the issues raised.

The errors included the word "waiata" spelled 'waitata', "tokomaru" spelled 'tomomaru' and "kaitake" spelled 'kaikate'.

Councillor John McLeod said the report needed to be in plain English and policy should also extend beyond the current term.

"It's a lot of, for lack of a better word, gobbledegook," he said.....

Indian teacher passionate about Māori education
An Indian teacher who tutors kids at Edukids early childhood centre is encouraging more teachers to practise Māori education. Judy Mathew has a true passion for te reo Māori.

“The Māori language is the mother tongue of NZ and I live here,” she says.

“I teach te reo to my tamariki through waiata. First of all when I come to the centre I greet everyone in te reo like 'mōrena', 'atamarie' to the children and the whānau.

Te reo Māori is part of the requirements for an early childhood teacher under ECE. At Edukids, they are encouraged to have more Māori education for their multi-cultural students......

$57mil facility to care for acute mental health patients
Counties Manukau Health opened stage one of the new Tiaho Mai Mental Health Unit at Middlemore Hospital today. Tiaho Mai is a residential unit for supporting people with mental health problems during crises and providing care for people from Ōtāhuhu to Mercer, including Kaiaua and Port Waikato.

The new unit is part of a world-leading 38 bed adult mental health inpatient facility.

Minister of Health David Clarke, who unveiled the new facility today says, "Everyone will be hopeful to see the changes that have been made, the lessons that have been learnt from tangata whaiora and from tangata whenua. The build of this facility incorporates Māori design and has been co-designed by people who have lived experience of mental health needs......

Māori Language Week's 'English sucks' ad ruled okay
An advert for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori which featured a man saying "English sucks" didn't breach standards because English doesn't need protection from ridicule, according to a new ruling.

The ASA says it received several complaints about the advert.

The ASA said mocking English was fine, as opposed to Chinese or Māori for example, because "English is the dominant language, it doesn't need protecting and therefore the Complaints Board agreed this level of teasing was acceptable". .....

Implementing tikanga Māori rehabilitation across all prisons
Minister of Corrections, Kelvin Davis is currently meeting with Northern iwi leaders to find solutions to the Māori prison population problem.

This comes on the back of only five of the countries 18 prisons offer Māori-focussed rehabilitation programmes for inmates, despite Māori over-representation in national incarceration rates.

Not the first of many conversations the Corrections Minister has been privy to - he's been looking for community input on how to improve Māori rehabilitation programmes in prisons.

"Māori rehabilitation programmes will be built upon in jails, however, I want to stop Māori from going to prison in the first place. However [sic] for those already incarcerated, there is an intention to give more kaupapa Māori," says Davis.

It is still unclear at this stage when the implentation of new tikanga Māori initiatives will be rolled out nationwide.....

Cell tower proposal for sacred Māori mountain in the Hokianga
Māori elders in the are determined to protect a sacred mountain in the Far North, identified as a potential site for a new cell tower.

Utakura in the Hokianga is a site earmarked under "tourism site priorities" for the Government's Mobile Black Spots Fund to increase mobile coverage around the country.

The maunga is home to a taniwha of the same name, Ruka-Tekorakora said, with ancestors also buried on the hill side.

"We are opposed to them using our mountain tops and proliferating them with things which do not belong," he said.

"We are really concerned about them putting a tower on top of our sacred taniwha and bones of our ancestors - it seems a shame......

A day to commemorate Māori land wars
The 28th of October has been chosen to commemorate the Māori land wars. However, discussions are currently taking place in Te Awamutu on whether the date is correct.

Minister of Māori Development Naniaia Mahuta wants to ensure the date that's been selected is suitable.

Northland representatives say the day marks the signing of the declaration of independence which is significant for the region.

Aperehama Edwards, chairman of Te Putake o te Riri in Northland says, “We do not want the declaration to be set aside. If this is to go forward the memory of what our ancestors signed will be forgotten.”.....

Significant Health Research Council grant for Waikato researcher
The Health Research Council has awarded Dr Rawiri Keenan 2019 Career Development Awards.

Dr Keenanis looking at cultural competency and equity in primary care and has the Foxley Fellowship worth $224,727.

The research proposal says cultural competence is a skill and attitude essential to effective communication and therefore effective quality care. This is especially true in primary care/ general practice.

All GP practices and staff in them have obligations for ongoing training and education in the areas of Cultural Competence and Treaty of Waitangi training. Additionally, all practices must have a Māori health plan......

Language still focus of broadcast policy
Broadcasting Minister Kris Faafoi says Māori radio and television along with other parts of public broadcasting have been underfunded and left to wither over the past decade.

But in the face of a challenge from Paakiwaha host Claudette Hauiti, he was unwilling to concede the crown has an obligation to fund Māori broadcasting for more than the promotion of Māori language and culture.

Māori Broadcasting Minister Nanaia Mahuta has also asked her Māori Development Ministry to review Māori broadcast needs....

Budget blowout: Extra $50,000 spent on Māori-Crown relations portfolio development
Newshub can reveal the cost of developing the Māori-Crown Relations portfolio blew out by more than $50,000.

Māori-Crown Relations Minister Kelvin Davis told Newshub he's disappointed.

"Anything over we're disappointed with. We take every step we can to reduce costs, it's unfortunate it was slightly over."

Mr Davis attended 33 'engagement hui' across the country between March and June 2018 at a cost of $282,591 - $51,380 more than originally budgeted.....

Examining Tairāwhiti voyaging philosophies
The list of recipients of the Health Research Council of New Zealand's 2019 Career Development Awards has been announced.

Among the successful recipients is Ngāhuia Mita of Te Aitanga-a-Mahaki, Ngāti Porou and Ngāti Hako.

"I'm thrilled to have received this award and to be able to support Te Tairāwhiti Voyaging Trust and the wider Te Tairawhiti community," Mita says.

She will receive over $140,000 which will help go towards her research titled Tairāwhiti Waka, Tairāwhiti tangata - Examining Tairāwhiti voyaging philosophies. It will look into the whakapapa of ancient waka Māori in Te Tairāwhiti.....

Room for Māori apprentices to step up
Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Auckland is looking for more than 650 rangatahi who want to join the region's booming trades industry.

The 650 scholarships include not only get free fees but one-on-one support from mentors to help them find the right job.

Applicants need to be aged 16 to 40 and of Māori or Pasifika heritage.....

Māori businesses raise cultural IP concerns in Singapore
Māori business community members have raised concerns about the protection of Māori cultural intellectual property rights with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in Singapore Friday.

Wakatū Incorporation board director Miriana Stephens says the government needs to step up- and fast.

“We heard the PM say today that NZ has taken a stand as a country around nuclear-free, around women’s rights, but what about customary rights?".....

Treaty deal backed but counter claims remain
A 71.7 per cent vote in favour of accepting a $93 million Treaty of Waitangi settlement has been hailed as “strong support” by Ngati Kahungunu’s Settlement Trust, but the deal remains a contentious issue with two groups pushing separate claims.

A voter turnout of 33.1 per cent of registered iwi members was a good response, trust chairman Robin Potangaroa said.

“I think if you asked the Crown, they would say it is a good turnout – it is usually in the low 20s for Treaty settlements.

“People are over it . . if Maori are happy, they don’t bother. If they are angry, they will turn up.”

The Ngati Kahungunu ki Wairarapa Tamaki Nui-a-Rua settlement is made up of the cash settlement and 9000ha of land......

Iwi-driven solutions to keep wāhine Māori out of prison
Māori women make up 62 percent of the inmates at Auckland Women's Prison and the number is rising. Many will re-offend and now there's a call for whānau, hāpu and iwi to increase initiatives to stop the tide of Māori women being locked up.

The country’s largest women’s prison says more jobs and better education are needed to keep women out of jail. The last two years have seen a steady increase in Māori women being incarcerated at Auckland Regional Women’s Prison Facility (ARWCF).

Half of female prisoners in Aotearoa suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and despite community rehabilitation programmes, many are likely to re-offend. It’s a worrying trend that prison officials and Māori advocates say requires more whānau, hapū and iwi-driven solutions......

Tūwharetoa strengthens ties with Kiingitanga
Ngāti Tūwharetoa invited iwi to strengthen ties with the Kiingitanga at Pūkawa Marae over the weekend.

Ariki Tumu Te Heuheu and his people of Ngāti Tūwharetoa hosted the Kiingitanga for two days at the marae situated to the southwest of Lake Taupō, to celebrate 160 years of the Māori King movement.

Jack Williams of Pūkawa Marae says, "The name of this event is called 'Hīnana ki uta Hīnana ki tai' which represents the bond between Ngāti Tūwharetoa and the Kiingitanga.".....

Protesters gather outside Fletcher AGM, voice concerns about Ihumātao
A group of 30 people are outside the Fletcher Building annual meeting in Auckland, protesting for Māori land rights at Ihumātao.

Chanting "save our land, take a stand" and "Māori rights are under attack, fight back" the group opposes a Fletcher housing plan at Mangere.....

Dearth of Māori rehab programmes in prisons questioned
Less than a third of the country's prisons provide intensive Māori-focused rehabilitation.

That's despite Māori making up more than half of the country's prison population.

Former prisoners were calling for more Māori content across the board in prison.....

Push to teach about Maori women who fought for vote
A relative of Meri Te Tai Mangakāhia, a pioneering Māori woman who was instrumental in the suffrage movement, is pushing to have her work taught in New Zealand schools.

Te Tai Mangakahia, who was from the Hokianga, fought for Māori women to be given the vote and be eligible to sit in Parliament. She was also the first woman to address Parliament in 1893......

Chch council supports free reo classes
The Christchurch City Council has teamed up with the popular Christchurch restaurant, Fush, to offer free te reo Māori classes at the Tūranga Central City Library.

The classes offer a supportive environment where anyone (beginner to expert) can go and learn basic te reo Māori conversational skills

Earlier this year, Fush owner Anton Mathews took matters into his own hands by starting free classes at his restaurant. He received a lot of interest and decided to to relocate to a bigger space before the classes eventually came to an end.....

Document reveals iwi's wishlist in Wanganui treaty settlement negotiations
Iwi's ambition to regain ownership of Whanganui land, including around the airport and Pākaitore, has been revealed.

A document presented to the Whanganui District Council by the Office of Treaty Settlements last month has been obtained by the Whanganui Chronicle and outlines what the Whanganui Land Settlement Negotiation Trust (WLSNT) hopes to get out of negotiations with the Crown.

The trust said iwi will negotiate for ownership - by return or purchase - of land around the airport, harbour and city endowment land, as well as Pākaitore, also known as Moutoa Gardens.

It also wants to discuss co-management with the Whanganui District Council of Pukenamu/Queens Park, Kokohuia Wetlands, Gonville Domain and Horrocks Park Reserve.

Some Crown-owned land around Kai Iwi Beach is also up for negotiation but exact sites and administration arrangements are to be confirmed.

Iwi negotiators have also asked to be involved in the protection of Lake Virginia, as well as Lakes Wiritoa, Kaitoke, Pauri and Westmere (Roko Mokia) alongside the council......

Hapū enters partnership with world-class cruise line
Bay of Islands hapū are entering a formal partnership with one of the world's largest cruise lines, Princess Cruises.

This comes as Northland hapū look to regain a firm grip on Māori economic activity in the region.

However, officials would not say the exact magnitude of the potential economic benefit for Bay of Islands-Taiamai hapū.

