Jan-March 19

Young Māori farmer competition labelled 'racist' by members of Facebook farming community
A competition which celebrates young Māori farmers has been labelled racist by members of New Zealand's farming community.

On Thursday the NZ Farming community Facebook page posted a link to a website announcing the finalists in the 2019 Ahuwhenua Young Māori Farmer Award for Sheep and Beef.

Shortly after the post went up it drew a series of comments opposing a competition specifically for Māori, with one member asking "Why do we have race based farming competition's?" (sic).....

It's become cool to call out racism but will Kiwis finally stand with Māori? 
We cannot deny the slaughter of our Ihirama whānau, in the Masjid Al Noor and Linwood Masjid during karakia, in Christchurch was evil.

The terror act, like a rock of hate thrown into one of our pristine alpine lakes, has disrupted the Kiwi way of life with the ripples of racism.

Stand with Māori against the racism they've endured in New Zealand for centuries.

Since the arrival of Captain James Cook 250 years ago, Māori have struggled to gain a nationwide acceptance of their cultural values, language and spiritual beliefs.

Colonisation is one of Cook's legacies and racism against Māori is a part of it. New Zealand has inherited a British supremacy perspective and it pervades every area of our society.

Māori lost their authority over the land and themselves through unchecked historical immigration, land grabs, war, imprisonment, Crown confiscations, introduced diseases, imported flora and fauna. By demeaning te reo Māori in schools and the community, in the loss of cultural identity and customary practices......

Gangs bosses say weapons won't be handed back after Christchurch mosque shooting
Ask yourself – Sonny Fatu says – how many mass shootings in New Zealand have been committed by gang members? None, he says.

"And how many have been committed by someone of Pākehā origin? Many if we include the terror raids of marae when colonialists stole land and killed women and children, but in more recent times we have Aramoana and now this – the murder of 50 innocent people."

But Fatu accuses Pākehā commentators of diverting attention away from the Christchurch mosque killer. The real issue, he says, is racism.

"When a Māori person commits a crime of extraordinary circumstances the Māori community are asked as a collective to front on it and develop ways to make sure their people don't do it again. The same is asked of our Muslim, Polynesian, any person of colour," he says.

"When a white person commits a crime it is seen as an individual act of violence and only tars the individual and maybe their family......

Broadcast funding levels institutional racism
Officials conducting a review of the Māori media sector have heard a call for more equitable funding.

She says while a normal production bid may only be 10 pages, Māori producers found they had to produce more than four times that, for a fraction of the money.......

From 'equity for all' to 'equity for Māori': Hawke's DHB backs Minister's call
Hawke's Bay District Health Board has proposed changing the wording on its strategy statements from "Equity for all" to "Equity for Māori".

Hine Flood, on behalf of the Māori Relationship Board, recommended the adjustment at a HBDHB meeting on Wednesday.

Board member and Ngati Kahungunu iwi chairman Ngahiwi Tomoana said the change would bring a positive outcome to all........

Intolerance of Māori world view is 'obsolete and needs to be ignored' says iwi director
Intolerance of the Māori world view is "obsolete and needs to be ignored", says a Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Inc director.

New tangata whenua representatives appointed to Hastings District Councils standing committees say it was time for change.

Ngaio Tiuka , Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Inc director of environment and natural resources, said councils have a responsibility to meaningfully involve Māori in the decision making of council......

Tears and singing as Hastings District Council votes to appoint tangata whenua representation
There were tears, singing, and a cricket ball in the Hastings District Council chamber.

It was an unusual combination, but the meeting in which the council voted to appoint four members of the Māori Joint Committee to the council's four standing committees was no ordinary meeting.

The debate became divisive, with four councillors arguing the decision should be taken to a public poll.

Mayor Sandra Hazlehurst , who supported the appointments, challenged the council to be courageous and vote for tangata whenua representation.

Her voice cracked as she started her speech, saying, through tears, that she was proud to speak against the motion suggesting the decision should go to a public poll......

More on the above here > Greater Maori representation for Hastings District Council

And here > Relief and frustration at Hastings council's appointment of Māori representatives

Māori top of agenda for planners
The Planning Institute is being congratulated for putting Māori front and centre of this year’s annual conference.

The conference next week in Napier will include sessions on Māori involvement in freshwater management, indigenous planning and new bi-cultural tools for engaging with mana whenua.

What happens on the ground is complex, and a Māori lens can be critical.

"I mean if you look at an area like Gisborne for example, more than two thirds of the tamariki population are Māori. In the future, the next 20 years, 80 percent of the tamariki population there is going to be Māori. If you think about investing in the future economic, social well being of that region, you have to have tamariki Māori at the forefront there," Dr Kukutai says......

Avoidable deaths and lower life expectancy for Māori and Pacific a travesty, medical experts say
Half of Māori and Pacific deaths in New Zealand have been found to be potentially avoidable - a finding which medical experts say is a national travesty.

It compares to 23 per cent for non-Māori and non-Pacific people, and is partly the result of racism which is built in to New Zealand's health system.

"Our people aren't getting the diagnostics or seeing specialists when they should be seeing them. Therefore, they get put at the back of the line and miss out.

She said racism in the health system was often subtle.......

Ngāti Whakaue Assets Trust announces $33,500 worth of grants
Ngāti Whakaue iwi members are reaping the rewards of investment decisions, with $33,500 worth of grants just announced to support education, sports, community, health and wellbeing initiatives.

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

The trust has now grown that asset base to $20.13 million, allowing it to distribute $500,000 to tribal beneficiaries in the coming financial year.....

Climate change to have 'significant impact' on Māori businesses
Leaders in iwi and Māori fisheries are worried about climate change and how badly it may hit them.

The topic was a focus at the Māori Fisheries Conference in Auckland on Wednesday, where more than 300 people gathered.

Te Ohu Kaimoana (Māori Fisheries Trust) chief executive Dion Tuuta said climate change was a big deal for groups such as the Iwi Chairs Forum and Māori businesses.

"They are all seriously looking at what the effects of climate change are going to be, both in the ocean, and on land," he said.......

Three Ruapehu Tribes step up to biodiversity challenge
Three Ruapehu tribes and conservation experts have shared with the Minister of Conservation new developments in plans for a major EcoSanctuary project.

Uenuku Charitable Trust (UCT), which represents the people of Uenuku, Tamakana and Tamahaki, is developing ideas for an “inland island” biodiversity restoration sanctuary on ancestral lands in the Erua area near National Park township. The working name for the proposal is Pokaka EcoSanctuary.

Uenuku chair Aiden Gilbert said the proposed ecological restoration project would be the first iwi-driven EcoSanctuary in Aotearoa, and would be founded upon traditional kaitiakitanga (conservation stewardship) values and matauranga (knowledge).

“This will require collaboration and partnership with community and conservation organisations, and commitment from central government.......

Subdivision 'step in right direction'
Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford, Ngai Tahu Property chief executive David Kennedy and Queenstown Lakes Mayor Jim Boult yesterday announced some details of the planned development, first revealed by the Otago Daily Times late last year.

He said the iwi already had significant investments in the Wakatipu, including farming, tourism and other property interests.

"We're very excited about the opportunity to expand the footprint of Ngai Tahu in this area, which is very, very special to the tribe and has been for a very long time."

He said there was "no better party" to develop the site than Ngai Tahu, which would bring with it a "social responsibility" which was needed.......

Council opens door for walking near sacred site, disappointing iwi
A long-running dispute over the 'disrespectful' use of an old Taranaki pā site looks set to continue.

New Plymouth District Council (NPDC) says walkers are welcome to hike across a hill path at the end of Weld Rd, south of Oakura off State Highway 45, but local resident Mike Ure says the land is wahi tapu (sacred) for iwi and includes an urupa (burial ground).

The land is owned by the Crown and administered by NPDC, and the council has written to residents in Oakura to tell walkers they are welcome to walk over it.....

Rongoā Māori plants at risk from climate change
Some plants traditionally used in Māori medicine may become less available as a result of climate change, according to new research.

A study by Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research and NorthTec say two of the plants at risk are kuta and kūmarahou.

Kuta is a soft, golden sedge found in wetlands across Aotearoa and is especially valued in the North Island where it is weaved into highly-prized mats, hats and baskets.

Kūmarahou is a shrub that flourishes on well-drained clay soils in the northern regions of the North Island and is used to treat respiratory ailments.......

Māori Fisheries Act changes on hold
The Fisheries Minister has told iwi he can’t make the changes they want to the Māori fisheries settlement because New Zealand First is blocking it.

Last year’s annual meeting of Te Ohu Kaimoana voted in favour of recommendations coming from a ten-year review to give iwi more direct control of the trust and to distribute to them most of the financial reserves it has built up.

Stuart Nash told the Māori Fisheries Conference in Auckland yesterday that while he was committed to giving greater iwi control over the settlement, New Zealand First will not support the changes......

TOKM hands dividend to iwi
Māori fisheries settlement trust Te Ohu Kaimoana will give up the dividend it receives from Moana Fisheries and pass it on to iwi on a population basis.

This year that share will be about $1.7 million of the total $8.6 million dividend.

Mr Tuuta says because Te Ohu Kaimoana is a charity, the iwi entities that receive the dividend also need to be charities......

Māori claimants still seek rights to marine and coastal areas
The latest Waitangi Tribunal hearing for Wai 2660, dealing with the Marine and Coastal (Takutai Moana Act) 2011 Inquiry, took place at Waiwhetu Marae in Lower Hutt today. Iwi claimants from around the country gathered to make their submissions to the tribunal for the rights to their coastal water areas.

Since the foreshore and seabed march in 2004, progress has been slow in recognising iwi governance of their marine and coastal areas.

Political activist Annette Sykes says, "Claimants are again putting their claims to the Waitangi Tribunal to again assess the law firstly, and then the remuneration to help them the claimants realise their aspirations."

Iwi have raised concerns about the exploitation of their water rights. Examples include public concern in 2016 about the rising number of foreign companies sourcing Hawke's Bay water and last year in Christchurch where similar issues were raised.

Skyes says she's concerned about companies that have existing licenses to take water.....

‘Don’t throw out the strategy’ but Māori running out of trust in system
Treaty of Waitangi claimant Lady Tureiti Moxon says inequalities will be improved or eradicated only by the majority giving up power and resources so Māori can “row our own waka”....

