April - June 19

Napier Port to give workers interest-free loans to participate in share float
The 265 Napier Port workers are being offered interest-free loans of up to $5000 each to buy shares in a special allocation reserved for them, port chief executive Todd Dawson said.

Iwi entities also eligible for a preferential allocation offer include Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated, the four Taiwhenua of Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated, and each tangata whenua appointer as defined in the Hawke's Bay Regional Planning Committee Act 2015.....

Second Chance for a Revolutions
Converting the new Act into practice
We have the opportunity now to seize this second chance and ensure the vision’s revolutionary approach makes the difference for Mokopuna Māori who need support that we believe it can. Our country has a more mature understanding of the significance for our life of Te Tiriti o Waitangi than it had 30 years ago. It is more open to understanding what genuine partnership with iwi can mean.

Two elements within the Act will be critical to its success in practice.

1. The Three Pou
In keeping with this maturing understanding, the new Act focuses on key principles and concepts reflective of a Te Aō Māori world view. These principles are universalised and made applicable to all children within the Act’s scope. These so-called ‘pou’ or central ridge poles (defined in the Act) are:
* mana tamaiti
* whakapapa
* whānaungatanga
They are referred to frequently in the Purposes and Principles section of the Act.

2. 7AA
Section 7AA of the new Act also places some specific requirements on the Chief Executive of Oranga Tamariki, requirements that put teeth into the Act, teeth that are intended to ensure the errors of the past are not repeated. The Chief Executive is, among other things, to:

* recognise and provide a practical commitment to the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi
* develop policies and practices to reduce Māori disparity by setting measurable outcomes for Māori children and young people, policies and practices that are to have regard to mana tamaiti (tamariki), whakapapa and whānaungatanga
* develop strategic partnership with iwi and Māori organisations to encourage innovation and improve outcomes for Māori children, providing opportunities to delegate functions to iwi.....

Treaty commitment tool online
A new website has been set up to record commitments made as part of treaty settlements.

There are over 70 Treaty settlements to date, but until now there has been no single place to access the commitments arising from them.

Commitment holders seeking to register for access to Te Haeata can visit www.tehaeata.govt.nz or email: tehaeata@tearawhiti.govt.nz

Ngāi Tahu, Waikato-Tainui relativity adjustments
Adjustment payments have been made to Waikato-Tainui and Ngāi Tahu under the Relativity Mechanisms in their Treaty settlements, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little announced today.

Waikato-Tainui and Ngāi Tahu have each received payments of $1.2 million to ensure the value of their individual settlements maintain their relative size compared with the total value of all Treaty of Waitangi settlements to date.....

Scientists and iwi work together to give new plant species a te reo Māori name

A new species of alpine cress, discovered on the south-westerns slopes of Mt Ruapehu, has been given a species name derived from te reo Māori in full consultation with one of the local iwi, Ngāti Rangi.

The name of the white flowered cress -- Cardamine panatōhea -- was gifted by Ngāti Rangi, who are mana whenua over the portion of Mt Ruapehu where the species was found.....

Fairer tax measures pass into law - Nash
"As well as these significant initiatives, the new law will enshrine the right of taxpayers to keep their tax records in te reo Maori.

"Inland Revenue has allowed taxpayers to keep records in te reo Māori for more than 20 years but this has never been enshrined as standard practice through legislation. The right to use te reo Māori should be officially recognised in the law rather than at the discretion of a Government department.....

Three ways to promote positive outcomes for Māori in English-medium education
1 – Include waiata (Māori song) and collective singing as part of your classroom / or school each and everyday.

2 – Discuss openly what’s often left unsaid in regard to social class and the profound effect colonialism has had on the development of Aotearoa.

3 – When looking at your Māori learners, stop measuring success of a learner only by academic scores or NCEA results.....

Cheap as chips: Hawke's Bay seafood company offers 15pc discount on fish and chips for iwi members
A Hawke's Bay seafood company's 15 per cent discount for iwi has attracted controversy with some customers claiming a race-based discount is unfair.

Ngati Kahungunu says it is saddened by the reaction, and is offering the discount because Takitimu Seafoods was owned by iwi and all its 32,000 members had a shared stake in the company.

Takitimu Seafoods - the former Hawke's Bay Seafoods purchased by Ngati Kahungunu iwi and rebranded earlier this year - has started advertising the discount in its popular Hastings and Napier stores......

Māori and the Transport Agency
The Transport Agency recognises and respects Te Tiriti o Waitangi (the Treaty of Waitangi) and will work with Māori as partners to build strong, meaningful and enduring relationships to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes.

The Transport Agency is responsible for delivering an integrated transport system. We have an important role to play in finding opportunities to better respond to Māori aspirations while delivering transport solutions. We can contribute by working with Māori and other government agencies to support Māori to achieve their aspirations.

We invest time and effort that reflects the importance of this partnership. Both Treaty partners benefit from working closely together, focusing on long-term outcomes and building strong and enduring relationships......

Māori recidivism: Whānau to take greater role in government initiative
A $98 million plan to tackle high rates of Māori recidivism will involve whānau in rehabilitation strategies, not just prisoners themselves.

The Māori Pathways programme will initially to be rolled out in Hawke's Bay and Northland and focus on Māori men under 30 serving terms of between two and five years - as they have the highest rates of reoffending.

It aims to provide a wrap-around service including trauma and mental health care, housing support for those leaving prison and greater engagement with whānau and iwi from pre-sentence through to release.

More than half New Zealand's prison population are Māori but the government hopes to reduce that number in the next 15 years.....

Council welcomes Government crackdown on State Sector Act
The New Zealand Maori Council has welcomed a restructure of the public service with the Executive Director, Matthew Tukaki, calling this the first step towards greater engagement with Maori, Iwi and Hapu:

Last year we made it clear that having only a few Maori on the Boards of State Owned Enterprises was not a partnership mentality nor was the fact few Maori were in the executive ranks of the public service." Tukaki said....

Whānau a Apanui rushes towards signing
A Te Whānau a Apanui elder says the crown is trying to rush the iwi into signing an agreement in principle to settle its historic treaty claims.

Tuariki Delamere says last week negotiators were sent a 98-page settlement agreement and asked for a response within three days so Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Andrew Little could come up this Friday to sign it.....

Faafoi seeks enduring iwi framework from 5G spectrum talks
Communications Minister Kris Faafoi wants a framework for iwi radio spectrum allocations that will endure beyond the current discussions over 5G technology.

The minister said he's had positive conversations over Treaty of Waitangi issues and doesn't think they will slow the spectrum allocation process.

Iwi are "of the mind that previous engagement with other spectrum allocations have been sub-optimal," Faafoi told Parliament's economic development, science and innovation select committee today.

"I'm trying to investigate ways we can put a framework around these types of issues so we don't have to reinvent the wheel every time we come to spectrum allocation."

The New Zealand Maori Council has urged a slower response, given iwi missed out on a special allocation in the 4G auction in 2013 and instead received a $30 million development fund to help Maori benefit from new technology.....

Waitangi Treaty Grounds named as New Zealand’s first National Historic Landmark
Te Pitowhenua Waitangi Treaty Grounds has been named the country’s first National Historic Landmark.

Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Grant Robertson made the announcement at Waitangi today.

The National Historic Landmarks programme was introduced by the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act 2014.

The programme identifies geographical areas of national significance – the first to be named is the Waitangi Treaty Grounds......

Treaty of Waitangi proclamation of sovereignty sold at auction for $30,000
A rare document believed to be the only remaining printed proof copy of Governor William Hobson's original Treaty of Waitangi proclamation of sovereignty has sold at auction for $30,000.

The single-page artefact was sold to a private collector at the Auckland auction house Art+Object today.....

Big changes for primary healthcare in Northland
The new entity will combine all primary health (non-hospital) services under one banner, Mahitahi Hauora, by replacing the Far North's Te Tai Tokerau PHO and Whangārei's Manaia Health PHO.

The merger will also come with a renewed commitment by GPs, Māori health providers, iwi and the Northland District Health Board to work together.....

Treaty of Waitangi boosted in state sector overhaul
Minister of State Services Chris Hipkins has announced the most significant changes to the New Zealand Public Service since the State Sector Act of 1988 - including greater recognition of the Treaty of Waitangi.

Under the changes, boards, made up of chief executives from relevant government agencies, will be established to tackle the most pressing issues.

These boards, or joint ventures, would be accountable to a single minister and receive direct budget appropriations, with public servants from across the system deployed as required.....

Euthanasia bill deemed unsafe and at odds with Māori
Whanganui MP Harete Hipango says David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill is unsafe and will make society's most vulnerable even more vulnerable.

Ms Hipango says she will be driven by the values she has been shaped by from te ao Māori, her faith-based background and her legal background......

Procurement plan pathway to jobs for young Māori
Auckland Council is keen to ramp up its use of social procurement.

That's when it requires its contractors to subcontract parts of the work to Māori or Pasifika enterprises, or to take on a local workforce, particularly rangatahi.

It's a concept that is a major part of indigenous development strategies in other countries including across the Tasman, but New Zealand has been slow to adopt it.

Mayor Phil Goff says it's working on projects like the new Eastern Busway linking Panmure with Pakuranga.

"There'll be 30 young Māori and Pacific Island people who were out of work before, that we may have given some pre-employment training to, and they will be taken on, many of them as apprentices to develop the skills they need for the future so we are saying to our companies don't just look overseas when you are short of labour, look at giving our young people a chance to get those skills and make a better life for themselves," he says......

Auckland Council supports marae and papakāinga development
Last week the council’s Community Development and Safety committee approved the allocation of funding from the 2019/2020 Cultural Initiatives Fund; a fund for marae and papakāinga/Māori housing development in Tāmaki Makaurau.

Councillor Cathy Casey, chair of the committee, says that marae development and papakāinga development are priority outcomes for Māori in the Auckland Plan and in the council’s Long Term Plan.

To date, 26 marae and six papakāinga have successfully applied to the fund since it was started in 2013. Nearly half of these successful applicants have received funding more than once, helping to significantly progress projects requiring a staged approach.

The following nine applicants received funding totalling $1,212,800. The applications in this round support marae and papakāinga planning and design, professional fees, capital infrastructure, marae maintenance and repair, business planning and asset management.....

New research projects and programmes
Professor Janet Hoek, University of Otago
Whakahā o Te Pā Harakeke
60 months, $4,949,736

Professor Helen Moewaka Barnes, Massey University
Tangata Whenua Tangata Ora: Investigating health gain through whenua initiatives
60 months, $4,999,332

Dr Anne-Marie Jackson, University of Otago
Tangaroa Ara Rau: Māori water safety programme for whānau
36 months, $1,192,263

Mrs Bernadette Jones, University of Otago
Te Ao Mārama: Disability perspectives of tāngata whaikaha Māori
36 months, $1,186,338

Dr Emma Wyeth, University of Otago
POIS-10 Māori: Outcomes and experiences in the decade following injury
36 months, $1,191,067....

New Zealand's longest place name among many officially changed to add macrons
New Zealand's longest place name is among hundreds of towns, suburbs, and features which have had their names edited or introduced by the New Zealand Geographic Board to officially recognise the use of macrons.

Other names also being officially changed to recognise macrons include Taupō​, Tūrangi​, Ōwhiro Bay, Kaikōura Bay and Whangārei​.

Meanwhile 824 other Māori place names which have been in common usage for years, but never officially recognised, have been added by the Board.

The new names include Māngere​, Manukau, Mount Maunganui, Ōpōtiki​, Ōtaki​, Whakatāne​ and Lake Wānaka​.

Three hundred and seven of the new names are spelled with macrons.....

‘Huge lack of Māori staff at Oranga Tamariki’ - NZ Māori Council
New Zealand Māori Council chairman Matthew Tukaki says, “There's a huge lack of Māori staff within Oranga Tamariki and I would argue at every level of Oranga Tamariki. Keep in mind that if 70 percent of all children in state care are Māori then 70 percent of all employees of Oranga Tamariki should, in theory, be Māori.”

Deputy Chief Executive Services for Children and Families Glynis Sandland says Māori representation at all levels of Oranga Tamariki is hugely important for the organisation.

"About a third of our senior leadership team are Māori and just over 20 percent of staff who hold senior roles identify as Māori. We’re working hard to grow this ratio across the entire organisation with a particular focus on the positions that have the greatest interaction with tamariki and their whānau.".....

Maori and Pasifika need better financial services
Maori and Pasifika communities are falling behind and financial services providers in New Zealand need to do more to help, a new report says.

The report on people's perceptions of their wealth was published this week by the investment, savings and KiwiSaver provider, Kiwi Wealth.

It found that a third of Maori and Pasifika people in New Zealand felt they were financially worse off than they were a year ago, and 40 percent said they were struggling to live week to week.....

Reaching 1 million te reo Māori speakers in Aotearoa
The Government has an aspiration that basic te reo Māori will be spoken by a million people in Aotearoa by 2040. Nearly $10 million in the Wellbeing Budget will fund Te Taura Whiri i Te Reo Māori, the Māori Language Commission, and support an increase in certification for te reo Māori teachers. A further $6 million will be invested in the Kāhui model run by Te Mātāwai to support the Maihi Māori programme in the wider Māori community.

A further $14 million is being invested over the next two years to support Te Māngai Pāho to fund more te reo Māori and Māori-focussed content for broadcasting across the motu, in a bid to further public use, support and exposure to te reo Māori.

However, there are a number of challenges we must collectively address if we are to meet this ambitious goal, as a country. A key challenge will be ensuring the participation of adults in both public and community institutions across the country......

Key to saving Hauraki Gulf: Let's try traditional Māori fishing practices
Traditional Māori fishing practices are being touted as one of the "keys" to rejuvenating marine life in the heavily-degraded Hauraki Gulf.

Richelle Kahui-McConnell, who was involved in developing the Sea Change marine spatial plan, said voluntary methods of protection - as used by Māori for generations - based around experience and education were more effective than strict laws.

"When you set limits, and sizes, people will take up to those limits, whether they need it or not,"....

Treaty of Waitangi proclamation of sovereignty to be auctioned
What's believed to be the only copy of Governor William Hobson's original Treaty of Waitangi proclamation of sovereignty - is set to be auctioned and may fetch up to $20,000......

Pukekawa karakia ushers Auckland matariki
Auckland Matariki celebrations have opened with this year's hosts Waikato Tainui highlighting its connection to the city.

About 200 people including King Tuheitia and Auckland mayor Phil Goff gathered in the Auckland Domain for dawn karakia at Pukekawa, the small hill where Potatau Te Wherowhero had a cottage before he became the first Māori king.

That's why King Tawhiao, in the depths of war and raupatu, compared himself to a star who would rise again.....

Marae projects get funding boost
A $150,000 Auckland Council grant has moved Papakura Marae’s kaumātua housing plans a step closer to completion.

Manurewa-Papakura Councillor Daniel Newman says the Community Development and Safety Committee’s Cultural Initiatives Fund grant continues the marae’s excellent work.

Papakura Local Board has approved six units at the marae, and last year the Government pledged $1 million to the project.

The fund supports marae and Māori housing across the city, with nine applications worth $1.2m funded for planning, regulatory and development costs.....

Options are sought as Pharmac fails Māori
The New Zealand Māori Council is looking at what it would take to negotiate better deals for drugs if Pharmac isn't willing to do the job.

He says the WAI 2575 Claim on access to healthcare could open the door to identifying and consolidating demand, which could form the basis for negotiating with pharmaceutical companies.

I know this sounds crazy, it's sort of like negotiating with your crown partner for a settlement or whatever, so how can we take that model and look at direct negotiations with those pharmaceutical companies," Mr Tukaki says.

He says any gains for Māori could also flow on to Pasifika patients if the right structures were in place......

Busting Moves – The Emerging Maori Design Movement for Tamaki Makaurau
Located outside of the Ellen Melville Centre, the lightboxes will adorn inspirational images of Māori designers and their unique contributions to Tāmaki Makaurau.

This event is produced by Olivia Haddon, Māori Design Specialist at the Auckland Design Office, with support from the City Centre Place Activation Team at Auckland Council.....

Wanganui school gyms renamed in te reo Māori
Wanganui High School has stripped its gyms of their colonial names and replaced them with Māori names to "better reflect our nation".

The school has announced that its gyms named after early colonial politicians, Vogel, Seddon and Reeves, have been renamed Te Ihi, Te Wehi and Te Mana.

Board chair Randall Southee said the names translated in English to excitement, awesomeness and prestige.

Mr Southee said they would give Māori names to other school blocks so that students could see both English and Māori throughout the school and "both are recognised on equal footing."
Mr Southee said the board would be supportive of introducing compulsory te reo Māori and New Zealand history, but it did not have the resources.....

New He Tohu Tāmaki educator space opens today
A new learning experience based on the award-winning He Tohu exhibition, was opened at the National Library Auckland today.

He Tohu Tāmaki’s goal is to provide educators and learners with greater knowledge and understanding of the three iconic constitutional documents of the exhibition:

o 1835 He Whakaputanga o te Rangatiratanga o Nu Tireni – Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of New Zealand

o 1840 Te Tiriti o Waitangi – Treaty of Waitangi

o 1893 Women’s Suffrage Petition – Te Petihana Whakamana Pōti Wahine....

The Tertiary Education Strategy provides an opportunity to increase access for Māori
TEU Te Hautū Kahurangi members around the country have been taking the opportunity for early input to the Government’s new Tertiary Education Strategy, 2020-2025 (TES)

A key component in building this understanding has been the input of Māori in this early stage of the Strategy’s development. What has come through strongly through national and regional hui with Māori across the motu is the need for the Strategy to strengthen the Tiriti o Waitangi component within the document.

Specifically, our members want the place of Tiriti strengthened around the obligations and responsibilities the government has, but also between the government and public-crown entities, including Tertiary Education Institutes (TEI) and TEI councils. Acknowledgement and expression of a commitment to honouring the responsibilities of Te Tiriti must be strengthened within the Strategy, but also within TEI investment plans.....

Calls for more Māori input on polytech reforms shutdown - ITO head
The government has dismissed repeated calls for greater Māori input on polytechnic reforms, says Skills Active chairperson Sam Napia.

"For nearly 200 years now in this country, we've been fighting this notion of, 'you fullas have the same opportunities as everyone else, what are you moaning about', but to hear that similar sentence expressed by the Minister for Māori-Crown Relations was frankly flabbergasting," Mr Napia said.

Under Te Tiriti o Waitangi, tangata whenua were guaranteed adequate consultation, he said.

Mr Napia said Māori currently had equal achievement rates to non-Māori at training schools, but he was concerned this would be jeopardised by the reforms.....

Ngāpuhi tamariki in care nearly double any other Iwi
Chairman of Te Rūnanga Ā Iwi O Ngāpuhi, Rāniera Tau acknowledges that there is much work to be done if we are to collectively improve social outcomes for our people and reduce these terrible statistics. “We of Ngāpuhi Iwi have the highest statistics of tamariki in Care. One third of ALL children in care nationwide identify as being of Ngāpuhi descent, which is nearly double any other Iwi.”....

Mr Tau states “Iwi Maori are the best equipped to design processes and services for the betterment of our people. We have the knowledge but we need the resources to design a plan that meets the specific needs of Ngāpuhi whanau. Give us the time and resources.....

Petition for compulsory history classes presented to parliament
An online petition calling for the teaching of history in all New Zealand schools has been presented in parliament.

The petition posted on the New Zealand Parliament website by Graeme Ball from the New Zealand History Teachers' Association is requesting the House of Representatives pass legislation that would make compulsory 'the coherent teaching’ of history in schools.

Attracting over 3600 signatures, the petition argues that ‘too few New Zealanders have a sound understanding of what brought the Crown and Māori together in the 1840 Treaty, or of how the relationship played out over the following decades’.....

Gov failure to listen destroys Māori vocational training
On the eve of a Cabinet paper recommending radical and controversial changes to the polytech and on-the-job training sector, leaders representing the sector have accused the government of “thumbing its nose” at the interests of over a hundred thousand trainees currently undergoing on-the-job industry training.

“This is an insult to the government’s Treaty partner and is the last thing we expected from the highest ranked Māori leader in the Labour Party,” Mr Napia said.......

Tauranga City Council to explore street name changes
Yesterday, the council's Policy Committee agreed to explore a series of recommended changes to the 2009 Naming of Streets, Reserves and Community Facilities Policy, according to a written statement from the council. 

A review of the current policy would confirm it applies to all spaces under the council's jurisdiction and seeks to better reflect Tauranga's history, identity, culture, environment and encourage more locally significant Māori names.

Policy Committee chairman Steve Morris said committee members felt it was important Tauranga's Māori history and identity is made more visible.

Morris emphasised that if dual naming was introduced it would mean some reserves and streets may have two names - one English name and one Māori name that has local significance.....

Hui-a-Iwi will put Murihiku on map
THOUSANDS of people from throughout Aotearoa and overseas are expected to converge on Waihopai (Invercargill) in November for the first Ngai Tahu Hui-a-Iwi to be held in Murihiku (Southland).

“It puts Ngai Tahu strongly on the top for the whanau of Murihiku,” Hui-a-Iwi committee chairman Cyril Gilroy said.

“It enhances their Ngai Tahutanga and their mana and their whakapapa and their whanau.”....

Auckland Council and Waikato-Tainui team up for Matariki 2019
Maori new year has not officially started, but Auckland Council is gearing up for its June 22nd kick-off by showcasing the Waikato-Tainui designed spectacle a few days early.

Water access a mug's game for true owners
Green MP Gareth Hughes says a moratorium on water bottling consents is needed while a new regime for allocating and charging for water is developed.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the Government is committed to addressing the issue of commercial water bottling before the end of this term.

Labour's plans for a water levy did not survive the coalition talks.

Mr Hughes says the Greens are taking a stronger line on water ownership than other parties in Government, including recognising the rights of iwi and hapū.....

Davis confirms no target for Māori Prisons
Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis has said he doesn’t know what impact the Government’s latest flagship law and order policy will have, and there are no measures on whether it will be effective, National’s Corrections spokesperson David Bennett says.

“Mr Davis confirmed this morning that he doesn’t know what impact the Government’s Māori Pathway pilot at Ngawha and Hawke’s Bay prisons will have on crime. When asked what effect it will have over the next three years, Mr Davis couldn’t answer.

“This is $100 million of taxpayers’ money, New Zealanders deserve to know whether this money is being spent effectively. But the Minister can’t even explain to Kiwis how much he expects reoffending to reduce, or by how much he expects the prison population to reduce by as a result of his policy......

Māori process first stop before baby uplift
The co-leader of Labour's Māori caucus says Oranga Tamariki may be justified in uplifting babies, but there needs to be greater attention paid to cultural considerations first.

Willie Jackson says from his experience working with the Manukau Urban Māori Authority was there were circumstances where the safety of the tamariki demanded it be removed form the immediate family.

He says there is a roll call of Māori children who might be alive today if they had been removed from abusive homes…..

English default threat to Māori learners
"Even our rangatahi that are brought up in immersion environments are defaulting to English in this new media landscape. They are not engaging with our traditional platforms, they are going to new platforms, and we are not getting Māori content into those new platforms quick enough," Mr Parr says…..

Short term DOC for Hippolite
Outgoing Te Puni Kōkiri chief executive Michelle Hippolite says the Department of Conservation could set an example to the rest of the public service in working with Māori.

"Because they've got a few tools inside the conservation world I reckon it could be one of the exemplary agencies that takes Māori development and the Treaty (of Waitangi) into the core business of the agency," Ms Hippolite says……

Māori Law Society backs family court overhaul
The Māori Law Society is backing proposals to recognise te ao Māori in family justice services.

The society is backing recommendations to give tamaiti a voice throughout the process, and for kaumātua and grandparents to also have their role acknowledged,….

Baby's whānau rejects Minister's internal inquiry
The lawyer for a mother of a baby saved last month from a state 'uplift' says an internal inquiry into the affair is 'like leaving Dracula in charge of the blood bank'.

An internal inquiry into the Hawke's Bay baby uplift by Oranga Tamariki has met a potentially fatal problem even before it begins - the baby's mother and whānau are refusing to participate and seeking an independent review instead.

The mother's lawyer, Janet Mason, told Newsroom on Wednesday morning the family was dismayed at Minister for Children Tracey Martin announcing details of the inquiry yesterday without reference back to the family or iwi......

Ngāti Awa celebrates treaty signing
Ngāti Awa yesterday marked the anniversary of its ancestors signing the Treaty of Waitangi.

He says having reached a settlement of its historic claims in 2005, Ngāti Awa has more to celebrate.

"The day commemorates our grievances, that we have come from out of grievance mode into a new beginning but without the Treaty of Waitangi we would not have been able to do that so we are really grateful and the partnerships we have with all iwi across the motu and with our treaty partner, the crown, so beautiful day yesterday," Mr Ngaropo says......