It's a partnership that could see Māori culture promoted on board numerous vessels around the world.......

Bringing gangs in from the cold
Official figures released in June show that gangs have recently had a resurgence in membership, forcing the government to add 700 more officers to the Organised Crime Squad.

Now, the country's leading academic says gangs could play a vital role in creating positive change.

The country's leading academic on gang culture says New Zealand's approach is outdated and a collaborative approach should be considered.

Gilbert says gangs may have a lot to offer....

Climate change consultation closed to Māori voices
Māori climate change commissioner Donna Awatere Huata says officials are failing to engage Māori on climate change.

She says Māori and other community leaders in rural New Zealand are concerned about the costs and impact of the proposed 2050 climate zero target.

"Māori will be hit first and hit hardest in climate change yet in civil defence we are nowhere there, it is just an all white shop. In regional councils that are dealing with climate change, there is no Māori voice. It just seems to be one big closed shop." Ms Awatere Huata says......

Māori partners in Tamariki Ora review
The Children’s Commissioner says the review of Well Child/Tamariki Ora is a chance to make the programme one of the best things done for kiwi kids.

He applauded the Ministry’s intention to partner with Maori on the review, and to also work with the Education Ministry and sector.......

Learn te reo Māori to improve your career chances
It’s well known that learning another language is good for your brain, but studying te reo Māori could also improve your chances of finding a job in a variety of industries. Upskilling online or in classes could help you find an exciting role in education, health, government, social services or, of course, the booming Māori economy.

The Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment estimates the Māori economy to be worth $40-$50 billion in 2018, and that figure is growing. Most iwi businesses are in agriculture, forestry or fisheries, but you could also find your dream job in the related legal, marketing, management and science fields, or in one of the many small-to-medium Māori enterprises.

Wherever you work, being familiar with tikanga Māori (Māori customs) will give you an advantage as many Māori businesses operate on the principles of puawaitanga (best outcomes), kaitiakitanga (guardianship) and purotu (responsibility and accountability). This may mean they work in different ways than mainstream companies.

Aotearoa New Zealand is unusual compared to the rest of the world in that most people speak only one language – English. But this is changing. Nearly a third of school students now learn a second language, more than double the number in 2000. And ninety-five percent of all primary and intermediate school students now learn some te reo Māori......

Maori Council partners with Massey research hub
The New Zealand Maori Council has announced a strategic research partnership with Massey University and its Centre for Culture-Centred Approach to Research and Evaluation (CARE).

The partnership will see the joint development and co-design of evaluation frameworks around key areas of social policy. It will also lead to the development of an evidence base to support the council when it comes to challenges facing Maori, whanau and communities across New Zealand.

"This waka is moving forward and we invite Massey staff with shared research interests to jump on board with us," he says......

Māori housing groups to trial home-ownership initiative
Chief Executive Michelle Hippolite has announced they will work with the five rōpū to co-design home ownership trials under the $9mil Te Ara Mauwhare initiative.

“It’s critical that we try other ways of getting more Māori into home ownership," says Hippolite, "Only 43 percent of Māori own a home compared to 63 per cent of the general population.”

Among the rōpū to co-design the trials with the support of TPK capital seed grant funding are Te Tihi o Ruahine Whānau Ora Alliance in Palmerston North, and Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga in the Hawkes Bay.
Te Tihi o Ruahine Whānau Ora Alliance are trialing a rent-to-own arrangement where whānau will accumulate sufficient capital to buy their homes outright.....

Iwi industrial hemp production deal could create 150 jobs
A Dannevirke-based iwi plans to go into industrial hemp production in a joint venture which could create more than 150 jobs.

After signing a deal with a Chinese processor, the iwi plans include building a processing factory in the Tararua region.

Ngāti Kahungunu ki Tāmaki nui-a-Rua Trust has just announced its partnership with international hemp food production company Jinzhou Qiaopai Biotech.....

Serco prison officer's refusal to take off shoes at marae 'disrespectful'
The refusal of a Serco prison officer to take his shoes off at a marae, for the tangi of a prominent New Zealand musician, has been labelled disrespectful and rude.

"I advised them when you go in you have to take your shoes off, you're going into a marae. They just kind of nodded their heads like they understood what I was saying, then the guy that was handcuffed to Justin just decided to carry on walking in with his shoes on.

"We found that quite disrespectful and quite rude.".....

Lake Wairarapa iwi votes for clean start
A majority of Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa Tamaki Nui a-Rua iwi members have voted in favour of a proposed $93 million settlement that gives them back the bed of Lake Wairarapa.

There was just over 71 percent support for both the settlement and for buying two Landcorp farms - Wairio Station beside the lake and Rangedale Station near Eketahuna.

"There are papakainga on those properties because it is a mixture of properties, it's not one farm, and we have in our settlement an outcome that will be called the Wairarapa Moana Statutory Board and with that we hope to give due effect to the cleaning of Lake Wairarapa and owning farmland right next to the lake will give us good skin in the game," Mr Potangaroa says.

The iwi is likely to buy the farms under a joint venture or partnership model to make its settlement funds go further...

Iwi could become landlords - then owners - of 900 Porirua state homes
Nine hundred Porirua state houses could be managed by Ngāti Toa for at least the next 25 years.

Residents in the city's western suburbs have been told the iwi could become their landlords next year as part of the recently-announced plan to rejuvenate housing in the city.

The plan had not been confirmed but would not change tenants' rents or lease conditions and the properties would continue to house people on the housing register, a Housing NZ spokesman said.....

Concerns raised about overseas teachers' cultural responsiveness
Principals are concerned overseas teachers being brought in to plug shortages won't know enough about the Māori and Pasifika cultures of many students.

The proportion of Māori and Pasifika students was growing, particularly in Auckland. "We want teachers who are going to be culturally responsive to that," Dykes told Radio New Zealand on Thursday.

New Zealand Māori Council Auckland district chair Matthew Tukaki also raised concerns about the cultural awareness of the overseas teachers.

"How is it these people are culturally competent to be in our schools and teaching our children with no context of who we are as a nation, the languages we speak, our culture and, what it is to be Maori? Other than a two week course," Tukaki said.....

Māori enterprise - awakening the taniwha
Bringing Māori values into the business world seems to be a winning formula.

The Māori economy is believed to be worth up to fifty billion dollars. Six billion of that is iwi-owned post treaty settlement assets. The rest is from small to medium sized Maori businesses and a flair for entrepreneurship.

Businesses range from traditional activities such as farming, foresty and fishing to health care and new high tech initiatives.

However, the businesses often have one thing in common, Māori values at the core of their business practice......

NZ govt must action UN recommendations
Academics from around the world have gathered at the eighth Ngā Pae o Te Māramatanga educational conference to discuss indigenous futures.

They say while NZ remains a beacon of hope for other native nations, more has to be done at a government level to support global indigenous communities.

Although some are of the view that New Zealand is ahead on indigenous matters, according to Sir Tipene O'Regan we're behind Canada when it comes to constitutional issues and he says we shouldn't be proud of where we're at.

“It’s not good for Māori here in New Zealand to be boastful or arrogant, there’s a lot more work to be done yet.”.....

Waitangi Tribunal will hear Ngāi Te Rangi grievance
The Waitangi Tribunal has agreed to hear the Ngāi Te Rangi's claims against the Crown over the controversial Pare Hauraki Collective settlement signed in August.

Ngāi Te Rangi Settlement Trust chairman Charlie Tawhiao said the iwi received a letter on Friday confirming the tribunal would hear an urgent claim against the Crown submitted by the iwi in March 2017.....

Local iwi takes blame for $160k tree planting botch-up
The local iwi have taken responsibility after about 400,000 seedlings bought by the government to plant in Northland went to waste after the land was too wild to plant on.

"What the taxpayer and the government can be assured of is that the total number of hectares over the years will be planted as planned.

"It's just that we made a little bit of a blue in 2018 in being over zealous in our planning."

Mr Tipene said it's not the end of the world because the land will still be there next year and it will be ready to be planted - albeit it later than the government hoped for.

Forestry Minister Shane Jones said the cost to the taxpayer was about $160,000....

Ban put on non-iwi harvesting from Lake Taupō
With the summer fast approaching a ban has been put in place for non-Tūwharetoa people harvesting some species from Lake Taupō.

During the summer months, people of Ngati Tūwharetoa harvest smelt, kōura (freshwater crayfish) and other indigenous fish from Taupō waters – but that right is exclusively given to people of the iwi.

The season started on November 1 and Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board (TMTB) chief executive, Topia Rameka, said Ngati Tūwharetoa whanau will be active in the waterways harvesting smelt until the closure of the season on February 28, 2019.....

New govt unit announced for Māori housing
Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford has announced a dedicated Māori Housing Unit will be established to focus on housing for Māori.

Twyford also announced at the National Māori Housing Conference that the unit will be headed by newly appointed Associate Minister of Housing and Urban Development (Māori Housing), Nanaia Mahuta.......

Ngāti Whakaue Assets Trust achieves 'huge financial milestone' for iwi distributions
Ngāti Whakaue Assets Trust, headquartered in Rotorua, has exceeded its own financial goal and grown its asset base to $20.13 million, allowing it to distribute $500,000 to beneficiaries in the coming financial year.

Trust chairwoman Katie Paul said the goal was to exceed the $20m asset base mark, which was achieved, earning a $2m profit that will be distributed to tribal members.

"We have now proudly doubled our modest base of $9.2m in 2009 to an asset base of $20.13m.

In 2009 the trust was given a $9.2m Kaingaroa Forest settlement fund to invest for the collective benefit of Ngāti Whakaue.....

Councils invest in te reo Maori classes
Councils in Canterbury are spending thousands of dollars to teach their staff and elected representatives Te Reo Maori.

Environment Canterbury leads the way with fortnightly classes running since March
last year. The regional council spent $53,425 on Te Reo

Currently 127 staff and councillors are currently taking part in the programme, ECan said. 203 staff and councillors have taken part since the beginning

Said an ECan spokeswoman: “Prior to 2017, the majority of staff and governance had little or no experience of Te Reo Maori, or understanding of matauranga Maori/Maori knowledge, and the value this brings to our work as kaitiaki/stewards of the environment.”.......

Major funding boost for Māori community repairs
The Minister of Māori Development, Hon Nanaia Mahuta has just announced 24 community-led housing repair projects will receive funding from the Māori Housing Network, totalling $5.8 million.

The announcement was made at the National Māori Housing Conference 2018 today in the Waikato.

Amongst those to receive funding are: Korimiti Consultancy Limited $966,316 for repairs to 21 whānau homes in the South Canterbury area and assessments to 10 whānau homes for repairs, as well running home maintenance planning workshops; and Kia ora Ngātiwai Trust $350,000 to extend their current repairs programme to add 10 more whānau homes and provide whānau training in home repairs and maintenance.

Other projects include Habitat for Humanity Auckland $284,500 to assess and repair 15 whānau homes in Auckland and run six DIY workshops; and Te Hauora o Tūranganui-ā-Kiwa $300,000 to assess and repair 15 whānau homes in urban and rural Gisborne and run eight home repairs workshops covering basic carpentry, plumbing, plastering, electrical and painting......

Iwitanga stronger than hapū for many Ngāpuhi
Ngāpuhi chair Sonny Tau says the people have had enough with arguing and want the chance to move their settlement forward.

Sonny Tau says the debate over Ngāpuhi sovereignty and He Wakaputanga the 1835 Declaration of Independence can be set aside for later, because the claim is about making the crown accountable for its breaches of the Treaty of Waitangi.....