New deal with Sealord 'founded on tikanga Māori'
Dozens of iwi have struck a deal with deep-sea fishing giant Sealord, in what has been dubbed a watershed moment in Māori fisheries.

In a new agreement, announced last night, 37 iwi groups will share 60 percent of their annual catch entitlements with the company.

Iwi Collective Partnership general manager Maru Samuels said his collective of 18 iwi are very happy with the arrangement.

"This is not just about increasing returns - it is a business decision that is founded on tikanga Māori where all parties are taking learnings from earlier arrangements to better manage our fisheries assets," he said....

Muslim groups want Kaupapa Māori approach for trauma response support - Davidson
Feedback from within the Muslim community indicates that those affected by the Christchurch shootings want a kaupapa Māori approach for trauma response support, Green Party Co-leader Marama Davidson says.

Davidson has met with representatives who told her they fear mainstream methods will not be as effective.

"They have seen the work that Māori have led in terms of a kaupapa Māori approach to our own trauma and they know that that is the approach that they need for their communities," she says. "They are scared that they will get a mainstream response to dealing with their trauma and they know that won't work."......

Sealord offers iwi better quota profit share
Sealord Group has struck a deal with 36 iwi that represents a major change in how returns from the Māori fisheries settlement are shared.

Operation general manager Doug Paulin says instead of each year competing with other fishing companies to buy annual catch entitlement or ACE, it will get long term use of the deepwater quota held by the iwi.

In exchange the iwi will get 80 percent of the profits from the fish, rather than all the profit going back to the company, which is jointly owned by Māori and Japanese interests......

More than 3000 to graduate with world-class indigenous education qualification in Whakatāne this Friday
More than 3000 students will be gowned, capped and ready for the real world, graduating from Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi on Friday.

Graduates have completed doctoral, masters and bachelor degrees and certificate qualifications in a range of more than 20 programmes, including teaching, nursing, te reo Māori, performing arts, Māori studies and indigenous studies......

Alcohol consultation "failing Māori communities"
Māori voices are not being meaningfully engaged by local government when it comes to liquor licensing legislation, according to new research from the University of Otago.

“Nonetheless, we hope this will generate action and more genuine work towards the equality between Māori and non-Māori stipulated in the Treaty of Waitangi.”..... 

Te Āti Awa to provide homes for future generations
Te Āti Awa are ensuring their uri in Wellington will remain in the region by providing new homes for them at a newly developed site in Wainuiomata, with space for up to 82 new homes.

Te Āti Awa trust member Ihakara Puketapu says, "The aspirations of our uri was that we get land back from the crown that was taken from us and transition it into housing.

Wellington Mayor Justin Lester is full of praise for the contribution Te Āti Awa are making to the community......

Wharf plan on hold after Māori object over sewage
Plans for a cafe and toilets on the Russell wharf are now on hold - after strong objections from local Māori.

Council-owned company Far North Holdings has consent to revamp the old wharf, pipe sewage and build a boat sewage pump-out station facility on it.

Kororareka marae trustees told the company last week the idea of toilets over water was culturally offensive and they hadn't been consulted.

Marae chair Deb Rawiri said tangata whenua looked forward to co-designing wharf facilities that reflected community needs and Māori concerns.......

Greater Maori participation in council decision making to be considered
A proposal to bring about more informed, inclusive, effective decision making is being considered by the Hastings District Council at its next full council meeting on March 28.

The proposal is for increased Maori participation in Hastings District Council decision making through the appointment of HDC: Maori Joint Committee tangata whenua representatives to the council’s four standing committees.

Such a move has been under consideration since 2017 when the HDC: Maori Joint Committee began debating their role after committee members earlier voted against the prospect of introducing Maori wards.

Many councils around the country have standing committees with appointed Maori members who can have voting rights, as is being suggested for Hastings, or attend meetings as observers......

Māori tourism job opportunities receives support from Hamilton Mayor
Hamilton mayor Andrew King backs the idea of a permanent fixture for a Māori cultural tourism destination at the Hamilton gardens that currently runs annually which will bring more recognition to Tainui and their The Haka festival in the Hamilton gardens.

“This is Tainui land, the indigenous owners of this land are Tainui. There is only one iwi here that has underlying traditional ownership of this land, traditional iwi rights to this land and that is hugely important that we work hand in hand with Tainui on this”, Mr King said......

South Waikato iwi advances treaty claim on sites of Mercury dam, power stations
A South Waikato iwi has won the right to challenge a decision over land where NZX-listed power business Mercury NZ has a dam and two stations.

The Raukawa Settlement Trust can now progress its position after a successful judicial review in the High Court at Wellington.

That overturned the Waitangi Tribunal's decision last October, withdrawing Raukawa's right to appear as an interested party in proceedings.

At stake is an application by Wairarapa Moana for the return of land in Mangakino, the site of Mercury's hydroelectricity dam and Maraetai 1 and 2 power stations.

Raukawa is claiming mana whenua over the land and won the case Raukawa Settlement Trust v The Waitangi Tribunal and others.....

Kilbirnie mosque aims to strengthen ties with Māori culture
International Muslim Association NZ President Tahir Nawaz says, "We are developing a relationship in a better way since this incident happened. I've been communicating with some iwi groups and the main leaders."

Nawaz says it makes sense to strengthen ties between the groups because there are many cultural similarities.

"We have a lot of similarities when it comes to the prayers, the way we get into our mosque, the way Māori go into marae, the way we sit, the way we act," he says. "We have a lot of Māori Muslims [so] while they are in Islam they also have to bring their own Māori flavour there as well."

Nawaz would also like to see some form of Māori culture represented within the mosque to acknowledge Māori as indigenous to New Zealand.

"We're working on a plan moving forward such as how our mosque would be represented with iwi icons, with the way it is presented in marae. We want to have the similarity here.".....

Christchurch vigil or political rally? Why some people walked out of Auckland Domain event

Was it a vigil, a political rally - or both?

Speeches calling out racism, colonialism and white supremacy at an Auckland vigil for victims of the Christchurch mosque attacks had some attendees leaving early, saying it was "too soon" for such discussions.

But organisers and speakers have defended what some called a "political" tone of the Jummah Remembrance vigil held at Auckland Domain on Friday, saying they were "hard truths" Aotearoa needed to address.

Thousands attended the vigil, where official speakers strongly challenged the rallying cry that last week's atrocity that killed 50 Muslim worshippers and injured dozens more was "not us".

Muslim and tāngata whenua speakers covered experiences of everyday racism and violence they face, and spoke to New Zealand's white settler history and colonial violence.

Sharon Hawke, of Ngāti Whātua Orakei, said hatred existed in New Zealand.

"White hatred is its foundation."

She spoke of atrocities committed against Māori throughout New Zealand's history, including at Parihaka, and even Okahu Bay in Auckland in the 1950s, where the Auckland Council burned down her hapū's village.

Israa Falah of the Auckland Muslim community said the Christchurch massacre was the result of the normalisation of xenophobia.

People should call out racism when they saw it, she said.

Zainab Mussa attended the vigil with her two young children but they left early partly because of the "uncomfortable tone".

"Even being non Pākehā, I did feel uncomfortable at times with the continued mentions of white extremism and white terrorism."

While she said she understood the need for a conversation about racism and white supremacy, she felt a week after the attacks was too soon.

"I think there was too much mention of 'white' and colonial times. To me that wasn't a remembrance of the victims and not the way to push for unity."......

Christchurch attack: Government announces National Remembrance Service
Exactly two weeks after the shootings at the Al Noor and Linwood Mosques, a service will be held in Hagley Park to honour the 50 people killed.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced a National Remembrance Service will be held on Friday 29 March. It will be jointly led by the Government, the city of Christchurch, local iwi Ngāi Tahu and the Muslim community......

Industry training bodies threaten High Court and Waitangi Tribunal challenges to shakeup
An industry training body is threatening to go to the High Court and the Waitangi Tribunal to delay a radical shakeup of the country's training system.

Skills Active, which runs training for recreation and performing arts, has told Education Minister Chris Hipkins it will seek a judicial review of his actions in the High Court unless he extends the consultation deadline for the shakeup until June 30.

One of its directors, Des Ratima, is also preparing two claims to the Waitangi Tribunal alleging that the shakeup and the short period allowed for consultation breach the Treaty of Waitangi.....

No moko in plane with Koru
Air New Zealand is under fire for refusing to hire people with tāmoko.

The policy has been described as systemic racism and hypocritical, given its use of Koru designs on uniforms and its planes.

Māori cultural adviser Karaitiana Taiuru says wearing moko is a birthright as they can represent family, identity and history.

He says not allowing Māori to display moko including including tāmoko and moko kauae is not only discriminatory but a breach of the Treaty of Waitangi.

It could also be a breach of the Human Rights Act makes it unlawful to discriminate based on race or ethnicity.....

Iwi plans visitor centre for mountain sanctuary
Karapiro iwi Ngti Kōroki Kahukura wants to build an interpretation centre for visitors to the Maungatautari wildlife sanctuary.

Negotiator Willie Te Aho says the iwi is talking with the Waipā District council about making a joint application to the Provincial Growth Fund to build a centre.

He says the land leading up to the reserve is Maori land......

A change of culture in parliament needed - Ghahraman
Green Party Human Rights spokesperson Golriz Ghahraman is pushing for change in the culture in parliament and MPs using it as a platform to launch racial attacks on immigrants.

Professor Tom Roa had this to say about past terror acts that have happened to Māori, "The Māori world remembers the theft and killings at Parihaka, and at Rangiaowhia, and onward to the land wars against colonial soldiers at Te Rata, and at Waerenga-a-Hika, and elsewhere around the country."...

Māori wardens underutilised, offer help 'whatever the need'
Māori wardens are desperate to help in Christchurch after the mosque shootings, but say no one is using them.

Ōtautahi Māori wardens chair Jacqui Te Wani said there are 20 wardens in the city, and many of them are keen to support the community after Friday's terror attacks.

"We are not being utilised... I have put the word out but I have got no idea what else we can do," she said.

Jacqui Te Wani said she had approached a number of organisations and local leaders to offer their services and no one had responded......

Iwi and councils team up to tackle coast erosion
Three Hawkes Bay councils are working with iwi to identify and address coastal hazards.......

New Lynn School
Cultural diversity at New Lyn School is celebrated. We are a culturally diverse reflecting our local Community of New Lynn. All cultures within the school will be valued and accepted through Active encouragement of a non-racist school culture and ethos. Staff will ensure that students from All cultures are treated with respect and dignity.....
(Flick through the links looks pretty maorified? despite the rhetoric?)