Low confidence new Oranga Tamariki laws will help Māori
Support workers remain unconvinced that new Oranga Tamariki laws will deliver immediate improvements for Māori in the system.

For many Māori, the most promising feature of the new legislation is Section 7aa, which binds Oranga Tamariki to Te Tiriti o Waitangi, meaning it must work more closely with Māori and iwi and devolve its resources.

She said Section 7aa and the inclusion of mana tamaiti, whakapapa and whanaungatanga provide the strongest platform for change for Māori, but there were clear tensions in the legislation.

She said the original child welfare laws 30 years ago also provided for strong partnerships with Māori but that didn't eventuate because managers and staff were not on board with it.....

Wardens potential workforce as Māori step up on tamariki taking
Māori wardens could play a role reducing the number of Māori children put in care.
That's the belief of Māori Council executive director Matthew Tukaki.

District Māori councils have statutory oversight of the wardens, and the organisation is working hard to revive those connections and win more resources for the voluntary group.

Mr Tukaki says the controversy over Oranga Tamariki uplifting babies highlights the need to re-establish a Māori community workforce and also mechanisms for Māori oversight.

We don’t trust the agency, we have little trust in the Government who no matter what the colour is, so that’s where we need to be. We need to also have a strong organisation - Māori Women’s Welfare League, Māori Council, whoever we are - to hold the Government to account on the actions that they take," he says....

Shane Jones warns Tuhoi against closing off Lake Waikaremoana by stealth
Ngāi Tūhoe moves to oppose funding for a roading development to one of New Zealand's most special lakes "better not be a cynical manouevre" to keep tourists and Kiwis out, warns Economic Development Minister Shane Jones.

The iwi recently voiced opposition to the use of bitumen to upgrade the mostly gravel road to Lake Waikaremoana, both for environmental reasons and out of fear it would bring an increase in Kiwi and foreign tourists.

Some on social media have called for the lake to be closed off to visitors entirely.

But Jones has issued a warning that the iwi did not have the power to do that.

"Tuhoi must abide by the terms of their settlement. They are not entitled to close off the Waikaremoana lake to fellow New Zealanders or tourists," Jones said.....

Franklin Local Board adopts Māori Responsiveness Action Plan
The plan, developed after detailed research, reinforces the board’s commitment to working with Māori and outlines ways to develop high-level relationships between the board and mana whenua.

“It also identifies the relevance of our annual work programme in responding to Māori aspirations,” board chair Angela Fulljames says.

The aspirations of Māori in the area were broadly that respectful relationships be forged, that Māori culture and practices be celebrated, and that culturally-based business and educational opportunities were afforded to young people......

Bureaucrat hostility threat to Māori aspiration
A member of the team that produced Puao Te Ata Tu says a lesson to be learned from that report is the way public servants will undermine policies they don't like or feel uncomfortable with.

There's a lesson in that as the He Waka Roimata report on the family court and other reports on justice and welfare make their way through the system.

"As Māori we have to be ever vigilant when people try to change stuff because they feel uncomfortable, it's not stuff they necessarily want to be involved in and so we have to take them on that journey and I think that's going to be the real challenge," Sir Kim says.....

Korowai new style for Family Court
Justice Minister Andrew Little is welcoming an independent report calling for a joined-up family justice service linking different groups like the Ministry of Justice, lawyers, iwi and kaupapa Māori organisations.

Mr Little says the Family Court has remained monocultural while other courts have embraced aspects of tikanga Māori, so calling the report Te Korowai Ture-a-Whānau is a call for change.

"Not only does the Family Court have to go beyond just the strict what happens in court and understand there is a range of services they need to provide to support people but also to reflect Te Korowai is now a New Zealand style of providing judicial services and support through judicial processes," he says.

Mr Little has asked officials to develop a workable programme for change before the end of the year.....

Poverty partly to blame for high Maori, Pacific child obesity rates
Shackleton felt the health status of Maori needed to be considered alongside New Zealand's colonial history.

"Power and resources were taken from Maori, who were marginalised by new social systems, based on European norms and values," she said.

"Increased health needs among Maori and their increased experience of deprivation may be a consequence of the repression of indigenous peoples, the confiscation of land and political power, and the breaching of their rights.

"A loss of traditional food gathering places and practices following colonisation, alongside the introduction of new foods such as wheat, negatively impacted food security for Maori and resulted in a loss of traditional knowledge about food practices.".....

MIT Celebrates 20 Years of Māori Achievement
Manukau Institute of Technology is marking the anniversary of the opening of its marae, Ngā Kete Wānanga, Ōtara, with the release of a report detailing the institute’s commitment to Māori.

The revitalisation of te reo is a major focus, with staff offering free courses to the community as well as programmes for inmates at Auckland South Corrections Facility.

Cultural competency training that helps local service providers better understand and engage with Māori is an increasing part of the marae’s outreach to groups such as Competenz and the Employers and Manufacturers Association......

Ngāti Hei share Cook history
The narrative that Māori saw the arrival of Captain James Cook in Aotearoa New Zealand as an invasion by a murderous pirate is being challenged in a new book.

The British navigator's legacy is being questioned in the lead up to October's Tuia 250 commemoration of Cook's landings.

They say according to Ngāti Hei's Joe Davis, his ancestor Toawaka believed the 'pale-faced strangers with all their new powers' might help him and his people develop a better way of life, after years of brutal warfare and invasion by other tribes......

Alarm over allegations of standover tactics to extort money from contractors in Opotiki
Police complaints have been filed over a group allegedly using Mafia tactics to extort money from contractors in Opotiki on behalf of iwi.

Gravel contractors report threats of violence and damage to their equipment if "royalty" payments weren't made to a group of people alleged to be acting on behalf of the Opeke marae which is part of the hapu Ngati Irapuaia of the Whakatohea iwi.

"We were employed by a land owner to to take gravel, which was a consented activity," he said. "A couple of days later threats were made about burning my excavator unless royalties were paid. A couple of days later my truck had its tyres slashed."

A private investigation launched by the Bay of Plenty Regional Council revealed the threats were more widespread.

It is understood the investigation alleged threats to beekeepers on Department of Conservation land and a school lessee; reported instances of damage to diggers and trucks, and detailed how invoices were being presented to contractors for payment. One contractor allegedly paid tens of thousands of dollars......

Report on Family Justice reform recommends combined family justice service
A review of the family justice system is calling for the development of a combined family justice service – Te Korowai Ture ā-Whānau.

Rosslyn Noonan, who led the review, said the current Family Court was "no longer fit for purpose".

Better accessibility to justice, a stronger understanding of Te Ao Maori and more judges were just some of the recommendations put forward.

Noonan said she was "concerned" about how "mono-cultural" the court currently was.

"That has got to change. It is not acceptable in this day and age that we do not reflect Te Ao Māori.".....

Ngai Tahu seeks iwi involvement in High Country Crown Pastoral Lease land
Ngai Tahu have put forward the idea of iwi management plans as they seek stronger involvement in the way High Country Crown Pastoral Lease land is managed.

After the Government signalled an end to the tenure review process in February it received more than 3000 submissions on the proposal and Ngai Tahu feel there should be stronger collaboration with iwi on the management.

"Ngai Tahu has a rich history of spiritual and practical connection with the high country," the submission says.....

Christine Rankin angry Oranga Tamariki uplifts becoming a race issue
Former Families Commissioner Christine Rankin is defending the actions of Oranga Tamariki in uplifting babies from their parents.

Rankin told The Project on Thursday evening that she was frustrated responses to the video focused on the rate in which Māori families had children uplifted. Some have referred to those taken by the state as New Zealand's "stolen generation".

"I feel really frustrated that well-meaning people, that have got absolutely no idea about the reality of these children's lives, are creating a story about race, when it is actually a story about the protection of children," Rankin said.....

Accreditation bias limits Māori caregivers
A shortage of Māori able to train and certify caregivers may be hampering efforts to put children into the care of wider whanau rather than with strangers.

"Because one of the issues why whānau haven't come to Oranga Tamariki or Child Youth and Family before that to be a caregiver is because they haven't enjoyed the caregiving training. They feel they are being vetted and monitored and scrutinised rather than supported and nurtured into being an effective caregiver," Ms Leahy says.

There is no Māori Section 396 accreditor in Te Waipounamu......

Dome Valley landfill: Rāhui placed despite lack of iwi support
A rāhui has been placed over a site proposed for a large landfill, despite conflict between the landfill's opponents and the local iwi.

Ngāti Whātua representatives, along with members of the Fight the Tip Committee, gathered in the Dome Valley to place an aukati rāhui (political rāhui) over the proposed Auckland Regional Landfill site at 6.30am on Saturday.......

Over half-a-million in unpaid rates written off (Gisborne)
No properties have been taken for a mortgagee sale but Gisborne District Council is doing everything it can to collect unpaid rates, the finance and audit committee was told yesterday.

The committee heard that $572,000 of rates owing had been written off because they were “statute barred”.

The rates related to the 2012/13 financial year and comprised $529,000 of Maori freehold land and $43,000 general land......

Dome Valley dump: rāhui to stop development may be 'irrelevant'
But the Ngati Manuhiri Settlement Trust's chairman Mook Hohneck said any rāhui placed over the land without Ngati Manuhiri co-operation would be "irrelevant" under Māori customary law.

"We won't accept it any shape or form: from a cultural perspective, we are the only ones with the mana to impose a rāhui," he said.

Hohneck, who lives in Auckland, said he had no problem with anyone opposing the landfill and that "if this group want to do a karakia on the roadside on Saturday, that's fine".

But he would not accept Miru and Fight the Tip Committee could impose an official rāhui......

Maori economic development plan refresh to benefit Waikato communities
The refresh of the Waikato region’s Maori economic development action plan Te Whare Ohaoha will provide a clear roadmap towards a prosperous region, according to Te Puni Kakiri (Waikato-Waiariki) and Waikato’s regional economic development agency Te Waka.

The refreshed Waikato Region Maori Economic Action Plan and Agenda - Te Whare Ohaoha was unveiled by Maori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta at a stakeholder event today (Friday 14 June) in Hamilton. It outlined a series of actions to maximise economic outcomes, grow social and cultural wellbeing and encourage collaboration for the benefit of the Maori economy in Waikato.....

Petition for name change of Oranga Tamariki
A petition to change the name of Oranga Tamariki has been gaining traction online as Māori lawyers, midwives, and social workers call on the government to stop taking Māori children.

The former Child Youth and Family changed its name in 2017 under the National government and was amended by Labour last year, to become Oranga Tamariki - Ministry for Children.

Campaign creator Carolyn Hopa says on the ActionStation page that "oranga" was a word that implied wellness. She said the Ministry used the kupu distastefully.

"If you use te reo Māori to define your organisation then you must use tikanga Māori to run your organisation. This is not rocket science, it is basic respect.

"The Treaty of Waitangi promises that all things Māori and all things English would be treated the same."......

Forestry scholarships open for students
Applications have opened for the second round of Te Uru Rakau’s (Forestry New Zealand) Nga Karahipi Uru Rakau scholarships.

The scholarships provide $8000 a year to Maori and female students enrolling in either a Bachelor of Forestry Science or Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Forest Engineering at the University of Canterbury.......

Maori landowners fighting for their land
A group of Maori landowners is vowing to fight a plan that will strip them of their ancestral land in Papamoa.

SAVE Tumu Kaituna have grave fears that more than 4000 Maori landowners will be cut out of 55 hectares of their land if a proposal by Tumu Kaituna 14 Trust, Tauranga City Council, developers and neighbouring non-Maori landowners to sell the land goes through.....

Hauora Maori Workforce Funding
Do you have Maori whakapapa? Are you planning to study towards a NZQA accredited course (levels 2 – 6) in trimesters three or four of 2019, or in 2020? If so we may able to assist you with funding......

Reserve Bank and Māori Language Commission partner
Te Pūtea Matua (the Reserve Bank of New Zealand) and Te Taura Whiri i Te Reo Māori (the Māori Language Commission) today signed a mahi tahi Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to promote and embrace te reo Māori within the Central Bank.

The agreement, signed by Reserve Bank Governor Adrian Orr and Māori Language Commission Tumuaki (Chief Executive) Ngahiwi Apanui, signals the start of a strategic partnership that will allow both parties to take steps in accelerating the use and relevance of te reo Māori.

Mr Orr says the agreement is a significant step in strengthening the Bank’s commitment to Te Ao Māori (the Māori world).

“This taonga—our Māori language—should resonate throughout our nation.......

Co-governance future for Auckland water
Auckland Council policymakers are looking at future co-governance of water assets with Māori.

The council is working on a framework and vision for Te Mauri o Te Wai o Tāmaki Makaurau, and it has held consultation hui with the public and mana whenua.

Water strategy general manager Andrew Chin says it's not waiting for the strategy to be completed before it takes action, and it is working with marae on their infrastructure needs.

"We're anticipating there will be a future of co-governance for our water bodies in Auckland.....

New Zealand's own 'stolen generation': The babies taken by Oranga Tamariki
The case, which Newsroom reported, has iwi leaders calling for a new national approach to resolve the high incidence of Māori parents losing their babies through Oranga Tamariki applications to the Family Court.

Three Māori babies a week are being 'uplifted' from their mothers and of 283 babies taken into care last year, more than 70 percent were Māori or Pasifika.

Increasingly, those aware of the level of removals of Māori babies are discussing the term 'Stolen Generation', reflecting the systematic policy in Australia of taking indigenous children from their communities.....

Maternal hub plan 'breach of Treaty'
Clutha-Southland National MP Hamish Walker has accused the Government of breaching the Treaty of Waitangi in closing the birthing unit at Lumsden Maternity Centre.

The Southern District Health Board has decided to replace the centre with a maternal and child hub as part of a regionwide review of maternity services.

Speaking in Parliament last night, Mr Walker said the DHB and the Government had gone ahead with the decision without consulting local iwi.

''They haven't even consulted iwi, and in my books, that's a breach of the Treaty of Waitangi.

''You've basically silenced us. You haven't consulted iwi, and that is a breach of the Treaty.

''If you want to look after Maori, you don't breach the Treaty of Waitangi......

Oranga Tamariki taking Newsroom to court
Children's agency Oranga Tamariki went to court yesterday seeking orders for cuts to a Newsroom video story on a controversial 'uplift' of a Māori baby.

The ministry engaged law firm Kensington Swan and partner Linda Clark to file an urgent memorandum with the Family Court asking for Newsroom to be ordered to change the story by investigations editor Melanie Reid.

Clark wrote to Newsroom's editors claiming the story identified the baby and its mother and whānau in breach of the law, a charge this website rejects. She alleges Newsroom's measures to protect the baby's identity are insufficient as the gender and age of the baby and location of its birth, among other things, are reported.

The legal move followed a complaint a day earlier to the Media Council ahead of Newsroom's publication of the video story on the uplift, in which social workers tried to take a week-old baby from its mother's maternity bed in Hawke's Bay Hospital. The video contains footage of the woman's family and midwife being locked out of the hospital at night as social workers try to wait out the lone mother into the early hours and execute an order Oranga Tamariki had obtained from the Family Court.

Clark's letter says: "Your decision to publish the video in full is regarded by our client as deliberately provocative and concerning."

Newsroom does not accept the ministry's claims, believes there is overwhelming public interest in revealing what went on, and will oppose the application to the Family Court....

Ngai Tahu to join Otago Region Council today
Ngai Tahu representatives are ready to bring an iwi lens to Otago Regional Council policy-making.

Edward Ellison and Tahu Potiki will today join the council's policy committee meeting.

They will have voting rights and be paid $9957 per year, calculated as 20% of a councillor's base salary.

Cr Michael Laws called the appointment ''undemocratic''. Council chairman Stephen Woodhead said it was a way of improving the council's partnership with iwi.......

Rāhui placed on Southland's Lake Hauroko after death of Christchurch couple
Oraka-Aparima Runaka have placed a rāhui restriction on recreational fishing on Lake Hauroko after the death of a Christchurch couple who were boating on the lake.

The area of rāhui is the whole of Lake Hauroko, this also includes the Waiaurahiri River from the lake mouth to where it meets the sea.

Food should not be taken from the lake while the rahui is in place.

The rāhui acknowledges the loss of life in the lake and will be in place from June 7 until July 7......

Kermadec sanctuary progress needs iwi input
Greens co-leader Marama Davidson says the voices of iwi and mana whenua are critical in any efforts to set up a marine sanctuary around the Kermadecs.

Ms Davidson says Mr Key took a wrong approach and stuffed up.

All iwi have rights in the fishery around the islands as a result of the Maori Fisheries Settlement, but the only ones consulted were the northernmost iwi Ngāti Kuri, which claims mana whenua status.

"The Greens absolutely want to see protection of one of the most incredibly pristine marine areas on the planet. That's going to involve working with the leadership of iwi and mana whenua, including Ngāti Kuri who want to put in place protection and sanctuary not just around the Kermadecs but around entire areas of sea including their whenua as well," Ms Davidson says......

Iwi need to lead justice reform
A south Taranaki iwi leader says iwi and Māori need to drive the next stage of criminal justice system reform to ensure the outcome addresses Māori needs.

"What we need to do is wrap around and move them out of the government machinery, make it about where we are and where our self determination is best positioned,.....

Legacy of colonisation still has impact on justice system, lawyer says
There are no rational reasons for why Maori are treated differently in the justice system, a lawyer says.

The criminal justice system has come under fire after a damning report that laid bare the many issues throughout the system.

"The legacy of colonisation is still alive today. The fact that if you are a Maori person charged with the same crime as a non-Maori person, you are more likely to be arrested for that crime, you are more likely to face charges in the court, you are more likely to go to jail. There's evidence to suggest that Maori are treated differently."

Kingi wants to see fewer people end up in the justice system, as young Maori men in the system “more often than not” they graduate to prison.....

Hastings council apologises to mana whenua over Craggy Range Track
Hastings District Council has apologised to mana whenua over the way it handled the Craggy Range track resource consent process.

During hearings held at council to gain consent to remove the track, council's principal advisor for relationships, responsiveness and heritage James Graham said he wanted to apologise on behalf of the council......

Māori voices critical for vaping website
Māori public health service Hāpai Te Hauora is accusing some in the health sector about silencing Māori voices in the fight to reduce tobacco harm.....

Expert panel extends Te Kotahitanga kaupapa across all ages
One of the architects of the new Te Hurihanganui education framework says it will be even more comprehensive than Te Kotahitanga.

Professor Mere Berryman was part of the team that developed the original programme to change the way secondary schools engage with Māori pupils.

She was then part of the team asked to put aspects of Te Kotahitanga and four other pilots into a new framework, but says that effort was under-resourced while still being expected to turn around 170 years of colonised education in three years......

Māori-led justice initiatives for Māori essential - advisor
An advisor on a scathing justice report says one of the clear messages is that Māori should be allowed to lead justice initiatives for their own people.

Advisor Julia Whaipooti said what came across loud and clear was that the justice system was fundamentally flawed and broken.

She said overwhelmingly the report is "an expression of the grief and hurt that our justice system historically and currently causes".

It states Māori feel a strong sense of disengagement from the system, one they would not have agreed to when the Treaty of Waitangi was signed.

Ms Whaipooti said there were a lot of reasons why Māori entered the justice system, but one overwhelming factor has been the impact of colonisation, which she described as "living and breathing in our prisons".

It was really clear from all over the country, "let us do work, let us work with our own people, stop telling us how to work with our people, so it's really clear to let Māori lead, let Māori lead how we need to work with our own people," she said......

PGF investment package to grow Hawke’s Bay economy
“We’re also helping unlock the potential of Māori-owned land for horticulture by connecting a latent workforce in isolated communities to sustainable employment and training opportunities. This investment comes from the PGF’s Whenua Māori programme......

Sir Toby Curtis rails at Maori education
The Government’s wellbeing budget is being greeted with a reminder of past grievances by one of Maoridom’s leading figures in Rotorua.

“Whatever happens in this country, as long as we are governed by non-Maori, they (Pakeha) are going to make sure Maori aren’t going to get political dominance,” says Sir Toby.

“How do you stop them for getting political dominance? Making sure they don’t get too successful in education and make sure they bloody well pay up so that they can’t compete with our kids who will run the country......

Education initiative that aims to tackle racism, help Māori learners gets $42 million Government cash injection
New Government investment in education will tackle racism in the hopes to raise the potential of Māori learners.

Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis today announced the $42 million funding over three years into a new initiative called Te Hurihanganui, that will address racism and bias across the system and support whānau to better engage in learning.....

Air New Zealand to allow staff to show tattoos
Air New Zealand says it will allow all employees, including uniformed staff, to display their non-offensive tattoos at work.

From September 1 all new and existing Air New Zealand employees will be able to have Tā Moko and non-offensive tattoos visible when wearing their uniform or normal business attire.

Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Christopher Luxon says the policy changes is part of the national carrier's commitment to building a diverse and inclusive workplace that truly reflects the makeup of New Zealand......

Tuhoe blocks lake road seal
An official Government event to announce the sealing of a “horrendous” gravel section of state highway on the road to Lake Waikaremoana has been cancelled at the last minute because of iwi opposition.

The district’s mayor and long-campaigning residents on the road are aghast at the he Provincial Growth Fund decision.

Tuhoe Te Uru Taumatua chairman Tamati Kruger said his iwi opposed the sealing of the road because it “contributes to damage to the environment”.

He did not believe Tuhoe had been properly consulted about the works, given they had an “interest” in the area......

Pātaka eyed for Te Whānau a Apanui settlement
Te Whānau a Apanui is keen to see a pātaka now held in the Auckland War memorial Museum incorporated into a new school complex being built in Te Kaha.

Mr Te Aho says its acquisition by the museum just over 100 years ago is contentious.

Mr Te Aho says Te Whānau a Apanui hopes to get acknowledgement of the pātaka included in its treaty settlement agreement in principle which should be signed later this month.......

Rename and reboot for Te Kotahitanga as lessons learned
Te Kotahitanga was developed by a team at the University of Waikato led by Russell Bishop and Mere Berryman, but was scrapped by the previous government for cost reasons and replaced with a watered-down substitute.

"I think one of the big things will be sitting down with the whānau, hapū, with iwi where appropriate, designing what they want in their education community, and addressing all those issues around racism and deficit thinking and the low expectations of some teachers," Mr Davis says.

Te Hurihanganui will initially be rolled out in six communities involving about 4000 pupils.....

More than $100k for Historic Pā Site Visitor Experience
Central Hawke’s Bay District Council (CHBDC) in partnership with Te Taiwhenua o Tamatea will receive $104,764 of Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) investment funding for Ngā Ara Tipuna, a visitor experience project that will bring historic pā sites back to life.

The concept of Ngā Ara Tipuna was put forward to the council as part of Project Thrive. The council seed funded the proof of concept which has enabled this project to further progress.....

Whānau ora funding gets National thumbs
National's crown Māori relations spokesperson Nick Smith is welcoming the budget lift for whānau ora, but says it should have been bigger.

"If you're going to make meaningful, long term change in the lives of Māori New Zealanders then we believe the whānau ora programme has proved its worth. The government did a big review and gave it a pretty strong thumbs up so we are delighted that successful programme we introduced as Government is going to be continued because it is good for New Zealand and it is good for Māori," Mr Smith says.....

Culture takes precedence over South Waikato development
South Waikato landowners wanting to cash in on growing interest in the district may have to think again.

The South Waikato District Council is a step closer to introducing changes to its District Plan that will put restrictions on any development near culturally significant sites and landscapes.

It comes after years of co-governance committee talks with local iwi representative the Raukawa Charitable Trust (RCT) and amid plans to rezone large rural areas into a combination of residential, rural-residential and business zones to keep up with a steadily growing population......

New justice report slams system for poor treatment of victims, Māori - 'racism is embedded in every part of it'
Racism is embedded in every area of the criminal justice system, according to a report released by the Safe and Effective Justice advisory group.

The report is also critical of how victims are treated within the system, saying people have a lack of faith in it, which suggests it is not fit for purpose.

Chester Borrows is leading the advisory group, and said the report should not come as a surprise.

The report also looks at the over-representation of Māori in the criminal justice system, describing it as a crisis.

It states "the effects of colonisation undermine, disenfranchise and conspire to trap Maori in the criminal justice system" and that "racism is embedded in every part of it".....

OIA ignored as hundreds of requests languish
The New Zealand Maori Council will tomorrow file an Official Information Request with the Government to find out – how many Official Information Requests remain outstanding across the public service and why.

“The reality is it is hard to try and get to the bottom of a situation or understand what needs to be done on a particular matter of what could be public importance if your Crown Partner doesn’t want to play ball.....

New Zealand to Promote Indigenous Culture with More of Maori Language
This new policy was first voted into practice last year in the month of June and the new language policy started its first action in the Wellington Civic Square which is called as Te Ngakau which means the heart. Following the action on the Wellington-square, the authorities have also started to name the other places using the native language of New Zealand.