Maori targeting social policy change
New Zealand Maori Council has today announced a strategic research partnership with Massey University and its Centre for Culture-Centred Approach to Research and Evaluation (CARE). The partnership will see the joint development and co-design of evaluation frameworks around key areas of social policy and developing the evidence base to support Council when it comes to challenges facing Maori, Whanau and Communities across the nation.

Sir Taihakurei Durie has welcomed the partnership as a new era in Maori Council direction as it plots its course around social and economic policy leadership and development:....

Bicultural perspectives and teaching tamariki te reo Māori
Waverley Kindergarten is focusing on including bicultural perspectives in their practice to better teach tamariki and whānau the taonga of te reo Māori.....

Oranga Tamariki team up with Ngāi Tahu
Grant Bennett of Ngāi Tahu is the new Chief Social Worker for Oranga Tamariki.

Bennet has had more than 20 years’ experience in youth justice and child protection as well as holding a number of senior leadership roles.

Bennett had his official welcome ceremony where he was handed over to Oranga Tamariki by his iwi of Ngāi Tahu.

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu will also sign their strategic partnership agreement with Oranga Tamariki.

The agreement will see partners working together to achieve enduring outcomes for Ngāi Tahu tamariki, rangatahi and whānau......

Māori media: Where are our Māori print journalists?
Nanaia Mahuta, as the Minister of Māori Development, has set in motion a review of the Māori media. The review, called “Māori Media Sector Shift”, is being led by Te Puni Kokiri.

Nanaia’s move brings an opportunity to analyse the achievements and blunders over the last 30 or so years — and to come up with practical plans to see that the Māori voices in the media become much stronger, more comprehensible, more influential, and more accessible......

Law society surprised by resistance to use of te reo in court 
The Māori Law Society is surprised to hear about the use of te reo Māori being questioned at the High Court. 

Justice Timothy Brewer queried a crown law officer after she delivered her introduction in te reo Māori. 

The Māori Law Society co-president Glenn Tootill said it was not unusual for te reo Māori to be used during introductions. 

"In this particular situation she had actually given a explanation of what she had given in te reo Māori." 

He understood it was a bit of different when entire submissions were given in te reo Māori. 

"As with the situation here it was a brief introduction so it was a bit surprising to read some of the comments of the judge." 

The Māori Language Act guarantees the right to speak te reo Māori in legal proceedings...... 

Te reo in court is important, says Waitangi Tribunal lawyer
A lawyer who won the right to have witnesses cross-examined in te reo Māori at the Waitangi Tribunal says she's surprised a judge queried the use of the language in the High Court.

Lawyer Karen Feint made the comments after Stuff reported High Court Justice Timothy Brewer told a lawyer she had to give three days noticebefore speaking in te reo Māori.

"It seems unusual for the judge to respond in that way," Feint said.

It was important to have te reo Māori spoken in courts, she said.....

Decision allows development near sacred Māori site
Opponents of a massive housing development set to be built alongside historically significant land in Auckland say they will do whatever it takes to stop it going ahead.

The Environment Court yesterday released its decision, which declined to overturn the permission granted to Fletcher Building to put up 480 houses next to the Ihumātao and Ōtuataua Stonefields Historic Reserve in Mangere.

Pania Newton and about 15 others from the group Save Our Unique Landscape, or SOUL, have set up a fully-functioning village at the site and have been living there for the past two years - sleeping in caravans, sheds, tents and even an empty boat.

She was not deterred by the Environment Court's decision giving the green light for the housing development to be built, and said she would go to any lengths to stop it.

"We've always maintained that we are peaceful, passive and respectful but if it comes to it we are prepared to stand in front of bulldozers to prevent them from coming onto this land.....

Plan to boost Maori academic staff numbers
Boosting Maori academic staff numbers at the University of Otago will be looked at with urgency in the coming months, one of the leaders of a network set up to support them says.

The university has said it supports population parity for Maori academic and professional staff.....

Rotorua to benefit from proposed child equity programme
The programme, which will be led by the Rotorua Lakes Council, will work with school communities, local iwi, government agencies along with philanthropic and private sector groups to co-design a programme intended to ensure that all local tamariki have access to activities and facilities.

Māori are disproportionately affected by issues relating to poverty and, according to studies, three out of five tamariki living in poverty stay there for life.

Mayor of Rotorua Steve Chadwick says, “We want Rotorua to be a place for everyone but that’s not currently the case for all in our community and we need to address the barriers to full participation that exist for our most vulnerable.”.....

Rātana Church issues stern warning to Jacinda Ardern's Government
Jacinda Ardern and her Māori MPs have been given a stern warning from followers of the politically influential Rātana Church: do not take our support for granted.

Some Rātana followers are worried Labour is taking advantage of the church's political support.

"After we've aligned to them in their good favour, they then drop us like a hot pancake," one woman told Newshub.

There was also criticism the Māori caucus isn't doing enough to justify the seven Māori seats it won at the last election.

But there's been an almost total lack of targeted funding for Māori under this Government......

High Court judge asks if interpreter needed following lawyer's comments in te reo
A High Court judge asked a lawyer if she wanted an interpreter, after she introduced herself to the court in te reo Māori.

Under the Māori Language Act, lawyers, Judges and witnesses have the right to speak Māori in the country's courts.

Justice Timothy Brewer told Crown Law lawyer Zannah Johnston that she had the right to speak Māori in court but the rules required her to give three days notice.

"But more importantly, forgetting about the rules, I don't speak Māori. That is my shame, but I do not speak Māori, and I cannot have counsel speaking in my court if I don't know what they are saying, the public doesn't know what they are saying and other counsel don't know what they are saying," Justice Brewer said at the hearing on Tuesday......

Researchers secure Marsden funding for Whānau Ora project
Dr Aroha Harris of the University of Auckland and Dr Melissa Williams, an independent researcher and University alumni, have won $622,000 in Marsden funding for their project that looks at Māori families and the struggle for whānau wellbeing across the twentieth century.

Drs Harris and Williams say, “National histories identify twentieth century Māori poverty, abuse, and tribal breakdown as the outcomes of colonisation.”

They also say, “Throughout the twentieth century Māori families experienced high levels of state intervention, disempowerment, and estrangement.”.....

A 5G network is coming and Māori deserve a share
A 1999 Waitangi Tribunal report said Māori have rights to the radio spectrum, what we know as the 2G, 3G and 4G mobile networks. The Crown disagreed. Now, 20 years on from the original claim, the government has the opportunity to right past wrongs when it makes its 5G allocation.....

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announces $3m investment at Rātana centenary
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has pledged about $3 million towards housing infrastructure for the Rātana Pā community.

The Rātana community is one of the largest Māori religious movements in New Zealand and Thursday marks 100 years since prophet Tahupōtiki Wiremu Rātana was said to have a vision that began the movement.

Thousands of followers from all over New Zealand are gathering at Rātana for the centenary celebrations.

The last time Ardern was here, during her first visit to the pā as Prime Minister, was in February when she was bestowed a range of gifts, including a name for her unborn baby.....

Our racist education system
A new report has found New Zealand has one of the least equal education systemsin the rich world, with Māori children lagging behind Pākehā.

Further analysis of the report found Māori students falling significantly behind on every measure of educational outcome including secondary school retention rate, school leavers achieving NCEA Level 2, and rate of youth in education, employment or training.

But those who attend Māori immersion schools do much better at reading, and achieve much higher in NCEA and at university or in employment.....

UK high commissioner in New Zealand Laura Clarke to learn te reo
The British high commissioner in New Zealand is set to learn te reo Māori after witnessing the increasing integration of the language and culture.

High commissioner Laura Clarke was posted to Wellington in January after studying New Zealand's indigenous language and culture in London, the Guardian reports. She says New Zealand's increasing use of teo reo make learning it a "non-negotiable" requirement.

"I have been travelling to New Zealand for a long time now [and] over the past few years there has been a massive change in terms of the resurgence of te reo," Ms Clarke told the Guardian.....

Dr Rachel Buchanan: 'The shame of Parihaka is so great it can never end'
One hundred and thirty-seven years ago, on 5 November 1881, a Māori settlement in the small Taranaki township of Parihaka was ransacked by colonial troops.

Dr Rachel Buchanan (Taranaki, Te Atiawa) has written a history of the Parihaka people woven into her own family story – Ko Taranaki te Maunga......

New Zealand electrical code of practice homeowner - WorkSafe
From a Maori perspective, the term “earth” or Papatuanuku translates as Earth Mother – the source of all energy. When aligning this concept to the flow of electricity, a useful parallel can be made to the 3-pin plug.
Electricity Maori

Active (phase) Spiritual element, active, tapu

Neutral Physical element, neutral, noa

Earth Mauri or life force derived from Papatuanuku or Earth Mother

For the purposes of regulation 17(2)(n), for payment or reward also means koha.

Fletcher Building takes on Māori and Pacific Island values
Fletcher Building, the biggest construction firm in New Zealand is training young employees in Māori and Pacific Island values.

Sixteen employees graduated from the company’s learning and development programme at Mataatua Marae in Tāmaki Makaurau today.

While the course is designed to support young employees of all ethnicities, it is the only corporate development programme founded in Māori and Pacific values.... 

Māori culture a priority in new tourism strategy
The $80mil forecast to come from the international tourist tax will be split 50/50 between tourism and conservation. The announcement came at the release of a new draft government strategy to handle tourist numbers while protecting the environment.

Key priority areas include the impacts of climate change, encouraging responsible camping and supporting the development of authentic Māori visitor experiences.....

Cave myth contradicted
A widely believed urban myth surrounding Maori prisoners and a Dunedin cave has been contradicted by recent research.

Toitu Otago Settlers Museum curator Sean Brosnahan has spent the past four years researching the story of Taranaki Maori prisoners being held captive in a cave in Shore St between 1869 and 1881.

No evidence was found to support the cave story and instead some evidence suggested the structure was not even built until the early 20th century, Mr Brosnahan said.

His full research was made public for the first time at a lecture at Toitu on Sunday. 
"It might not be the final say on the matter but it's certainly more substantial than has been amassed in the past.''

The way the prisoners were guarded, documents from the time they spent in the Dunedin prison and information about who owned the land at the time all pointed towards the story being false, he said......

Māori King and Corrections to build centre for mothers
The Māori King and the Department of Corrections will build a facility for mothers to reunite with their children who were taken by the state.

The department's general manager cultural capability Neil Campbell said the Kiingitanga will share a section of land with Corrections to build a reintegration centre in Waikato.

"The plan is that we work with the Kiingitanga to establish a reintegration centre that allows mothers that have been separated from their children, and their children are now in care, to be reunited as part of the reintegration," he said.

"Not only do we get to work with mothers and their young children, but we get to work with those children as well.".....

Māori voices needed to counter Brash bluster
Te Tai Tonga MP Rino Tirikatene wants Māori to make submissions on his bill to entrench Māori seats to counteract a concerted campaign by the Hobson's Pledge lobby.

The bill would mean any changes to Māori seats would need the support of 75 percent of MPs, which is the same standard required for other constitutional changes.

It was sent to a select committee with submissions closing on December 14.

Mr Tirikatene says there has already been a flood of submissions co-ordinated by former Natioanl Party leader Don Brash's Hobson's Pledge Group, which this year blocked any local councils from creating Māori wards.

Rino Tirikatene says that's why Māori need to speak up about the need for a guaranteed Māori voice in parliament.