Māori leaders say acts of terror nothing new in New Zealand
Māori leaders are calling on New Zealanders to reject the notion that 'this is not us' in the wake of the Christchurch mosque attacks.

"The last time this happened in New Zealand was in Parihaka and that is not actually that long ago," Mr Wilson said.

"They were all promoting peace, they were praying and they did the poi - the Crown wanted to take that land and destroyed their lives."

In 1864, Crown troops set fire to a whare karakia in Rangiaowhia during morning prayer, incinerating non-combatants, including tamariki and kaumātua.

"We have this story about an eight-year-old boy who ran out of the burning whare, with his arms flailing in the air, and he was shot dead," Mr Roa said.

He does not want to take anything away from the Christchurch tragedy, but said Māori had been victims to acts of terrorism in Aotearoa in the past.....

Gisborne Catholic Church St Mary's Star of the Sea vandalised with race-based graffiti

Politicians, Māori leaders and academics call on Air New Zealand to change 'outdated', 'racist' tā moko policy
An Air New Zealand policy banning tā moko on staff while displaying koru designs on its uniforms and planes has been described as "corporate tokenism" with calls for it to be scrapped.

Despite initially defending its position, the airline today said it had been reviewing its policy and expected to male a "positive announcement" in the coming weeks......

Māori leaders tell government: we want co-designed industry training, hands off the ITOs!
Māori leaders in the Vocational Education sector gathered last Thursday and agreed the proposed Reform of Vocational Education was being rushed through, and called on the government to extend the consultation period and engage with Māori to involve them in the changes.......

Trust boosts schools' reo resource
Taitokerau Education Trust has teamed up with the Te Puawai cluster of Northland schools to create the position of rūmaki and reo rua facilitator.

Whangārei Intermediate School teacher Neke Adams will support the cluster’s kaiako Māori to become digitally immersed in their classrooms, as part of the trust's successful digital immersion programme......

The new position is funded by Refining New Zealand

Haka and grief - "It's the Māori way of expressing love"
"It's the Māori way of dealing with death, it's the Māori way of expressing grief, it's the Māori way of expressing love, haka is the Māori way of showing support, haka is part of Māori mourning.".....

Giant swamp kauri log unearthed at Ngāwhā
A massive 60-tonne swamp kauri log discovered during excavations for a new power station at Ngāwhā has been gifted to the local marae.

The 16-metre log will be transported to Ngāwhā Marae today, where a powhiri will be held to welcome the ancient tree into the hapū's care from 5pm.

While carbon-dating has yet to be carried out the tree could have been buried and preserved in clay as long as 50,000 years ago.

Komiti chairman Richard Woodman described the remnant from an ancient kauri forest as a precious cultural artefact.......

TVNZ's collection of Māori media and television taonga protected from international sales
Television New Zealand's collection of Māori media and television taonga has been protected from international sales and distribution.

The deal with Getty Images was announced on Saturday evening at Ngā Aho Whakaari's (Māori in Screen Production) hui-ā-tau and means programmes such as Waka Huia, Koha and Marae are no longer available to Getty Images....

Ngā Aho Whakaari Hui presents $142k of Awards
5. $20,000 - NZFC He Tohu Whakanui special acknowledgement award to Leo Koziol for his contribution to the industry in running the Wairoa Māori Film Festival, curating the Ngā Whanaunga Māori Shorts section of the NZ International Film Festival and Māori film selections for festivals around the world.

6. $30,000 - NZFC He Tohu Whakanui special acknowledgement award to Kath Akuhata-Brown for her many years of active involvement in production, industry organisations and governance.

7. $50,000 Te Aupounamu, the NZFC Māori in Screen Excellence Award went to Fred Renata for his excellence in cinematography throughout a long career.....

Dame Anne Salmond: Racist underbelly seethes just beneath surface
After this terrible tragedy, let's be honest, for once. White supremacy is a part of us, a dark power in the land. In its soft version, it looks bland and reasonable.

Eminent New Zealanders assure their fellows that Māori were "lucky" to be colonised by Europeans, that te reo Māori is worthless, that tikanga Māori have nothing to teach us.

Others simply assume ancestral legacies from Europe are superior to those from the Pacific — in the law, science, social and cultural life.....

Māori battle against fascism continues
A Māori historian says the sort of racist hate speech promoted by alleged Christchurch mosque shooter Brenton Tarrant was what Māori went to war to stop. 
"And I recall the day in history when Ngāpuhi and other iwi declared war on fascism just ahead of the New Zealand Government and our leaders at this time were adamant that this kind of thinking does not fit Māoritanga," he says. ......

Māori stand with Muslims against extremists.
A Māori security consultant says Māori have a lot in cultural similarities with Islamic people that can help in showing support and solidarity with victims of the Christchurch mosque shooting.

"It's almost like looking at your cousins across the table because the language is very much the same, the kotahitanga, the manaakitanga that occurs between two cultural groups, you've got to ask yourself 'are we related?' So we've got to show solidarity not only as Māori towards the Muslim population locally and abroad but as New Zealanders, we need to separate general New Zealanders from these extremists and idiots," Mr Kumeroa says......

Iwi leaders tell government: hands off the ITOs!
Representatives from 28 iwi gathered last Thursday and agreed the proposed Reform of Vocational Education was being rushed through, and called on the government to extend the consultation period and engage with Māori to involve them in the changes.

The message to the Minister from iwi and ITO Māori partners was: Extend the consultation period and let ITOs continue to arrange on-the-job training, because this system is working for Māori.

...a hastily arranged hui in the Far North with only three days’ notice. That fails to meet Crown’s obligations under te Tiriti o Waitangi.

"This is one of the biggest opportunities we have to reform education in Aotearoa, and get it right for Māori and all New Zealanders.”.....

Ngāti Waewae seeking Kahurangi park access
West Coast iwi Ngāti Waewae is keen to take a prominent role in management of Mokihinui River catchment land being added to Kahurangi National Park.

While Ngāti Waewae has mana whenua over the Mokihinui River catchment, there are shared interests over the rest of the Kahurangi National Park with Te Tau Ihu iwi......

Maori Council calls for reform in wake of Christchurch
Instead of a top down approach we need community driven solutions. We have more than eight hundred New Zealand Maori Wardens out there in communities every single day and one approach we would urge the Government to consider is how we can activate our Wardens to also play a community liaison role – culture to culture, kanohi ki te kanohi.” Tukaki said.......

Christchurch mosque shootings: Tame Iti says 'everyone needs to work on their attitude'
Maori activist and artist Tame Iti says the actions of white supremacist Brenton Tarrant in the horrific murders in Christchurch is terrorism, not what he was accused of.

Iti was jailed on firearms charges following the so-called "terror raids" in the Ureweras in 2007. However, police eventually apologised to Tūhoe over the hurt caused by the raids.

When asked if he was surprised about what unfolded in Christchurch, Iti said "not at all".

"These people have been around for a long time. That mentality has been around a long time. I've been saying for a long time you fellows need to focus on those guys and the police need to re-school their thinking. They keep looking at the Māori activist in this country and they have got it wrong."

Iti said many New Zealanders needed to go through a "decolonisation" process.

"Everyone needs to work on their attitude. We hear talk that there's too many Chinese or too many Africans. That's how we felt (when Europeans came to New Zealand) but we didn't go and shoot them. It was the other way around. In the 1860s we lost a lot of people."......

Kuia bursts with pride at woman defending te reo on trains
A 70-year-old kuia says she was filled with delight when a non-Māori woman stood up for te reo Māori on an Auckland train recently.

South Auckland kuia Enfidaville Titore says she was a silent witness to a disrespectful comment about the te reo Māori train announcements which, along with English language messages, now signal upcoming stops on the Auckland train network......

King Tuheitia celebrates 100-year-old Māori parliament
A little bit of drizzle didn't hold back more than 200 Kīngitanga devotees who celebrated with King Pōtatau Te Wherowhero Tuheitia VII.

Karanga, waerea, and karakia were chanted by the kuia and koroua of Waikato and Ngāti Maniapoto to commemorate 100-years of Tūrangawaewae House at Ngāruawāhia on Monday morning.

Tūrangawaewae House was built as a parliament house for the Kīngitanga and opened at Ngāruawāhia in 1919.

The house has been rarely used for parliamentary gatherings, but later housed a health clinic, the Māori Land Court, and the Tainui Māori Trust Board.....

Carterton embraces reo revival
Carterton District Council intends to embrace Te Reo Māori.

Policy and strategy committee chair Ruth Carter says it will work with Hurunui o Rangi Marae to implement bilingual signage throughout the district.

She says it’s not just about translating existing signs into Te Reo Māori but about recognising the cultural names within the district.

It will also support national revitalisation efforts by supporting staff and elected representatives to learn Māori.

Mt Albert becomes vehicle-free
The maunga Ōwairaka / Te Ahi-kā-a-Rakataura / Mt Albert will return to a pedestrian space from Saturday 16 March, with the tihi (summit) loop road permanently closing to private motor vehicles, including motorbikes and scooters.

The exception will be continued vehicle access for people who have limited mobility and cannot walk to the tihi; they or their drivers can phone the Auckland Council call centre to obtain an access code for a new automated gate at the start of the loop road.

Paul Majurey, Chair of the Tūpuna Maunga Authority says the changes recognise that the maunga are separate from many other parks and open spaces in that they are wāhi tapu – sites of immense spiritual, ancestral, cultural, customary, and historical significance to Mana Whenua......

'Blood on their hands': Hamilton reviews 'culturally sensitive' street names
There is blood on the hands of many of the people behind Hamilton's historic street and place names, the city council was told as councillors voted to review the names for "cultural appropriateness".

The message of insensitive names was delivered to a full council meeting by two of the HCC unelected Māngai Māori representatives who spoke at the public forum part of the monthly meeting.

"If I can be provocative and say there is blood on the hands of many of those names in Hamilton, and it does create a cultural offence to Māori here in Waikato, he said.......

New Chief Justice sworn in today
A Māori has achieved a milestone in our country's judicial history.

The first Māori Chief Justice of New Zealand was today sworn in at the Wellington Supreme Court. Chief Justice Helen Winkelmann of Ngāti Porou descent is the 13th Chief Justice since the position's inception in 1841.