Wellington’s waterfront is now known as ‘Ara Moana’ which means the ocean pathway. A nearby park from the waterfront is now known as Whairepo Lagoon. Another place in New Zealand that is just about to follow the move set by the city council is the Wellington Zoo.

The main objective of the city council is to give the zones bilingual names so that it could contribute to promoting the native culture and language of New Zealand. Apart from naming the places, the council has also created a fun game for kids that would enable them to learn the names of animals in this language.

Wellington aims to be a te reo Maori city by the year 2040 and this initiative will also give scope for the language to be seen by many.....

Māori voice on BOP economic forum
A new trustee on the Eastern Bay of Plenty's Toi Economic Development Agency says maori interests are essential to the region's future economic success.

There are also growing tensions around water rights and water use.

"Having iwi involved in the economic development forum is the way for New Zealand to move forward......

Iwi and Hapu Management Plans
Iwi and Hapu Management Plans (IHMPs) are prepared by an iwi, iwi authority, runanga or hapu as an expression of rangatiratangaand kaitiakitanga of local natural resources. They are designed to be strategic documents which outline priorities for iwi and hapu as well as providing a valuable cultural context and preferred process of engagement for local authorities....

Kaupapa Māori test best way to measure Oranga Tamariki response
Māori lawyers and researchers are calling on the government to adopt long-standing kaupapa Māori models when they develop new evaluation methods for Māori children and young people who come to the notice of Oranga Tamariki.

In a paper released as part of Māori research body Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga’s new Te Arotahi series, the researchers including Jacinta Ruru from the University of Otago and Khylee Quince from AUT University argue a kaupapa Māori approach can positively disrupt the government’s systemic undermining of Māori and their whānau.

They say the default in Aotearoa New Zealand is to use Western and Eurocentric frameworks to measure well-being which do not give a full picture of Māori well-being……

Iwi hort gets boost on coast
Iwi and the kiwifruit industry are welcoming the latest funding from the Government’s Provincial Growth Fund which consists of $370,000 being placed into a kiwifruit project.

The project is run through Te Kaha Landowners, an iwi consortium of six ahuwhenua trusts that own kiwifruit orchards across the East Coast area.

The initial funding is to be followed by as much as $13 million to boost iwi jobs in the remote region through horticultural projects aiming to create year-round employment for almost 200 people......

Time to disrupt family law with Treaty of Waitangi
Māori lawyers and legal academics say the new law covering Oranga Tamariki is a chance to disrupt a system that is putting far too many Māori children into state care.

She says the use of words like mana tamaiti, whakapapa and whanaungatanga in the legislation will be a learning moment for judges and officials.....

Maori business profits continue strong growth - Stats NZ
The surplus was achieved on an annual income of $3.4 billion, almost unchanged on 2016.

Mâori authority businesses are businesses that manage Mâori assets held in communal ownerships. They range from larger farming, forestry, and fisheries companies to small land trusts.

"The role of Mâori business and Mâori economic development is an important driver of New Zealand’s economy, with strong connections to the land and sea," national accounts senior manager Gary Dunnet said.

Mâori authority businesses paid salaries and wages of about $470 million in 2017, down slightly on 2016, but up 36 percent on 2012.

Mâori authority businesses’ assets grew 6 percent in 2017 to $20.1 billion. From 2012, assets have risen by almost $6 billion, a gain of about 40 percent.

Mâori authority businesses own an increasing share of their growing assets, an indication of greater financial strength. Shareholders’ funds or owners’ equity was $14 billion in 2017, up from $9.6 billion in 2012.

Mâori authority businesses are key contributors to the Mâori economy, but these figures exclude other types of Mâori businesses, such as many small and medium-sized enterprises and self-employed Mâori. This is because they are harder to reliably identify......

Kaupapa-Māori approach urged for Māori kids in state care
Māori academics are urging the government to adopt long-standing kaupapa-Māori approaches to keep Māori children out of state care.

A recent paper from the Māori research institute Ngā Pae o te Māramataka suggests there's still an opportunity to significantly reduce that number, with new laws under the amended Oranga Tamariki Act coming into force from July.

Te Aniwa Hurihanganui spoke to lead academic Khylie Quince about what a "Kaupapa-Māori" approach means.....

Wellington Housing First contracts revealed
Two contracts have been awarded for the rollout of Housing First in Wellington, which will begin this month.

It's understood contracts to deliver Housing First services in Wellington are being entered into with Kahungunu Whānau Services and a collective being led by DCM.

Kahungunu Whānau Services CEO Ali Hamlin-Paenga said the Housing First contract was the beginning of a lot more work to come.

It's important a Māori housing provider was awarded one of the contracts, she said.

"Maori have their own solutions and I think the importance of allowing us to do what we need to do in a Te Reo Māori way gives us an opening to ensure not only our people but all people in the community are looked after.......

Maori Council calls on the DHB model to be abolished
Maori Council calls on the DHB model to be abolished – landmark survey finds District Health Board model fails to meet the needs of Maori – health outcomes at significant risk of declining

“That’s why we join with many others to call time on the DHB model and look at new and innovative approaches for health care in New Zealand and from our perspective that means a system designed, developed and governed to provide Maori Health and Wellbeing services to our people. Specifically, we are wanting to see the following:

Integrated model of administration and coordination
Maori health funding authority
Maori health and mental health services provisioning
Maori workforce development and investment
Integration of Tikanga and culturally based approaches of care
Disability services model for Maori
Aged care services and support
Closer integration of broader Government services
Overhaul of the Ministry of Health.....

Part Three of Te Mana Whatu Āhuru Report released
Today the Waitangi Tribunal released Part Three of Te Mana Whatu Āhuru: Report on Te Rohe Pōtae Claims. The report addresses all claims relating to Crown actions within the Te Rohe Potae inquiry district after the Treaty of Waitangi signing in February, 1840.

The first two reports recommended that the Rangatiratanga of Te Rohe Pōtae Māori be enacted in legislation in a way that recognises and affirms their rights of autonomy and self-determination within their rohe, and imposes a positive obligation on the Crown to give effect to those rights.

The third report focusses on how to give effect to these matters by addressing land policy and legislation enforced by the Crown after 1900, and discusses the implications this had on Māori who expected to be able to exercise their mana whakahaere. Not only did these expectations reflect promises within the Treaty of Waitangi, but also within the Te Ohāki Tapu agreement......

$32m boost to kōhanga reo 'just the start' says Minister Kelvin Davis
Kōhanga Reo will receive a $32 million funding boost to lift wages, pay volunteers and improve and upgrade facilities.

Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis made the post-Budget announcement at Te Kōhanga Reo o Ngā Mokopuna in Kilbirnie, Wellington, on Tuesday.

Davis, who is also the Minister for Crown Māori Relations, said the the funding acknowledged the "crucial role" kōhanga reo play in the survival and revitalisation of te reo Māori.

"This is the start of what equality for kōhanga reo looks like......
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Traditional Māori medicine could be a cure for kauri dieback
A Northland woman says a recent experiment she conducted to treat kauri dieback has had remarkable results.

"We gather the fat of the whale and use also the bone of the whale, we mix both elements and then apply it on the bark of the tree. Within this process, we deliver our karakia."

Both Butterworth and Ashby hope to get their treatment scientifically tested. Until then, they will continue to utilise the rongoā methods of their ancestors.....

NZ First taking close look at Māori broadcast pūtea
The New Zealand First caucus is set for a briefing on how money set aside for Māori broadcasting is being shared out.
He says Māori community radio needs to be safeguarded and supported.

"We don’t want Māori radio starved, we don’t want Māori radio bullied, and we want it to grow.......

Council to supports events across Waikato to celebrate Matariki, Maori New Year
Waikato District Council is supporting a variety of eventsacross the district to mark Matariki, the Maori New Year, which will be celebrated between 25 June and 3 July this year.

The largest of these is the seventh Matariki Festival hosted by Te Whare Toi o Ngaaruawaahia – Twin Rivers Community Art Centre with the support of more than $6,000 from the Creative Communities Scheme and from discretionary Council funding.

Funding of nearly $4,000 from the Council's iwi liaison budget will also support:....

Researchers call for kaupapa Māori approach to turn around poverty, Oranga Tamariki care disparities
Researchers are calling for greater partnership with Māori and a more whānau-based approach to tackle disparities in poverty and youth outcomes.

In an article published today by Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (Māori Centre of Research Excellence) researchers called for a kaupapa Māori model for young Māori who came to the attention of Oranga Tamariki.

Researchers said a new law coming into force on July 1, requiring the chief executive of Oranga Tamariki to recognise and provide for a practical commitment to the Treaty of Waitangi, gave an opportunity to develop more appropriate measures for Māori, rather than typically Western and Eurocentric measures of well-being......

Air NZ keen to boost Māori staff ranking
Air New Zealand has set a target of having 20 percent of Māori and Pasifika employees in leadership roles by 2022.

The airline’s senior leaders will work to build their fluency in Māori culture and customs, including attending immersive overnight marae workshops.......

Awards to support better medicine access for Māori
Both PHARMAC and Te Rūnanga want to advance the Māori nursing workforce and strengthen their relationships with Māori health professional groups. PHARMAC has a strategic goal of eliminating the inequities in access to medicines that mean Māori are not getting the same benefits from funded medicines as other New Zealanders.

The Awards are in two categories, with the winners in each receiving a share of $10,000. Winners are selected by a joint PHARMAC - Te Rūnanga panel........

Mōkai Pātea Waitangi Claims Trust seeks mandate through hui with Taihape iwi
After much preparation, the Mōkai Pātea Waitangi Claims Trust is about to ask four Taihape iwi for mandate to represent them in Treaty of Waitangi claims.

The trust begins a series of hui on June 15, in Taihape and Whanganui. They continue to Porirua, Turangi and Taradale and finish in Auckland on June 23.

The hui were to inform members of the tribe about the mandate strategy, and to give everyone over 18 a chance to vote, trust chairman Utiku Potaka said.

The trust has taken the unusual step of opening voting to tribal members who are not registered with it, and may not want to be. Those people can make a special vote, stating their whakapapa (connection to the iwi). Their votes will be referred to knowledgeable people for verification......

Wellbeing Budget recognises the importance of Kōhanga Reo
Kōhanga reo are set to get a boost with new funding support that will significantly lift wages, allow volunteers to be paid, update ICT capacity, and fund a stock take and repairs of their buildings, Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis announced today.

Kelvin Davis announced the $32 million Wellbeing Budget investment at Te Kōhanga Reo o Ngā Mokopuna in Wellington and said it acknowledges the crucial role kōhanga reo play in the survival and revitalisation of te reo Māori......

Waitangi Tribunal Announces Whakatōhea District Inquiry
The Waitangi Tribunal has released its decision to hold a district inquiry into the historical grievances of Whakatōhea this afternoon.....

Māori are the only real winners in Well Being Budget
If there is any winner in this budget, it's Māori.
$116 million for Whānau Ora
$98 million for Māori and whānau in Prisons
$61 million in Māori mental health
$40 million in papakainga development
$49 million for Mana in Mahi
$100 million investment in whenua Māori
$32million boost for Kōhanga Reo
Māori put their trust into Labour at the last election by handing them all the Māori electorates plus an enormous boost in the Party list vote from Māori on the General roll, this budget rewards that faith.

The Māori Caucus should be applauded, because there is little else to cheer.....

Queen's Birthday Honours: Advocating to keep the Government honest earns honour
"I remember well, being at a hui where 100 very important people had been invited to talk about the country's constitution. A question put to Sir Graham Latimer was deferred to me and I responded with 'Before we begin looking at the constitution of New Zealand, we need to recognise Māori have more rights in this country.'

"Not only were we given the same rights as British citizens under the Treaty, we were also given the right to use our taonga [our land, our river and our language]. This bought the hui to a halt."

Paul said he has been advocating from this position so his black-haired, brown-eyed mokopuna would have equality with his blonde-haired, blue-eyed mokopuna.......

More South Canterbury organisations enrol staff for Te Reo classes
Te Reo Māori is experiencing a resurgence at tertiary institutions with more people and organisations choosing to study the official language.

The Ara Institute of Canterbury says it has seen an increase in the number of enrolments from businesses eager to learn and teach its staff about Māori language and culture, and sports associations in South Canterbury are also looking to join in.

In South Canterbury, organisations such as the Waimate District Council and the Timaru District Council (TDC) are huge role players in Te Reo training, Ara said.

TDC senior adviser for people and capability Hannah Goddard-Coles said the council had 38 employees enrolled for Ara's Te Reo short courses......

Consultancy fund welcomed
Dunedin city councillors say a $250,000-a-year fund to work with Ngai Tahu's Dunedin-based commercial consultancy arm, Aukaha, is long overdue.

Councillors at this week's annual plan deliberations voted 13-1 to approve the annual funding, which was to be matched dollar-for-dollar by Ngai Tahu.

The money would help cover the costs associated with a variety of cultural and advisory roles already carried out - free of charge - by Aukaha and local iwi in Dunedin, councillors were told.....

Kura Kaupapa disappointed at lack of budget funds
"They [representatives] don't really see any funding for our Māori education system, like our Māori immersion schools," says Wright. "From what they can see, most of the funding has gone to support a mainstream education system which has not yet resulted in outcomes for our Māori students."

Māori Education Minister Kelvin Davis says, "We are reviewing the country's education landscape so within those findings we will be able to see how we can help the different schools, including Māori immersion schools and mainstream.".......

Iwi, scientists to study Hokianga Harbour silt threat
Far North iwi hopes a $100,000 science grant will help improve understanding of how the Hokianga Harbour has changed since people arrived in the country — and what can be done to restore its health.

The study comes amid mounting concerns over the state of the harbour, where human activity, particularly deforestation, has led to species loss, poor water quality and high levels of siltation.

The funding was awarded to Crown-owned research institute GNS Science and Te Rarawa Anga Mua, a subsidiary of Te Rūnanga o Te Rarawa.......

NZ Tattoo date announced
Palmerston North City is pleased to announce the new date for the New Zealand Tattoo as Saturday 4 April 2020.

The New Zealand Tattoo will feature 600+ top quality performers and will be a uniquely New Zealand show with a theme of 'The Homecoming" in recognition of the end of WW1 and New Zealanders returning home, with particular significance to the Maori Battalion and its association with Palmerston North city.....

Reo funding ramped up
The chair of Te Mātāwai says extra funding in the Budget should help in its efforts to get more Māori speaking te reo.

Te Waihoroi Shortland says the $6 million for the Kāhui investment model run will boost Te Mātāwai’s administrative support of the Maihi Māori programme in the wider Māori community and also to develop policy and advice for Te Taura Whiri.

Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta says the extra money in the Budget for te reo Māori shows the crown is committed to ensuring that basic te reo is spoken by a million people in Aotearoa by 2040

As well as the money for Te Mātāwai, there is $10 million over four years to fund Te Taura Whiri, the Māori Language Commission, and support an increase in certification for te reo translators.

Another $4 million dollars has been allocated to support events that build a shared national identity.

The Budget also funds $14 million of additional support for Te Māngai Pāho to produce quality Māori programming to support te reo Māori and wider cultural development objectives.......

Pride as Budget delivers for Māori caucus
Employment Minister Willie Jackson, the chair of Labour‘s Māori caucus, says there is $570 million of new money for Māori initiatives, the largest ever such investment.

The employment portfolio got another $26.6 million to be allocated through the Provincial Growth Fund to extend He Poutama Rangitahi to assist young people at risk of long term unemployment.....

Wellbeing budget promises encourage local government
Councils have been embracing their role in enhancing relationships between local government and iwi to improve partnerships, and an additional $10 million in operating expenditure is welcomed to further strengthen this commitment.

“This investment will make a real difference to the cultural well-being of New Zealanders across the country, particularly as the government completes further Treaty of Waitangi settlements....

Mind the gap
It’s no secret that Auckland has a housing crisis. Income growth hasn’t kept pace with either house price or rent increases in the city for more than two decades. The median house price has gone from roughly four times the median household income in 2002 to roughly nine times that amount today.

Though those trends have impacted every strata of society, Māori are disproportionately affected. Māori home ownership rates have dropped consistently for decades, and Māori are over-represented in Auckland’s homelessness statistics. They have borne the brunt of the crisis.

The Kāinga Strategic Action Plan is an attempt to address that disparity. The wide-ranging document, commissioned by the Independent Māori Statutory Board in May 2018, outlines a strategy for ending homelessness and increasing Māori participation in Auckland’s housing market.....

New judge's goal: Fewer Māori through courts and in prison
Māori lawyer from the Far North, La-Verne King, has been sworn in as the newest judge in the District Court.

Judge King, of Ngāti Kahu ki Whangaroa and Ngāti Paoa, wanted to share the day with students at Te Rangi Aniwaniwa in Kaitaia and opted to have her ceremony at the school hall, instead of the courthouse.

She said she is looking forward to bringing her understanding of te ao Māori to the judiciary.

Her appointment brings the number of Māori district court judges up to 20, out of a total of 160.

"I've chosen that setting because I think the justice system can learn a lot about how kura kaupapa operate.

"It is a really positive environment, it encourages Māori tamariki to be Maori. It encompasses te ao, te reo me ōna tīkanga.....

Wakatū Inc. seeks response from the Crown in land case
After success in the Supreme Court in February 2017, Wakatū Incorporation, a Nelson-based Māori-owned organisation, says the Crown is taking too long to enter into genuine discussions to resolve its case.

The Supreme Court case, which was taken by kaumātua and Wakatū board member Rore Stafford, and Wakatū Incorporation on behalf of its owners, the families of Wakatū, dates back to the settlement of Nelson in the mid-1840s.

At that time, the Nelson settlement was established by the New Zealand Company and the Crown on the condition that the Nelson Tenths’ Reserves Trust would be created for the benefit of the Māori land owners, and all papakāinga, cultivation and wāhi tapu lands in Nelson and Tasman would be protected from settlement.

Significant areas of land in Nelson and Tasman were never reserved by the Crown or were removed from the Nelson Tenths’ Reserves Estate between 1845 and 1977.

As the kaumātua who is leading the case, Rore Stafford says, ‘I see it as a simple kaupapa, just give our land back.’......

Infamous track on Te Mata Peak exposes racism
Ngāti Kahungunu iwi and hapū members have been subject to racism following their support for the removal of the highly contentious Craggy Range track on Te Mata Peak, but Ngāti Kahungunu Chair Ngahiwi Tomoana says there has been a shift in public opinion, with strong support now to have it removed.

“When the Pākehā carved the track on Rongokako, things got quite heated between the Māori and the Pākehā community,” says Tomoana.

Ngāti Kahungunu opposed the track that had been cut on their ancestral mountain Rongokako, but, in doing so, received an outpouring of public backlash and vocal remarks of racism.

“Due to their ignorance at that time, racist and difficult comments were made every day towards Māori families and tribal members. They were yelling at us and shouting at us,” he says......

'H' added to Rural Community Board's name to reflect spelling of Whanganui District
Whanganui's Rural Community Board is finally having the "H" officially added to the spelling of its name.

The Local Government Commission has approved the change of name to Whanganui Rural Community Board as part of the representation review of the Whanganui District ahead of this year's local government elections. Councils must review representation every six years.....

A well-meaning Budget 2019 offers almost half a billion for Māori
At a glance: $480mil in targeted spending on Māori (including $398mil in ‘whānau wellbeing’ and $82mil in Māori/Crown relations and Treaty settlements).

Whānau Ora: $81mil (operating)
The Wellbeing Budget commits $80 million over four years to expand the coverage and impact of Whānau Ora in addition to $1mil to research how a whānau-centred approach to primary healthcare can improve health outcomes for Māori and Pacific peoples.

Supporting te reo Māori and communities: $208mil (operating) $2mil (capital)
Budget 2019 Initiatives include resurrecting Te Kotahitanga, supporting the Māori Housing Network and revitalising marae as centres of community and te reo.

Almost $9.8mil over four years will fund Te Taura Whiri and support an increase in certification for te reo teachers.

Another $4mil will be used to sponsor events that contribute to promoting the status and use of te reo Māori. Te Puni Kōkiri will administer this fund.

$6mil will be invested in the Kāhui investment model run by Te Mātāwai. This investment will be used to support the Maihi Māori programme in the wider Māori community and also for policy and advice for Te Taura Whiri.

Budget 2019 also provides $14mil of additional support for Te Mangai Paho to produce Māori programming and content.

Tackling reoffending – a kaupapa Māori approach: $95mil (operating) $3mil (capital)
The Wellbeing Budget is investing $98mil into a pathway for people to experience a kaupapa Māori and whānau-centred approach for all of their time with Corrections, from pre-sentence to reintegration and transition in their community.

The initiative includes $35mil of operating funding over four years to apply a Whānau Ora approach and will initially focus on Māori men under 30 years of age. 
Unlocking whenua Māori: $56mil
The government says it will invest $56.1mil over four years in “unlocking the unused potential of Māori-owned land” through the implementation of the Whenua Māori Programme.

Improving Māori health outcomes:
These include a pre-budget announcement of $12mil in funding for rheumatic fever programmes to reduce the incidence rate among Māori and Pacific peoples and support better management of the illness.

Other targeted funding includes the Māori Health Workforce Development Package, which will receive $10mil operating funds to contribute to improving Māori health outcomes by increasing the Māori health workforce.

Additionally, the Māori Health Innovation Fund to Improve Māori Health Outcomes will receive $4mil to increase the number and range of Māori health providers.

This targeted funding represents a drop in the ocean of health-related funding which will disproportionately affect Māori. These include the record $1.9 mental health package and a multi-year $1.7bil investment in hospitals, mental health and addiction facilities.

Māori/Crown relations and Treaty settlements: $82mil
A range of initiatives related to progressing Treaty settlements, maintaining Landbank properties and fulfilling Treaty obligations will receive operating funding to maintain and improve engagement between Māori and the Crown.

(Note: the figures above do not represent the entirety of Budget 2019 spending on Māori-specific initiatives.).....

Govt plans for million people to speak te reo by 2040
The government says it is committed to ensuring that basic te reo is spoken by a million people in Aotearoa by 2040, as part of this year's budget.

According to the latest statistics from the 2013 census, 148,400 people reported they could hold a conversation in Māori.

Mahuta says te reo is a taonga that will strengthen the partnership between Crown and Māori.

“The language also makes a key contribution to New Zealand tourism and international trade,” she says.

“For te reo Māori to thrive by 2040, we all need to do our part to make it a working, living language.”.....

Taxpayer money will be spent unfairly via Whanau Ora
Race-based spending initiatives announced in the Wellbeing-Budget (such as an extra $80 million for Whanau Ora) will lead to wasteful and unfair outcomes, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union.

“When taxpayers’ money is used on welfare, health services, or educational assistance, it should be laser-targeted towards areas of need, taking into account individual circumstances. In this Budget, spending is too often targeted through the single lens of race.”.....

Budget should demonstrate commitment to Māori
Wellbeing Budget should demonstrate the Coalition Government’s commitment to Māori

Hart says "This is a powerful message to our people that our voices have been heard and our needs will be recognised by the equitable distribution of public funding into areas which will make a tangible difference for Māori. We hope they won’t be disappointed.".....

New Southern Pathway in Auckland Domain officially named
Auckland Museum’s Southern Pathway in the Auckland Domain has been completed with its official name announced by Auckland Mayor Phil Goff.

“With the guidance of our Taumata-a-iwi, the Southern Pathway’s official name of Te Ara Oranga has been gifted by Taumata-a-Iwi member Te Hei Tamaariki and means the Pathway of Life or Wellbeing.”.....

Wintec embeds introductory te reo Māori and tikanga Māori in programmes
The Waikato Institute of Technology's centre for Health and Social Practice has embedded introductory te reo Māori and tikanga Māori lessons through all of its programmes.

It comes after the Australasia College for Emergency Medicine launched its own cultural strategy in May, committing all of its senior staff and trainees to lessons in te reo Māori and the Treaty of Waitangi.

Wintec Director of Health, Dr Angela Beaton, said the institute wanted to develop practitioners who could work effectively with whānau, pronounce Māori patient names correctly and understand Māori customs.

"Students learn about Māori identity, Māori world-views, and different protocols by having noho marae stay......

Children in police cells a direct Treaty breach - Māori Council
An executive director of the Māori Council says holding young people in police cells is a breach of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

On 1 July, the Oranga Tamariki Act will be amended, and will require that the agency provides a practical commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi. That includes ensuring its policies and practices have the aim of reducing disparities for Māori children.

Mr Tukaki said holding a young person in a police cell would be a direct breach of Te Tiriti o Waitangi because it failed to honour the partnership between the Crown and Māori.

The Children's Commissioner, Judge Andrew Becroft, said the government could honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi by outlawing the practice.