"It's important we present our views in a very tika and pono way. This is about Māori representation. It's about an expression of the treaty partnership, that we must have that within our house of parliament, and our Māori seats have been around for 150 years. It's important we secure them for our future generations," he says.....

·Westpac NZ has also worked with Bay of Plenty iwi, Ngā Potiki,
to establish a shared equity scheme that will help 40 iwi members realise their dreams of home ownership.....

Iwi say Matamata metal works extension will 'breach Treaty rights'
A metal works' company seeking consent to extend their operation onto a sacred burial site is facing opposition from local iwi.

Matamata Metal Supplies has lodged an application for six replacement, and one new resource consent, to authorise the continuation of quarry activities at their site in Okauia.

The new application asks Waikato Regional Council for consent to establish an expansion of the quarry, with Metal Supplies to obtain some additional areas for mineral extraction.

The expansion will result in the use of two new "overburden areas" - but spokespeople from the Ngā Hapū o Ngāti Hinerangi Trust says doing so would "cause severe harm and detriment to sacred burial caves, maunga and Mangapiko awa".....

Rupapera hopes to maintain traditional teachers for others
At Te Rangihakahaka School in Rotorua, it was the first-hand life experience they were taught in the presentation from Rupapera.

“There is nothing better than our traditional Māori knowledge of our ancestors,” she says.

In May this year, 12 sperm whales were found dead on Kaupokonui Beach in Taranaki, that’s when Rupapera began learning traditional methods of dealing with dead whales.

“I’m new in relation to these teachings but once I was exposed to the knowledge it has made be very fortunate and blessed,” she explains......

Iwi signs MOU for pest-free Banks Peninsula
The iwi along with Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust, Department of Conservation, Christchurch City Council, Environment Canterbury said they’d work together to remove pests from the 115,000-hectare peninsula.

Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage says, “This is a significant step towards the vision of a pest-free Banks Peninsula and builds on decades of community-driven ecological restoration work.”...

Māori wellbeing for all
At one level Māori seek the same outcomes as all other New Zealanders - access to adequate food, good housing, educational attainment and adequate health care, preservation of the natural environment, and connection to community and culture. However, on another more significant level, Māori wellbeing is not the same as that for non-Māori. Māori wellbeing is based on our status as tangata whenua – in order to succeed we must succeed as Māori.....

Chief Crown Negotiator accused of acting in bad faith
Rick Barker is in charge of negotiating and concluding settlements on behalf of the Crown.

But one iwi - which is nearing the final stage of its Treaty settlement - has made a formal complaint against him to the Treaty Negotiations Minister, Andrew Little.

Auckland Hauraki iwi Ngāti Pāoa is frustrated at the way he has handled its settlement.

The iwi, which has interests in Auckland and around 3500 members, has initialled its individual iwi settlement with the Crown, but is concerned assets it believes should be included in the redress have been left out.

That includes a 2000 acre farm on Waiheke Island.....

Campaign calls for tourists to respect Māori culture
Seven New Zealand organisations have joined forces to educate tourists on how to behave when visiting.

An initiative has been created called Te Aki - Care for New Zealand, which aims to encourage international and domestic travellers to act as guardians of Aotearoa.

Chief executive of Tourism Industry Aotearoa, Chris Roberts, spoke to The AM Show on Friday about the new initiative....

Māori children more exposed to alcohol marketing
Co-author Professor Louise Signal says the higher rates of exposure to alcohol marketing for Māori children demonstrates that the government is not meeting its obligations to Māori under the Treaty of Waitangi.

"Particularly as Māori are 1.5 times more likely to be hazardous drinkers than non-Māori."

The research involved children wearing cameras and GPS devices to examine their world.

Lead researcher Tim Chambers says the findings are a “real concern”.....

Principal warns of pressure on Māori-medium teachers
As primary teachers look to take rolling strike action across the country this month, a principal of a South Auckland wharekura says the pressures experienced by Māori medium schools are 'four times' worse than their mainstream counterparts.

According to Maahia Nathan, principal and teacher at Te Wharekura o Manurewa, teaching NCEA maths is a very difficult task.

“Although mainstream primary and secondary schools are faced with huge pressures,” says Nathan, “for me, those pressures are up to four times worse for Māori-medium primary and secondary schools.”

The shortage of reo Māori teachers is a major concern.

In the last three years there has been a decline in applicants hoping to teach in Māori-medium schools, often due to huge workloads and low pay......

True partnership between iwi and Crown needed
One key focus will be the partnership between iwi and the Crown. We plan on developing a Treaty Partnership Framework to discuss with the Crown. Another key focus will be freshwater management and ownership. This will be our first formal discussion with the Crown since its announcement of the Kahui Maori Wai group in August.

Even as our asset base continues to grow, we remain conscious of the fact that money is not enough to address the negative outcomes caused by the dispossession of our lands and resources, which stripped us of the ability to care for our own.

FOMA welcomes CPTPP sign-off
The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) has been signed off with the first round of tariff cuts due December 30.

In its early stages the then-named Trans-Pacific Partnership was mired in protest and controversy with many Māori commentators saying it failed to meet Treaty of Waitangi obligations.

Parker is confident the CPTPP protects Māori interests. The Federation of Māori Authorities (FOMA) has welcomed the reworked deal.

FOMA Chairwoman Traci Houpapa says "It immediately reduces and removes trade barriers and tariffs for Māori and all of NZ exporters. That has an immediate and direct impact on our local and regional economies and direct benefits for Aotearoa."

Despite the go-ahead, concerns remain for some businesses over whether the government's intellectual property laws could be updated in time to protect Māori intellectual property on the global stage.

Houpapa says, "It's an ongoing conversation that we have. FOMA sits at the table with the prime minister and cabinet on trade matters and we will continue these conversations."...

Identifying Māori approaches to reducing violence
University of Waikato researchers are undertaking the first national survey to establish the extent of family and sexual violence for Māori.

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has awarded over $2 million dollars in funding to the Waka Eke Noa. The research project is being led by Associate Professor Leonie Pihama, Director of Te Kotahi Research Institute.

A lot of the work is imported from Britain or colonial America, when we have a really different context here.....

Māori scholars world leaders
University of Auckland professors Linda Waimarie Nikora and Merryn Tawhai and Angus Macfarlane from the University of Canterbury are among 20 new fellows elected to the Academy of the Royal Society Te Apārangi.

Another new fellow is University of Auckland law professor David Williams, who is recognised nationally and internationally for his originality of thinking in the areas of constitutional law, colonial legal history and the Treaty of Waitangi.....

Warden money swallowed into admin
The New Zealand Māori Council is challengingt the way Te Puni Kōkiri administers Māori wardens.

A report by Mr Tukaki based on answers to official Information Act requests says in the 2015-16 financial year Te Puni Kokiri got $1.6 million to manage its wardens project, and paid itself almost half the money for administration and staff costs.

The following year the budget was cut to $1 million, with almost $600,000 spent on admin and $330,000 on project staff.....

Financial Authority embraces reo
The Financial Markets Authority says companies who offer investments can now publish product disclosure statements in both te reo Māori and English.

The accuracy of the translation must be confirmed to the FMA by a translator certified by Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori.

The authority doesn’t usually allow statements in more than one language because of prescribed length limits, General counsel Nick Kynoch says the exemption promotes the confident and informed participation of investors in financial markets who are more engaged and have a better understanding when information is provided in both te reo Māori and English......

MOE sells land without Māori consultation
Frustration is building in Whangārei over the sale of land marked for educational purposes which was sold to Housing New Zealand (HNZ).

Hapū member Mita Norris says, "No one took into consideration that it's land confiscated from Māori."

Local MP Shane Reti says, "The community has been angry right from scratch, solely because, in my opinion, this has been underhanded dealings between Housing New Zealand and the Ministry of Education."

Reti says a new HNZ project in Whangārei has denied the rights of hapū to have a say in the process.

Local hapū Te Parawhau say the land was acquired under the public works act in the 1960s.

In a statement to Te Kāea, Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) said the property was exempt from a requirement to offer it back to former owners or their successors."....

New research highlights benefits of waka ama
Researchers at Massey University have studied the benefits of waka ama and have proven that the fast-growing sport is a major vehicle for indigenous health promotion.

As part of new research from the College of Health, 16 members of a waka ama rōpu were interviewed about the social, cultural and health benefits of the sport.

Researchers Dr Christina Severinsen and Angelique Reweti of Ngāpuhi say, through a framework of Māori values and beliefs, waka ama improves the health of individual paddlers, their whānau and communities.

"It's unique as a sport because, as well as the physical benefits for paddlers, it also has a strong tikanga connecting paddlers to each other through whanaungatanga and manaakitanga,” says Severinsen.......

Ngāi Tahu Farming replaces forestry with 14,000 cows at Eyrewell
Ngāi Tahu Farming will milk 14,000 dairy cows just north of Christchurch, once the remainder of Eyrewell Forest is felled.

However, the South Island iwi-owned business has abandoned plans to convert some of Balmoral Forest in North Canterbury to dairy, after failing to get the required nutrient and water consents, instead focusing on beef grazing and possibly orchards.

Ngāi Tahu Farming (NTF) manages more than 100,000 hectares of farm and forestry land in the South Island. Its asset value had lifted from $110 million in 2010 to $440m now as properties were developed.

Chief executive Andrew Priest said its 6757ha Te Whenua Hou dairy development, north of the Waimakariri River, would continue as trees were cleared from Eyrewell Forest......

Working to put things right: Settling Treaty of Waitangi claims
For many years, Parliament has been working with successive governments to improve Crown–Māori relations by putting Treaty of Waitangi settlements into law. 
Parliament is known for its combative debates across the floor of the Debating Chamber. But when it comes to settling a Treaty of Waitangi claim, Parliament generally sets differences aside and votes unitedly to improve Crown–Māori relations.

The third reading of a Treaty settlement bill often takes place in a festive atmosphere, making it a highlight in the parliamentary calendar.

At two points in the bill’s progress, there’s a chance for claimant groups, stakeholders, and interested members of the public to be involved:

**  At the select committee stage, the Māori Affairs Committee normally invites people to make a submission about the bill. It holds public hearings to listen to submitters’ views in person. The committee then reports back to Parliament with any recommendations for amending the legislation.

**  The third reading is when Parliament officially passes the legislation. It’s an important, historic event, and members of the claimant group and the public can go to Parliament to watch this happen.

Arrangements can be made to reserve seats in Parliament’s public gallery, and to sing waiata at the end of the third reading (you’ll need to contact the Speaker’s Office).....

Call for attention to "Māori positive ageing" as numbers set to climb
There is a call for attention to focus on "Māori positive ageing" as the number of older Māori is set to double over a short period with higher rates of disability and dependence than the general population.

In the next 20 years, the number of Māori aged 65-plus is expected to more than double from approximately 48,500 to 126,000 people. Māori currently make up 6 per cent of those aged 65-plus, but this is projected to increase to 10 per cent of people in this age group....

Ngai Tahu, QLDC work on hub plan
Queenstown's council will partner with Ngai Tahu to explore options for a community hub in the resort’s CBD.

In a statement, the Queenstown Lakes District Council confirmed councillors "approved entry into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Ngai Tahu Property to explore development options" for a site on Stanley and Ballarat streets, during a public-excluded section of Thursday’s full council meeting.

According to the statement, Ngai Tahu Iwi has a strong interest in the cultural, commercial and creative possibilities for the site, which has been "largely underutilised" since the 1970s.....