"I think with Dame Sian Elias and now with Dame Helen Winkelmann, a real integration of Māori culture and kawa coming into the court system at the most senior level. And that is about recognising the two parts that make up New Zealand and it should be reflected in our courts' system. We've still got a long journey to go in terms of the treaty and treaty rights, what that means across our judicial system and our justice system generally," he says......

Water tax proposal raises concerns
Concern has been expressed about the Government's Tax Working Group recommendation for a water abstraction tax, but the issue of Māori rights will further complicate the issue.

''There are significant design considerations that would need to be addressed before advancing potential water tax instruments, including Māori rights and interests, pricing localisation concerns and equity issues.

''Any potential water taxes will need to take account of Māori rights and interests in water.

''There are well-established concerns about questions of access, as well as ownership......

New employment hub to support rangatahi
New employment hub to support rangatahi in Eastern Bay of Plenty

A new employment hub in Whakatāne will help get more rangatahi earning and learning Employment Minister Willie Jackson said today at the opening of the Tū Māia Rangatahi Hub.

In August 2018, the Government announced $1.76 million in He Poutama Rangatahi funding for Te Puna Ora o Mataatua to support their Whāia Te Rangatiratanga – Pathways to Independence programme, which included the development of the Hub.....

Trailblazing role brings Te Reo to digital classrooms
In a first for New Zealand education, a cluster of Northland schools now has its own Rumaki and Reo Rua facilitator.

Whangarei Intermediate School teacher Neke Adams has taken on the role to support the Te Puawai cluster’s kaiako Māori to become digitally immersed in their classrooms.

Taitokerau Education Trust aims to raise achievement levels by providing teachers with professional development, and making personal-use devices accessible to students from lower-income households.

Neke says: “We want to start something. The ultimate goal is to get every teacher within our cluster collaborating in the Māori digital space.”.....

Tagged funding for Māori in wellbeing budget
Expect some targets Māori programmes from this year’s wellbeing Budget.

There has been a debate behind the scenes between Labour’s Māori caucus, which wants some Māori -branded spending to show supporters they can make an impact, and Finance Minister Grant Robertson, who favours a universal approach where a rising tide will float all boats.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she feels the pressure that Māori do better over all.

"No doubt this Budget we have already said we want to prioritise lifting incomes and opportunities for Māori. Yes for Māori we have said there will be targeted funding.......

Entrenching Māori seats in parliament 'a question of equality
Supporters of a bill that would give Māori seats the same protection as general seats in Parliament presented passionate oral submissions to the Māori Affairs Select Committee today.

Mr Tirikatene said the bill was about correcting a constitutional imbalance of the treatment of Māori seats.

"It is the fact that there is a greater level of parliamentary protection given to general seats over the Māori electorate seats, which I seek to correct in this bill.

"The Māori seats allow our Māori MPs to be more bolshy and plucky with their Pākehā colleagues in promoting kaupapa Māori."

Recommendations made by te Māori Affairs Select committee will be taken to the bill's second reading.....

Whaitiri raises flag on CGT impact for collective ownership
MAORI land recovered under Treaty of Waitangi settlements will need special consideration under any capital gains tax (CGT) regime, says Ikaroa-Rawhiti Labour MP Meka Whaitiri.

Maori-owned assets returned through the treaty process were to redress Crown breaches of the treaty, she said.

Many iwi had lost their land and been denied economic values and income for over a century.

“I’m pretty sure, in due course, when owners are deriving meaningful and sustainable income from their assets, they can start paying fair tax.

‘‘We are nowhere near that when you consider a century of raupatu, or land confiscation.....

Council iwi relationship milestone - Environment Southland
The Council has created mana whenua positions for two of its standing committees - Strategy and Policy and Regional Services, approving up to two positions on each.

This follows a lengthy period of investigation and discussion with Te A Marama about opportunities for involving Maori in the Council’s decision-making.

As tangata whenua, Maori have particular interests in the work of the Council, and the Council has specific statutory obligations and responsibilities in relation to Maori and Maori cultural and spiritual values, plus a long-standing relationship of cooperation.

Environment Southland chairman Nicol Horrell described the inclusion of mana whenua positions on the committees as another milestone in the Council’s relationship with iwi......

Māori spectrum trust keeps 3G block
3G spectrum set aside for Māori is to be renewed as the government looks at what spectrum may be needed for new technologies.

The 2100 MHz spectrum provided to Te Huarahi Tika Māori spectrum trust is leased by its commercial arm Hautaki Limited to 2Degrees.....

Exciting changes in club's anniversary year
Meanwhile, the new Maori name - Te Kapa Poiwhana o te Whare Wananga o Otakou - is believed to be a first for a South Island football team.

The club went through the Treaty of Waitangi Committee process in adopting it, the name being gifted to the club.

''The name was adopted to acknowledge the special relationship between the University and its community, and the mana whenua including the local Ngai Tahu tribe with historic links to the water of Leith area near the club's home at Logan Park,'' club life member and women's premier coach James Coombes said......

Relationships with Maori would continue
Maori development, or kaitohutohu deputy chief executive Janine Kapa said there were a number of Maori partnerships and understandings, including relationships with Te Runanga O Otakou, Kati Huirapa Runaka ki Puketeraki, Runanga O Moeraki, and Hokonui runanga - which the polytechnic appreciated and valued.

When it came to Maori, the partnerships and courses the polytechnic had were vital, Ms Kapa said.......

Maori show way in climate sense
This year’s winner of the Prime Minister’s Award for Science Communication says there are lessons to be learned from te ao Maori in tacking awareness of climate change.

Victoria University Professor James Renwick won the $100,000 prize for his communication of the science behind climate change, including being involved in more than 100 public presentations and 200 media interviews over the past five years in New Zealand and internationally.

He says western technological society has lost its sense of being part of the earth and the environment, but that knowledge is still evident in Maori communities such as those on the coast which are seeing its effects through level rise or a change in growing seasons.......

Maori interests top agenda for national planning conference
Maori involvement in freshwater management, indigenous planning and new bi-cultural tools for engaging with mana whenua are key topics at next month’s New Zealand Planning Institute (NZPI) conference.

A flax roots, iwi-led approach to urban and rural planning is one of the main themes at this year’s event, which will be held in Napier from 2 to 5 April.

The rules also set out a new approach to the Maori and Crown relationship that acknowledges Maori interests in freshwater management......

Carterton District Council embraces bilingual signage
Carterton District Council confirmed it will be embracing Te Reo Māori and working with Hurunui o Rangi Marae to implement bilingual signage throughout the district.

Carterton District Council’s Policy and Strategy chairperson, Ruth Carter, said the bilingual signage was an important step forward in the valued partnership with Hurunui o Rangi Marae and the district’s cultural heritage.

“The new signs will be part of our continued journey with Hurunui o Rangi Marae and we will be working with them to get the right signage across the Carterton District.

“It’s not just about translating existing signs into Te Reo Māori but about recognising the cultural names within the district.”.....

Māori King opens new $1.2mil wharekai in Kāwhia.
A new wharekai has been opened by King Tuheitia Pōtatau Te Wherowhero Vll at Waipapa Marae in a tā i te kawa ceremony lead by the Kīngitanga on Tuesday.

The building was named 'Te Maru o Hikairo' by the King’s eldest son, Whatumoana Paki and will seat 250 guests with a state-of-the-art kitchen all costing nearly $1.2 mil.

We couldn’t have achieved this without our major funders, the Department of Internal Affairs, Te Puni Kōkiri, Trust Waikato and Waikato - Tainui. There are also many iwi families who have made financial contributions as well, our marae is blessed.”.......

Rangiteaorere descendants refuse to vacate tribal land
A family squatting on tribal land in Rotorua is refusing to leave after being served with a trespass notice.

Hori Kiel, of Ngāti Rangiteaorere, was served a 14 day trespass notice dated February 27 2019 by the Ngāti Rangiteaorere Koromatua Council (NRKC) for land invasion unlawful occupation of a building located on its tribal lands.

The land, currently being leased by a farmer, is being used for hay.

“NRKC does not accept that Māori have a right to invade its lands and buildings just because they can whakapapa to the tribe.”.....

Māori health infrastructure boost sought
Māori claimants have put a pitch for 15 percent of the health budget.

The Waitangi Tribunal is sitting in Wellington this week to hear closing submissions on the Māori health outcomes claim.

Claimant Lady Tureiti Moxon says the benefits of health reforms did not flow to Māori providers, which are funded at lower rates than their mainstream counterparts.

More equitable funding, rather than the current 2 percent or so, for all Māori to take control of their own destiny......

The Treasury adopts new reo Maori name
On Monday 11 March, the Treasury celebrated the reawakening of its wharenui (meeting house), Ngā Mokopuna a Tāne, after its relocation to level 3 at No.1 The Terrace. A dawn karakia and ceremony was held to complete the protocols for blessing taonga and restoring the wharenui to daily use.

Following this, Secretary to the Treasury Gabriel Makhlouf addressed staff and invited guests to acknowledge and celebrate the restored wharenui, and to announce the adoption of a new reo Māori name for the Treasury: Te Tai Ōhanga......

Ihumātao development step too far
Supporters of an occupation at Ihumātao are in Wellington today to march on Parliament to demand the government take action to stop development of the land and return it to mana whenua.

She says the fact the land was farmed for 150 years and then sold to Fletcher Building can’t hide the fact it was lived on for 800 years before it was confiscated in 1863......

Three southerners among forest scholarship winners
Three Southern tertiary students are among the eight recipients of an inaugural forestry scholarship.

The Nga Karahipi Uru Rakau scholarships were developed to encourage young, talented individuals into the forestry industry.

They were available to Maori and/or female students enrolling in a bachelor of forestry science or bachelor of engineering (Hons) in forest engineering......

Should correct pronunciation of Māori names be compulsory in schools?
Fundamental questions about the need for schools to teach the Māori history of New Zealand have resurfaced over the last few weeks.

However, the ongoing issue of some teachers mispronouncing Māori names of students still continues.

Māori names play a significant and important role in families and are handed down through generations.

At present there’s no compulsion for teachers to get names right and the question is whether or not there should be......

Justice Minister welcomes Evidence Act Review
Justice Minister, Andrew Little, will table the Law Commission’s report - The Second Review of the Evidence Act 2006 in Parliament today.

“It is good to read that, consistent with its 2013 findings, the Law Commission considers that the Evidence Act is generally working well,” says Mr Little.