"Given the extreme disproportionality of Māori in police cells one thing the government could do in response to treaty obligations, is to remove and abolish that statutory option from the books straight away."

Judge Becroft said that would be a practical first step and could be generally seen as honouring the treaty......

Building culture in Tāmaki Makaurau
Before Auckland was named Auckland, it was Tāmaki Makaurau. Māori lived on the isthmus for hundreds of years before Pākehā arrived, building pā on its volcanic cones and prospering on its fertile network of waterways. The history of this land is first told in a Māori voice......

High Māori expectations for Budget
Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis says this week's Wellbeing Budget is a chance to address some longstanding concerns withing Māoridom.

"We know that over half of people in prison are Māori and something needs to be different. This is a system change we are implementing with Māori Pathways and it is probably 170 years overdue, so if someone wants to accuse me of funding for Māori, yes, I'm guilty as charged," he says.......

Kaikohe faces a teacher shortage in kura kaupapa Māori schools
Kaikohe community leaders are calling for specialised job training as full immersion Kura Kaupapa Māori schools battle a teacher shortage.

A promotional video for two jobs attracted 6000 views but only four applications......

Pou whenua installed on Quail Island to 'enrich' visitor experience
A nine-metre tall pou whenua now stands guard over Quail Island.

The carved pillar – called Te Hamo o Tū Te Rakiwhānoa – is used to mark territorial boundaries and areas of significance.....

Ngāti Porou foreshore fight resolved
Ngāti Porou’s customary interests in the East Coast coastal and marine area has been recognized with the passing yesterday of Ngā Rohe Moana o Ngā Hapū o Ngāti Porou Bill (No 2).

A large number of hapū representatives were at parliament yesterday to witness the third reading.

Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Andrew Little says Ngāti Porou was the only iwi to both enter into negotiations and reach a foreshore and seabed deed of agreement with the Crown under the former Foreshore and Seabed Act.

When that Act was repealed in 2011, the then-National Government said it would honour its commitments to the deed......

$4 million to strengthen Māori science connections
Thirty one new projects will receive funding worth $4 million over the next two years through the seventh round of Te Pūnaha Hihiko: Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund (the Fund).

This year’s projects will create a greater understanding of how the science system can support the economic, social and cultural development of Māori organisations. They span a wide range of topics including traditional Māori healing, testing for kauri dieback, and evaluation of tools for communicating scientific data to communities for customary fisheries management.....
Govt to fund $56.1m to develop whenua Māori
The government has today announced an investment of $56.1 million over four years into the development of whenua, Māori freehold landowners and their whānau.

This comes after plans for a Whenua Māori Programme were first announced earlier this year.

The programme supports Māori landowners, trustees and whānau across the spectrum to expand their operations and seek opportunities, says Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta. The spectrum includes those establishing ownership interests and governance structures, through to owners who are ready to expand their operations and seek opportunities.

“Our focus is on stimulating social and economic development through the 1.4 million hectares of whenua Māori that remains in Māori freehold title,” says Mahuta......

Apology call after Government delivered on Māori funding
The chair of Labour’s Māori Party caucus says he’s waiting for an apology from critics who complained the Government was running shy of delivering targeted funding for Māori.

Willie Jackson says next week’s Wellbeing Budget includes a number of areas where the Government has decided the best way to achieve its outcomes are through specific Māori programmes.

"You’ve already seen $98 million go out for our people totally targeted funding in terms of our prisons and Corrections. Whānau Ora is involved in that. I can't see that sort of pūtea distributed by previous Governments. We've already seen $100 million go out in terms of whenua. So those who said to us we couldn't get any targeted funding, I'm waiting for an apology, and that's with New Zealand First who we were told would block Māori funding," he says.

New Zealand’s agreed colours, signage and te reo Māori translations for rubbish and recycling bins
The symbols have been translated into te reo Māori . WasteMINZ worked with Jacqui Forbes from Para Kore and Ian Christensen from He Kupenga Hao i Te Reo Māori to produce bilingual New Zealand Recycling Symbols.

The symbols can be downloaded here as a zipped folder. The symbols are available in both a portrait and landscape layout. They are editable so you are able to replace a kupu (word) if required, in consultation with your local iwi. The word list for the symbols can be downloaded here. Organisations are encouraged to use the standard translations, unless there are regional or local differences.....

Programme brings Māori names and narratives to Auckland's parks and places
Across the region, a movement is under way to reflect the true richness of our heritage in the names of our parks and public spaces.

Across the region, a movement is under way to reflect the true richness of our heritage in the names of our parks and public spaces.

Tāmaki Makaurau is filled with lovely parks but few of their names evoke a full picture of our complex past or vibrant present. Cornwall. Albert. Victoria. Myers. Western. For the most part, these names reflect only our colonial heritage.

None of these much-loved parks will undergo a name change, but Auckland Council is working with mana whenua to ensure parks and other public spaces better reflect the region’s rich Māori heritage too. Fourteen local boards have signed on to be part of a programme called Te Kete Rukuruku, which aims to showcase the Māori history and stories of Tāmaki Makaurau. One element is to add names significant to Māori to local parks and community places, including libraries and community centres......

Iwi research whalebone treatment for kauri dieback
Northland iwi are investigating how whalebone could treat kauri dieback disease. Māori medicinal expert Tohe Ashby is using traditional knowledge to test the possibilities.

Ashby has conducted case studies to test his theory, which has produced some exciting results.

"I have tested it and it shows an improvement in the condition of the trees."

Ashby says he would like to be funded to expand his research and share it with other iwi.....
Ngati Porou is set to gain legal customary title over the East Coast foreshore and seabed.

The Nga Rohe Moana o Nga Hapu o Ngati Porou Bill receives its third and final reading in Parliament this afternoon and is set to become a milestone piece of legislation — the first of its kind.

Representatives of the Crown and many hapu of Ngati Porou will today sign the Whakamana Accord and Relationship Instruments set out in the amended deed and witness the Third Reading of the Nga Rohe Moana o Nga Hapu o Ngati Porou Bill (No.2).

Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou chairman Selwyn Parata says the passage of the bill is the culmination of 16 years of negotiation with the Crown, which stemmed from the controversial Foreshore and Seabed Act in 2004.

“Ngati Porou mana over many of its coastal areas has been constant and undisrupted,” he said. “But when we saw the harsh legislation taking shape in 2003 we decided to take matters into our own hands.”

“We have been fortunate to have three outstanding ministers to work with from both sides of the political spectrum.

“Hon Sir Michael Cullen, Hon Chris Finlayson and Hon Andrew Little ensured the Crown stayed the course......

Tiriti approach part of climate change demands
The group organising tomorrow’s second school strike for climate change action wants Te Tiriti o Waitangi to be part of any solution.

Demands being made include:

that any change must uphold democratic systems and obligations under Te Tiriti o Waitangi,

There has to be meaningful consultation, there has to be co-development between Māori and Pākehā, they have to really take into consideration the concepts of kaitiakitanga, manaakitanga and all of that kind of stuff," Ms Handford says......

Local Focus: 'Captain Cook was a mass murderer'
But indigenous rights activist, Tina Ngata is calling for a boycott.

"I see him as a murderer, a mass murderer," she said. "I see him as a tool of a white supremacist machine of imperial expansionism. And I see him as a white supremacist.

"He was a very cruel man, even by the standard of those times. It was noted that he became excessively cruel, particularly in his later journals, and he is prone to torture and abduction."....

New Māori look for Auckland Int. Airport
The departures section in the country's largest airport has had a revamp and Dr Johnson Witehira was one of three artists who gave the space a Māori look through design and illustration.

Witehira says that over the past thirty years more organisations have started using Māori designs in their structures.

"I think the airport, just seeing that we are all wanting to connect to te ao Māori, this is an early stage for them, but a really big and important move."

"It was natural from us as the gateway to the country to include Māori design elements throughout the terminal expansion."

Witehira hopes that these designs will take travellers on their own journey through parts of the Māori world, as they wait to take their venture into the outside world......

Waimakariri proposes official iwi involvement in Civil Defence
Official iwi involvement in Civil Defence emergencies is proposed for the Waimakariri district following the success of a similar model during the Nelson wildfires earlier this year.

The Waimakariri District Council proposed establishing mana whenua as a specific part of its emergency response and recovery structures following a hui at Tuahiwi Marae last week......

Local iwi concerned over 'irreversible harm' to Whakatāne aquifer after Chinese water bottling plant granted consent
Representatives of Te Rūnanga ō Ngāti Awa are being cross-examined in the Environment Court at Mataatua Marae on the fourth day of hearings.

Te Rūnanga and Sustainable Otakiri are appealing consent for Creswell New Zealand to expand water bottling production at Otakiri Springs......

Rangatiratanga key to kaupapa funding
The kaupapa Māori funding promised in the $320 million Wellbeing Budget package for tackling sexual and family violence needs to go to Māori organisations, not to propping up government departments.

"A fundamental principle of kaupapa Māori is tino rangatiratanga and mana motuhake and what that means is everything kaupapa Māori providers are doing is about ensuring the building of capacity in our communities to be self-determining in our own healing processes," Dr Pihama says......

PhD Scholarship - How might Māori evaluation work best in policy-making?
This scholarship is for Māori students with a passion for research and evaluation. Ideally, they would be interested in the role of evaluation in public service, but they may actually have a particular Māori-focused programme in mind that they are keen to evaluate......
Māori employed by DHBs must double in the next 15 years – report
The number of Māori employed by DHBs must double in the next 15 years if it's going to meet the needs of the country's most vulnerable people, according to a recent report by health workforce development agency Kia Ora Hauora.

That was the impetus for a student tour of Wellington Hospital's simulation centre, which sought to inspire the next generation of Māori doctors.

About 60 young Māori spent the day there learning how to recognise medical tools and injuries, and keep scared, vulnerable patients calm.....

Kaitiaki: Name of Harbourmaster’s New Boat Revealed
“Kaitiaki” was revealed today as the name chosen for the Harbourmaster’s new boat. The reveal was part of a naming ceremony at Back Beach, with councillors and stakeholders in attendance.

Kaitiaki means guardian or caretaker. The name was selected from over 100 community suggestions by the Otago Regional Council (ORC) and local iwi......

$93m Treaty settlement in limbo
The $93 million, 9000-hectare Treaty of Waitangi Settlement for Ngati Kahungunu ki Wairarapa Tamaki Nui-a-Rua is in limbo seven months after the settlement trust announced strong iwi support for accepting the deal.

The Waitangi Tribunal granted two resumption hearings in December which have stalled the settlement process and a final decision may not be known until March next year.......

Ngāti Awa leader honoured at Goverment House
An actor and a tohunga have been honoured at Government House in Auckland.

A leader of his people, Pouroto Ngaropo (Ngāti Awa) who has dedicated thirty years of his life to ensure Māori customs and traditions are honoured across the entire Bay of Plenty regional government.

Ngaropo was the only Māori recipient to receive a Queen's Service Medal that day, for his services to Māori and governance.....

Kaupapa recognition good but money better
The director of the only kaupapa Māori service for people who commit sexual violence has welcomed acknowledgement of kaupapa Māori in the Wellbeing Budget, but says the money on offer falls well short of the need.

He says it appears about $7 million will be set aside for kaupapa Māori, and the bulk of the money will continue to go to mainstream services which don’t serve Māori well.

"You’ve got to have a clear understanding of both western practice but more importantly of Māori identity. Evidence tells us identity is one of the biggest parts of reducing recidivism and reoffending," Mr Smith says......

Ban on prisoners voting ‘humiliation’ of Māori, Tribunal told 
The Waitangi Tribunal has heard the ban on prisoners voting is underpinned by racism and disproportionately impacts on Māori. 

An urgent inquiry into the rights of prisoners to vote is underway in Wellington. The former National government banned all prisoners from voting in 2010. 

She is calling on the voting ban to be removed and believed that broader action needed to be taken to end the disproportionately aimed against Māori within the criminal justice system. 

Lawyer Annette Sykes, who representing three claimants, told the Tribunal the crown had failed to protect the ability of Māori to exercise tino rangatiratanga....... 

Scientists look to mātauranga Māori to slow biodiversity decline
A BioHeritage Challenge conference has heard that mātauranga Māori could hold the key to reducing the decline in New Zealand's biodiversity. Scientists and iwi representatives gathered in Wellington to work together to find new ways to protect the country's flora and fauna.

The science sector is taking a leaf from the indigenous knowledge workbook, both groups uniting to preserve biodiversity for future generations.

Ngāti Hine and Ngāpuhi kaumātua Tohe Ashby says, "I don't really agree with some of their views. But we [people] are connected [to the environment] thorough our lineage, because we are the youngest children of Tāne.”

Iwi representatives say indigenous knowledge and genealogy hold answers mainstream science would otherwise not be able to access.......

Matariki Achieving Excellence in Maori Health
We want to celebrate everything our people do to improve whānau experience, eliminate health inequities for Māori or develop the Māori workforce.......

Small steps to start kaupapa Māori service
"It’s not about having a Māori arm or a few workers who identify as Māori or whatever. It’s actually about the whole I guess philosophy of the organisation that’s providing the services, the control of the organisation that’s providing the services," Ms Kapua says......

Ambitious plan to secure Maori jobs in the economy
The New Zealand Maori Council has released its ambitious plan for both the future of the technical and vocational education sector and Maori employment in the 21st century. Matthew Tukaki, Executive Director of Council and Chair of the National Maori Authority has said that its time to take reform seriously but also not to miss the opportunity to empower Maori to move from the low wage growth side of the economy into high yield, high growth sectors such as digital, online and technology focused sectors:.....

Violence money best targeted at ground forces
The executive director of the New Zealand Māori Council wants to see more of the Government’s $320 million package to counter family and sexual violence being spent on building up Māori social service organisations.

Matthew Tukaki says Māori are dealing with the consequences of 60 years of state intervention in which something like 70 percent of children placed in care have been Māori .

"They need money to fund wages which are resources on the ground. Funding tens of millions of dollars into an awareness campaign, that will either be driven by MSD or the Heath Promotion Agency......

Racism underpins the prisoner voting blanket ban
Former retired Probation officer Tom Hemopo and Māori Climate Commissioner, Donna Awatere-Huata are due to give evidence this afternoon at the Māori Prisoner’s Voting Inquiry at the Waitangi Trbunal in Wellington.

Mr Hemopo and Mrs Awatere-Huata claim that the blanket prisoner voting ban discriminates against Maori and is a breach of their tino rangatiratanga and right to participate in the Māori Electoral voting process.

Mrs Awatere-Huata says that “Racism operates at many levels in NZ and this piece of legislation has taken away Māori people’s right to vote since the 1850’s. My evidence talks about the racist attitudes of the Crown towards Māori, the history of racism and colonisation, but more importantly what needs to be done to change those attitudes.”....

Māori fashion designers urged to protect Papatuānuku
Designer Misty Ratima, of Ngāti Rongomaiwahine, is concerned about the impact that fast fashion has on Papatuānuku, the environment.

"Fast fashion has been something that has been running rampant with the environment. The reason for that is because we are asking for fast turnaround of clothing and at a very cheap rate," says Ratima.......

Shane Jones rubbishes claim colonialism is to blame for family violence
Last year a report by the chief science adviser for the justice sector Ian Lambiesaid colonialism 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".

"I say to our Maori people - this sort of carry-on, don't go blaming colonialism; don't join the chorus of idiocy I'm seeing on the East Coast where the artists don't want Captain Cook celebrated because they're responsible for family violence on the East Coast. That's pathetic. I hate that soup of excuses."....

He's British, middle-aged, and is on a mission to strengthen te reo Māori
Having moved to Aotearoa to play rugby, Mark Bradley now has a job at Te Taura Whiri i te reo Māori. He's tasked with building a plan to strengthen te reo, a cause he's devoted himself to for more than half his life......

'More Māori needed in newsrooms' - Top Māori affairs reporter
The supreme winner of the Māori Affairs reporter award at last night's Voyager Media Awards says more Māori are needed in the media sector to tell our stories. This comes as the Māori media sector is currently under government review.

Miriama Kamo was announced as Māori affairs winner at the Voyager Media Awards, which celebrate some of Aotearoa's top storytellers across digital, television, radio and print.

“We need more Māori in our newsrooms, anecdotally it's around 5-8%, which is obviously well off the mark of our general population. So, it's vital, if you truly want to reflect who we are as a nation, to increase our pool. But, if there is a bar to be met, what I would say is please don't raise it, don't make it hard for us to get over, equally don't patronise us by lowering it, hold the bar for us.".....

'Not one more baby': Māori leaders call for change at Oranga Tamariki
Oranga Tamariki says the physical and emotional wellbeing of children taken into its care would shock and sadden most New Zealanders.

Most are from backgrounds involving serious factors which can include exposure to family violence, parental drug and alcohol abuse, sexual and physical abuse and chronic neglect.

But some Māori are challenging the approach Oranga Tamariki is taking in the removal of babies from the maternity wards.....

Māori input essential for NZ marine conservation - US Professor
Professor Gary Libecap of the University of California says not including indigenous peoples in environmental affairs is a mistake.

"If you really wanted to protect the resource for the long term you really want to involve everybody who knows a lot about it, who has a great stake in it and not including indigenous peoples is an error."

Tuuta says, "We're hopeful that moving forward these sorts of discussions would begin between Treaty partners around how things should move ahead.".....

Replace the gang call with the ancient call - Ngāti Kahungunu chair
Chair of Ngāti Kahungunu Ngahiwi Tomoana is encouraging a local gang to celebrate their unique Māori identity and learn their traditional language and customs. The call follows a patching ceremony of gang members on Te Mata Peak in Hastings, which Tomoana refers to as a sacred place.

Relinquish the gang call and replace it with the ancient call, says Tomoana......

$12m to support Māori and Pacific projects to reduce rheumatic fever
New plans to tackle high rates of rheumatic fever among Māori and Pacific people have been announced the Government.

Associate Minister of Health Jenny Salesa revealed the plan at a pre-budget announcement in south Auckland's Ōtāhuhu on Saturday.

Salesa said the money from the Wellbeing Budget would support Māori and Pacific communities to develop their own community-led initiatives in the fight against the preventable disease.

Māori make up more than over 40% of Auckland homeless - report
A full report of the first city-wide census of people living rough in Auckland shows Māori are over-represented among the region's homeless.

Its findings show of the 800 people estimated to have been living without shelter that night, nearly 43 percent of were Māori, with a similar number of Māori living in temporary accommodation.

Māori make up just 11 percent of Auckland's population......

Māori need to call each other out about child abuse - Māori council executive director
Māori need to step up and get involved in solving New Zealand's horrific child abuse statistics, the head of the Māori council says.

He wants to see change in the system, whanau and the community to ensure fewer children face abuse......

Whaitua Committee elects Co-chairs for water work
Te Whanganui-a-Tara Whaitua Committee has elected two ‘Co-chairs’ to reflect the Committee’s commitment to taking a partnership approach with Mana Whenua.

Co-chair Kara Puketapu-Dentice describes this as “an important step forward that acknowledges not only the connection Mana Whenua have to their waterways but also the responsibility we have to ensuring the mana and mauri of the waters is upheld and enhanced for future generations”.

Whaitua is the Māori word for space or catchment.....

Rangatahi reo new ministry focus
Te Puni Kōkiri and the Māori language commission Te Taura Whiri are working together on a reo for rangatahi strategy, including regional workshops and a national youth reo summit.

"So you know how do we make it quick and snazzy how can rangatahi see te reo is of today's time, not just of past time or just on the marae, so looking forward to the work Te Māngai Pāho will invest in to enable us to realise the vision of Kia māhorahora te reo - Māori language that is seen and heard, everywhere, every way, spoken by everyone, every day," Ms Hippolite says.......

Auckland Transport and TSI pledge to create job opportunities for Māori and Pasifika
Over 30 jobs will be created for Māori and Pacific people as building on the second largest transport project in Auckland begins.

A partnership between Auckland Transport and The Southern Initiative (TSI) is looking to create equal opportunities for Māori and Pacific businesses and increase employment in low socio-economic groups.

The union will be part of the $1.4b Eastern Busway project, after an agreement was made with the prime contractor for over 30 jobs to be created for South and West Aucklanders, Māori and Pacific people.......

Gangs, P and state pēpi uplifts a perverse cycle
Ngāti Kahungunu chair Ngahiwi Tomoana says a mass gang initiation ceremony on Te Mata Peak and Oranga Tamariki attempting to snatch a baby from Hawkes Bay Hospital are two sides of the same story.

"Two, three generations later the mokopuna of the original gang leaders are running the current gangs, peddling P to our mothers, our poorest communities, who are then having their babies uplifted. It's a perverse connection to our whakapapa but it's state-led and we're finding an iwi Māori response in this time," Mr Tomoana says.......

Council's move to have committee members picked by iwi labelled 'worse than racist'
The Otago Regional Council has backed a controversial measure which will allow Ngāi Tahu to hand pick two candidates to sit on the council's policy committee.

But the proposal did not pass without incident, as it sparked a heated and at times fractious debate among councillors.

Councillors expressed surprise in the public's interest and vitriol in the matter, which councillor Michael Deaker explained was simply a "steady progression over the last 20 years of this council building a relationship with Ngāi Tahu".

Mr Laws said the measure did not favour Māori, it favoured only those associated with the rūnanga.

"Eighteen months ago you rejected Māori wards - every single one of you around this table and you said one of the reasons was you can't have racial preference.

"Bang. We are going to have two iwi representatives on the policy committee and they're going to have voting rights and we're going to pay them. There's no logical consistency there.".....

Overseas-trained teachers get Māori lens on the world
Overseas teachers say workshops held recently outlining Te Reo Māori and tikanga were very valuable to help them build the cultural knowledge and understandings they need to teach successfully in our schools.....

Māori population bigger and older
Stats New Zealand estimates the total Maori population in New Zealand at the end of December was 744,900.

That’s an increase of 10,600 over the year.

The median age was 24.6 years, also slightly older than 2017.

The total number of males was 363,900, with a median age of 23.1 years, and females totalled 381,000 with a median age of 26.1 years.

The total New Zealand population is set to pass 5 million people in the next few weeks.

Tourism strategy needs partnerships for success as Conservation and Tourism ministers join hands
At a panel discussion prior to the announcement, Rotorua mayor Steve Chadwick and Te Tatau o Te Arawa chairman Te Taru White spoke on their partnership between local government and iwi.

White said although it could be a challenging journey working together, it was a "no brainer" that Te Arawa was involved in creating authentic experiences in the city.....

Te Tau Ihu nurses embrace Māori input
Nurses from the upper South Island are holding their annual convention in Nelson today, discussing the role of nurses in delivering heath for all.

"Culture is integrated and certainly challenged throughout the whole delivery of this programme today but also you can see there is a realness in the way Māori are seen to be consulted and there is real value in what they add to the delivery of any service change, any programme innovation, so I think this region is doing pretty well." Ms Nuku says......

Otago Regional Council to appoint iwi members
Iwi representatives will be appointed to an Otago Regional Council committee despite heated opposition among some councillors.

Councillors voted seven to three today to approach local runaka to appoint two representatives on its policy committee, joining 12 elected councillors.

The decision was supported by Mr Woodhead, Cr Kempton, Cr Doug Brown, Cr Robertson, Cr Lawton, Cr Deaker and Cr Bryan Scott.

It was opposed by crs Laws, Sam Neill and Graeme Bell.....

Waitangi Tribunal inquiring into Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011
The Waitangi Tribunal is currently inquiring into whether the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011, and associated Crown acts and policy regarding te takutai moana, are inconsistent with the Treaty of Waitangi. >

The Tribunal is considering the extent to which Māori customary rights holders in te takutai moana are protected by the 2011 legislation and Crown policy. The inquiry is part of the Tribunal’s kaupapa inquiry programme which is hearing claims on nationally significant issues which affect Māori across Aotearoa.

This is the latest challenge to the Crown regarding regulation of te takutai moana / the foreshore and seabed.....

Tribal leader rejects 'sanitised' agenda for UN visit
A tribal leader of Te Whakatohea, an Eastern Bay of Plenty Iwi in a prolonged dispute with the New Zealand government over Treaty recognition and settlement negotiations, has today criticised the handling of the United Nations Secretary-General's visit to Aotearoa which is due to finish this afternoon.

He ought to have been advised to decline any visit to Aotearoa that did not include a discussion with tribal leaders on the matter of the Treaty and our relations with the Crown.

"A visit by Mr Gutteres that does not include an audience with Hapu leaders on the problem of colonial predation and Treaty settlement negotiations appears to be a high-handed collusion of both the United Nations and the Wellington government to omit the authentic voices of the nation......

Hawke's Bay housing crisis: Iwi has goal to build 500 houses in four years, three times what Govt is planning
A Hawke's Bay iwi is a step closer to fulfilling an IwiBuild plan it believes will help solve a the region's housing crisis, but need one last push from Government to get it over the line.