Ngāpuhi vote soon on model for biggest ever treaty settlement
Ngāpuhi people will soon vote on a new negotiation model that could finally get the largest iwi settlement in history over the line.

The new model would see the Crown negotiating cultural redress for Treaty of Waitangi breaches with six regional hapū groupings, or taiwhenua.

But the commercial redress would be negotiated by one group and held by a single post-settlement entity.

The support of 65 percent of hapū and 75 percent of Ngāpuhi voters would be needed for the model, before the iwi can move into negotiations....

Paradise lost? Hicks Bay hapu opposes Ngāti Porou port plans for forestry
Hicks Bay's greatest export for many years has been its youth, heading out of the picturesque East Cape backwater to look for work.

So the rejection of a Ngāti Porou plan for a feasibility study on establishing a port to export logs is, at first glance, confounding.

The iwi has applied to the government's Provincial Growth Fund to pay for a study into the costs, benefits and opportunities of building a port at Hicks Bay....

New design for kapa haka
Waimate High School is proud to embrace its cultural roots.

Earlier this month, the school held a special assembly to celebrate the gift of a Maori design which had been created for a kapa haka uniform.

“Culturally this is very important, because it is about being proud of who we are and the place we represent,” she said.

“Our links with the natural resources of our area are central to determining who we are as a people and how we interact with the land, the water, the sky.”....

Māori Party vehicle for young activists
Māori Party co-vice president wahine Kaapua Smith says this weekend’s annual meeting is a milestone for the party.

The hui a tau at Auckland’s Te Puea Marae will consider proposals for organisational change developed over the past year in response to the part’s electoral defeat.

It will also look at the sort of policies and candidates it needs to take into the next election.......

Hobson's Pledge receives apology: 'We are not racist and we are not anti-Māori'
Auckland University has apologised for publishing an article that described the lobby group Hobson's Pledge as "a racist and militantly anti-Māori group".

Former National Party leader Don Brash is the spokesperson for Hobson's Pledge. He said after reading the article, he asked the university to retract the statement about the group.

"Hobson's Pledge was described as racist and militantly anti-Māori and that is an absolute nonsense. We are not racist and we are not anti-Māori. The co-spokesperson for Hobson's Pledge is herself Māori, we are in no sense anti-Māori and in no sense racist," said Dr Brash.

Dr Brash said he was satisfied with the university's apology.

He said the Hobson's Pledge group lobbies for the same political rights for everybody.....

One Year On: Māori remain optimistic under coalition government
What's happening with Whānau Ora, Crown-Māori relations and Treaty Settlements?

In the past year, there has been a greater growth of Māori in paid employment than non-Māori, and Māori are taking home an extra $9 a week ... but that is still far short of the total average increase of $50 a week.

While it may not be targeted specifically at Māori, the increase in benefits through the Families Package is helping many lower to middle income whānau.

About 18,000 Māori families a year will receive the Best Start Payment for newborns, and about 138,000 Māori have received Winter Energy Payments....

SPCA launches unique book in te reo Māori
The SPCA has launched its first te reo Māori animal storybook with the aim of helping children understand the value of animal welfare. Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Otara was one of the first schools to receive free copies.

There are twelve different stories based on rescued animals.

Principal Marama Hune says, “When I saw the front cover I was in awe and wanted to know more about its content because the reo Māori is fantastic.”

Over 25,000 copies of the books are being distributed to schools. 

'Kiri' - Vodafone's new in-store virtual assistant
Vodafone has a new virtual helper coming to stores near you and she's Māori. Her name's Kiri.

In September, the company announced it will be the first global telco to launch an Intelligent Digital Human to help answer customer queries in-store.

Today, Vodafone revealed her identity and Māori name, Kiri.....

Te Arawa actress takes up new role under Rotorua Lakes Council
Actor Cian Elyse White (Te Arawa, Ngāti Pikiao) is taking up a new role as Performing Arts Director at Rotorua Lakes Council.

Born and bred in Rotorua, White has spent more than a decade on the stage and screen.

White is well-known for raising awareness around social issues and promoting te reo Māori me ōna tikanga throughout her productions.....

'It's theft': Government faces decade in court over Māori water rights
The Government could face a decade-long battle over Māori rights to freshwater, a conflict with potential to become as difficult as the controversial Foreshore and Seabed Act.

Some legal minds are saying Māori are entitled to ownership of water - including the right to restrict others' use, and to compensation for unpaid royalties.

Darrell Naden of Tamaki Legal told Newshub denying Māori ownership to water is akin to the confiscation of land by early Pākehā settlers.

"The taking of another set of property interests in a natural resource like freshwater shouldn't be tolerated. In terms of getting complex or even dramatic, I'd say that's on the cards," he said.....

Ngāti Tūwharetoa working with state in Taupō Collective Impact Government Group
Danny Morehu, a spokesperson for Tūwharetoa's paramount chief Sir Tumu Te Heuheu, said the group delivered on the Crown's Treaty of Waitangi obligations.

"I think the days of Crown agencies imposing their goals on iwi are few and far between now.

"It's now the iwi saying, we have aspirations as well.

"If you're [an organisation] with the Crown, you have an obligation under the treaty to have a reciprocal relationship with iwi that enters into partnerships and understands about our aspirations and how to respond to them."

State agencies had a duty to ensure people of Tūwharetoa descent featured no worse off in health and employment statistics than non-Tūwharetoa people, Morehu said.....

Fixing Te Mata Peak's contentious track could cost $1m
Changing a controversial track up Te Mata Peak could cost up to $1 million in consultancy and landscaping fees, Hastings District Council says.

The costs for altering the track, which was created by Craggy Range winery last year, were released to a member of the public under the Official Information Act.

They show consultants helping the council decide what to do with the walking track could be paid $500,000 in fees for "technical reports, development option reports and consultation."

"This is an unbudgeted expense," the council said.

It could cost $200,000 to remove the zig-zagging Craggy Range track - which has been described by local iwi as a "scar" - in its entirety.

A further $280,000 to $300,000 would be needed to create a new summit track as proposed by the winery and iwi, after they struck a deal earlier this year.....

Tutors named for councillors’ training on cultural issues
GISBORNE District councillors will be asked to approve the appointment of Glenis Philip-Barbara and Dr Wayne Ngata for their cultural tikanga training.

Councillors meet at full council meeting tomorrow.

Mrs Philip-Barbara is general manager of Te Ha Sestercentennial Trust and Dr Ngata is chairman of the Maori Language Commission.

If the appointments are authorised, councillors will undergo a “Tairawhiti Cultural Futures” programme designed to: 
* Create active awareness of race relations. 

* Build a deeper understanding of how those relationships work in culturally diverse communities and their effect on decision-making. 

* Provide practical tools to ensure equitable decision making..... 

Ngāi Tahu more cautious looking ahead as it posts strong profit 
Solid trading and a $190 million Crown settlement top up have underpinned the South Island tribe's financial performance over the past year. 

Excluding the top up, the tribe's fishing, property, farming and tourism divisions posted a net profit of $150m, providing a dividend of $61m for cultural, social, and economic programmes for the 61,000 registered members. 

Ngai Tahu Holdings chief executive Mike Sang said that after several years of unusual residential rebuilding in post-earthquake Christchurch he was adopting a slightly more cautious approach given indications of economic headwinds..... 

Canterbury Māori Health Action Plan 
​​​​​​The Canterbury DHB's Māori Health Action Plan outlines the key activities that will be undertaken across the Canterbury health system to improve Māori Health outcomes, along with associated measures and performance targets..... 

Local iwi place rāhui on Wharemauku Stream 
“The positive results were picked up as part of the new kaitiaki monitoring programme by Te Ātiawa ki Whakarongotai,” said Mahina-a-rangi Baker, Pou Takawaenga Taiao, Environmental Manager for the iwi, “the iwi has put a rāhui on the Wharemauku Stream to prevent the public from gathering any food, or having contact with water in the Stream, in order to limit the public health risk. This is the bug that caused the serious outbreak in 2016 spread through Havelock North’s drinking water.”..... 

Fairfield College unveils pou commemorating NZ Wars
With song, prayer - and a few tugs on a tarpaulin - Fairfield College brought one of the country's darkest episodes into the light.

With a morning mist still clinging to the school's fields, students, staff, and guests gathered at dawn to unveil a pou commemorating those who fought in the New Zealand Wars.

Tuesday's unveiling was followed by a special school assembly at which students and guests spoke about the need to teach the New Zealand Wars in schools.....

John the Baptist preaches te reo in Māngere
English baptist preacher John Catmur is on a mission to preach about the goodness of te reo.

Inspired by a 'call from God', John moved from England to Aotearoa in 2007 to minister in Māngere, South Auckland.

“It's the official language of this country, and that's the most important aspect to me.”

“It's about correcting people's perception of the Māori language,” says Peters, “That it's a valued treasure handed down by the indigenous people of this land.”.....

Massey University Announces six $10,000 Māori and Pacific Creative Arts Research Study Awards
The College of Creative Arts at Massey University is offering six $10,000 study awards for Māori and Pacific designers and artists to begin a postgraduate masters qualification in design, fine arts or Māori visual arts in 2019.

The College, based on the Wellington campus, is committed to supporting the academic excellence of Māori and Pacific students and creating a learning environment where their advancement is supported.

“We celebrate our place in the Pacific and honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi and its principles including te reo and tikanga Māori. We are working to provide research-led opportunities to help achieve positive outcomes for Māori and Pacific students,” says Professor Julieanna Preston, co-coordinator of the Master of Fine Arts....

Formal apology to be made over confiscated land
The Anglican Church will be in Tauranga next month to make a formal apology for giving land gifted to it by local iwi, to the crown.

On November 30 1838, local iwi transferred the land known as Te Papa to the Church Missionary Society.

After the battle of Gate Pa, the Battle of Te Ranga and the Bush campaign, the crown put pressure on the church to sell the land to the Crown for European settlement.

In a statement provided to SunLive by Priority One, it says the Anglican Synod recently agreed to make a formal apology to Tauranga Moana iwi for this situation, providing a step towards the social, spiritual and economic recovery that Tangata Whenua have waited patiently for.....

Taranaki iwi claim lack of consultation from Government on oil and gas transition
A Taranaki iwi is opposing the Government's intention to halt oil and gas exploration in the region, citing a lack of consultation on the plan.

Te Ātiawa made a submission on the Crown Minerals (Petroleum) Amendment Bill to the environment committee select hearing in Parliament.

In the submission, one of 2283 total submissions presented, the iwi said it supported the transition from oil and gas to renewable energy sources.

However the Government "completely failed" to consult with Te Ātiawa as a Treaty of Waitangi partner, Te Kotahitānga ō Te Ātiawa Trust chairwoman Liana Poutu said in the submission......

'By Māori, for Māori': health leaders call for revamp of Māori health system
Health leaders say the current system is failing Māori and are calling for a Māori-led agency to turn it around.

Claimants from both groups say institutionalised racism and inequity are at the heart of the disparities in outcomes, and they want Māori at the forefront of a new system based on mana motuhake, or self-determination.

Moxon, presenting on behalf of WAI 1315, lodged her claim 13 years ago, yet said the issues facing Māori remained the same.

As part of their claim, Moxon's group sought an apology, and repayment of 16 years of underfunding, estimated at $348m......

'I've done my bit for my country' - Finlayson
Speaking on his time in parliament, Finlayson says his highlight was reforming the Foreshore and Seabed legislation.