Among the report’s 27 recommendations are reforms to improve the court process for victims of sexual and family violence, promote greater recognition of tikanga Māori in court procedure, and recommendations to ensure that defendants’ rights to a fair trial are preserved......

Palmerston North council to co-manage city park with Rangitāne iwi
A recommendation to the Palmerston North City Council will formalise the co-management of Te Motu o Poutoa (Anzac Park) with Rangitāne o Manawatū.

The Sport and Recreation Committee agreed this week to recommend council adopts the kawenata in relation to the park and the document details the arrangements for establishing a co-management committee.

The Kawenata/agreement will allow the incorporation of other wāhi tūpuna or ancestral sites in Palmerston North.

Mayor Grant Smith said it was a special day where the council recognised the opportunities the partnership offered the city......

Mahuta to promote indigenous ties and perspectives in Chile
Promoting indigenous and business links between New Zealand and Chile will be the focus of Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta during a trip to Chile, where she has been invited to be the keynote speaker at a women's indigenous conference this week.

"We can help grow the opportunities for indigenous business and companies in their lands. We want to strengthen these avenues," says the minister.......

Traditional hāngī served up in Auckland's CBD
Trained chef and hāngi master, Rewi Spraggon, will be serving up traditional hāngi in the middle of Auckland’s CBD at the newly established ‘Māori Kitchen’ on Queens Wharf from today.

The business will be Auckland’s first in-ground hāngī café open to the public seven days a week.

Hāngī is a traditional Māori meal that is cooked in a ground oven- a pit dug in the ground which uses heated stones to cook kai.......

Other people’s money​
But this is the Reserve Bank. It does three main jobs, none of which ever involve dealing directly with the general public; Maori, European, Chinese, Mexican or whatever: .....

But the new Governor – 49 weeks in and still no substantive speeches about things he is actually responsive for – is clearly enamoured of things Maori. A fine thing no doubt for him personally. But here he is running a major public agency, using public money......

So what is he up to with his “Te Ao Maori strategy..designed to build a bankwide understanding of the Maori economy”? Given his statutory responsibilities – and those in charge of public agencies are supposed to operate constrained by statute – what makes the so-called “Maori economy” any different than the “European New Zealander economy”, the “Asian economy”, the “British immigrant economy”, the “Pacific economy” and so on, for Reserve Bank purposes and policy?.....

Anyway, you can read the rest of the advert for yourself, including noting that this isn’t just one position. This “cultural capability advisor” is to work with the “Project Manager (Te Ao Maori strategy)” already in place........

History award to help Te Rauparaha bio translation
Zealand History Award grant to prepare a new bilingual edition of Tamihana Te Rauparaha’s biography of Te Rauparaha.

The pukapuka one of the only full-length biographies written in te reo Maori in the nineteenth century.

Ten awards were given this year, with grants ranging from $12,000 to just over $4000.

Historian Vincent O’Malley received a $12,000 to work on a book about The New Zealand wars.

Invercargill marae member concerned about community funding changes
A member of a small Invercargill marae has raised concerns about how the potential changes to the Community Organisations Grant Schemes funding allocation will affect their community.

Community Organisations Grant Scheme is the Department of Internal Affairs funding scheme for community organisations.

Nga Hau E Wha Marae have received funding from COGS for 10 years and last year received $4000 from the scheme......

Fisheries grants available
Northland Māori can apply for funds to promote and advance freshwater fisheries development, research and education. Te Wai Māori Trust is now accepting applications for the Wai Ora Fund for 2019. The purpose of the Wai Ora Fund is to enable iwi and Māori to obtain funding to promote and advance freshwater fisheries development, research and education. This year, a total of $250,000 has been made available for projects.

Since 2014, Te Wai Māori has supported 35 projects through the Wai Ora Fund and provided over $1.4 million in funding......

Time for the Crown to address decades of mistreatment, pain, suffering & death of Māori by slow reacting NZ Health System
Final submissions in the Health Services and Outcomes Inquiry are to be held before the Waitangi Tribunal in Wellington on 12 and 13 March. The Inquiry started in October 2018 on Tūrangawaewae Marae.

Given the alarming evidence placed before the Tribunal of Māori health disparities, the Wai 1315 claimants representing hundreds of thousands of North Island whānau are calling for significant changes to the NZ Health system for the Treaty of Waitangi to be consistent and lives saved.

The Crown’s evidence accepts that the state of Māori health is both inequitable and unacceptable. It also accepts that Māori health statistics are deplorable.

The group are calling for many competitive barriers to be reversed to allow Māori to actively participate in and contribute to Crown strategies for Māori health. Be appointed to decision making bodies and fairly consulted with regarding resourcing needs.

Inadequate funding based on assumptions is a significant issue........

Hawke's Bay residents tell Māori man to 'speak English' at public meeting
A Māori man who stood up in a public meeting to show his support for a planned rehabilitation programme in Central Hawke's Bay was yelled at to "speak English" by members of the crowd.

The man was saying a mihi at Monday night's meeting in Otane when things turned nasty.

"Speak English," yelled at least two people in the 200-strong crowd, followed by another person who called out "we can't f****** understand you".

When the crowd was told the man would speak in English after his formal greeting, a voice called out:

"Well f***** hurry up then."......

Iwi grapple with destruction of ancient burial grounds
Iwi representatives say that coastal erosion due to climate change is destroying some of Aotearoa's most ancient burial sites.

Ngati Ranginui environmental manager Carlton Bidois says he has been picking up ancient koiwi, or bones, that have been washed out of burial sites for the past 15 years.

He says it's an issue that also tests relationships among iwi and they grapple with working through to whom the bones belong.......

Waitara Land Bill reaches milestone
The Waitara Lands Act reached a milestone today when a side agreement was signed between the Ngāti Manukorihi and Ngāti Otaraua sub-tribes, and the New Plymouth District Council. The agreement sets a framework for how the NPDC and Te Kōwhatu Tū Moana Trust will work together on a brighter future for the residents of Waitara.

The people of Waitara have long fought to have their special day in the sun and under the watchful eye of their ancestor. The Act opens leasehold land for purchase at 770 Waitara properties valued at about $90 million. The bill was first introduced to Parliament in September 2016, will use about 60 hectares of land to be given back to Te Ātiawa but in the updated bill, hapū are set to directly benefit instead. The bill will go into law from next week.....

Government 'virtue signalling' on foreign water bottlers instead of fixing issue
"As soon as you do something that looks like charging, and that goes to the ownership of it, you've got court cases, you've got a bunch of interests - obviously iwi, Māori interests - you'll be in the Supreme Court before you could say, 'My name is Simon.' That's sort of what you're dealing with."....

Iwi – Waikato District Council
Iwi and haapu management plans have to be recognised by Council under legislation, this could also be brought into the JMA

Build iwi/haapu te aranga principles into Council projects, designs and consultation processes.

The Council Te Reo policy needs to be socialised again and more deeply with Councillors, because to implement Te Reo also requires more cultural practices being adopted from the highest level

The appointment of a Maaori Partnership Manager is pending. This Pohono Iwi kit e Haapori sits with the Chief Exeutive group in Council’s new staffing structure, which will, appropriately, facilitate a ‘chief to chief’ relationship

Council also needs an operational team member as there are 40 marae to engage with in this space......

Alcohol harm: Impact on Māori taken to Tribunal
A Māori warden has filed an urgent claim with the Waitangi Tribunal arguing laws around the sale and supply of alcohol disproportionately impact Māori.

David Ratu from South Auckland initially took the claim to the tribunal in 2017.

He said in his 30 years serving as a Māori warden he had seen an increase in alcohol outlets situated in areas of high deprivation and near kōhanga reo, kura kaupapa and marae.

He claimed Māori were twice as likely to die from alcohol-attributed death and binge drink than non-Māori.

The application recommends that the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act be amended to ensure Māori are included in bodies that decide whether an alcohol licence is granted.

It also calls for the Act reflect the principles of active protection, consultation and good faith and ensure proper recognition of the Treaty of Waitangi......

Chief Justice Dame Sian Elias retires as New Zealand's top judge
The role of retiring Chief Justice Dame Sian Elias in many of the seminal legal developments of New Zealand has been praised at her final sitting.

Her advocacy for Māori in the courts and before the Waitangi Tribunal was of lasting importance to the respect she built within Māoridom, she said.

Elias said the journey that began with the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840 was not yet finished......

Mega mural honours The People Weaver of Onehunga
On the back streets of Onehunga, between the local primary school and a busy supermarket car park, a huge mural of wahine Māori is turning heads......

Māori astronomer calls for realignment of Māori names for lunar calendar
Māori astronomer and Associate Professor at the University of Waikato, Dr. Rangi Mataamua, wants to realign the current Māori names of the week and months of the mainstream calendar by going back to the original Māori names.

He says that both the mainstream lunar calendar and the Māori lunar calendar are completely different, however, the current Māori names that are being used reflect that of the Māori calendar.

“The mainstream calendar follows the sun and us who circulate it. The Māori calendar follows the stars and the moon.”

Dr. Mataamua believes that due to colonisation Māori tend to think with a European perspective and in this case that is what he believes has happened.....

Scholarships to encourage Māori into forestry sector
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern hopes new forestry scholarships will encourage more women and Māori to enter higher education within the forestry sector.

Ms Ardern and Forestry Minister Shane Jones presented the first eight Ngā Karahipi Uru Rākau scholarships at a ceremony at Canterbury Univerity this morning......

Spectrum, not money critical for development
A Māori broadcasting claimant says it’s essential Māori get a share of 5G spectrum, or their development in the information and communications sector will be held back another 20 years.

"We’ve got to think of spectrum like fish, like whenua, and once we have control of that resource we can build what we need to manage it and work with others. Getting that resource allows us then to build the infrastructure, the people, the knowledge to utilise it in partnership with others," Mr Everton says.

He says a cash deal, such as the $30 million technology fund set up by the previous National Government when it refused to allocate 4G spectrum to Māori, isn’t good enough because it doesn’t give the industry any incentive to partner with Māori.....

Violence blights day for wāhine Māori
Professor Margaret Mutu from the University of Auckland's school of Māori studies says the latest United Nations’ periodic review of New Zealand includes not just eight recommendations to do something about racial discrimination against Māori but also calls to stop violence against Māori women and children.

"This country has an absolutely shocking reputation as having the worst domestic violence in the world, or the OECD. Violence agaisnt women, discrimination against Māori women, violence against Māori women is just totally unacceptable," she says.