Ngati Kahungunu Chairman Ngahiwi Tomoana said its plan was to build hundreds of new homes over the next few years, but it needs the resourcing from Government to put it into motion.....

Education Organisations in Wellington - Maintain and repair Mäori customary nets using Mäori customary methods
There are 5 Education Organisations in Wellington region with consent to assess for the standard Maintain and repair Māori customary nets using Māori customary methods....

Ngāi Tahu share climate change ideas with UN Sec-Gen
Ngāi Tahu hosted United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his last meeting in Aotearoa before he heads to the Pacific Islands for further UN discussions.

The iwi will put forward what they're doing to combat climate change in the hope that ideas and initiatives may be taken up by the UN.

Ngāi Tahu spent almost an hour addressing one of the most influential leaders in the world. They gave insight into their environmental objectives and protections.

"Our climate change strategy requires our commercial entities to develop climate change action plans," says Lisa...

Don Brash and Māori Council open to having 'cup of tea' after trading insults
Don Brash and New Zealand Māori Council executive director Matthew Tukaki say they're ready to meet for a cup of tea after hurling barbs at one another.

Tukaki said said the Human Rights Commission had been in touch and had assigned a case officer.

Tukaki said he had no desire to give Hobson's Pledge oxygen but was "more than happy to share a cup of tea" with Brash face-to-face.......

Maori Council Calls for a National Infrastructure Commission
NZ Maori Council Calls on Parliament to Establish a National Infrastructure Commission – the time is right …

The New Zealand Maori Council has backed the establishment of New Zealand Infrastructure Commission calling the idea long overdue and who’s day has come. Councils Executive Director Matthew Tukaki has said that Infrastructure is the corner stone of a future Maori and New Zealand economy (Tukaki is also Chair of the New Zealand Maori Councils National Taskforce for Access to Industry and the Economy”......

More room for mātauranga Māori in NCEA revamp
Ensuring equal status for Mātauranga Māori is another important dimension of the proposed changes and fits well with the other proposals for bringing the qualifications up to speed for the 21st century......

Appointing iwi representatives an attack on democracy
Democracy Action is very concerned by Otago Regional Council’s move to appoint two Ngāi Tahu representatives to the Council, with full voting rights on the Council’s powerful Policy Committee.

Democracy Action Chairman, Lee Short, says:

“Ngāi Tahu are big business. The potential for conflicts of interest to arise are too great to ignore. To have representatives of a significant commercial entity appointed to serve their own interests is a very serious and unwelcome departure from our democratic and egalitarian principles”.

“Councillors would be acting with no mandate from the citizens of Otago. Such a move must be put to the people to decide whether iwi representation on council is in the best interests of the district.”

More on the above here > Otago Council should reject voting tribal appointees

And more here > Reaction mixed to ORC seats for iwi

Māori deaf community hoping to connect more with their marae, tikanga
Deaf Youth leader Eric Matthews says, "We're hoping for a future where Maōri deaf are able to develop waiata so that hearing Māori are able to learn...the beautiful flowing signs that we use when we waiata, our facial expressions."

Sign language became an official language of New Zealand in 2006. With only about 110 interpreters, Tū Tangata Turi would like to encourage more Māori to take up the challenge.

"The Māori deaf board is looking to engage with the Māori Language Commission to develop ways of Māori deaf and Māori hearing working together in partnership." .....

Review reveals 'challenges that Māori media organisations face'
A review of the Māori media sector has found they receive significantly lower budgets to produce content compared to other media, but any decisions about its future will not be made until the end of the year.

It received funding from three main sources from 2017 to 2018, including $19 million from Vote Māori Development, $16m from Te Māngai Paho and additional income from advertising.

However, any decisions about the future of the Māori media sector will be announced at the end of the year.......

Ngāti Porou lawyer, business leader honoured with knighthood
A lawyer, scholar and business leader with a passion for Māori development will be honoured as a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit today for services to business and Māori....

New plan adopted for managing Motueka's parks and reserves
The lowland forest at Brooklyn Recreation Reserve will be extended under the new Motueka Ward Reserve Management Plan, which was adopted last week by the Tasman District Council.

An additional key change was also added: "Council works in partnership with iwi/Māori, community groups, other organisations, neighbours and volunteers to implement the objectives and policies of this plan.".....

Buy from Māori business conference call
The lack of specific measures to support Māori businesses will be discussed at a conference in Auckland today.

The Southern Initiative has been working with Auckland Council and its council-owned organisations to change their procurement practices to include specific opportunities for Māori and Pacific businesses, and to outline specific social and environmental outcomes in their procurement.......

Tāmaki Collective explores Oranga Tamariki partnership
Māori iwi and social service providers in Auckland are keen to form a partnership with Oranga Tamariki to give them more visibility of tamariki Māori in care.

The collective will work on monitoring mechanisms and how so set up mātua whāngai-style support so tamariki can be cared for within wider whānau or hapū networks.......

Cr Laws condemns iwi-only seats for Otago Regional Council
The proposal of Otago Regional Council (ORC) senior staff to give local iwi
two (2) voting and paid seats on the ORC’s powerful policy committee, “is so privileged, and so obviously racist, that it calls into question the fundamental principles of democracy in Otago.”

On this Wednesday, 15 May 2019, the ORC will receive a senior executive management paper that recommends that two positions on the council’s policy committee be reserved exclusively for iwi (read Otakau runanga) representatives; that they be accorded full speaking and voting rights; that they be paid on the same pro rata basis as elected councillors; and that those positions be appointed by the local runanga and sit on the very next ORC policy committee meeting.

“ It’s an extraordinary assault upon democracy. It is a recommendation that
embraces all the PC nonsense of our age but misrepresents both logic and
law in advancing such racial privilege.”.....

Maori paying for treaty settlements
In 2018, just $20 million was paid out in Treaty settlements. A new report shows annual tax taken from Maori via their consumption of tobacco, alcohol and gambling was $1.1 billion. If you do the math, last year’s Treaty settlement total was less than 2% of that tax amount.

To conclude, Dr Glover said, “it’s time the excess tobacco tax, that is, the extra amount that Māori disproportionately pay, is distributed to Iwi to reduce smoking prevalence. This should be quite separate from Treaty settlements.”.....

Fears tourism providers exploiting Māori culture for profit
New Zealand still has a long way to go to properly value Māori culture and language, tourism operators say.

Cultural tourism has increased dramatically over the past few years with more Māori businesses and experiences offered around the country.

But there are concerns some may be focused more on profits than authenticity......

Removal of fees and a stronger NCEA
Families of secondary students will no longer have to pay fees for NCEA and NZ Scholarship, in one of a raft of changes announced today to strengthen the qualification and pave the way for more young people to succeed.

“Improving support for students to undertake NCEA through Māori-medium education is long overdue.

“The default choice that many whanau face is to revert to English-medium schooling at secondary level. The Government has already announced more investment to recruit and train teachers fluent in Te reo Māori. And we’ll ensure a greater range of teaching materials is developed so that mātauranga Māori and te ao Māori have parity within the NCEA qualification, and within our schools and kura,” Chris Hipkins said.....

Captain Cook 250-year commemoration to tell Māori side of history - Minister Kelvin Davis
Commemorations of Captain Cook's arrival in New Zealand are an "opportunity" to acknowledge Māori suffering, Māori-Crown Relations Minister Kelvin Davis says.

Rather than denigrating Cook's actions, Mr Davis said he wanted to balance European histories by focusing on the Māori side of the story.

"[Cook] did arrive in New Zealand, he did a number of things when he got here that, certainly, Māori have not forgotten and we still feel the pain of and I believe this is an opportunity for our Māori story to be told properly.

"We should just grasp that opportunity ... to make sure people know what happened and we're still suffering the consequences of many of those encounters."......

Strong public support to remove contentious Te Mata Peak track
Hastings District Council's plans to remove a controversial walking track up Te Mata Peak have gained strong public support.

Hastings Mayor Sandra Hazlehurst said ninety percent of public submissions support completely removing the track.

On 11 June, independent commissioners will hear the council's application for resource consent to remove the track built by Craggy Range winery and to restore the landscape.

Iwi have regarded Te Mata Peak as a sacred mountain for 1000 years and there were pā sites around the mountain, said a cultural report by iwi organisation Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga.......

Northland father studies connections between education and the Māori lunar calendar
Northland student and father Tamati Rakena is set to further his passion for mātauranga Māori after winning a $24,000 scholarship to study towards a Master of Education degree at the University of Auckland.

Rakena, of Te Rarawa and Ngāti Hine, was one of 14 selected as a recipient of the Kupe Leadership Scholarship.

As part of his studies, Rakena is researching the connection between education and the maramataka, or Māori lunar calendar.

He thinks the maramataka should become a part of the curriculum, in mainstream schools and kura kaupapa Māori.

"Hopefully, I’m able to implement or plant the seed of the importance that the maramataka has had on Māori culture for centuries and the ongoing effects that it could have.".....

Financial disputes schemes failing Maori and Pasifika
The government-approved disputes schemes to which people wronged by a bank, insurer, or lender can appeal for help are hearing too few complaints from Māori and Pasifika New Zealanders.

When Dr Carla Houkamau from the University of Auckland evaluated the responses of a small sample of Māori participants in financial capability courses she found some people were deterred from engaging with banks because they saw them as racist.

Some wonder whether there's a cultural aspect to willingness to complain......

New Zealand government announces marine protection plan for coast of South Island
DOC and Fisheries NZ were working with Kāi Tahu, because the iwi was interested in helping manage marine protected areas in the region, she said......

Plans to keep sculpture that challenges visitors to Waiheke
The bronze sculpture by Waiheke Island artist Chris Bailey, called Te Werowero, was installed at Matiatia ferry terminal as part of the Sculpture on the Gulf exhibition in March.

Dan Harrop, who has lived on Waiheke for six years, saw the sculpture and thought it was too beautiful to only be there for a few weeks.

The sculpture is intended to act as a kaitiaki or guardian for the island, which welcomes visitors and challenges them to respect the island's culture, wāhi tapu, and fragile natural environment, Mr Harrop said.

It will cost $50,000 to keep the sculpture and Auckland Transport has offered to pay half, matching dollar for dollar on the fundraising campaign......

The Auckland hapū taking control of whānau health
Auckland hapū Ngāti Whatua Orākei is turning to private health insurance to remove the barriers its people face in the public health system.

It comes as the Waitangi Tribunal examines why the public health system is failing Māori.

A year ago Ngāti Whātua Orākei partnered with providers Nib to offer health insurance for all its people. Anahera Rawiri is helping to lead the rollout of the scheme through Whai Rawa - the financial arm of the hapū.

"We tried to take control of our destiny - what I would say is that we're here.....

$98 million Māori pathway created to break reoffending cycle in Northland, Hawke's Bay prisons
A whānau-centered pathway to tackle Māori reoffending rates will be introduced at Northland and Hawke's Bay prisons, the Government has announced.

Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis said the $98 million investment from the 'Wellbeing Budget' was a "major first step" to breaking the cycle of Māori reoffending and imprisonment by changing the way Corrections operated.

"We are acknowledging that our system does not work for the majority of Māori," Davis said......

Road Safety Signs – Te Reo Māori and English
Download these road safety signs in Te Reo Māori & English! Set up your own road and use old wrapping paper cardboard tubes to stick these signs onto for a fun activity to try during Road Safety Week!......

Children's Comissioner says Oranga Tamariki approach must change
Children's Commissioner Andrew Beecroft says Oranga Tamariki has no choice but to change its approach.

Ministry figures showed the number of Māori new-borns taken into state care rose from 110 in 2015 to 172 last year.

From 1 July, new legislation will be implemented, meaning Oranga Tamariki will need to partner with Iwi and Māori Organisations in decision making......

Iwi want law change to commercially farm trout
Central North Island iwi are calling for a law change to commercially farm trout. Aotearoa is the only country in the world where it is illegal to buy or sell the fish and an iwi leader says the outdated law is locking them out of a lucrative business.

Tuwharetoa traded trout in the early 1900s but in 2019 it is illegal to commercially farm the fish.

Lake Rotoaira Forest Trust Manager Tiwana Tibble says, "It's crazy that New 
Zealand is the only place in the world that hasn't yet got to the level where you can farm trout.".... 

Limited Māori ECE resourcing for 50,000+ QLD Māori
Te Kōhanga o Ēkara at The Mulberry Bush has been operating in Brisbane Australia for three years. Sharing te reo and tikanga Māori with their tamariki has been their drive since the centre's inception, however, issues of funding and resources have presented its challenges.

Kaiako Sharna Te Hau says, “We're dedicated to providing an environment for our children to live in a Māori world with our teachings and customs so they can see their culture every day and know where they come from and who they are.”

More than 50,000 Māori are estimated to live in Queensland and the whānau from Ēkara are hoping to eventually expand their services......

Valuing the priceless
But despite the problems being well-recognised, and the solution being reasonably well-recognised, we have seen little policy progress.

And the reason for that is also well-recognised. Successive governments have feared that making administrative water allocations, like irrigation consents, look more like tradeable property rights will result in Waitangi Tribunal claims around water.

We argue that it is time to cut this Gordian knot. If iwi have water claims in particular areas that have not been extinguished by Treaty, sale or contract, then it is a fundamental issue of natural justice that those claims be recognised and fairly treated. Resolving iwi water claims, through negotiation with local iwi and hapū, also then allows us to move forward towards better freshwater management systems......

Kiwifruit: Iwi look to increase stakehold
Māori have stamped their mark on the kiwifruit industry with plans to increase their stakehold in the future by utilising more land.

Māori Kiwifruit Growers Inc chairman Tiaki Hunia said the group formed in 2016 to create a collective voice.

''We have always maintained the view that what is good for Māori is great for the industry.''

Its members, which include collective owners and iwi, account for more than 180 orchards in New Zealand.

Te reo Māori only netball tournament a hit
The Puni Reo netball tournament in which players, referees and spectators only speak te reo Māori has proven a great success for a second year running.

More than 500 kids, in 55 teams from 35 schools, took part in the event in West Auckland yesterday.

Eruera Lee-Morgan says, "It's not all about winning. At the end of the day, te reo Māori is the main winner."

The tournament was a great occasion to celebrate the language, which was spoken all day, and a fun experience for the kids as well......

New Māori name created for submerged continent Zealandia
Zealandia, the mostly submerged continent on which New Zealand sits, has been given a Māori name.

GNS Science, which played a big role in bringing the existence of Zealandia to the world's attention, said the New Zealand Geographic Board had wanted a Māori perspective considered for the name.

That would be achieved by making connections between the places where Māori migrated from, and whenua/land and kiwa/sea, GNS said. That was widened to a name that was acceptable to both Māori and Pasifika.

GNS approached Associate Professor Mānuka Hēnare, of Auckland University, to recommend a Māori name that reflected the nature and position of the continent......

Taranaki iwi welcome $27mil energy centre announcement
Taranaki iwi have welcomed the government's $27mil pre-budget announcement to go towards building a clean energy centre in Taranaki. The centre will help lead the country's transition to a low-carbon economy.

Taranaki iwi chief executive Wharehoka Wano says, "We do expect some local jobs but I am yet to hear the Māori voice or perspectives in the initiative."

"Iwi strategies are strongly tied to looking after the environment so we expect to be across this," says Wano.......

He Oranga Tamariki CEO Must Go
The CEO of He Oranga Tamariki must be held accountable for the increased removal of Māori children, states Associate Professor Leonie Pihama of Te Kotahi Research Institute, University of Waikato.

Statistics show that over the past four years there has been a significant increase in the number of Māori Newborn babies taken by the state with figures, obtained from the Ministry by journalist Michelle Duff in December 2018, showing an increase from 110 in 2015 to 172 in 2018. Over the past months, we have also seen the increase of child abuse inflicted on Māori children in the state system.....

DCC preparing waterfront plans
The Dunedin City Council is preparing the city's waterfront regeneration plans as it waits for a decision on a bid for a multimillion-dollar chunk of the Provincial Growth Fund.

A memorandum of understanding, committing to support the project, has also been signed by the DCC, University of Otago, Port Otago and Ngai Tahu, as well as Damien van Brandenburg and businessman Ian Taylor, who first floated the concept.

The council also planned to work with Ngai Tahu, as a key stakeholder, to ensure any development reflected the cultural significance of the area and its importance to iwi, she said......

Historic graduation for Māori researcher at the University of Otago
Chanel Phillips (Ngāti Hine) has become the first doctoral graduand of Te Koronga, the Māori postgraduate research excellence group at The University of Otago.

Te Koronga co-director Dr Anne-Marie Jackson says, “Chanel exemplifies Māori research excellence in her level of scholarship and in who she is as a person. She puts the aspirations of her communities at the centre of her research and is a seen face in the work she undertakes.

A total of five Māori postgraduate students graduated today. All researchers have undertaken Māori research topics utilising Māori research approaches.

Chanel Phillips (Ngāti Hine), Doctor of Philosophy, A Journey to Belonging: Explorations of Māori Perspectives of Water Safety. Funded by Health Research Council.

Terina Raureti (Ngāti Raukawa), Master of Physical Education, Kia mārama ai te ihi, te wehi o Mukukai: The influence of swimming on whānau engagement with water.

Nikki Timu (Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Kahungunu), Master of Physical Education, Māori perspectives on the use of haka within New Zealand sport.

Ben Hanara (Ngāti Kahungunu), Postgraduate Diploma of Physical Education, Mā te tai o Tangaroa, Mā te mauri o te wai. Tangaroa: Atua of human movement

Shane Witehira (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kahu), Bachelor of Physical Education (Hons), Mā te Whakapapa ka ora ngā Tauira Māori.....

Baby grab shows need for Māori solutions
A Māori sociologist says a case where midwives were locked out of Hawkes Bay Hospital while Oranga Tamariki and police tried to seize a newborn baby from his mother shows how the system is broken for Māori.....

Māori seek direct input into govt's climate change policy
Māori leaders in the fight for climate change say the government needs to let Māori determine climate change policy - not just be consulted.

The Iwi leaders forum this week set up the National Māori Climate Network and says Aotearoa should declare an environment and climate emergency.

Climate Change Iwi Leaders Group chair Mike Smith said Māori are likely to be impacted more so than other communities because of climate change.

Mr Smith said Māori not only need to be consulted but be determining policy around climate change......

$20m Captain Cook commemoration ignores Māori pain - critics
A movement to boycott this year's commemorations of the 250th anniversary of Captain James Cook's landing at Tūranganui-a-Kiwa is gaining strength.

More than $20 million is being spent on events and resources to mark the anniversary of Cook's landing in Tūranganui-a-Kiwa, later named Gisborne, in 1769.

Indigenous rights advocate Tina Ngata said his landing was not a cause for celebration.

"Māori are still very mamae and we are still labouring under the historical and enduring rights violations as a result of the event that they are commemorating this year," she said......

Māori take charge of museum vision
A museum curator says nominations for the taonga Māori section in this year’s Museum Aotearoa Awards shows the ways museums are now working to help iwi and Māori communities tell their own stories......

Kaitaiki principles need to be in climate response
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says a spirit of kaitiakitanga needs to underpin New Zealand’s approach to climate change.

She says the briefing on the Bill included a video with comments from Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei’s Ngarimu Blair.

"He said if we’d always, as a nation and in fact as a world principles of kaitiakitanga what kind of conversation would we be having now? It would probably be a very different one. The need to continue to adopt those Māori principles when it comes to our relationship with the environment will just continue to be even more important. It's just a shame we haven't done more of that up until now," Ms Ardern says.....

Tasman District Council to appoint fulltime kaihautū
Tasman District Council is to recruit a permanent, fulltime kaihautū to provide strategic leadership and help it become more "culturally responsive".

In a report, council chief executive Janine Dowding said a kaihautū would also support the development of enduring partnerships with the eight Te Tau Ihu iwi and Ngāi Tahu. They would be responsible for fostering positive engagement and outcomes for iwi, Māori and the wider community......

Iwi's message to Govt over taken baby: 'Not one more child will be uplifted. We will intervene at all costs'
That's the powerful message from Ngati Kahungunu Chairman Ngahiwi Tomoana to the Government after a standoff involving police at Hawke's Bay Hospital over a seven-day-old baby boy about to be uplifted by Oranga Tamariki earlier this week. 
On Thursday Tomoana and chairman of Takitimu District Māori Council Des Ratima spoke to Hawke's Bay Today about the incident.

Ratima backed Tomoana's call that "not one more child" will be taken......

Child stealing undermining communities
"How are we expected to see healthy flourishing communities in the future when this is happening right from birth to the most vulnerable communities and significantly to Māori and this has been happening for decades now," Ms Hutchinson says.......

Historic abuse in state care - Government sets out response
The Government has agreed on a set of principles to guide how government agencies and the Crown responds to the Royal Commission into historical abuse in state care and in the care of faith-based institutions.

The six principles are:

• manaakitanga – treating people with humanity, compassion, fairness, respect and responsible caring that upholds the mana of those involved;

• openness – being honest and sincere, being open to receiving new ideas and willing to consider how we do things currently, and how we have done things in the past;

• transparency – sharing information, including the reasons behind all actions;

• learning – active listening and learning from the Royal Commission and survivors, and using that information to change and improve systems;

• being joined up – agencies work together closely to make sure activities are aligned, engagement with the Royal Commission is coordinated and the resulting actions are collectively owned; and

• meeting our obligations under Te Tiriti o Waitangi – honouring the Treaty, its principles, meeting our obligations and building a stronger Māori-Crown relationship through the way we operate and behave......

First Māori on the Supreme Court bench wants a focus on his culture
Justice Joe Williams says it's daunting to be the first Māori judge in the Supreme Court but he's determined to see more value put on the Māori culture.

He's previously held roles as the Chief Judge of the Māori Land Court and chair of the Waitangi Tribunal - and was appointed as a Judge of the Court of Appeal last year.

Justice Williams said it was important that Māori in the courts came to see their culture was valued, and it was up to the system to signal that it valued Māori culture.

He wanted to see more tikanga Māori and culture and identity programmes in prisons, and cultural training also needed to be targeted at officials, he said.

"I think it is happening and it needs to happen quickly, not just the prison population but those who create the prison population - the officials, the corrections officers, the probation officers, all the way through to the judges.

He said it could be as simple as pronouncing Māori names and place names correctly, understanding concepts of whanaungatanga, mana, tapu and local whakapapa......

VUW decides: It will not be changing its name
Victoria University of Wellington announced today that it would not be changing its name.

It announced instead a “branding refresh” that would see it emphasise the word Wellington to differentiate it from other universities.

It also approved a new Māori name, Te Herenga Waka......

Claim that Pākehā a racist word is 'rubbish', te reo educators say
A woman who took offence to the word "Pākehā" being used at a Christchurch City Council meeting came from a place of "naivety and misinformation", Māori educators say......

Official status sought for name Aotearoa
Wellington man Danny Tahau Jobe Wellington has presented a petition calling for Aotearoa to become an official name for New Zealand.

The petition was received by Greens co-leader Marama Davidson and referred to parliament’s government and administration committee, which will seek public comment.

He says it was only when trying to get the Aotearoa added to New Zealand’ coat of arms that he discovered the name does not have official status, which he set out to rectify.

"A lot of people might see it as just a name from mai rā ano but it's not, for me it's our language, he kupu Māori tērā, so in that it's our language, our culture, our identity, our history, and everyone can share in that," Mr Jobe says.

A previous campaign he fought was over being allowed to use te reo Māori on birth certificates, so he has seen the value of marshalling public opinion.......

Iwi excuse for water rights market
Libertarian public policy think tank the New Zealand Initiative says fear of treaty claims has hampered efforts to address fresh water allocation and protection.

Current consent-holders, including farms, industries, commercial users and councils, would see their existing consents converted into tradeable water permits, while Crown negotiation with iwi and hapū would provide a tradeable water allocation and confirm kaitiakitanga over rivers.....

Ihumātao protesters block Auckland road, vow to stop Fletcher developing 480 new homes
A group of protesters has since early yesterday morning blocked a Māngere public road, protesting against Fletcher Building plans for 480 new residences near the airport.

Qiane Matata-Sipu, a co-founder of protest group Save Our Unique Landscape, said Ihumātao Quarry Rd had been blocked since around 7am yesterday and the group would stay "as long as we have to."

"We are aware of protesters illegally blocking the public access at Ihumātao Quarry Rd and we understand that people have been threatened by protesters and told to leave the area, which is disappointing. We are working with authorities on this," he said......

'We miss out': Deaf Māori plead for more trilingual sign language interpreters
Sign language user Eric Matthews said there have been lots of experiences when he's gone to his local marae and found it "really tough".

"There are not many Māori trilingual interpreters, so we really feel blocked and that we miss out. There's a gap there," he said.