"I was simply appalled that in the twenty first century, a substantial group of my fellow citizens should have the right of access to justice removed from them and if I've done nothing else in public life, to fix that up, it's something that means a lot to me."....

PM promises govt will improve Māori health
The prime minister says improving the quality of Māori health is a priority of the government. This follows the Waitangi Tribunal hearing currently underway at Ngāruawahia to address health inequalities for Māori.

Jacinda Ardern is adamant Māori healthcare needs to be better.

“We have to address inequity in health, we have to ensure that we are lifting the life expectancy of Māori and Pasifika and that's an area that the health minister has made a priority,” says Ardern....

Finlayson ready to leave parliament
Former Treaty of Waitangi negotiations minister Christopher Finlayson has revealed he is preparing to leave parliament and resume his legal career.

His former press secretary, Ben Thomas, says Mr Finlayson was one of the stand out performers in the National Government in ways that surprised many onlookers.

He took the treaty portfolio, which languished during much of the term of the previous Labour Government, and settled dozens of historic claims.

"Remember this is the National Party only a couple of years after Don Brash was the leader, after the iwi (vs) kiwi billboards, so not only the idea you would have this extremely productive relationship with iwi that led to huge numbers of settlements,

He says some of Mr Finlayson’s approaches, such as the Tūhoe settlement giving Te Urewera its own legal personality, have drawn international attention.....

Hapu attack 'half-baked' Treaty proposal
Resistance appears to be growing in the Far North to a new proposal to negotiate Ngāpuhi treaty claims.

The Treaty Negotiations Minister Andrew Little has been working for months to break the deadlock over settlement.

But eight hapu in the past week have publicly rejected his latest version of mandate model....

Decolonising Smith wins top science tohu
A major accolade in this year’s Research Honours Aotearoa Awards for University of Waikato professor Linda Tuhīwai Smith.

Nga Pae o Te Māramtanga co-director Dr Jacinta Ruru says Professor Smith is recognised internationally for her work on decolonisation, and she has given other Māori and indigenous scholars methodologies and theories to build on.

Her acceptance speech showed why she has been an inspiration to other Māori and indigenous scholars.

"She in a beautiful speech spoke about disruption (Captain James) Cook created for our poeople 250 years ago and the work that iwi, whānau,hapū around the country have had to be on to regain the confidence in our own knowledges," Professor Ruru says.....

Education Bill passed despite urgent treaty claim
With the passing of the Education Amendment Bill today the Government has ignored continuous outcry from Māori leaders and scrapped the partnership school model, National’s spokesperson for Education Nikki Kaye says.

“Yesterday Māori educators Sir Toby Curtis and Dame Iritana Tawhiwhirangi applied for an urgent Waitangi Tribunal hearing over the closure of partnership schools.

“The Minister of Education Chris Hipkins chose to ignore the claim and today the Education Amendment Bill, which contains provisions that remove the partnership school model from legislation, passed its final reading......

Iwi unite to oppose iron-sand mining in Pātea
South Taranaki iwi are united in their opposition to the iron-sand mining proposed offshore from Patea.

Earlier this month Te Kahui o Rauru, with Te Ohu Kaimoana (the Maori Fisheries Trust) joined neighbours Ngati Ruanui in lodging a cross-appeal to mining company Trans-Tasman Resources' attempt to overturn a High Court judgment that ended its ability to mine.

The company was given consent to mine in August 2017, but iwi, environmental and fishing interests appealed the consent to the High Court.

The court's Justice Peter Churchman said granting a discharge consent on insufficient information was unlawful, and sent the matter back to the Environmental Protection Authority......

Māori fight to entrench seats
Public submissions have opened on a bill to entrench Māori seats.[

The bill’s sponsor, Te Tai Tonga MP Rino Tirikātene, says it will mean Māori seats will get the same protection as general seats, so any changes will need the support of 75 percent of MPs rather than the current simple majority.

"The Māori seats are there based on the Treaty (of Waitangi) and we are accountable to Māori. We are put there by Māori and the future of our seats must be determined by Māori," he says.

Submissions close on December 14......

Kaupapa Māori PHOs set up to fail
The managing director of a Bay of Plenty Māori health provider says Māori PHOs were set up to fail.

Janice Kuka of Ngā Mataapuna Oranga told a Waitangi Tribunal health inquiry that they are under-resourced compared with their mainstream counterparts.

"This cycle of reliance on Crown funding keeps us locked into a failed racist and minor cultural system unable and unwilling to change,” says Kuka, “Meanwhile, our people continue to have poorer health outcomes and die at an earlier rate than non-Māori."

The Tauranga Māori PHO Wai 1315 claimant outlined to the Tribunal why the health system has marginalised Māori, referring to “the inadequate resources we were given as a kaupapa Māori PHO in our establishing phase as opposed to non-Māori.”

Kuka wants a Crown apology and repayment costs to all Wai 1315 claimants for under-funding from the government over the past 17 years......

New arrivals experience Māori culture
Our newest students have had the opportunity to immerse themselves in the Māori culture during this week’s orientation.

ICT and Facilities Manager Sonny Teio welcomed the new students with a traditional Māori introduction, or a mihi. He then invited staff to join him in a Māori song, or waiata.

Chief Executive Gagan Sachdeva encouraged the new students, who have come from 14 different countries, to greet each other with the Māori term kia ora.

Yesterday afternoon, students had the opportunity to experience a Māori Cultural Performance, before joining staff on a guided city tour.....

Cultural Advisor - Maori
At Tasman District Council we are looking to improve our relationships with iwi within our rohe.

To assist us, we wish to contract a cultural advisor to provide advice to our Chief Executive and support staff in this work.

This role should interest those who understand local government responsibilities and obligations to Māori in terms of relevant legislation.

The successful contractor will have good knowledge of iwi within Te Tauihu o Te Waka a Maui as well as established networks within the rohe.

You will be proficient in te reo and tikanga Māori, and will be a role model to Council staff.

Ideally you will have good knowledge of Māori dynamics in Te Tauihu o Te Waka a Maui, and be happy to share your knowledge and assist in building the Council’s cultural competency.....

Coca-cola hits sour note with te reo faux pas
It seems drink company Coca-Cola's effort to "turn up the fizz" on te reo Māori has hit a sour note, but they say no disrespect was intended.

One tweet on the company's latest marketing campaign has raised eyebrows across Aotearoa and abroad on their te reo Māori faux pas.

Riding the current wave of te reo popularity, Coca-Cola sprung to action recently adding the Māori greeting "Kia ora" to its drink vending machines. However, they also tagged the friendly Kiwi-ism "mate" onto their te reo greeting, and in te reo Māori, "mate" means "death", essentially saying, "Greetings, death".....

Ngāpuhi tackles troubled taitama
Te Rūnanga-a-Iwi O Ngāpuhi has teamed up with philanthropic funder JR McKenzie Trust and Kaikohe Intermediate to change the narrative about Maori boys.

Through early intervention and positive reinforcement, it will try to bring excitement and engagement back into the education system.....

Fletcher Living to build for Ngāti Whātūa o Kaipara
Ngāti Whātūa o Kaipara and Fletcher Building's Living development have teamed up to build 240 homes on former crown land at Hobsonville Point.

Ngā Maunga Whakahii o Kaipara deputy chair Margaret Kawharu says although the iwi was not able to get the former Defence site as part of its treaty settlement, it used its leverage to buy four super-lots.....

Ngāti Porou soars with Air NZ partnership
From this December produce sourced from Ngāti Porou will be served on board Air New Zealand flights, one of the many results of the partnership between the national carrier and the East Coast Iwi.

But this is just the start to generate further economic and social growth with the iwi says Air New Zealand chief executive Christopher Luxon.

“We've got great relationships with iwi all across the country, but the partnership and friendship with Ngati Porou has really been quite special,” says Luxon, “we’re very committed to this place.....

Urgency sought for hearing over Partnership Schools
Claimants Sir Toby Curtis, Dame Iritana Tawhiwhirangi, Dame Tariana Turia and Pem Bird have filed for their Treaty of Waitangi claim, Wai 2770, to be heard by the Waitangi Tribunal with urgency.

Their claim, on behalf of themselves and Maori generally, takes issue with the acts and omissions of the Crown in respect of the closure of Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua....

Māori leader backs co-op philosophy
Māori agribusiness leader and Fonterra director candidate Jamie Tuuta says the cooperative philosophy aligns with his own values and the Māori worldview.

“I work on the basis that as a board member of Fonterra you are the guardian of the future against the claims of the present.....

Justice system needs to change: Chief judge
The Chief District Court Judge has called for an overhaul of the justice system, to avoid perpetuating the cycle of disadvantage, particularly for Maori.

Judge Doogue said the issue of Maori over-representation in crime statistics was the most pressing issue facing the justice system.

From next July, the Oranga Tamariki Act will explicitly include tikanga Maori concepts which must be at the heart of any decision made in respect of a child or young person.

The judge called for her colleagues on the bench in the criminal jurisdiction to take a similarly holistic approach......

Waikato river-clean up projects receive funding
Thirty-eight projects have received funding in 2018 and Bob Penter, Authority Chief Executive, says some of the 2018 funding round is aligned with the Restoration Strategy for the Waikato and Waipā rivers as well as the strong participation of river iwi.

"In recent years there has been a clear trend for successful projects to reflect a strategic approach to restoring and protecting our rivers, streams, and wetlands. This has carried through in this funding round. The strong involvement of river iwi is also welcome," says Penter.

The Waipā Catchment Plan received $1.6 million making it the largest project to be funded this year. The funding will work towards reducing sediment levels going into the Waipā River.

$250,000 has been funded to the Te Arawa River Iwi Trust for a catchment monitoring project in the Ruahuwai Takiwa within the TARIT Upper Waikato River region.

The Waikato River Authority has allocated more than $44 million to 288 clean-up projects in the last eight years.....

Tamihere says Māori are discriminated against by
Known for not mincing his words, Te Pou Matakana CE John Tamihere says Māori are being discriminated against by Primary healthcare professionals and not being cared for as they should.

At the Wai 2687 inquiry currently underway at Tūrangawaewae Marae, Tamihere said, “There’s a nice term that the Women’s Movement uses it’s called unconscious bias. It’s just a nice way of saying they’re racist mongrels.”

Tamihere says in all discretions whether it's at the GP clinic, the nursing clinic whether it's at the hospital.

"If there's a discretion to be made in terms of service deliverables to Māori we end up on the back end of the queue."

He says, "99.8% of all money voted from NZ government, which is about $80billion a year goes to Māori, but by and through non-Māori."

More claimants are set to give evidence over this week and Tamihere is optimistic that the united voice will eventually result in Māori being able the right to self-determine their own healthcare.....

Waitangi Tribunal investigates sick, racist health system that 'fails Māori'
The perilous state of Māori health has been described as a humanitarian crisis. It's now under investigation by the Waitangi Tribunal, with more than 200 claimants accusing the Crown of operating a sick, racist system that fails Māori. Carmen Parahi reports....

.... Since the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, Māori have sought equality with the Crown as treaty partners.

Māori sold or donated land to the Crown for hospitals but few were ever built. Introduced diseases such as influenza wiped out thousands, and by the turn of the 20th Century, the Māori population was decimated....

....Maipi will demand a new system based on an overseas indigenous model.

Royal plans to push for either a national Māori DHB or a standalone Māori hauora or health system based on matauranga or Māori knowledge.