Professor Mutu says it’s clear government doesn’t know how to improve the situation........

Hui set to deliver a wake-up call to government over rushed vocational reform process
An urgent hui has been called by the ITO group, Te Rautaki Whakaroopuu Maori. This hui is to discuss the proposed Reform of Vocational Education, in the absence of a sufficient consultation opportunity provided by government.

The lack of a proper consultation period allowing Maori voices to be heard in full has the appearance of neglect at best and a cynical tactic at worst.”

An educated Maori workforce enjoys higher living standards, and makes a greater contribution to Maori wellbeing – all of which is in line with the government’s stated commitment to the Living Standards Framework. If you get it right for Maori you get it right for New Zealand.

It is essential for iwi to come together, unhindered by other agendas which may drown out the Maori view in this important matter.....

WINZ Funeral Grants amounts forcing people to cremate
Auckland Action Against Poverty is calling on the Ministry of Social Development to increase the amount people can obtain through a funeral grant after reports that people are being forced to cremate their lost ones, often against their beliefs, due to the high costs of burials. The current limit of $2058.52 is set by the Ministry and could be adjusted without substantive legislative changes.

“People in poverty whose cultural practices include burials are being made to go through the humiliation of not being able to give their loved ones the send-off they deserve”, says Kathleen Paraha, Auckland Action Against Poverty co-chair.

A welfare system which acknowledges tikanga Māori and honours Te Tiriti o Waitangi would ensure Māori are able to carry out tangihanga how they seem culturally fit......

Study highlights racism Māori and Pasifika health experts feel on advisory boards
Māori and Pasifika health experts have spoken of racism, feeling "token" and ignored after being selected to take part in health advisory groups.

A study surveyed six Māori and Pasifika with more than 100 years of collective experience in public health about their experiences on government health advisory groups.

They reported their knowledge and interests were often devalued, they felt marginalised and experienced tokenistic engagement and racism......

Demands for Council to reverse decision
At a Tauranga City Council meeting today, demands were made for Council to reverse its decision to transfer historically significant property to the Otamataha Trust. The property is currently leased by The Elms Te Papa Tauranga.

Western Bay of Plenty District Councillor Margaret Murray-Benge, Friends of The Elms Chair Jim Sherlock, and Rob Paterson and Richard Price both from the Citizens Advocacy Tauranga Society Inc. (CAT), demanded that Council not renege on its promise to the Elms Te Papa Tauranga, and that it reverses its decision to transfer 11 Mission Street to the Otamataha Trust.....

Māori electorate seat at risk due to Census 2018 debacle
Māori risk losing an electorate seat and more than 20 new iwi won't be properly counted due to problematic Census 2018 data.

Results from the beleaguered national survey, which failed to count one in 10 New Zealanders, have been repeatedly delayed, with a release date not known one year on from census day.

The population data is vital for Māori, and academics hold fears vulnerable communities and small iwi will be adversely affected.....

Mātauranga Māori marks a new frontier of research
A leading academic says an increased focus on mātauranga Māori is signalling a new frontier of research.

This was a key speaking point highlighted at the Toi Tangata Hui Ā Tau for those working in the Māori health and wellbeing sector.

Dr. Ihirangi Heke (Waikato-Tainui) says, "A new world order for us as Māori, where other indigenous are looking to us for leadership.".....

Applications for the Wai Ora Fund 2019 are now open
Te Wai Māori Trust is now accepting applications for the Wai Ora Fund for 2019. The purpose of the Wai Ora Fund is to enable Iwi and Māori to obtain funding to promote and advance freshwater fisheries development, research and education. This year, a total of $250,000 has been made available for projects that meet our criteria. Since 2014, Te Wai Māori has supported 35 projects through the Wai Ora Fund and provided over $1.4 million in funding.

Each application must be for no more than $50,000 plus GST......

ITF honoured by call for Māori leaders' hui
The Kawenata reflects a commitment by ITOs and the ITF to work in partnership with Waikato-Tainui on its 30-year plan for education, employment, and economic development projects.

This first of its kind agreement sees ITOs collectively working with iwi and Māori to co-ordinate job-based training options across a range of industries, underpinned by tikanga, to meet the aspirations of Māori.

“The ITF and its members warmly welcome the opportunity to hear from Māori leaders on these critically important matters." says ITF Chief Executive Josh Williams. "We fully agree that the consultation process and timeframe is wholly inadequate for all our stakeholders, including our Kawenata partners, let alone our Tiriti partners......

Waitangi Tribunal hearings continue for Mokai Patea, mandate to be sought
An annual general meeting in Taihape on March 15 will give northern Rangitīkei tribes a chance to hear the Mōkai Pātea Waitangi Claims Trust's progress on land claims, chairman Utiku Potaka says.

Waitangi Tribunal hearings have been held over the past two years, with the final ones probably finished by October. The claimant iwi have presented much of their evidence over the last 18 months, sometimes under cross examination.

"We have provided tāngata whenua evidence that has essentially been telling our story,"
Potaka said.....

Broad reaching Inquiry into Maori Health to begin
“I am pleased that the Maori Affairs Select Committee will has called on the Inquiry into the Health System and its impacts on Maori. This is a major win for our people wherever they are and more than we could have hoped for. Its time to throw open the doors of the whare and let the truth come in.” these were the words of the Executive Director of the New Zealand Maori Council, Matthew Tukaki, as he waiting outside the Maori Affairs Select Committee room to bring on an Inquiry into life saving and life extending medications......

Ōkorihi Marae set to have wharekai completed after stand-off with Far North District Council
Northland's Ōkorihi Marae is set to be completed after a lengthy standoff with the Far North District Council.

The marae will be issued a new building consent on Wednesday after construction was unexpectedly halted six weeks ago.

However, the marae chair says it highlights the lack of local government partnership when dealing with marae......

Māori and Pacific scholars explore business, cultural connections in Taipei.
Imagine spending a month in a foreign city, dedicating your time to learning a new language, exploring business opportunities, and discovering the cultural linkages across indigenous cultures and histories.

That has been the experience for 11 Māori and Pacific tertiary students and recent graduates who were selected as the 2019 North Asia Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence (CAPE) Māori and Kiva Business Scholars....

Pukekohe High School works to strengthen Waikato-Tainui Iwi Alignment 
Because Pukekohe High School is physically positioned within the Waikato rohe, and as a Waikato-Tainui kawenata school we are guided by the tikanga and language protocols of the Waikato-Tanui iwi. This means that we use a double vowel in text to indicate a long vowels sound such as in the words Maaori and poowhiri/poohiri. This is not a spelling mistake but a recognition of our partnership with and respect for the Waikato-Tainui people......

New $300,000 artwork to be installed in Christchurch's Victoria Square
A new sculpture featuring two upright waka standing 4.75 metres tall with carved figures inside will be installed in Christchurch's Victoria Square this month.

The $300,000 work, which pays tribute to the significant Treaty of Waitangi signatories, is being paid for by Crown rebuild company Ōtākaro and gifted to the Christchurch City Council.

Robinson said the work was to remind the people of New Zealand "there's actually a partnership between the Crown and the local tangata whenua"......

Iti to become Massey's 'activist in-residence'
The CARE center (Culture-Centered Approach to Research and Evaluation) situated in the School of Communication at Massey’s Palmerston North campus hosts a different activist in-residence every month. From 18–22 March, Tūhoe elder and Māori activist, Tame Iti, will take up the role.

‘Decolonising Ourselves – Indigenising the University’ is the theme for Iti’s placement which will include workshops, a public talk and the release of a white paper.

“Tame’s knowledge and expertise provide key theoretical anchors for us to critically engage and interrogate colonisation and racism and the structural conditions that reproduce inequality,” says Dutta......

New respiratory disease 2018 impact report figures, sparks Te Reo Māori educational asthma show to launch in Rotorua
Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ today, 5 March 2019, launches its new children’s Te Reo Māori educational asthma show and Te Reo Māori action plan resources, following the results of the latest 2018 impact report.
Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ is launching its brand-new Sailor the Puffer Fish children’s puppet show which will be presented to Māori immersion schools in Te Reo Māori by presenter Hinerongonui Kingi. show educates children and their teachers about asthma triggers, how to manage asthma and what to do in an asthma emergency. It is the very first asthma show in Te Reo Māori in New Zealand.....

About Maori law society
Te Hunga Rōia Māori o Aotearoa was formally established in 1988, with just a few lawyers in a Rotorua garage. Since then, the Society has grown to include a significant membership of legal practitioners, judges, parliamentarians, legal academics, policy analysts, researchers and Māori law students......

Māori feel positive about Asians, but not if they're immigrating - study
Māori feel a strong cultural connection with Asia and eight in 10 have positive feelings about Asians, a new study has found.

But just three in 10 welcomed Asian immigration - with 38 per cent viewing it as negative and 32 per cent neutral.....

Ngāi Tahu's future Environment Canterbury representation under threat
A bill which would guarantee Ngāi Tahu two seats on future Environment Canterbury (ECan) councils is struggling to gain support in Parliament.

Labour says it is doing the numbers this week to see if it can get the apparently faltering Canterbury Regional Council (Ngāi Tahu Representation) Bill across the line for its first reading in the House.

However, the local bill will not get NZ First backing.....

Tumultuous but rewarding journey for early childhood education graduates
Gisborne welcomed 10 new graduates when they took the stage to accept bachelor degrees from Te Rito Maioha Early Childhood New Zealand.

“Our students also provide qualified teachers with exposure to new early childhood education research and teaching methods.”

The Te Rito Maioha programmes of study are bicultural, which means delivery is informed by te ao Maori.

“Our students gain a deep understanding of te reo Maori and tikanga Maori.

“Te Rito Maioha graduates are exactly, perhaps uniquely, the kind of early childhood teachers that New Zealand’s tamariki (children) need.”

Te Rito Maioha has 11 teaching bases from Whangarei to Dunedin.

Over the next month, more than 150 early childhood teachers will graduate from these bases.....

School uses broadcast technology to teach te reo
Te reo Māori can be heard across Pāpāmoa and those broadcasting it are the proverbial leaders of tomorrow.

Student announcers Bailey Cooper and Malibu Worters can be heard speaking te reo with teacher Tara Cameron.

"The idea to have a radio station came about in 2012," says Cameron.....