Eric Matthews is deaf and learned sign language when he was four. He says there's only one trilingual interpreter in the country, and that creates a huge barrier for deaf Māori.

"What I'd really like to see in the future is lots of trilingual interpreters, so that we can book a variety of people to come and we don't get stuck in the same way we do now," Matthews said......

Ngāti Hinerangi and Crown settle Treaty breaches
“Ngati Hinerangi’s claims relate to conflict with the Crown in Tauranga. Crown acts of land purchasing left the iwi virtually landless and this contributed to economic and social marginalisation and loss of traditional tribunal structures and knowledge.

“The settlement includes:

* Total financial redress of $8.1 million

* Cultural revitalisation payment of $200,000

* Marae rebuild of $20,000

* Co-governance arrangement over the upper Waihou and Piako river catchments

* Vesting of 14 cultural redress properties which includes part of Wairere Falls (Wairere Falls Scenic Reserve) which is considered a sacred awa to Ngāti Hinerangi.

“It is not possible to fully compensate Ngāti Hinerangi for the loss and prejudice they have suffered. We cannot build the foundations for a positive relationship and begin to move forward if we do not acknowledge what has happened in the past……

Inequality is Making Kids Sick
The rising rate of rheumatic fever among Māori and Pasifika children is one of the sharpest examples yet of the direct harm caused by New Zealand’s high level of inequality, Peter Malcolm, spokesperson for the income equality project Closing the Gap, said today.

“We as a society need to take responsibility for the social and economic inequalities that underlie this illness,” he said. “Until we do, more Māori and Pasifika children and their families will be forced to pay an unconscionably heavy price.”....

Over 30 graduates of Kōhanga Reo awarded scholarships
Over 30 Kōhanga Reo scholarships were awarded at a ceremony held in Wellington today. The scholarships will assist students studying at a Doctorate PhD level, at undergraduate and Masters level, all of whom are former graduates of Kōhanga Reo.

Hona Black of Ngāi Tūhoe, Te Whānau a Apanui and Tūwharetoa was the recipient of the top award, the Sir James Henare Scholarship valued at $10,000. The Kōhanga Reo graduate is studying towards a PhD degree. The topic for his thesis looks at how the Māori language is being taught and learned in schools and how there is merit in making mistakes and good from being wrong.

20 graduates will also receive assistance toward their studies that includes all academic programs up to the level of a bachelor's degree.

Procter says, "the main objective of today is for our graduates to return to the Kohanga Reo movement.".....

Māori teacher retention vital for healthy system
Teachers unions say while they appreciate moves to increase teacher recruitment and training, the Government needs to get serious about retaining them.

"They were talking in terms of African American students who had a black teacher in primary school, and that increases greatly their likelihood of graduating, of going on to college. It's that idea of representation, you cannot be what you cannot see. And if we do not have really strong powerful young Māori teachers in there, it has an impact on everyone," Ms Webber says.......

Whanau ora group says government needs to responsible to Māori while overhauling welfare
South Island whānau ora commissioning agency, Te Pūtahitanga, welcomed the recommendations.

Its kaiwhakahaere (director), Helen Leahy, said the government needed to be liable to the Treaty and iwi to make significant change.

"Being accountable to iwi and to Māori is a really important way of being able to ensure all New Zealanders achieve the dignity, the humanity, the purpose and the pride that we would want to see in a system that responds to their needs.".....

Volcanic island's cones to be rebuilt with millions of tonnes of human waste
In what is being touted as a 'world first', the landscape of a volcanic island sacred to mana whenua in the Manukau Harbour is being restored using treated human waste.

Not everyone was happy with this plan as certain iwi groups were initially opposed to the project. However, an agreement was reached for iwi to receive $2 per tonne of biosolids used, and everyone is now pleased that a special place of cultural significance is being restored.........

Sacred Heart Girls’ College – Map of Stories
The aim of the programme is to change the way the Treaty of Waitangi is taught in schools, focusing on a site of significance or conflict that is local to the school and hearing the stories of the land.

To help with the student learning, the history class studied the process of the Te Atiawa Historical Treaty Settlement and gained an understanding about the Crown’s obligations to Te Atiawa.....

Māori language programme for educators gets underway in Taranaki
A Taranaki te reo expert believes a newly launched language programme is the biggest effort yet to get children speaking Māori.

Dr Ruakere Hond is part of the panel leading the $12.2 million Te Ahu o te Reo Māori initiative, which was officially launched last month at Parliament.

Designed to get teachers and school support staff speaking more Māori in the classroom, Hond said it was a concerted effort to focus on language use, which was something that has never been done before.

The Government-funded programme provides educators with interactive Māori lessons so they can build their understanding and confidence in using te reo with their students......

An iwi nearly extinct reclaim identity through treaty settlement
The people of Ngāti Hinerangi will reach a milestone 15 years in the making today when it signs its deed of settlement with the crown, but the journey it has taken to get there has not been an easy one.

The Matamata-based iwi suffered great loss through crown land confiscations, becoming virtually landless in both the Tauranga Moana and Waikato areas of their tribal rohe.

"We were almost extinct. We didn't know we were Ngāti Hinerangi," she said.

"It took one of our kaumātua to actually say, 'This is not right, Ngāti Hinerangi is an iwi, and we need to get our people to understand that', which we did."

The settlement redress will include $8.1 million, a crown apology and the transfer of five properties including land currently occupied by Manuwaru School and the Matamata Police Station.

The Deed of Settlement also provides for the vesting of 14 sites, including the Wairere Falls property.......

Maori Council leader Matthew Tukaki bombarded with hateful messages
The executive director of the Maori Council says he's received over 70 messages of abuse over the past 48 hours.

Matthew Tukaki revealed the hateful emails have come on the back of an announcement that the Maori Council will ask the Human Rights Commission to investigate lobby group Hobson's Pledge.

However, when asked if Tukaki could name any particular statement that backed up his calls that Hobson's Pledge was inciting violence, hate, racism and segregation of society, he said the group simply created an environment for them to thrive.

Casey Costello, a frequent spokesperson for Hobson's Pledge, called in to Magic Talk and told Tukaki that if her group was guilty of inciting hateful actions then so was the Maori Council.

"With your press release, you have now created an environment of hate," Costello said.

ACT leader David Seymour told Newshub that the claims against Hobson's Pledge are baseless......

Minister welcomes Māori voice in the Supreme Court
The Minister of Māori Development, the Hon Nanaia Mahuta has welcomed the appointment of the former Chief Maori Land Court Judge, Justice Joseph Williams to the Supreme Court.

“It’s a great step to have Justice Williams with his encyclopaedic knowledge of the Treaty of Waitangi and Māori land law on the Supreme Court bench.

“Justice Williams will be able to look at Treaty law in a very contemporary context. He was the Chair of the Waitangi Tribunal for many years......

Oranga Tamariki - Ministry for Children forms additional iwi partnerships
Oranga Tamariki - Ministry for Children has signed strategic partnerships with Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi and Waikato-Tainui.

The Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi strategic partnership was signed in January of this year. According to the media release, under the agreement Ngāpuhi will lead the development of a joint strategy to improve social outcomes for Ngāpuhi tamariki and whānau. The strategy will outline objectives for the next five years. This work builds on the previous Memorandum of Understanding between Te Rūnanga Ā Iwi O Ngāpuhi and the former Child, Youth and Family services.......

Emergency medical staff to get te reo, tikanga training
The country's leading body for emergency medicine will give all senior staff and trainees education in te reo Māori and the Treaty of Waitangi.

The Australasian College for Emergency Medicine has launched the Manaaki Mana strategy, an initiative to improve its emergency care for Māori.

It has set 18 goals, including that all senior staff and trainees do regular te reo and tikanga training, and use an e-learning resource to understand the impact colonisation and racism has on Māori communities.......

Ngāti Hine launch campaign for separate Treaty settlement
Northland's Ngāti Hine are launching a campaign to seek their own Treaty settlement.

The iwi's nine hapū are among more than 70 who rejected a mandate last year for a deal to cover all Ngāpuhi.

About 50,000 people whakapapa to Ngāti Hine, and that was more than enough to form the sort of large natural grouping the Crown wanted to deal with, Mr Tipene said.....

ACC launches new ethics panel
According to ACC, each of the new members has a strong interest in ethical principles. The panel will safeguard the rights, interests and safety of customers, support and enable high-quality ethical projects for social, cultural and economic wellbeing and also work to reflect the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.

ACC said the panel also has representatives from teams across ACC including privacy, research & evaluation, customer insights and experience, clinical, information technology and maori and cultural capability....

Hobson’s Pledge welcomes investigation call
Hobson’s Pledge welcomes an investigation by the Human Rights Commission called for by the Maori Council so long as the Commission applies the law, acts independently, and leaves prejudice at the door, Hobson’s Pledge spokesperson Casey Costello said today.

The Maori Council called for an investigation in an invective-ridden media release, which said the call was supported unanimously by 16 districts at a national hui at the weekend.

The Maori Council should be careful of the language it uses because it is more extreme than allegations that have already required apologies and printed retractions, Ms Costello said.....

Oil explorers told talk to iwi
Bidders for the latest petroleum exploration permit block offer in Taranaki have been told they have to engage with iwi on an ongoing basis.

Petroleum and Minerals national manager Ilana Miller says the condition was added after consultation with iwi and hapū.....

New school name steeped in history
The name for the new primary school was announced yesterday after months of deliberation and consultation; Te Kura O Take Kārara. ‘Te Kura O’ means ‘The school of’, so the name is therefore simply Te Kura O Take Kārara (not Te Kura O Take Kārara Primary School).

The Board’s Chair, Dr Ian Hall, said “Many schools choose to use both English and Te Reo, but the advice from Ngāi Tahu, and our preference is to use simply the Te Reo.”

“We feel privileged to use this treasured name for our new school,” Dr Hall said. “We look forward to working closely further with Ngāi Tahu as the school develops.”....

Thousands more teachers for schools
“In planning for the future, we’re anticipating more students in Māori-language education. There’s currently a shortage of teachers skilled in te reo Māori and we’ll be partnering with iwi to design and pilot regional scholarships, which will support Māori students to train and remain in the profession.....

Whakamanawa report exposes health system racism
A researcher on the Mental Health and Addictions Inquiry says the report on the Māori submissions must be released.

The 200-page Whakamānawa report was briefly available on the website of Māori health group Te Rau Matatini in December and then withdrawn.

A watered-down 75-page report was released in February, with all criticism of the inquiry process and the Health Ministry removed.

Lynne Russell says the removal of Whakamānawa from the debate is symptomatic of the way Māori were excluded from the process,

Te Ara Wai Museum to commemorate NZ Land Wars
The Waipa District Council are rallying behind Waikato iwi aiming to build a museum to commemorate the New Zealand Land Wars. The museum will provide an insight into the historical battle sites in the Waipa district.

It is hoped the museum will honour and commemorate those whose lands were invaded during the 1860s.

Ngāti Maniapoto descendant Shane Te Ruki says, "This project about the land, about the war, about the invasion of the Europeans has gone unspoken, the head of the monster has not come out."

"'With feathers the bird flies'. The council has given us some funding to help with this project, but now we have to look elsewhere for more support and funding," he says......

Joe Williams first Māori judge appointed to Supreme Court
Justice Joseph Victor Williams is the first Māori lawyer to be appointed a Supreme Court judge.

Justice Williams was the Chief Judge of the Māori Land Court in 1999 and later became Waitangi Tribunal chair in 2004.

He was appointed a Judge of the Court of Appeal in 2018.

He is a fluent reo speaker and affiliates to Ngāti Pūkenga and Te Arawa.....

Change in discretion could address police racism
A drug policy analyst says proposed changes to the drug laws need to be closely monitored to ensure they are producing fairer outcomes for Māori

"It is a positive step forward but we as Māori know and evidence shows discretion and the presumption of prosecution or non-prosecution can be applied unevenly quite often and sometimes in an outright racist way because of the institutional racism in the police force so that's why we have to keep a close eye on this idea of discretion while also recognising it is a step forward," Mr McDonald says.......

Iwi asked to help with teacher shortage
Iwi-based scholarship programmes for primary and secondary school teachers are part of a $95 million teacher recruitment and retention package to be included in the Budget.

He says to cope with an expected increase in students in Māori-language education, the Education Ministry will partner with iwi to design and pilot regional scholarships, which will support Māori students to train and remain in the profession......

NZ Maori Council takes on Don Brash and Hobsons Pledge
The New Zealand Maori Council has today asked the New Zealand Human Rights Commission to investigate the organisation known as “Hobsons Pledge”. The resolution to seek the Human Rights Commission to intervene in what the council has called a “racially charged and motivated group of men” was passed unanimously by the Sixteen Districts of the Council at its national hui over the weekend. Matthew Tukaki, Executive Director of the Maori Council has said that Hobson’s Pledge is nothing more than a divisive group of “haters” who would do nothing more than send us all back to the dark ages:

“Let’s be really clear here this group has been able to get away with anything they please when it comes to race relations in this country and to be blunt; we are sick of it. Maori are sick of it. Don Brach and his cronies do nothing more than seek to divide this nation off the back of their tired old man views and their position that it’s their way or the highway.” Tukaki said....

Pressure on for Nats to drop Brash set legacy
National list MP Joanne Hayes believes party members will support contesting the Māori seats again.

Former leader Don Brash stopped National running candidates in the seats in 2005 to emphasise his intention to get rid of them, and the policy continued under John Key and Bill English despite efforts to change it by leading Māori members like Hekia Parata.

She says the party’s board needs to recognise conditions have changed now the Māori Party is no longer there to support a National-led government.....

Urupa matter on radar of New Plymouth council's 'very slow ship
An urupa trustee called for the council's annual plan to be deferred due to it not including of Māori cemeteries, but later withdrew the request after being told the council was working on it.

Peter Moeahu made a presentation to Te Huinga Taumatua Committee and then the Long Term Plan hearings in 2018 calling on the New Plymouth District Council to maintain Māori burial grounds, known as urupa, just as they maintain district cemeteries......

Māori voices 'missing' from Mental Health and Addictions Inquiry
The skeleton of the original Māori report - Whakamanawa - remains in the new version, but often crucial context is removed, sometimes tone is softened. In the new report power is "experienced as being misused"; institutional racism "believed to underpin" problems.

"Māori voices needed to be heard," Russell says, "in all their rawness".....

Kuia receiving cancer treatment calls for more Māori nurses
A woman receiving chemotherapy for leukemia at Middlemore Hospital is calling for more Māori nurses and better care for Māori patients.

She says she’d like to see a Māori training programme where the nurses are paid to train, separate to the programme being run today.

“Eighteen percent of the population in South Auckland are Māori and only a handful of Māori nurses are working at Middlemore. That’s shocking,” she says......

Unemployment continues to fall, wages rise
A drop in the unemployment rate to 4.2 per cent shows the Government’s approach to supporting employment is working.

“The unemployment rate for Māori continues to track in the right direction falling to 8.6 per cent from 9.6 per cent which means 5,100 more Māori are in paid employment. These figures represent real people, real whanau and real communities who are seeing a difference in their lives, something we should all celebrate”....

Learning a trade vs getting a degree
The percentage of students wanting to study has shown a decrease among Māori, thought to be due to financial concerns but also because of a switch of direction and interest.

Trade education is on the rise in Aotearoa. Some say it is better to get an apprenticeship than to study for a degree.

For many Māori, putting food on the table is a priority and higher education comes second.....

Man granted discount off jail term for being detached from his Māori culture
A man has been given a discounted prison sentence due to him becoming detached from his Māori heritage.

This was after Judge Gregory Hikaka gave Stubbings a 10 per cent discount after a cultural report canvassed his background, which included poverty, alcohol abuse and violence.

The report identified a cultural disconnect, which was said to have likely contributed to Stubbings' poor decision making in later years.

Stubbings had a reasonably strong understanding of te ao Māori concepts in his younger years, but "sacrificed his own cultural identity as a consequence of some risk taking behaviour" in his teens, the report stated.

But Stubbings has since displayed a willingness to reestablish himself in Māoritanga (Māori practices and beliefs), she said of the report's findings.

Judge Hikaka said Stubbings' foundation of values had been lost during his period of disconnection.

When the end sentence of three years and six months was handed down, Stubbings' supporters applauded from the gallery......

Aesthetics clash with iwi aquaculture aspirations
Regional Development Minister Shane Jones is keen to see iwi from the top of the South Island increase their stake in the region’s aquaculture industry.

Mr Jones met yesterday with Te Tau Ihu leaders including Ngāti Toa’s Sir Matiu Rei who wants to put a salmon farm in the Marlborough Sounds......

Iwi-free Census results could impact Treaty settlements – Dr Carwyn Jones
Census 2018 has counted 4.7 million kiwis, but there will be no collation of iwi affiliation.

Government statistician Liz MacPherson says, "It’s a significant loss and one of the things we're doing is working closely with iwi and Māori organisations on how to meet their data needs."

Treaty law expert Dr Carwyn Jones says a lack of this data could impact Crown Treaty settlement offers and asset management because claimant group size is a factor.

"Obviously if there is not sufficient information about [iwi affiliation] that can affect the offers that groups get in settlements, but also there’s a question around how information that is collected by government, or ought to be collected by government, is used by Māori and iwi groups themselves in terms of how they target their energy and resources."....

Power cut to protesters in bitter fight over land at Auckland's Ihumātao continues
A group of protesters illegally occupying land in a row over a housing development say the have been forced to live without electricity after their power was cut two weeks ago.

Fletcher Building plans to build 480 houses near the protected Ōtuataua Stonefields reserve at Ihumātao in Māngere, south Auckland.

But for the past three years, around a dozen people have established a "kaitiaki village" at Ihumātao Quarry Rd and have been living there full time in protest of a controversial development, claiming it is a sacred Māori site and should be preserved for future generations......

New approach to Māori decision making for west Auckland boards
The three local boards in west Auckland have all recently adopted a new approach to guide and support their decision-making on matters important to west Auckland Māori.

Waitākere ki tua (Waitākere going forward) is an action plan developed in response to the aspirations of west Auckland Māori.

Building on key pieces of work

The plan, adopted by the Henderson-Massey, Waitākere Ranges and Whau local boards, builds on two key reports, Toitū Waitākere report 2017 and the West Auckland Mataawaka Report from 2014, and is in response to Auckland Council and the local boards' obligations to Te Tiriti o Waitangi......

Applications Open for Scholarship Supporting Maori Students
Applications are now open for the Te Ara a Kupe Beaton Scholarship, the only scholarship in the country that supports Maori secondary students looking to gain admission into the top global universities.

The scholarship is provided by Crimson Education and was established to encourage young Maori students to embark on a journey to discover their greatest potential on the global stage.

Each of the five recipients will receive personalised mentoring and education services worth $20,000 to help them apply for and receive acceptance into their desired university.......

From ownership to stewardship: how Te ao Māori is changing water management in New Zealand
Growing up next to Tāngonge, a wetland in the far north of New Zealand, has given stormwater engineer Troy Brockbank a lifelong passion for water and a desire to bring a Te ao Māori (Indigenous Māori worldview) to helping protect it.

“Troy is sure to spark an interesting discussion about how we can share knowledge and learn from our respective experiences about how to promote stewardship of natural resources, better the way we incorporate Indigenous values and traditional ecological knowledge into water management and planning, and assure that Traditional Owners have a permanent voice in decision making,” Hatt said.

Brockbank said he has seen the country’s approach to water shift as an awareness of Te ao Māori and kaitiakitanga (stewardship and protection of natural resources) has grown.

He said there needs to be more Māori participation in the engineering industry, but that everyone, Indigenous or not, should be empowered to embrace Indigenous culture.

“There’s a place for Indigenous knowledge and we can learn a lot from it,” Brockbank said....

Māori Council ups fight for fair deal
The New Zealand Māori Council has set itself an ambitious programme including action on water, housing, health, poverty, environment and justice.

Auckland District Māori Council chair Matthew Tukaki says a hui of regional chairs in Wellington over the weekend showed a new sense of purpose as the organisation moves past the struggles over leadership of recent years

Government needs to stop saying 'Your treaty settlement, this is what you have got the money for.' No it's not. That treaty settlement is ours to do what we want with. You should be providing the funding for essential services, just like you are to other New Zealanders," Mr Tukaki says.....

NCEA pass rates fall for Year 11, 12, Māori and Pasifika
The percentage of Year 11 students gaining NCEA level one has fallen to its lowest level in five years because some schools are focusing on level two of the qualification, the Education Ministry says.

For example, the percentage of Year 12 students achieving the critical NCEA level two qualification was 80.8 percent for girls, 74 percent for boys, 68.1 percent for Māori, 81.2 percent for Europeans, and 69.3 percent for students at schools in deciles 1-3.

Achievement rates for NCEA level three in Year 13 ranged from 76.5 percent in schools in deciles 8-10 to 56.8 percent for schools in deciles 1-3.....

Māori PR Firm Launches to Support Growing Iwi Economy

A growing Māori economy is now boosting demand for more specialist services, prompting one Tauranga agency to launch a Māori-focused public relations firm....

Gardiner keen to harvest Māori seat votes
A former Māori vice president of the National Party wants to see the party reverse its policy of not standing candidates in the Māori seats.

List MP Joanne Hayes wants to stand in Te Tai Hauauru, but that would require leader Simon Bridges and the party council scrapping the policy instituted by former leader Don Brash and maintained by John Key and Bill English.

Sir Harawira Gardiner, whose loyalty to the party was tested by Dr Brash’s 2004 Orewa Speech, says a change is necessary for the party’s future electoral prospects.

The fact is every vote is a winning vote and when we come down a position where National doesn't have any natural partners, it has to capitalise on any opportunity," he says.......

Speech: Mahuta - UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
• In New Zealand, the Treaty of Waitangi, in combination with other legal and constitutional frameworks, are the foundation upon which standards for Māori engagement, and participation are based.

• In 2017, we established the Māori Crown Relations portfolio. The creation of the portfolio signals our government’s commitment to a healthy relationship with iwi/Māori. The designation of this role will also provide greater oversight for the government’s engagement with iwi/Māori......

MP Louisa Wall's warning for media after 'racist' cartoons
Louisa Wall says she's been thinking about how to limit racism in the media for years now since a failed legal bid.

It comes after the Human Rights Tribunal ruled that two comics which portrayed Maori and Pasifika as alcoholic chain smokers exploiting free school lunches did not promote racial disharmony.

Wall told Heather du Plessis-Allan if the editors had a "duty of care", they may have thought harder about the harm publishing the cartoons may have caused.

She says if the law won't deal with something like that, then perhaps the editors should.

"A duty of care would put the onus on the publishers to not put it out in the first place."....

Tauranga holiday programme teaches rangatahi about Māori land wars
It was one of the fiercest battles of the Waikato war fought at Rangiriri in 1863.

And for the school holidays, a group of Tauranga rangatahi studied and re-enacted that history, even travelling over the Kaimais to visit the Rangiriri Pā site.

"It does make me feel a little bit angry for what the Pākehā done to us, but that's in the past," he said. "We've moved aside all of our differences, and Māori are finally getting back our land.".....

Kelvin Davis announces Te Tai Tokerau will be the first region to run a kaupapa which will grow Māori leaders
Te Tai Tokerau will be the first region to run a kaupapa which will grow Maori leaders by challenging mainstream ideas of education and reclaiming traditional Māori knowledge.

"Back in the day our tūpuna (ancestors), when they became experts in a particular field they became real experts.

"This is about extending mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge) beyond what we normally know, and creating experts beyond what is taught at any school."

Davis said over the years the Crown had suppressed Māori knowledge and he believed the Government had an obligation to assist Māori to reclaim it.

"I don't really want people to think that's the end all and be all and say 'Oh what's that qualification going to get you?' It actually steps you into the Māori world in a way that people haven't been able to for 150 to 200 years." ....

Tā moko marks milestone in whakapapa journey for NZ Defence Minister
Minister of Defence Ron Mark has received his first tā moko acknowledging his genealogical connection to his Te Arawa and Ngāti Raukawa ancestry.

"It's taken us a while to really understand, to learn more about our whakapapa and being raised the way I was I had no connection with my Māori side at all for many, many years," says Minister Mark.....

Minister congratulates Ākarana Sarah whānau on housing
Minister for Māori Development and Associate Minister of Housing Hon Nanaia Mahuta congratulated whānau from Bridge Pa, near Hastings for their vision of building homes on their ancestral land.

Te Puni Kōkiri invested $376,661 towards infrastructure costs to assist the Ākarana Sarah Whānau Trust with their seven home papakāinga development near Bridge Pa, Hastings.

“Their vision is to live in a whānau oriented community, on ancestral land, in a community that supports Māori achievement through sustainable healthy living and education,” says Nanaia Mahuta........

Did you know Waikato Māori refused to fight in WWI?
While it’s common to think that support for the war effort in 1914-18 was more or less unanimous in New Zealand, the reality was quite different.