"Those solutions need to be Māori led, adequately resourced, supported by government," says Royal.....

Māori, Pacific job candidates fast-tracked to interview stage at ADHB
All eligible Māori and Pacific job candidates are being automatically fast-tracked to the interview stage for openings at Auckland DHB.

The change has been made to try increase workforce diversity, and has already resulted in more Māori and Pacific candidates being interviewed and hired.

If job-seekers aren't hired, managers must give specific feedback to HR, so the unsuccessful candidate can be coached to improve their chances in future interviews.

A new assessment tool prompts interviewers to think about "reflecting our communities and prioritised health outcomes", along with traditional skills and experience.

The policy began at the end of June and builds on a similar approach already in place to recruit graduate nurses.....

Cultural Treasure Unveiled in Central Ōtautahi
Today’s grand opening of Tūranga shows what can be achieved when local iwi play a lead role in city design.

Ngāi Tūāhuriri – the local Ngāi Tahu hapū that is mana whenua for the city – heavily influenced the design and build of Tūranga. This was led by Matapopore Charitable Trust cultural advisors alongside Christchurch City Council and resulted in a library experience that clearly reflects Ngāi Tūāhuriri and Ngāi Tahu values.

“The stories of Ngāi Tahu and Ngāi Tūāhuriri are expertly woven into Ōtautahi’s new central library, and this is something we should all be proud of,” said Lynne Te Aika, trustee of the Matapopore Charitable Trust (and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu General Manager, Te Taumatua).....

Maori Crime will reduce - If Maori are in Charge
All four Iwi/Community Panel providers came together today to look at how successful their work was in dealing with Maori and other crimes within Metro Auckland. The Iwi Community Panels known as Te Pae Oranga was launched 4 years ago in partnership with the New Zealand Police. Manukau Urban Maori Authority MUMA was one of the three pilot programmes set up and included a provider in Gisborne and Wellington. Now Auckland metro has four providers delivering this successful service.

Te Pae Oranga is working for our people and if it is cut from the Police budget, then this would show how committed this and previous governments are toward reducing Maori incarceration rates.

The reason this works is that it by Maori for Maori and the rest of the community benefits as well.....

Protesters leave former Catholic School
Protesters have left former Catholic school Hato Petera after an order from the High Court.

The group had occupied the Auckland school since it closed in August but on Tuesday they were told to move on.

Originally belonging to Ngāti Pāoa, the land was purchased by Governor George Grey and subsequently granted to the Roman Catholic Church in 1850 for education.

While the full dispute is yet to play out in court, the church won a High Court order late on Tuesday afternoon to put an end to the occupation.....

Education stereotypes holding back Maori
Hana O’Regan was a keynote speaker at this week’s CORE Education conference in Auckland.

"We were absolutely deliberately specifically excluded from participation in further education from 1869. Laws were passed that forbid the teaching of academic subjects in native schools because we were being too successful and what happened was our people were subjected to these negative images of ourselves as learners so much that we ended up taking them on board," Ms O’Regan says.....

Christchurch has a library in the heart of the city again
A new state-of-the-art, multi-million-dollar library will open its doors to the public in Christchurch at 1pm this afternoon.

Tūranga took two-and-a-half years to build, cost about $93 million and is the largest library in the South Island.

Ngāi Tūāhuriri - the local Ngāi Tahu hapū - helped with the construction, design and Māori artwork.

Spokesperson Lynne Te Aika said it was important their culture was represented.....

New Christchurch Library
The English language is a second class citizen in #Turanga the new @ChristchurchCC library. I'm strongly in favour of bilingual signage, and have tweeted about that before, but here the signs are designed to direct the eye to Māori, spoke by 8% (?) of the population.....

Legal history made in Taranaki with admission ceremony conducted in Te Reo Māori
Taranaki legal history was made on Wednesday, with the first ever bar admission ceremony conducted in Te Reo Māori.

In front of his whānau and senior members of the Taranaki bar, Te Wehi Wright added his name to what is believed to be the oldest register of roia, or lawyers, in Aotearoa.

In charge of proceedings was Justice Christine Grice, who formally welcomed Wright into the legal profession, first in Māori, before she addressed him directly in English.....

Principal Advisor, Partnering with Iwi/Māori - National Office
The Government has signalled a significant reset of relations between Māori and the Crown and the need for the Crown to extend partnerships beyond the negotiation table. For MSD, this means we need to change that way we manage our existing and future partnerships with iwi/ Māori.

The Principal Advisor Māori will provide high level strategic, technical and analytical leadership for the Partnerships and Programmes Group and across Community Partnership and Programmes Business Group in Service Delivery, to gather and share insights and advice on how to make it easier for iwi/Māori to engage and partner with the Ministry and for the Ministry to become more effective in the delivery of services for iwi/Māori.....

Māori appointments to council committees 'a long time coming': Mayor

The five newly-minted Māori seats on four Hamilton City Council committees have been filled.

Council approved the appointments on Wednesday. Four of the appointments represent iwi and one is a pan-tribal/mātāwaka appointment.

Hamilton Mayor Andrew King said the appointments mark the beginning of a new era for partnership-based decision making for the city.

"We're enormously proud to be at a point where we can take these brave steps towards providing meaningful representation for Māori," King said. "It's been a long time coming and we're committed to making it work."....

Court orders protesters to leave Hato Petera College site
A High Court judge has ordered Māori protesters to leave the former Hato Petera College site in Northcote within 48 hours.

Judge Pheroze Jagose has found that the Catholic Bishop of Auckland's substantive case to ownership of the disputed land "seems overwhelming", and has granted the bishop an order to the protesters to leave the land and remove their property within 48 hours.

However he declined a request by the church's lawyer Ben Upton for a further order authorising police to use force if necessary to evict the protest group, which has been occupying the site since mid-August.

The judgment means the church may have to go back to the High Court to seek an arrest order if the protesters do not comply with the order to leave......

Belgian brewery apologises for any offence caused by 'Māori Tears' beer
An international brewery criticised for naming its beer "Māori Tears" has apologised to anyone it offended by the label.

The "Māori Tears" beer, owned by the Brussels Beer Project in Belgium, claims to "encapsulate those tears to capture their sacred nature".

Māori rights advocate Karaitiana Taiuru said yesterday that the beer would breach the sacredness rule in New Zealand if applying for a trademark.

He said although the company spelt the word Māori orthographically correct, they should have sought advice on the name.

Auckland University of Technology Professor Pare Keiha said whether the term Māori Tears is considered tapu is a matter of opinion......

Māori Leaders in Health mount historic Waitangi Claim
Claims from two groups of Māori health leaders are being heard in the Waitangi Tribunal from 15 October next week at Tūrangawaewae Marae in Ngaruawahia as part of stage one of the its national kaupapa inquiry into health services and outcomes.

The two claimant groups (under claims Wai 1315 and Wai 2687) say that inequity and institutionalised racism in the health system currently exists and the situation must change. The shared position is based on national Māori health statistics and status which is evident of the Crown failure to care for Māori health and wellbeing. 
They share the view that Mana Motuhake, self determination and Māori autonomy produces better health outcomes and saves lives. The claimants seek recommendations from the Tribunal for legislative reform of the system for Māori to have autonomy of their own healthcare services to organise, develop and deliver......

Ngai Tahu eyeing opportunities
South Island iwi Ngai Tahu is taking an active role in discussions surrounding Dunedin's new hospital build and wider investment opportunities in the city.

The Otakou marae yesterday hosted the Ngai Tahu property board, as well as Mayor Dave Cull, Southern Partnership Group convener Pete Hodgson and others as the iwi considers the possibilities.

The continuing dialogue follows indications earlier in the year Ngai Tahu wanted to play a significant role in the cultural and financial future of Dunedin, including spending some of its ``big purse'' on projects within the city......

Māori freshwater claims stalling allocation decisions
The Government needs a strategy for resolving Māori freshwater claims before it can move forward with its planned changes to the allocation of water and nutrient discharge rights.

Lakes, rivers, and streams should be cleaner within five years as a result of major freshwater policy announcements from the Government today.

However, long-stalled decisions on the allocation of both water and nutrient discharges are still some years away because of the need for a settled process to recognise Māori freshwater claims.....

Consent granted to take Hamurana Springs water for bottling
A consent allowing more than 315,000 cubic metres of water to be bottled annually from Hamurana Springs has been granted.

Te Tahuhu O Tawakeheimoa Trust applied for a consent last December to take water for bottling from Hamurana Stream.

The trust has been granted the consent, which allows it to take water at 10 litres per second through to September 2033.

Trust chairman Joseph Tuhakaraina said Hamurana Springs was an important taonga for the iwi and that was recognised in the consent.

"Our application made it clear that any surface water taken from the springs will be done in a way that ensures minimal impact to the river and the surrounding environment.....

Māori lagging on climate change opportunity
The Māori climate change commissioner says Māori are sitting on a huge asset in the fight against global warming, but the government isn’t doing a good job of reaching out to them.....

International beer label dubbed 'Māori Tears' deemed culturally offensive 
An international beer label dubbed "Māori Tears" has been slammed for being spiritually and culturally offensive.
The "Māori Tears" beer, owned by the Brussels Beer Project in Belgium, claims to "encapsulate those tears to capture their sacred nature".

The label - complete with a Māori macron in the correct place - says the beverage is barrel aged in French oak, and contains German grape Dornfelder, a single hop from Wakatu in New Zealand, and is a single-malt pale ale.

Māori rights advocate Karaitiana Taiuru said the beer was another classic example of a brewery that is causing offence.

"The idea of drinking someone else's tears is spiritually offensive to a traditional Māori world view," he said......

Correctly pronouncing Māori names 'gives you mana'
A language expert is calling on health workers to stop mispronouncing Māori patients' names.

Keri Opai said it was one simple way health workers could better engage with Māori, who had some of the worst health statistics in the country.

"If you pronounce Māori words correctly, it implies you have respect for the language. If you have respect for the language that would imply you have respect for the culture.

"If you have respect for the culture, you most probably have respect for the people.".....

Freshwater plan to explore Māori and Crown shared interests
The Government plan announced today to improve freshwater quality acknowledges that water quality cannot be addressed without a concurrent and substantive discussion with Māori, Māori Crown Relations: Te Arawhiti Minister Kelvin Davis said.

Environment Minister David Parker and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor today released the Government’s blueprint to improve freshwater quality. It also sets out a new approach to the Māori/Crown relationship that will acknowledge Māori interests in fair access to water to develop their land.

“We acknowledge that Māori have rights and interests in freshwater, and we are committed to a substantive discussion on how to address these interests by taking practical steps to address constraints on Māori land development,” Kelvin Davis said......

'No one owns freshwater'
The Government's position is that no one owns freshwater - it belongs to everyone, and we all have a guardianship role to look after it.

But the Government says it also recognises Maori have interests in water rights.

A Cabinet Paper released on Maori/Crown relations acknowledges Maori "aspirations" include governance and decision-making, recognition of iwi/hapu relationship with water bodies and the use of water for economic development.

The Government's position is that no one owns freshwater - it belongs to everyone, and we all have a guardianship role to look after it.

But the Government says it also recognises Maori have interests in water rights.

A Cabinet Paper released on Maori/Crown relations acknowledges Maori "aspirations" include governance and decision-making, recognition of iwi/hapu relationship with water bodies and the use of water for economic development.....

Te Patukirikiri sign Deed of Settlement
Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little has announced Te Patukirikiri signed a Deed of Settlement with the Crown in Thames.