Fears Māori history will be used in overseas ads after TVNZ's Getty deal
A move by TVNZ to sell archival footage through Getty Images has some Māori concerned about the use of historical footage.

"Where is the protection for the footage?" Ms Melbourne says. "We're saying 'TVNZ, thank you very much for looking after the footage, but it doesn't belong to you'. We need to set up a system where that footage is protected for future generations."

The Māori Council plans to raise the issue with Winston Peters and Nanaia Mahuta this week, and Mr Tukaki says the fact Māori have little say over the use of archival vision could be a breach of the Treaty. ....

Prisoners voting: "a right not a privilege"
Dr Rawiri Waretini-Karena and Donna Awatere Huata have spoken out on prisoners voting rights after the Waitangi Tribunal announced an urgent hearing on the issue.

Waretini-Karena is a co-claimant along with Awatere Huata on Wai 2867. Their claim concerns the prejudicial effects of s 80(1)(d) of the Electoral Act 1993, namely the disenfranchisement of Māori prisoners.

Their claim alleges that the Crown has breached the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi by allowing the disproportionately large Māori prison population to be disenfranchised and by failing to protect Māori from the acts of discrimination and racism, the rights of Māori prisoners to vote, the taonga of voting rights and the effective exercise of the Māori Electoral Option......

Joint statement: Fletcher Building and Te Kawerau Iwi Tribal Authority & Settlement Trust.
With regards to the weekend’s ‘Reclamation Festival’ at Ihumatao, Fletcher Residential Limited, the Makaurau Marae Maori Trust Board and The Te Kawerau Iwi Settlement Trust & Tribal Authority, collectively the land owner of the Oruarangi Road SHA site and mana whenua of Ihumatao feel it is appropriate to remind the media that:

- The land at Oruarangi Road is a designated Special Housing Area, on privately-owned land that has been farmed extensively for the last 150 years. It is located between the existing village of Ihumatao, the edge of the Auckland Airport business precinct and the Otuataua Stonefields Reserve.

- Plans for the site have been developed in partnership with mana whenua in such a way that supports their sustainable kaitiakitanga of the surrounding area. This includes devoting a quarter of the site along the boundary of the Stonefields Reserve to protect and enhance connectivity, especially from the village. This piece of land within the development area will be the first time since the land confiscations of 1863 that land will be returned to mana whenua. The agreement to have this land returned to mana whenua was negotiated between Fletchers, Makaurau Marae Maori Trust and Te Kawerau Iwi Tribal Authority. Auckland City Council was consulted during this process.

- The protest group SOUL does not represent mana whenua of Ihumatao.

- Members of the United Confederation of Tribes along with members of the so called, “Kaitiaki village” do not represent mana whenua of Ihumatao.

- Pania Newton who previously led the SOUL protest group is not mana whenua nor has she been mandated to represent mana whenua of Ihumatao. Pania has wilfully misled SOUL followers and the general public regarding ‘land issues’ at Ihumatao.

- Pania, her supporters and SOUL followers continue to unlawfully occupy the privately owned site preventing the development of much needed new housing, which through the partnership between Fletcher and mandated mana whenua representation, will provide housing opportunities for descendants with whakapapa and strong cultural connections to return to the area.

Steve Evans, Chief Executive - Residential and Development, Fletcher Building Limited

Te Warena Taua N.Z.O.M., Executive Chair, Te Kawerau Iwi Tribal Authority & Settlement Trust

Greens introduce suite of measures to strengthen democracy
The Electoral Strengthening Democracy Bill seeks reform in four key areas:

* Strengthening transparency and safeguards on donations to parties and candidates

* Enabling voters of Māori descent to change roll type at any time

* Overturning the prisoner voting ban and giving all people in prison the right to vote

* Implementing the 2012 MMP Review recommendations

“Māori should be able to choose which roll they are on at any time. Currently Māori can only change roll during the Māori Electoral Option, which is a short window of time once every 5 years. This restriction is unnecessary and removing it will help Māori participation in our democracy.”....

School of Environment Māori Masters Thesis Scholarship
A Scholarship to support Māori students enrolled in the thesis year of an MA or MSc in the School of Environment.

The main purpose of the Scholarship is to encourage high–achieving Māori students to continue their studies by undertaking masters thesis study in the School of Environment at the University of Auckland. ......
Study: 75 per cent of Māori want cannabis legalised
The Drug Foundation says figures from a new survey on cannabis law reform are 'off the charts'.

Research for TV3's The Hui shows 75 percent of Māori support full legalisation of the drug.

It follows recent work by the Drug Foundation that found 35 percent of New Zealanders overall support legalisation, and another 32 percent in favour of it being decriminalised......

'Ngāti Benneydale': Town divided over name change
Now, the Maniapoto Māori Trust Board has lodged an application to the New Zealand Geographic Board to change the name from Benneydale to Maniaiti.

The application for the name change is part of the Crown's treaty settlement with the iwi, Maniapoto Māori Trust Board deputy chair Keith Ikin said.

"As with all of the redress for Maniapoto which is being negotiated through the settlement, the names including spelling of our wāhi, our towns, rivers and other places, is recognition of our mana whenua and demonstrates the Crown's willingness to address past Crown actions and wrongs."

The original application was to change the name to Te Māniaiti, but further discussion with local knowledge holders has meant a submission for Maniaiti has since been put forward, Ikin said.....

Nelson teacher job ad sparks institutional racism claims
An advertisement for a Maori unit teacher at a Nelson school seeking "strong behavioural management skills" has been labelled racist by some parents.

They say the ad's language reflects institutional racism ingrained in New Zealand. The head of the school involved, Nelson Intermediate, says the wording was "ill judged".

The vacancy was for a teacher at the school's Māori medium unit. It appeared online in October last year, with an introduction to the job description calling for someone with "strong behavioural management skills".....

Call to can colonial street names in Hamilton
An activist is asking Hamilton to get rid of several local names which come from people associated with killing Māori.

Taitimu Maipi, also known for his attack on the Captain Hamilton statue, met with Hamilton Mayor Andrew King and councillors on Thursday morning.

Maipi's targets were the city's name - Hamilton - and three street names: Bryce, Grey, and Von Tempsky.

Mayor Andrew King said more work will be done to understand the history around them, and the topic will be on a future council agenda.....

Treaty claim looms as new stumbling block for Spark's 5G ambitions
Just as Spark sees a way around the GCSB's Huawei ban, another obstacle is emerging in its goal to launch a 5G mobile network by July 1, 2020 - a Treaty claim on spectrum that seems far from resolved.

A spokeswoman for Faafoi's office said a spectrum claim - WAI 2224 - has been lodged with the Waitangi Tribunal but has yet to be formally considered.

In an earlier claim - WAI 776 - the Tribunal agreed, in a majority decision, that Māori had a right to fair and equitable access to radio spectrum. That led, 19 years ago, to discounted 3G spectrum being allocated to the pan-iwi Te Huarahi Tika Trust whose commercial arm, Hautaki Ltd traded the spectrum for a minority stake in the company that became 2degrees....

Maori Council takes on TVNZ to stop fire sale
The New Zealand Maori Council has asked the Ministers for Broadcasting and State Owned Enterprises to intervene and stop the sale and licensing of Television New Zealand’s archive to Getty Images. Council Executive Director, Matthew Tukaki, has called the move to sell the stories and content of Maori as a clear breach of both Tikanga and the Treaty and has indicated quite strongly that at no point should Maori content be made available for sale when there has been no or little consultation with Maori:....

Māori tourism possibilities from rail development north of Auckland
Returning rail transport north of Auckland would increase the potential for Māori tourism, says Minister of Regional Economic Development Shane Jones.

The Ministry of Transport is holding a series of hui in Northland on 6, 7 and 8 March to seek the views of Māori on the viability of better rail in the region, including freight and potential passenger services....

Māori world view for local governance frameworks
A newly released local government localisation report has a strong Māori governance focus which Bay of Plenty regional councillor Arapeta Tahana says would benefit iwi.

Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) is adopting Māori frameworks in their bid to re-boot local democracy and give communities more autonomy from government in decision making.

President Dave Cull says, "the model that Māori have used across the board for generations is actually where local government in many ways would like to go because it empowers the community level."

Bay of Plenty regional councillor Arapeta Tahana says, "Land rights, human rights and continuous occupation rights, these are terms used by those that belong to the land within their regions so localism upholds Māori world views.".....

Derelict old Palmerston North police station building bought by Rangitāne 
Palmerston North's decaying old police station on Church St has been bought by Rangitāne o Manawatū, signalling the possible rejuvenation of neighbouring Maple Lane and the block opposite The Plaza.

Negotiations about the purchase had taken more than a year to complete, with Rangitāne holding first right of refusal as part of its Treaty of Waitangi settlement. 
The delay hinged on negotiating an undisclosed price for the property, which had a capital value of $2.5 million, that reflected the condition of the buildings and the costs of clearing most of the site.....

Wanganui Iwi celebrate reclaiming Pākaitore 24 years ago
As he sat at the Tupoho stall at Pākaitore/Moutoa Gardens Wanganui's land settlement negotiations chairman Ken Mair projected the place into the future.

"This area is part of settlement negotiations and we remain pretty optimistic that it will be returned to us - without predicting the outcomes," he said.....

Northland Regional Council forks out for Opononi Kupe centre
The Northland Regional Council has announced they will make a $500,000 contribution to a planned $8mil plus cultural centre at Opononi.

The ‘Manea Footprints of Kupe’ project is the brainchild of Te Hua o te Kawariki Trust and would see a cultural heritage tourism and education centre built to celebrate the journeys of the legendary Polynesian explorer Kupe....

Immigration NZ in apology to Ngāpuhi whānau
Immigration NZ has made a U-turn in granting a medical visa to the Canadian husband of a Ngāpuhi mother-of-two.

Jimmy Lambert, who was denied entry to New Zealand because he suffers from multiple sclerosis (MS), hasn't seen his two children since last year.

Now, the Whangārei family is making preparations for his return home.
Immigration NZ will also pay for all of Lambert's flights to return to New Zealand to his whānau.......

Māori resilience in civil defence study
A scheme to improve Māori community engagement in the event of natural disasters and other emergencies is among projects to win support from a regional civil defence fund.

Civil Defence Minister Kris Faafoi says the Resilience Fund will this year grant $670,000 to eight projects.

It will use kaupapa Māori processes and traditional Māori stories to create a framework, as well as assessment and engagement with communities.....