After the outbreak of war, Waikato and Maniapoto were the only iwi to volunteer for service, under the leadership of Sir Apirana Ngata and Sir Māui Pōmare. Meanwhile, many Māori from Taranaki and Tainui-Waikato resisted the call to fight for ‘King and Country’.

It had only been 50 years since the first Taranaki war and invasion of the Waikato, which led to widespread land confiscation. Considering many pakeke who had experienced the New Zealand Wars and their aftermath were still alive by the time WWI broke out, Māori of military age were inclined to stay at home......

"There is a debt from my country to the Māori community" - Italian ambassador
Nearly 30,000 NZ soldiers lost their lives in World War I and World War II, with more than 2000 buried in cemeteries throughout Italy. To commemorate that special connection, an honoured guest , Italian ambassador Fabrizio Marcelli, was hosted by Ngāti Hori, Ngāti Toa Harapaki in Hawke's Bay today.

Marcelli says, “The NZ soldiers, the Māori combatants of the battalion gave a lot in terms of lives, blood and hardship when they fought in Italy for our liberation, as I said in my speech, today is not just Anzac Day, it is also Italy's liberation day.”

203 of those soldiers who paid the ultimate price in Italy were from the 28th Māori Battalion, while over 880 more Māori soldiers were injured. To this day, they are held in high regard by the people of Italy.......

Veteran calls for lives lost during NZ Land Wars to be honoured
However, by remembering those who served their country, Te Arawa Māori Returned Services League president Te Kei Merito, also wants to see the lives of those who fought during the New Zealand Land Wars honoured the same as those on ANZAC Day.

The Malay veteran says its time the thousands of lives lost in the New Zealand land wars to be honoured in the same way.

Merito says, "I feel for our ancestors who lost their lives. They were jailed without trial in South Island caves. Some died of hypothermia."......

Ngāpuhi hui to aim at uniting 110 hapū on treaty settlement
The country's biggest iwi Ngāpuhi will meet in Whangarei tomorrow to find a new way forward for its treaty settlement, following a failed attempt to renew its mandate last year.

"It's clear that the hapū of Ngāpuhi do not support a centralised mandate model," she said.

"It's time for us to re-form and look at how best to move forward as large natural groupings according to the tikanga and the desires of hapū.......

A monument to Māori exploration planned for site of Cook's landing
A new monument is being built at the Puhi Kai Iti site in Gisborne, also known as 'Cooks landing site', to acknowledge 1,000 years of Māori navigation to Aotearoa. The development will coincide with the Tuia - Encounters 250 by the Ministry of Culture and Heritage, which will commemorate 250 years since the arrival of Captain Cook.

“To share and discuss, to debate, to cry if you like, to mourn those that were killed by Cook here, but also to celebrate as a community us embracing 1,000 years of our existence here in Te Tairāwhiti.”......

Māori land saved and nurtured for future generations
Today marks a milestone in efforts to protect threatened species and biodiversity on nearly 7,000 hectares of privately owned Māori land in the central North Island. A pact between landowners, the Minister of Conservation and Ngā Whenua Rāhui has been signed, giving rise to eco-tourism opportunities, predator-free strategies and other land management plans.

The trust represents more than 3,500 owners for the piece of land. Their goals compliment the long-term strategy of the Department of Conservation (DOC) and those of the government.

Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage says, “The putea from Ngā Whenua Rahui provides $1.7 million that will help the Owhaoko Trust protect their lands, provide funding for pest control, deer, possums, rats, weeds like Pinus contorta wilding and pruning gorse.

The $1.7mil will also support local Māori in their existing eco-toursim ventures and assist increased public connection with nature and heritage in the Kāweka and Kaimanawa Forest Parks.

Ngā Whenua Rahui deputy chair Kevin Prime says, “This is one of the largest blocks of land that we’ve signed. From here we will head over to Tūhoe to sign a covenant for 10,000ha.”.....

Stories of Māori Battalion must be retold - Ardern
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says stories about the Māori Battalion and other Māori soldiers who served throughout history need to be retold “because all of those stories are so rich and part of who we are and we need to hear them”.

The 28th Māori Battalion served during WWII between 1940 and 1945. Almost 3,600 men served and 649 were killed in action or died on active service.

Ardern says, “We’re doing everything that we can to make sure that, particularly, the contribution of Māori Battalion and those contributions, that history, continues to be retold.”.....

The state of the NZDF today
Right now, the NZDF is one of the largest employers of Māori in New Zealand. 1,904 personnel identify as Māori , which is around 12.5% of the entire force of just under 16,000.....

Prince William given Maori greeting in Christchurch
The Duke of Cambridge was greeted with a traditional Maori nose rub from New Zealand's prime minister as he began his two-day tour of the country.

Prince William performed a hongi with Jacinda Ardern as he was welcomed in Auckland at the start of the trip.......

Wakatū unites Te Tauihu for long term plan
Wakatū Incorporation has teamed up with the Nelson-Tasman Regional Development Agency and its council partners to develop an intergenerational growth strategy for the region, Te Tauihu 2077.

The initiative has secured $400,000 from the Provincial Growth Fund for the next nine months.

The steering committee includes three mayors, representatives from Iwi, the Nelson-Tasman and Marlborough Chambers of Commerce, the Nelson-Marlborough Institute of Technology, and representatives from regional businesses.

Wakatū is owned by 4,000 Māori families who descend from the traditional land owners of Nelson, Motueka and Golden Bay......

Te Kawa Matakura – nurturing excellence in young Māori leaders
Te Kawa Matakura aims to provide opportunity for rangatahi to deepen their knowledge and experience of te ao Māori, to grow their leadership potential.

Te Kawa Matakura aims to grow and nurture young Māori leaders and role models, through the teaching and learning of local traditional knowledge, language and customs......

Whakatōhea Treaty negotiations to reopen
Treaty of Waitangi Minister Andrew Little has decided to continue pushing ahead with negotiations with Whakatōhea while a Tribunal inquiry into historical grievances is carried out.

The Eastern Bay of Plenty iwi voted overwhelmingly to halt its Treaty negotiations with the Crown last year, after a damning report by the Waitangi Tribunal said negotiations were being rushed, in order for the government to achieve its objective of finalising all Treaty settlements by 2020......

A lack of knowledge of Māori culture blamed for breach of rāhui at Mermaid Pools
More than 100 visitors were turned away while less than that number made their way to the popular Mermaid Pools in Matapouri despite a rāhui being in force.

But the local hapu has put the situation over the Easter long weekend down to unfamiliarity with Māori culture rather than a blatant disregard for the rāhui that was put in place last Friday......

Andrew Little accused of steamrolling opposition and continuing with Treaty settlement
Treaty Negotiations Minister Andrew Little is again being accused of steamrolling ahead to finalise treaty settlements despite desperate pleas for him to stop.

The Eastern Bay of Plenty iwi Whakatōhea voted overwhelmingly to halt its Treaty negotiations with the Crown last year, but the minister has since signalled his intention to continue.

Mr Little said he hoped to have a Waitangi Tribunal Inquiry in place as soon as possible......

The first 'te reo Māori' capital city in the world
Wellington Mayor Justin Lester has set his sights on being the first 'Te Reo Māori Capital City' in the world. A formal agreement has been signed between the Wellington City Council and the Māori Language Commission.The two organisations will work together on projects across the whole of Wellington but with a primary focus on the city centre, and in public events, research, and promoting te reo Māori......

Iwi board delays Benneydale / Te Māniaiti naming decision
A decision on changing the name of the town Benneydale has been delayed to allow for more consultation.

The Maniapoto Māori Trust Board lodged an application with the New Zealand Geographic Board to change the name to Benneydale / Māniaiti.

The proposal was met with widespread opposition in the Waitomo District town.

The Geographic Board's decision has been delayed until 31 May to allow the board to hold more consultation with locals.....

National MP Jo Hayes keen to stand in Māori electorate
National List MP Jo Hayes is keen to go home and represent her people in Te Tai Hauauru, one of seven Māori electorates.

It's an unusual stance for a National MP to take.

The last time National stood candidates in the Māori seats was in 2002. Two years later, then leader Don Brash decided against it after criticising the electorates in his controversial Orewa speech.

But Hayes believed it was time for National to reconsider its Māori vote.

She said Labour had failed to deliver for Māori despite boasting about having the largest ever Māori caucus, including all seven Māori seats.

"We know the views of Winston when it came to Whānau Ora, when it comes to targeting Māori. He says, 'Why should Māori get special treatment?'"

"Māori need special treatment because colonisation actually occurred for them, now we are seeing the results of that and it needs to be fixed," said Hayes.....

Māori asset base now past $40b
The Māori asset base has grown past $40 billion but there is a warning of barriers to continued rapid growth.

"We have certain obligations that didn't end on February 6, 1840. It's about ongoing respect, rights and privileges. We need to support Māori to develop as Māori. We have to acknowledge that there's Māori culture, Māori stories and we have to provide for that."....

Push to teach New Zealand history in schools becomes more desperate
New Zealand history is a story full of blood and betrayal - but even teachers in our state schools admit they don't know enough.

And that's where Tamsin Hanly comes in. She's mortgaged her house to create Critical Histories of Aotearoa, a teaching programme she sells to schools.

"We were discussing that the early settlers, the Māori people, were actually scientists and they were mathematical and the way we perceive the intelligence they had is completely different to what the reality is," Gilmore said.

"There are actually three versions of the Treaty - the English version, the Māori version, then the Māori version translated into English, and they're quite different. So what everyone thought they'd signed wasn't actually the same," Cormack says......

Northland marae's concern for wāhi tapu
A Northland marae concerned about the desecration of its wāhi tapu has erected signs at two nearby beaches calling on motor vehicles to stay out of the area.

Haititai Marangai Marae in Karikari Peninsula has raised concerns about "the continued desecration of our wāhi tapu (sacred areas), archaeological sites and dune vegetation" and asked for respect and support for a kaupapa to ban motor vehicles from the sand dunes at Tokerau Beach and Puwheke......

Beleaguered Waitangi Treaty Grounds get $1m Government grant to help recover from fraud
The Government has made a grant of $1 million to the trust that runs the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, to help it recover from fraud.

The Waitangi National Trust took a hit in 2107 when a manager, Wallace Te Ahuru, siphoned $1.2 million out of its bank accounts.

He was jailed for eight years in February.

The Ministry of Culture and Heritage said the fraud was sophisticated; the money could not be recovered and the trust faced possible insolvency.

It says the million-dollar grant from the ministry's baseline funding will support essential services at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.......

Select committee weighs options for land occupied by Māori in Auckland
The Māori Affairs select committee is considering the case of contested land intended for a major housing project near Auckland airport.

Ihumātao is owned by Fletcher Building, which has a 480-property development planned for the site.

For the past two years a group of mana whenua and locals who hold the land sacred have occupied it in an effort to stop the development going ahead.

The group behind the campaign, Save Our Unique Landscape (SOUL), wants the government to buy the land or "mandate a process that comes up with an outcome everyone can live with"......

Mayor explores chances of returning a $16m island to local ownership
Should a $16 million privately-owned island close to Nelson city be returned to local ownership, and if so how?

Reese said she was prepared to take a case to Nelson City Council for the council to make a contribution towards a purchase that would support greater opportunities for increased public access, conservation initiatives, and strengthened iwi links.

She had also had some initial discussions with local iwi, before the Pigeon Valley bushfire and drought diverted attention from the Pepin Island sale, and would now pick up those conversations.

"In terms of a transfer of ownership ... the first party, in my view, that has the right to have those discussions is mana whenua."

"One option would be for the Crown to buy it and return it to iwi via settlement, given the significance of the land to iwi," spokesperson Jaqui Ngawaka said.....

Many NZ species at risk of extinction according to shocking report
Many of our country's indigenous species are threatened with extinction, that is according to a report released today by the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ titled Environment Aotearoa 2019.

The ministry really needs to look at their advisory panels, they need to think really hard about involving iwi in every aspect of their research and conclusions."

Actually a synthesis of the Māori view of sustainable use of the environment and of Pākehā conservation traditions is going to be essential...so Forest and Bird are certainly looking for partnerships with iwi.".....

PM visits Waipatu Marae, Hastings
“I acknowledge Louisa Wall, Kelvin Davis, Willie Jackson, and especially Meka Whaitiri," said Ardern, "She has maintained that spirit that Parekura [Horomia] had, working always on behalf and for the people, and Meka, I acknowledge that- that is exactly who you are and what you do.”

Despite the positive atmosphere, the iwi still put their issues to the government.

Ngahiwi Tomoana, the chair of Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated, said, “We offer to the prime minister today that we have local solutions to local problems if the government could relax some of its own laws and structures and bureaucracy around us to find our own solutions.”.....
Treaty claim against Minister of Education on reforms
There are yet more concerns with the government's reforms on vocational education, with the Waitangi Tribunal today confirming that a claim regarding the issue has been submitted. Fears are also growing amongst faculty members who say the reforms would result in job losses.

The Waitangi Tribunal told Te Ao Māori News that the Industry Training Organisation Skills Active submitted a Treaty Claim against the reforms.....

Auction of 19th century Māori-themed toothpaste lid slammed as 'appalling' by academic
A 19th century toothpaste lid bearing an image of a Māori chief is poised to fetch $15,000 at auction in Upper Hutt tonight.

A senior lecturer in Māori studies at Auckland University Ella Henry says she’s “appalled” people will bid for it. But she hopes that someone who understands that it is cultural appropriation buys it and gifts it to the nation as an example of cultural appropriation.

An 1880s soft drink bottle depicting Māori chief Tamati Waka Nene is also up for auction. Ms Henry says his iwi, Ngati Hine, will be “outraged to know that their ancestor, one of their great chiefs, is being abused and used in this way”......

Rāhui to protect Mātapouri Mermaid Pools
An official rāhui has been placed over one of New Zealand's popular destinations, the Mātapouri Mermaid pools. To mark the occasion, the local hapū unveiled a guardian post, a prohibition marker to help restore the pools to a healthier state.

The rāhui will remain until the iwi are confident the pools have returned to a healthier state.....

Vocational reform threatens Māori education taonga
A contemporary Treaty of Waitangi claim filed on Thursday is further evidence of growing opposition to the government’s proposed Reform of Vocational Education, according to Skills Active Board member Des Ratima, who lodged the claim at the Waitangi Tribunal in Wellington.

“Our claim asserts that the government has failed to recognise and provide for Māori taonga, namely vocational education; and failed to honour the principle of partnership under the Treaty,” says Mr Ratima, who last year was made an Officer of the NZ Order of Merit for his services to Māori over many decades.

“Māori tenaciously hold to the ‘three Ps’ of the Māori-Crown relationship: Participation, Partnership and Protection. This reform offends all three.”.......

Wellington city's te reo ambitions supported with partnership
The capital is beefing up its commitment to embrace te reo Māori.

A formal agreement has been signed between the Wellington City Council and the Māori Language Commission, Te Taura Whiri.

The two organisations will work together on projects in the city centre, public events, research, and promoting both English and Māori languages, said the city's mayor, Justin Lester.

"Te reo will be a key part of everybody's everyday lives. That'll be if you're at the library, at the swimming pool, even if you're at your local school, or even if you're at a retail outlet.
Last year the council passed a new policy to support and develop te reo in the city, including increasing the visibility of the languate through signage, and promoting te reo place names........

Iwi appeals DOC decision to gift land to Moriori
Plans by the Department of Conservation to gift 1,200 hectares of land to Moriori on the Chatham Islands are being challenged in the Court of Appeal today in Wellington.

The Ngāti Mutunga o Wharekauri Iwi Trust claim they have the rights to the land as mana whenua.

The Director of Ngāti Mutunga o Wharekauri Asset Holding Tom McClurg says, "Our view on the Ngāti Mutunga o Wharekauri side is that shared interest are best dealt with by shared arrangements. So either land should stay with DOC [The Department of Conservation] and then the Crown can deal with both iwi as Treaty partners or, if its vested, the vesting should involve both iwi.

"Both Ngāti Mutunga o Wharekauri and Moriori have overlapping customary interest in Taia."......

New $3.7m housing development signals new era for Christchurch marae
A nearly $4 million plan to build half a dozen houses at a Christchurch marae marks the end of a long fight for iwi to live on ancestral land.

The government has announced it will build six homes at Tuahiwi marae near Kaiapoi, and will repair sixty houses in the region.

"It is probably timely for a conversation on how much our tribal authorities have real regulatory authority on reserved Māori land.

"If we control the infrastructure, there has to be a question over the role of local government.".....

Chatham iwi may acquire stake in seafloor phosphate project
Chatham Islands iwi groups may invest in a project to mine seafloor phosphates in the region if they can agree on a marine consent application for the project 450 kilometres east of Christchurch.

Developer Chatham Rock Phosphate has executed an information sharing and collaboration agreement with the asset holding company of Ngati Mutunga O Wharekauri. The pair have agreed to work together to develop an application that meets the environmental, economic, social and cultural objectives of both parties.....

Minister goes to the UN to plead indigenous rights
The Minister for Māori Development, Hon Nanaia Mahuta will go to the United Nations this Easter to argue the case for Indigenous Peoples’ rights around the world.

Minister Mahuta will be speaking several times at the Permanent Forum of the UN from Monday the 22nd of April. She will also attend a World Indigenous Business Forum roundtable discussion.

“I want to promote what Aotearoa New Zealand is doing to address indigenous issues. I know that tikanga Māori must add value to this country’s international reputation.

“I will emphasise that our indigenous development is fundamental to stronger relationships between indigenous peoples and their governments.

More on the above here > New Zealand aims to be first with UN Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples plan

Labour's Māori ministers have achieved little for their people - so far
Māori Principals' Association, Te Akatea President Myles Ferris disagrees. He wants compulsory te reo Māori in all schools and says the mainstream school system won't work effectively for Māori.

"Our system is racist," he says.

"We've got racist policies and assimilation policies. This system has been under-delivering for Māori for the past 150 years and continues to under-deliver.

"There are too many policies and procedures in the current system that have a negative effect on Māori student achievement and Māori education as a whole."

Ferris says Māori educationists have the answers but every time they get involved and a programme is funded, it's just as quickly taken away.

His association wants a Māori Secretary of Education and a Māori Minister of Education that role to report to......

Minister launches employment scheme for urban rangatahi
Pae Aronui, a skills and employment initiative for urban rangatahi was launched in Hamilton today by Employment and Associate Māori Development Minister Willie Jackson.

“Pae Aronui offers us an opportunity to improve the profile of Māori in the labour market. Rather than being over-represented in low-skilled occupations and industries vulnerable to economic changes, we want more Māori in higher-skilled roles in growth industries,” Willie Jackson says.

The Government allocated $15 million in Budget 2018 to support outcomes for rangatahi Māori that enhance the skills and employment opportunities. The funding supports the wider aims of He Poutama Rangatahi – the government strategy aimed at getting more rangatahi into employment......

Wellington to get two new environmental murals
Wellington to get two new environmental murals as local artists win national award

Two Wellington artists have won national awards for their environmental mural designs as part of the Keep New Zealand Beautiful (KNZB) Nature Murals competition.

Isobel Te Aho-White’s mural design entitled ‘Whenua Ataahua’ is proposed for the side of Newtown Mall on Riddiford Street. Her proposed mural design comes from the perspective of matauranga Māori (Māori knowledge) around preserving our whenua (land). In her submission Isobel said the mural is a mix of traditional Māori and illustrative elements which create a contemporary design acknowledging indigenous wisdom around environmental issues in our current times.....

Korako keen to regain tino rangatiratanga
National MP Nuk Korako says he’s keen to resume working with his own Ngāi Tahu people once he leaves parliament next month.

"I am not going to any other political party, I am not going to any other organisation. I'm actually going to do things the way I want to do it, with my own tino rangatiratanga. I am not going to work for anyone but I may work with them, particularly my own iwi. I will work with them for the betterment of our people," Mr Korako says.....

Te reo roll-out for Auckland's Link buses
Auckland's InnerLink buses are set to offer next stop announcements in te reo Māori following the success of Māori language messages on the city's trains.

Bilingual announcements were introduced on the city's train network in June last year and plans are now underway to extend the service to the InnerLink buses....

Minister announces $3.7m for Ōtautahi Community projects
Minister for Māori Development and Associate Minister of Housing, Hon Nanaia Mahuta announced a $3.7m investment for community development in the Ōtautahi (Christchurch) region today.

The project will include a six home papakāinga development at Tuahiwi marae, 60 community-led housing repairs across four marae in the region, home maintenance workshops, and Sorted Kainga ora programmes totalling $3.7 million......

Water important for New Zealanders
“Māori cultural values must also be at the centre of decision making. In particular, Māori have rangatira and kaitiaki rights over water, guaranteed in Te Tiriti o Waitangi,” Marama Davidson says.....

Are govt petitions hosting racism?
A petition being hosted on a government website urging an 'end to all measures that give special treatment to Māori' is being called out by many Māori at a time when Kiwis are being urged to shun racism and hate speech. It comes as reports emerge of anti-Māori pamphlets being distributed in Auckland and questions being asked of government about what more can be done to prevent the spread of hate speech.

The Petition of Sarah Thompson to "End special treatment for Māori" may not come as any great surprise to Māori familiar with Dr Brash's now infamous Orewa speech......

Government launches $12.2m programme to bolster te reo Maori in classrooms
"Normalising" the use of te reo Māori is behind a $12.2 million Government-funded initiative to get teachers and support staff speaking the language in the classroom.

The first part of the Te Ahu o te Reo Māori programme was launched at Parliament on Monday which will see educators go through interactive Māori lessons so they can feel more comfortable using phrases with students.

The programme will be piloted in Waikato, Taranaki-Whanganui, Kāpiti-Horowhenua and Te Waipounamu (South Island) - regions chosen because the Māori classroom populations were expected to increase by 20 per cent over the next four years......

New van critical for Huringa Pai Charitable Trust
NZCT has given a significant grant of $66,000 to Gisborne’s Huringa Pai Charitable Trust, which has made the purchase of a new 18-seat van possible.

The grant is a big boost to Huringa Pai and the local community. It will remove two significant barriers to whānau participating in the Trust’s activities - affordability and transport. Huringa Pai’s activities focus on helping local whānau combat diabetes through supporting their healthy living and include exercise, healthy eating, budgeting and dietary and lifestyle support......

Finlayson slams Tamihere claim evidence
Former Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Christopher Finlayson has made the unusual step of appearing before the Waitangi Tribunal into its hearing on Hauraki Overlapping Claims.

In his written brief he described much of the evidence put up by Ngāti Porou ki Hauraki negotiator John Tamihere as fiction.

He rejected the suggestion the crown was looking for a quick settlement or that it would attempt settlement in disregard of neighbouring iwi rights and interests.

His concern was to create just and durable settlements with the crown......

Midwifery Workforce Accord Welcomed
• Develop a strategy to better support midwives in training, with a particular focus on Māori and Pacific midwives,....

Could ocean credits be the new carbon credits?
A northern iwi is considering a tradeable system, where iwi could forgo their fishing quota in exchange for environment credits - and the idea is gaining momentum.

Iwi Māori own half of New Zealand's fishing quota, which allows them to harvest around 300,000 tonnes of seafood each year.

While Ngāti Kurī owns just a small portion of this quota, a new environment plan has them asking confronting questions of their own commercial fishing practices.

Sheridan Waitai, the iwi's strategic relations manager, says people - her iwi included - need to get around the perceived entitlement, that fish is the commodity. And she warns if we don't have the right balance in the ocean's ecosystem, things will die.....

Waikato-Tainui signs agreement with Oranga Tamariki
Waikato-Tainui has signed an agreement with Oranga Tamariki with the goal of keeping its children out of state care.

The agreement was signed in Ngāruawāhia at the Waikato Tainui College for Research and Development today and was also attended by Minister for Children Tracey Martin and Minister for Māori Development Nanaia Mahuta.

As part of the agreement, Waikato-Tainui will work alongside Oranga Tamariki to ensure children in state care are placed with or connected to their whānau, hapū, iwi and cultural identity.

The two organisations will also share information and will set targets to improve outcomes for Waikato-Tainui tamariki......

Māori success to be focus of new polytech model
A polytechnic that supports tertiary reforms says Māori success within industry training organisations can continue under the new proposed model.

She said Māori ownership of the new model was critical to close the gaps between Māori and non-Māori.

"It's important that Māori are represented at a governance and a senior management or executive level."

She said there should also be a charter to ensure that Māori representation at these levels was protected......

Promises lost in council bureacracy
The head of Auckland’s Independent Māori Statutory Board says Auckland Council still hasn’t worked out how it can deliver on the commitments it has made to Māori.

David Taipari says the fault lies not with the council’s Māori staff but with all departments and council controlled organisations, even though some like Watercare are making an effort.