“The Deed, settling the historical Treaty of Waitangi claims of Te Patukirikiri, includes a Crown apology, agreed historical account and redress for historical breaches of the Treaty and was signed yesterday,” says Andrew.

“The settlement package includes a total value of $3 million in financial and commercial redress and the return of several sites of cultural significance to Te Patukirikiri.......

Te Kawerau ā Maki to launch Treaty claim over Govt's 'failure' to combat kauri dieback
An Auckland iwi is planning to launch a new Treaty claim over the Government's "failure" to stop the spread of kauri dieback.

Te Kawerau ā Maki has been at the forefront of the battle to contain the disease over the past decade. The iwi placed a protective rāhui on the entire forested area of the Waitākere Ranges last December.

But Te Kawerau is about to begin proceedings in the Waitangi Tribunal, alleging the Crown has failed to protect taonga kauri, and by extension, the iwi.

"Waitākere Forest is very strongly linked to the well-being and identity of Te Kawerau ā Maki so if this forest goes everything about Te Kawerau goes with it," says executive manager Edward Ashby.....

Māori women effectively working for free for the rest of the year
"Māori women’s work, both paid and unpaid has upheld New Zealand’s economy and society forever, but has been undervalued and ignored by Pākehā leadership and measurement systems since colonisation. The continued undervaluing of Māori women’s place in society is made visible in this massive and unfair imbalance in pay."

"It’s neither fair nor right that Māori women receive such low pay, and it is also a Te Tiriti o Waitangi issue......

Tribe keeps investors and agents out of Hamilton development
Investors and real estate agents need not apply as Waikato-Tainui builds 50 houses in Hamilton.

From next week, the iwi will take expressions of interest from tribal members looking to get a foot on the rung at its Te Kaarearea​development.

A statement from Waikato-Tainui said "no investors or agents".

Waikato-Tainui chief executive Donna Flavell said the rejuvenation of the area will open the door for tribal members to enter the real estate market.

"It's more than just a house," Flavell said. "It's about building the well-being of our tribal members consistent with our long-term strategy - Whakatupuranga 2050.....

Te Rau Matatini Advocating for the Māori Voice
With Māori mental health and addiction having wide-reaching challenges, there is a high level of concern from Māori about whether the courage for the transformational changes to improve Māori wellbeing will indeed be articulated clearly in the final report.

Given the Coalition’s Government election promises of open government and transparency, Te Rau Matatini are hoping that there will be no restrictions imposed on access to the information that in its due course will influence how the report is written especially for Māori.....

Māori significance first priority in new road names in New Plymouth
Tangata whenua will get the first say on new road names in New Plymouth under new council criteria.

On Tuesday an update to the Road Naming and Numbering Policy was passed at a New Plymouth District Council meeting, setting out who decides on new road names and how these would be prioritised.

First preference will be given to a site, area or name of cultural or historical significance to tangata whenua, followed by significance to local communities, both of which require evidence.....

New Pro Vice-Chancellor (Māori) at University of Auckland
Professor Cindy Kiro (Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Kahu, Ngāti Hine) has been appointed Pro Vice-Chancellor (Māori) at the University of Auckland. She takes over from Jim Peters who has been in the position since 2006.

“I am very excited to be taking this role and having the opportunity to influence strategy at a university of such importance, at such a critical time,” says Professor Kiro.

She will use her role to reinforce work already being done to give Māori the confidence to choose university as an option where their culture will be recognised and they can build on academic achievements......

Māori over-represented in prisons due to colonisation - report
A new report reveals most Māori believe their over-representation in our prisons is a direct result of colonisation and racism - and experts agree.

More than 900 Māori people participated in a 28-question online survey as part of research conducted by ActionStation and the University of Otago.

Those results were combined with interviews with seven experts and data from previous studies. Supervisors also attended the Safe and Effective Justice Summit in August to gather data for the report.

The results are a damning indictment of the prison system and its impact on Māori......

Auckland Transport called out over poster appearing to reference Treaty of Waitangi
An Auckland Transport poster accused of bringing the year the Treaty of Waitangi was signed into "disrepute" has been discontinued.

The poster campaign launched this year reinforced there was no excuse for not having a ticket or tagged-on hop card, and included messages like "yeah right" or "aliens stole my ticket".

One poster used the caption, "I'm time-travelling, my ticket is back in 1840'".

A member of the public raised concerns about the poster with the Independent Maori Statutory Board (IMSB), and chief executive Brandi Hudson sought an explanation from AT.

In a meeting this week, the IMSB said it considered AT was "bringing the year the Treaty [of Waitangi] was signed into disrepute and possibly perceived as questioning the legitimacy of settlements"......

Higher rates of serious injuries for Māori
Māori had significantly higher rates of serious non-fatal injuries from motor-vehicle crashes relative to the total population in 2017. The rate of 67.8 injuries per 100,000 people for Māori is 67 percent greater than the rate for the total population.

There was an even greater difference for injuries from assaults, with a rate of 37.0 serious injuries per 100,000 people for Māori, compared with 12.6 for the total population.

In contrast, the rate of serious injuries from falls was much lower for Māori – 49.5 injuries per 100,000 people, compared with 109.2 for the total population. However, injuries from falls have been generally increasing for Māori since 2009.....

Council supports East Taranaki land forming part of Ngāti Maru treaty settlement
Plans for a block of rural land to be used in an iwi Treaty settlement have won support.

Purangi Domain, Tarata Domain and the bush area of the Tarata Cemetery, not used for cemetery purposes, all remote rural areas in east Taranaki, have been offered by the Crown to form part of the Ngāti Maru treaty settlement.

At Tuesday's meeting of the New Plymouth District Council, ​deputy mayor Richard Jordan said the iwi had met with the community and there had been a positive result.

"The outcome was well understood and accepted by all."....

Iwi to partake in Kaituna River management
Taking care of the river which flows from Lake Rotoiti to Maketū is key for the Iwi group responsible for its welfare.

Chairman of Te Maru o Kaituna created the document and says, “We have been alienated from our waterways for over two centuries we need to get back in there, they were fine went we owned them out-right we are having to come back and clean them up that's the reality.”

In June, Te Maru o Kaituna River Authority which is made up of all Iwi who have connections to the river launched the Kaituna River Document which looks at protecting the river.

Bay of Plenty Māori regional councillor, Arapeta Tahana, says the document sets a precedence.....

Captain Cook statue to be relocated
Local iwi in Gisborne are welcoming a decision by the Gisborne District Council to remove a statue of Captain Cook from the top of their ancestral mountain Titirangi.

Speaking on behalf of local iwi Ngāti Oneone, Barney Tupara says, “Since long ago the subtribes and tribes have disagreed with this statue being here on our mountain on Titirangi.”.....
Don Brash raises concerns about Massey University's Treaty plans
As Massey University takes bold steps to become the first Treaty-led university in New Zealand, Don Brash has raised concerns any criticism of Māori may not be tolerated at the institute.

Massey's new strategy, referred to as Tiriti-led, was endorsed by the institution's leadership last year to implement Treaty of Waitangi principles, the Māori language and cultural practices into its core business.

The plan is being managed by under-fire vice-chancellor Jan Thomas alongside respected scientist and Māori community leader, Dr Charlotte Severne, assistant vice-chancellor Māori and Pasifika.......

Māori ask NZ First who decides 'Kiwi values'
What are New Zealand values?

That is the question being asked by Māori who are concerned values important to Māori and other minorities could be trampled on if New Zealand First gets its way.

New Zealand First has determined those values include gender equality, freedom of religion, and respect for different races and ethnicities.

But a lecturer from the School of Māori Studies at University of Waikato, Arama Rata, says its proposed Respecting New Zealand Values bill raises a number of concerns, especially from a Māori perspective.

"As a treaty partner, Māori should be involved in defining New Zealand values yet this bill is an encroachment on our values of respecting people and of building mutually beneficial relationships."

Dr Rata said imposing values on people through law sounds a lot like what happened to Māori when they were colonised.....

Chapman Tripp
To promote the use of te reo Māori greetings and sign-offs in client correspondence the firm has also updated our letter-head template to include Māori greetings and acknowledgements, with drop-down boxes of relevant translations and descriptions to assist staff when using them.

Chapman Tripp will continue to offer te reo Māori classes to our people in our three offices at beginner and intermediate level, and is also considering a formal Māori language policy that would include our 450+ staff having a fundamental knowledge of Te Reo in the near future....

University of Auckland to quit $80m Epsom campus by 2020
Māori tribes are keen to buy Auckland University's prime $80 million Epsom campus when the university's education faculty leaves the site in 2020.

The 15ha Epsom site, which has been used as a teachers' training college since 1926, is likely to be sold subject to a right of first refusal granted to the original Māori tribes of the area under a 2014 Treaty of Waitangi settlement.

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust deputy chairman Ngarimu Blair said it was too early to say whether any of the tribes would buy it, but they were keen in principle.

"The University of Auckland has long been aware of Ngāti Whātua's desire to 're-acquire' as much of its former estate as possible," he said by email........

Iwi-based remand scheme for young Northland offenders
A new remand service will be launched in Northland for young offenders whose crimes are serious enough for them to be locked up while awaiting trial.

The pilot service, called Mahuru, aims to keep youth out of jail by putting them into caregiver homes with wrap-around social and justice services, and a strong emphasis on tikanga Ngāpuhi.

''Where possible we want to connect young people with their cultural and tribal identity to reignite being Māori and Ngāpuhi is a positive thing.''.....

New kaupapa Māori approach for high-risk youth offenders
In a new report Maiea Te Tūruapō, Fulfilling the Vision by the office, Commissioner Andrew Becroft argues for the new homes to run in partnership with iwi and Māori organisations and follow a kaupapa Māori approach.

Becroft says almost two-thirds of the 6,300 children and young people in state care identify as Māori.

"The revised Oranga Tamariki Act is very clear that these tamariki Māori have the right to access care services designed specifically for them," he says.

"Iwi and Māori organisations should be fully resourced to respond to the needs of their own children and young people, to develop what is best for them, drawing on Oranga Tamariki's advice and support when required.”.....

State care of children needs Māori approach after 'colonising process' - Children's Commissioner
New Zealand's care and protection system needs a Māori world view with two-thirds of the children in state care Māori, according to Children's Commissioner Andrew Becroft.

Mr Becroft told TVNZ1's Breakfast the system needed a complete turnaround as it currently had a European view with Māori add-ons despite the majority of the children in care being Māori.

"Particularly given the huge over-representation of Māori in the system it just about needs a Māori world view as its basis," he said.

"We’ve really got a European world view with Māori add-ons, we’ve got a really strong case for turning that around completely.

"I guess you could say there’s never been anywhere in the world that I know of where an indigenous community has prospered and flourished when there’s been a colonising process."

"Now that's a controversial word, colonising, but that’s what took place. It's never been good for indigenous peoples, especially indigenous children and I think what we’re seeing the care and protection system together with modern, systemic bias plays out in the over-representation."......

Bay name alteration confirmed
The New Zealand Geographic Board Nga Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa has confirmed the proposal to change the name of Poverty Bay to a dual name, Turanganui a Kiwa/Poverty Bay.

More than 600 submissions were made about the proposal between May 24 and August 24, after the board accepted the dual name proposal from Gisborne District Council.

Board acting chairman Anselm Haanen said 609 submissions were received, with a quarter clearly supporting the proposal.....