He says according to the budgets and plans agreed between the board and council, there should be up to $15 million a year for projects and outcomes benefitting Māori.

He says there may be a need for a specific position within Auckland Council dedicated to making progress for Māori, rather than responsibility being spread too thin.......

Misspelled Māori Wellington place and street names may be fixed
A move to support te reo Māori by the Wellington City Council has prompted a review of Māori place and street names.

As part of the council's policy to "lead the way in making the [Māori] language a core part of the cultural fabric and identity of our city", the spelling of Wellington place and street names are being scrutinised.....

Northland marae bans women from site during building phase
A ban on women at a marae building site could deter young women from working in construction, according to a company which encourages Māori and Pasifika people to learn trades.

Mokau Marae in Helena Bay, 46km north-east of Whangārei, has banned women from its grounds while its wharekai (kitchen) and wharenui (main meeting room) are built. The work is expected to be finished in 2020.

A sign on the marae's gate reads: "Please respect our tikanga. No women allowed by order of the Marae Committee."....

Concern for Māori children needs to be system wide
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says while there needs to be a strong voice for Māori children within state care, a Māori children’s commissioner may not be the way to achieve that.

"The one thing I want to be sure of is we don't simply assume if we had a specific Māori children's commissioner, we don't lose sight of the fact it's in our everyday workings within Oranga Tamariki we need to have that focus and it's not simply one person's job, it needed to be embedded across all of our system," she says.......

Hikoi confronts Phil Goff over Ihumātao development
Mana whenua of land that is set to have 480 homes built on it say they're prepared to put their bodies on the line to stop the development from going ahead.

A hikoi ending in Auckland's Aotea Square today saw a 20,000-signature petition delivered to Auckland Mayor Phil Goff, calling for local council and government to protect of Ihumātao.

Ihumātao is located next to the Ōtuataua Stonefields Historic Reserve in Mangere - home to New Zealand's earliest gardens and a significant archaeological site on land considered wahi tapu, or sacred, by local hapū and iwi......

"Beer bottles everywhere!" - Secondary school kapa haka judges removed from Whangārei motel
A Northland motelier is calling for accountability after she says her premises were trashed following the Te Tai Tokerau Secondary Schools Kapa Haka Regionals at the weekend.

She says she removed numerous judges at the event on Sunday morning, after drunken behaviour at the Whangārei motel.

Up to 15 people were asked to vacate Whangārei's Motel Sierra early on Sunday morning, after what the owners describe as "drunken behaviour.".....

The clash between science and silence
A case of a rare beetle, a university and a contract clause is emblematic of a wider issue where commercial contracts can clash with public interest and academic freedom of speech.

Lincoln University was silenced for over two months due to a clause in a research contract with South Island iwi Ngāi Tahu which forced it to seek written permission before speaking publicly.

Repeated attempts by journalists to discover the fate of an endangered beetlecould not be answered by scientists working in the only location they have been found.

The issue relates to the Eyrewell forest in Canterbury, returned to Ngāi Tahu as part of a treaty settlement in 2000. Since its return it’s been stripped of the plantation pine a rare beetle lived in and converted to intensive dairying by Ngāi Tahu Farming. When the conversion is complete the former pine forest will be home to around 14,000 cows......

Māori land must be exempt from capital gains tax
The exemption of hapū and iwi held land is essential to the integrity of a capital gains tax. Unlike property developers and investors, Māori will not make a capital gain from their land. Because of Crown abuse, they have lost capital.

By 1975, Māori had about 3 per cent of their land. The other 97 per cent certainly wasn't sold for a capital gain.

When the Treaty claims settlements came along, Iwi Chairs Forum spokesman Ngahiwi Tomoana said Māori settled for about 2 per cent of the value of their claims.

"We already think we have been taxed 98 per cent of our Treaty settlement," he told RNZ's Te Manu Korihi......

Rotorua Lakes seeks bridge to iwi
The council, Te Tatau o Te Arawa and Te Arawa Lakes Trust have joined forces to recruit a leader to guide council's relationship with the iwi.

Chief executive Geoff Williams says Ngāti Whakaue kaumātua Monty Morrison is stepping down from the kaitiaki ahurea Māori role to give him more time to fulfill his tribal leadership commitments.

He says the new Te Ahurei position won't try to replicate what Mr Morrison did but will build on what was just the first part of the journey.....
Māori demand reform to justice system
Māori justice advocates have renewed the fight for a separate justice system for Māori, saying the outcomes for them are still getting worse and they should be able to take the lead under Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

"There needs to be a whole new clean slate because all the laws and all the rules at the moment is made from Pākehā, which seems to be working for Pākehā but is not working for Māori, so we need to get back on that power and get the 50 percent power so we can have a say in who makes rules and the laws in Aotearoa.

Prisons did not exist in Māori culture before colonisation and there were resounding calls at the hui to adopt a traditional Māori approach, where people are held accountable to their whānau and iwi and supported through adversity.

Justice Minister Andrew Little agreed that the current system was not working and told Morning Report it needed to be looked at.

"The way the system is dealing with Māori who wind up in the criminal justice system clearly isn't working."......

Harawira's Ngāpuhi parliament sideshow to economic empowerment
Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says while former MP Hone Harawira’s call for a Ngāpuhi parliament is well intentioned, it’s not the answer to the social and economic woes of the north.

He says there may well be a need for a central forum rather than allowing the iwi to fragment, and Mr Harawira’s idea seems to be based on the Kotahitanga movement of the 1890s.

Polytechnics back change.
An alliance representing more than half the students enrolled in polytechnics has backed the Government’s three-pronged tertiary education reforms.

The Chief Executive of Unitec, Merran Davis, said Māori ownership of the new model was also critical, because it would assist in closing the gap between success rates of Māori and non-Māori students......

Hawke's Bay community want Treaty of Waitangi principles applied to liquor laws
Flaxmere community leaders fighting the renewal of a bottle store's liquor licence are hoping to set legal precedence by arguing that the Treaty of Waitangi principles should apply to liquor laws.

Their lawyer Janet Mason argued Treaty of Waitangi principals should apply to the Sale and Supply of Liquor Act given 58 percent of the community was Māori.

Other Māori and Pacific Island communities were watching this case as it could set a precedent, she said.....

Work gets under way on plan for implementation of UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People
Nine years after New Zealand agreed to sign up to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in relation to Māori, the Government has announced it will begin work on developing a plan to implement it.

The New Zealand Maori Council said last week it would develop benchmarks to hold the Government to account on progress on the aspirations of the Declaration. 
This is an opportunity to really throw those doors open and like the Prime Minister said at Waitangi – hold the Government to account. At Maori Council we choose to do that in a much more meaningful way with solutions," he said.....

Consultation on high country land management closing soon
Stretching from Marlborough to Southland, the land covers around 1.2 million hectares, nearly five percent of New Zealand.

Feedback is also being sought on how the Crown can better implement Treaty of Waitangi responsibilities regarding Crown pastoral land.....

Lawyers’ group says flawed bill will kill vulnerable Kiwis
Lawyers who specialise in the protection of vulnerable New Zealanders say the End of Life Choice Bill is a danger to the elderly, the ill, the frail, the neglected, the poor and the lonely. Lawyer Richard McLeod and disability rights advocate and former legal academic Dr Huhana Hickey say that the Bill, which is the subject of a Justice Select Committee Report tabled in Parliament today, will disproportionately affect the nation’s voiceless.

Threat to Māori
The lawyers say that the proposed bill poses a particular threat to Māori, who are disproportionately represented in New Zealand's suicide, terminal illness and chronic sickness rates, and in the areas of mental health and disability.

“Government has social policy responsibilities toward Māori under Article 3 of the Treaty of Waitangi,” says Hickey. “This Bill threatens vulnerable Māori who are old, sick or disabled and who are already being failed by our health system according to a large claim currently before the Waitangi Tribunal.....

Iwi want exemptions for Treaty assets if capital gains tax introduced
Iwi say they have paid enough tax on Treaty settlement money and must get exemptions if a capital gains tax is introduced.

"Our treaty settlements, they were only settled at two percent of their real value, and we already think we have been taxed 98 percent of our treaty settlement.

"One of the issues we were considering was how do we mitigate this huge tax burden of 98 percent on treaty settlement, whereas the Tax Working Group only wanted to consider current-day capital gains tax.".....

Ngāi Te Rangi take grievance with Pare Hauraki to Waitangi Tribunal
The Ngāi Te Rangi Settlement Trust has taken a grievance to the Waitangi Tribunal, claiming that the Hauraki Treaty claim is overlapping into their land and moana.

Pare Hauraki didn't go on the aggressive today, but did make attempts to establish that Ngāi Te Rangi have been adequately compensated through the process.....
More on the above > Ngāi Te Rangi presses claim to Tauranga Harbour at urgent Waitangi Tribunal inquiry
More on the above > 50 complaints against Andrew Little over Treaty settlement 
Education reforms chance to reengage disillusioned Maori and improve economy
Now is the time to address long-standing inequities in the education system that are leaving Māori "disillusioned" and isolated, a Ngāi Tahu representative says.

He hoped iwi could work alongside the Government as Treaty partners to rewire the educational system.

Three themes identified and used in its submissions on the reforms were the need to imbed Treaty partnerships, include whānau, and involve iwi in focusing on jobs for the future.

The principles of the Treaty of Waitangi and specific proposals to better address issues and opportunities for Māori learners would be included in each of the three review documents......

'Te Kōtuku' bilingual safety programme aims to curb preventable injury, death among Māori children
A bilingual safety programme developed by a Hawke's Bay firefighter hopes to reduce the high number of avoidable accidents and hospitalisations among Māori children.

Preventable accidents on average kill 18 and injure 2900 Māori children each year. 
Te Kōtuku Bilingual Risk Reduction Programme - a partnership between Fire and Emergency, Police and the Māori Languague Commission - hopes to make a dent in some of those figures.

It features a range of books and videos in te reo Māori and English covering topics such as road safety, wearing seatbelts and cooking in the kitchen.....

Māori king launches rebranded Takitimu Seafoods, a project '30 years in the making'
A project "30 years in the making" officially launched on Monday, with the official opening of Takitimu Seafoods.

The launch drew in a crowd of about 350 people, including the Māori King, His Majesty Kingi Tūheitia, who cut the ribbon......

Calls for a Māori Children's Commissioner to give voice and advocacy tamariki
There are growing calls to establish a Māori Children's Commissioner, as tamariki Māori remain over-represented in state care, state abuse and youth detention.

Māori Council executive director Matthew Tukaki has launched a call for a new role to be established.

"We need an independent, stand alone Māori Children's Commissioner - to provide some kind of oversight and some sort of independent voice and advocacy on behalf of Māori children and their whānau," he said.....

Changing the public health system to address Māori inequity
A new paradigm for Māori health is thriving in Hamilton. It’s a model that needs to be funded directly from treasury to Māori, run by Māori and be introduced nationwide, says managing director of primary health organisation Te Kohao Health Ltd, Whaea (Lady) Tureiti Moxon......

King Country town divided over proposal to change its name to a Māori one
North of its bigger country cousin, Taumarunui, and just south of Te Kuiti, is Benneydale - population 170.

It's in line for a name change because of a Treaty of Waitangi settlement, but locals, used to its name, are worried.

The town was named after two officials at the nearby coal mine seventy years ago, Charlie Benney and Tom Dale......

"We need to establish a Ngāpuhi Parliament" - Harawira
The Minister of Treaty Negotiations Andrew Little has been meeting Ngapuhi leaders to discuss progress towards a settlement. Hone Harawira says he's been meeting with Andrew Little and says Ngapuhi should have it's own parliament.

Former MP for Te Tai Tokerau Hone Harawira says he has a solution for progress towards a settlement

"We need to establish a Ngāpuhi Parliament"....

Māori education experts sceptical of Government's ambitious Te Reo strategy
The Government's plan to boost Te Reo teachers is being called a "pipe dream", as tertiary providers and schools struggle with dwindling numbers of students training to become teachers.

This comes as a Māori education working group has looks to lift the numbers of Te Reo teachers even further....

National fails hypocrisy test in Ecan vote
Labour MP Peeni Henare is blaming National rather than New Zealand First for the failure of a move to appoint Ngāi Tahu representatives to Environment Canterbury.

"Some of the arguments that were being put forward by the National Party were 'it's got to be a full democracy,' and 'if they're good enough they will make it there on their own merits,' yet this is the same party that crow about how many Treaty of Waitangi settlements they pushed through and how pro-Māori they were," Mr Henare says.......

Changing offensive 'Naki' business name a costly task, butchery owner says
Kieran Baker has owned the The Naki Butcher for five years and is torn about changing its name.

Businesses across Taranaki are grappling with whether to ditch "Naki" from their name after academic Dennis Ngawhare said many Maori found the abbreviation offensive.

Baker, who is of of Ngāti Raukawa descent, said he had travelled a fair bit through New Zealand and Japan and the brand was well recognised everywhere he visited.....

Māori media not a classroom
Māori broadcasters feel the expectations on them to revive the Māori language are too high - and not matched by the funding on offer.

"We’re not teachers. Our job is to entertain and to give information, encourage our people to think bigger. Some of the reo speakers at the hui said they don't want a Māori language education, they want to watch television and be able to laugh and cry and be informed like everybody else," Ms Melbourne says......

Forest institute Scion backs circular economy push
Scion, the forestry crown research institute, is promoting moves for New Zealand to start thinking in terms of a circular economy.

While the term circular economy may be new, the concept should be familiar to Māori.

"You know we take that holistic approach, the natural environment is part of our thinking, part of our DNA, so when we make decisions it's not just about us and now, it is also about our environment," Mr Meha says......

South Taranaki mayoral candidate under fire for 'Naki' branding
A respected iwi leader says a South Taranaki mayoral candidate has been deliberately offensive by chosing to use the term "Naki" in the branding of his business.

Entrepreneurs Craig Baylis and his wife Jo launched the South Naki clothing and accessories brand in Hāwera earlier this year.

Its T-shirts, caps, beanies and even billboards feature slogans such as "South Naki - doing it Southern style", "Sweet home South Naki" and "South Naki - a state of mind".

Dr Edwards said he wanted to have face-to-face a discussion with Mr and Mrs Baylis and he hoped they engaged and rebranded.

However, Mr Baylis said the name was not derived from Taranaki but rather the Māori Dictionary translation for the word "naki" meaning to glide, or move with an even motion.

He said he was sticking with the branding.......

'Religious' references to Māori sea god in Wellington's climate change plan irks councillors​
Tangaroa – the Māori god of the sea – may be little more than a mythological figure, but the mere mention of the devine being's name in Wellington's climate change plan has some city councillors spooked.

The document sparked a spirited debate at the council's City Strategy Committee meeting on Thursday after councillors received a report that talked about Tangaroa reclaiming the city's CBD through sea level rise.

The reference irked several councillors as religious and inappropriate, with Nicola Young attempting to attach an amendment removing references to "deities of any denomination".

Ngāi Tahu Representation Bill voted down in Parliament
New Zealand First has scuppered Labour's bid to give Ngāi Tahu permanent seats on the Canterbury Regional Council, saying its special treatment for Māori.

Labour MP for Te Tai Tonga Rino Tirikatene introduced the Ngāi Tahu Representation Bill to parliament yesterday - it was voted down when New Zealand First sided with National.

There are two Ngāi Tahu representatives on the Canterbury Regional Council, but under existing governance legislation those roles will expire before October's local body elections......

Māori academic encourages businesses to ditch 'Naki' branding
More Taranaki firms should follow the example of a New Plymouth IT company and drop the word "Naki" from their branding, a Māori academic says.

Naki Cloud is changing its name to Our Cloud after Māori iwi approached the firm, saying they found the abbreviation offensive.

Te Wānanga o Aotearoa New Plymouth campus head Dennis Ngawhare said many Taranaki Māori find the abbreviation irritating and disrespectful.

A Google search for the word "Naki" returns the names of dozens of companies that have adopted the abbreviation from earthworks contractors to fishing charters and even a business hiring out bouncy castles......

Call to reconsider Tauranga street names celebrating British military
There are fresh calls for a public debate around whether to change the names of some of Tauranga's best-known streets.

Many roads in the central city and others scattered around the wider city and Western Bay of Plenty are named for British men involved in the land wars and, notably, the Battle of Gate Pā (Pukehinahina), which happened 155 years ago this month.

Some were military men - such as General Duncan Cameron (Cameron Rd) who commanded the British troops at the 1864 battle - while others were politicians and missionaries.

Tommy Wilson, a long-time campaigner for changing the names, said they were a source of mamae (pain) for some tangata whenua.

"General Cameron led a, what some would call, a massacre against Māori.

"It is still painful for tangata whenua today.".......

Medicine information leaflets now available in te reo Maori
A series of medicine information leaflets for New Zealand health consumers - My Medicines - is being made available in te reo Maori.

My Medicines leaflets are developed by a team at Canterbury District Health Board made up of doctors and pharmacists, and a non-medical person to help keep language simple.....

Increasing Māori health workforce focus of day-long event
Around 40 students from seven Tauranga schools have taken part in a day-long event focussed on increasing the Māori workforce in health.

The Te Whe pilot programme for Year 10 rangatahi (young people) was held at St Johns Ambulance Tauranga headquarters on 17th Avenue. The students enjoyed an ambulance tour and rescue helicopter visit as well interactive exercises on IV (intravenous) injections, wound management care, use of a resuscitation kit, and an introduction to CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation)......

Grey District Council to consider MoU to acknowledge the importance of Maori
At its ordinary meeting on 8 April 2019, Grey District Council will be considering a Memorandum of Understanding with Te Rananga O Ngati Waewae, which is aimed at giving greater recognition of the importance of Maori in the Grey District.

The intention of this Memorandum is to confirm reciprocal respect and dignity and will introduce two important measures of acknowledgement, namely:

- As an informal arrangement until the 2022 Triennial Elections, the Chairperson of the Rananga will attend all Council meetings and will have full participation rights, except the right to vote. Formalising a Maori seat on Council for the 2022 election will be included as part of the next Representation Review, which will take place in late 2020.

- There will be a greater Iwi ‘presence’ in the Greymouth CBD and elsewhere in the District. For example, this may be in the form of Maori icons or a depiction of Maori history.......

Peters forced to apologise for saying Bridges has 'racist view' during capital gains tax debate over Māori land
Winston Peters has been forced to apologise for saying Simon Bridges employed an "ethnic and racist view" during a capital gains tax debate over Māori land in Parliament today.

"Will Māori land recovered under the Treaty of Waitangi settlements be exempted under the Government's proposed capital gains tax as Meka Whaitiri has suggested recently to The Gisborne Herald?" Mr Bridges asked.

Mr Peters, who was answering as the Acting Prime Minister due to Jacinda Ardern's absence, gave an answer that didn't sit well with Speaker of the House Trevor Mallard.

"Can I just say that this attempt to provide an ethnic and racist view on a very serious study is bound to fail," he said.

The Speaker then made Mr Peters withdraw and apologise as "he cannot suggest that member is racist".......

Maori Council to make a move on care and protection of kids
The New Zealand Maori Council is launching a new campaign to highlight the number of Maori Children in State Care and the increasing numbers who are being abused. Matthew Tukaki, Executive Director of Council has said its time to have an accounting of where things are at and why things are so wrong when it comes to Maori Children:

“This new campaign is going to bring some home truths to the debate and the narrative around what is happening with our tamariki in State Care. The reality is that of the 220 that were abused in State Care last year 70.1% of them were our children. More than half of all children in care are Maori and the truth is we seem to be seeing an increase in the rapidity of those being taken into care.” Tukaki has said.....

Framework to hold Govt to account on UNDRIP
“Then of course there is Article 21 – which is very much about Indigenous peoples having the right, without discrimination, to the improvement of their economic and social conditions, including, inter alia, in the areas of education, employment, vocational training and retraining, housing, sanitation, health and social security. – that is why the Maori Council established eight national taskforces in September of last year to very much draw the various kaupapa together with solutions and performance benchmarks.” Tukaki said

“What we need to do is make the declaration meaningful, to build solutions and policies around how we can ensure we are meeting the obligations and then test and measure our performance against it. This is an opportunity to really throw those doors open and like the Prime Minister said at Waitangi – hold the Government to account – at Maori Council we choose to do that in a much more meaningful way with solutions.” Tukaki said.....

Council adopts FMUs for the Otago region
ORC Councillors voted today to adopt five Freshwater Management Units (FMUs) for the Otago Region, including the Mata-au, Taieri, North Otago, Dunedin Coastal and Catlins units, as well as five sub-units, or “rohe”.

ORC Chief Executive Sarah Gardner said, “We have worked closely with Aukaha, our iwi partner, to develop FMU boundaries. The concept of ki uta ki tai (from the mountains to the sea), which recognises the movement of water through the landscape and the numerous interactions it may have on its journey, has been a key influence in the forming of FMU boundaries.”.....

Hapū push claims for takutai moana control
Whakatōhea hapū have told the Waitangi Tribunal that hapū and iwi could have conflicting interests over the protection of the takutai moana.

The tribunal opened its hearing at Waiwhetu Marae last week into a claim over how the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011 working.

Hapū claimants allege the procedural arrangements and resources provided by the Crown under the Act prejudice their attempts to have their rights recognised.

She says hapū are trying protect their rights not just from the crown but from other iwi entities laying blanket claims to protect their relationship with councils for harbour development initiatives commercial enterprises.....

Four hapu from Whakatohea seek marine and coastal rights

Time to report on indigenous rights progress
The Government says it's time for New Zealand to get serious about the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

"That is really around the way in which in New Zealand, thinking around Māori participation in the environment, co-management agreements, treaty settlements and the like have urged us to say let's come up with a national plan of action and start to report from a New Zealand context how we are making progress on the declaration articles," Ms Mahuta says........

More on the above here > National Iwi chairs spokersperson, Dr Margaret Mutu on Paakiwaha

Auckland Council push back on iwi calls to ban scattering ashes
Scattering the ashes of the dead in public places and waterways is abhorrent and culturally inappropriate, Auckland iwi say.

Ngāti Whātua, Ngāti Whanaunga, Ngāti Tamaoho and Ngāti Te Ata Waiohua have made submissions to Auckland Council to ban the practice.

Ngāti Whātua tikanga advisor Dame Naida Glavish said it is a repugnant practice in Māori custom, especially in waterways.

"That's our food table - our eels swim in the waterways. Our food grows in the waterways," she said......

Shear commitment to te reo Māori
For the very first time, organisers of the New Zealand Shearing Championships have brought in a te reo Māori advocate to assist commentators with the pronunciation of Māori names.

Many Māori compete in the annual event held in Te Kūiti. President of the competition, Clair Grainger, says it was only right that they introduce the initiative.

"We go to a lot of shearing competitions around the country and you hear commentators pronounce the Māori names or peoples names in general really, sometimes its just not very successful at all. SO we thought it was important that we started pronouncing people's names correctly."

Ruki says it's imperative Māori names are pronounced correctly, to ensure nothing is lost in translation.......

Iwi buys Hawke's Bay Seafoods business at centre of under-reporting its fishing
Hawke's Bay Seafoods, the company at the centre of large fisheries offending, has been sold.

As of Monday the company was trading as Takitimu Seafoods.

The company's website states the business had been sold and would be operating as a new entity, Takitimu Seafoods, from April 1.....

Tribal appointees shift balance of power in Hastings council
Virtue-signalling trumped rational debate when the Hastings District Council voted 10-4 on Thursday to enable four members of the Maori Joint Committee to sit and vote on the council’s four standing committees.

The vote went through after an email campaign from Hobson's Pledge encouraging councillors to vote against the motion. Councillors received over 100 emails each.

The council’s move circumvented the requirement of Section 41 of the Local Government Act 2002 that only elected representatives may vote at full council meetings. It avoided a referendum because it was not a proposal for a Maori ward......

Manawhenua Hauora and MDHB re-sign agreement
MidCentral District Health Board (MDHB) and its Māori Relationship Board Manawhenua Hauora have re-signed their Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to advance Maori health in the district.

The MoU is renewed every three years, and underpins the MDHB’s commitment to the Treaty of Waitangi and Māori health gain.....

Halo effect to restore Ruapehu wildlife
Three Ruapehu iwi are hoping for government support for an inland island eco-sanctuary near National Park Village.

Uenuku, which includes Uenuku, Tamakana and Tamahaki, would like support for their kaitiaki role as part of their treaty settlement......

Competition lures Māori from teaching
Primary school teachers are ramping up their push for improved money and conditions, after pausing bargaining because of events in Christchurch.

She says the offer on the table does nothing to restore pay parity with secondary teachers, and it also fails to address structural problems that make it hard to recruit and retain Māori teachers, especially those with te reo Māori skills.

The NZEI’s Māori medium workforce strategy estimates 4000 fluent Māori teachers are needed in the system, and the current number falls far short......