Talks with Māori to ease 5G release
Broadcasting and Communications Minister Kris Faafoi says he won’t be able to release details of the first allocation of 5G spectrum until the Government has worked with Māori to address radio spectrum-related Treaty of Waitangi issues.

The previous National Government refused to allocate a 4G spectrum to Māori, instead creating a $30 million fund for Māori to use on digital technology projects. 
Claimants were unhappy with that and want the crown to abide by earlier findings by the Waitangi Tribunal and the courts that Māori are entitled to a share of the spectrum.......

Exemption for proposed capital gains tax could be on the cards for iwi
A capital gains tax exemption could be on the cards for iwi, with the Tax Working Group suggesting a reshuffling of the rules for Māori collectively owned land and assets.

Sir Michael Cullen - who headed the tax working group - is warning of potential legal ramifications if the Government fails to address the issue.

"I think the general non-Māori public needs to understand there are some special cases here and it's not some particular special deal......

Look who's giving advice after NZ's appearance at UN Human Rights Council
Justice Minister Andrew Little led a delegation of 14 to Geneva in January to report on advances in New Zealand human rights and discuss where improvements could be made.

Areas of concern included disparities for Maori in employment and life expectancy, imprisonment rates, discrimination on the basis of gender identity, the gender pay gap and family violence.

The council selected Brazil, Saudi Arabia and Slovakia from its 47 members to run the review of New Zealand.

Various countries have made specific recommendations for New Zealand to consider which are listed in the draft report.

Russia wants New Zealand to consider not only a written constitution but wants to see the Treaty of Waitangi enshrined in law......

Hek Busby waka centre to receive $4.6mil from PGF
Sir Hekenukumai Ngaiwi Puhipi Busby’s waka centre will cost $4.6m.

Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis says, “Sir Hek is truly an icon of the Far North. The Kupe Waka Centre will see his knowledge preserved and also bring people from both New Zealand and overseas to this incredible part of our country.”

A planned sports hub in Kaitaia will cost $3mil.

The minister says, “Participation in sport and fitness is a key part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and improving the wellbeing of individuals, whānau and wider communities. This facility will create jobs, attract people to live here and help retain workers, young people and athletes in Kaitaia.”

The investment package also includes support for three iwi, Te Aupouri, Ngāti Kahu and Te Rarawa, to fund preliminary investigations into a water storage project for the area and explore the potential for a barge at Te Mingi to transport logs to Whangarei.

All up the investment package will cost taxpayers $8.2mil.......

First 5G spectrum auction on track for early 2020
The government has confirmed the first auction of 5G spectrum with be the 3.5 GHz band and will be held early in 2020.

"While spectrum allocations occur, we will concurrently be working with Maori to address the radio spectrum-related Treaty of Waitangi issues," Faafoi says......

Stronger iwi links counter to baby grab
The Commissioner for Children says shocking figures about the number of tamariki taken into state care in Porirua highlight why every office of the new Children’s Minsitry Oranga Tamariki needs to build strong links with iwi and communities in its area.

Figures obtained by Radio New Zealand show the Child Youth and Family Porirua uplifted 68 children in the last financial year, a 70 percent increase on the previous year.

Judge Andrew Beecroft says those statistics show the system isn’t working for Māori, and a new vision is needed that upholds mana tamaiti and makes maintaining connections with whānau and iwi a priority.

"There has to be a state-funded organisation like Oranga Tamariki that works hand in hand with iwi, Māori organisations and the community because the state can’t do it on its own, hasn’t done it on its own and hasn’t served Māori tamariki well," he says.....

Whangārei hapū consider working together how and why
Whangārei hapū are meeting at Terenga Paraoa Marae this weekend to discuss how to work together not just on treaty settlement issues but also how they should deal with central and local government.

Organiser Huhana Lydon says treaty settlement negotiations can be all-consuming, and it's good to sometimes look around at what else needs considering......

Councillor critical of plan for governance with iwi over water catchments
A plan to get iwi more involved in managing Manawatū waterways is being criticised by a regional councillor, who believes it will leave out other interested parties.

As part of the changes, the council would create a committee councillors and iwi leaders would sit on to come up with strategies for different catchments.

All Horizons councillors voted to move the process forward, but Barrow voted against going down the governance-with-iwi route.

He said figures provided by the Tararua District Council showed it had spent more than $1 million in the past five years on litigation started by iwi there over wastewater treatment plant consents.

"We cannot have iwi involved in a litigious process and a collaborative process at the same time," Barrow said. "It's almost a conflict-of-interest situation."

Councillor Jono Naylor said it was ironic Barrow made those comments while a framed photocopy of the Treaty of Waitangi hung on the wall behind him.

Putting iwi and Federated Farmers in the same box was insulting and in conflict with the treaty, he said.

"This is about us trying to show a level of partnership with iwi.".....

Māori navigators to thread China threat
Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says Māori will be critical to keeping relationships with China on an even keel.

He says it's important New Zealand as a sovereign nation looks after its security, but it is a must also to seek economic opportunities if it is to thrive.

Māoridom has long experience managing relationships while being in a state of conflict.

"I mean the whole history of Māoridom in New Zealand is managing conflict between ourselves and the power culture and I think Māoridom has a lot to offer in terms of how we move forward......

Māori art everywhere aim of strategy
Creative New Zealand wants to see Māori arts highly valued in Aotearoa as part of a distinct identity, as well as being recognised and admired globally

That's the aim of its new Māori arts strategy, Te Ha o Ngā Toi.

The vision is to see ngā toi Māori everywhere.......

Medical Student seeks urgent claim against Police for bias
Timothy Morrison, a paramedic and medical student, has asked the Waitangi Tribunal to have an urgent hearing of his claim against NZ Police for bias in prosecutions of Māori.

As a teen from a troubled home, Timothy Morrison was targeted by NZ Police, starting as a 14 year old boy with his first conviction for burglary under $100......

NZ has highest death rate for teenagers in developed world
Young Māori men are over-represented in these statistics, which Wallis puts down to racism and ignorance.

“A lot of the reason we have such a negative rate is because we are still quite a racist country, and it's quite hard to be Māori and have high self-esteem in this country.

"We don’t teach Te Reo at schools. We don’t learn about New Zealand history. There’s a prevailing view in the country that Maori are inferior.".....

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

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

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

The idea of setting up a Māori-owned bank has ramped up in the last month with the Māori Council forming a working group on housing affordability......

Tax working group “missed opportunity” – Māori Council
Speaking at a forum on Māori Business, Council Executive Director Matthew Tukaki says Māori, Māori organisations and iwi need to look at the recommendations through a Māori lens.

“For Māori, however, we need to see it in the context of what it might impact in terms of future Treaty settlements that could include assets like buildings and infrastructure. Does that cause an exemption?” says Tukaki.

“The other thing we need to be mindful of is the debate around Māori economic development – as we push to develop up Māori land that will create a capital value and therefore at sale the difference between cost and profit may be taxable – should it be and will it be?”

“I think also we have lost the opportunity to look at tax relief or creative ways of supporting primary industries to transition into a lower carbon future and we sure have missed the boat when it comes to Māori and the growing calls for a tax on water.”....

Iwi lock in land deal at Marlborough Airport
Three top of the south iwi have signed off on an historic deal to jointly purchase two parcels of land at Woodbourne, near Blenheim.

The deal, which takes in 6.56 hectares of land in two lots fronting Marlborough Airport, comes following separate negotiations with the New Zealand Defence Force and the Marlborough District Council, and represents the first commercial partnership between the three iwi, Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō, Ngāti Kuia and Rangitāne o Wairau.....

Hapu outlines next steps for NZ Government in Whakatohea 
Ngai Tamahaua Hapu Chair Peter T Selwyn today announced next steps for the New Zealand Government in response to the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations’ statement of 22 February 2019 on the Whakatohea Treaty settlement situation.

Mr Selwyn says: “The Hapu have made it clear that dialogue with the New Zealand Government on decolonisation of our territory and reparations can only commence once concrete steps have been made by them to end their divisive mandate policy – in particular,.....

Deep seated racism in baby grab
Oranga Tamariki is being called out for being too fast to take Māori children from their families.

Figures obtained by RNZ show 68 children were removed from their parents in Porirua in the year to June 2018, up from 40 children the year before, and compared with just 33 from Wellington that year.

Social work educator Paora Joass Moyle says it shows there are deep seated problems with the child protection agency that won’t be fixed by a name change.

She says the child protection model has been imported from the United Kingdom and fails to recognise the impact of colonization.....

PM talks to politics raised on Te Matatini stage
The political messages broadcast from the Te Matatini stage remain in the wake of the competition but did those at the beehive hear, heed and take on board the challenges put to them by performers?

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says, "I want to make more of that event and I absolutely think a legitimate platform to issue challenges to Government to encourage where they think we should be encouraged but challenge where we should be. We just need to make sure we're available to hear that."

Key messages among the 46 performances included calls to promote te reo Māori, more support for children and a song about the Prime Minister.

Political issues were also at the fore; with expressions of opposition to the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary, calls for the Crown to honour The Treaty, and Tauranga Moana talking to the controversial Pare Hauraki Treaty Settlement.......

Iwi to buy stricken seafood giant Hawke's Bay Seafoods
Stricken seafood giant Hawke's Bay Seafoods (HBS) is to be taken-over by shareholder and iwi organisation Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated.

The move, including the establishment of a new entity tentatively called Takitimu Seafoods, has been confirmed in a statement from iwi chairman Ngāhiwi Tomoana......

Geothermal milk plant nearing completion
New Zealand's second Māori-owned dairy plant project is on track to start producing in July.

The $33 million plant in Kawerau is a joint venture: 11 Māori entities, including Poutama Trust. Between them they hold a 67% stake in the company and Cedenco Dairy Ltd, owned by Japanese company Imanaka holds 33%.

Kawerau Dairy will process up to 30 million litres of milk in its first year; 12 farms will supply milk.

“We expect the majority of farms supplying Kawerau Dairy in the initial start-up phase will have Māori ownership,” he says......

Pulse bring te reo Māori onto netball court
As the ANZ Netball Premiership kicked off around the country, a new look Te Wānanga o Raukawa Pulse took to the court proudly promoting te reo Māori for the first time on their uniform bibs.

Mereana Selby, CEO for Pulse sponsor Te Wānanga o Raukawa, says the players have been attending classes to learn about the language.

“While it’s an off-court challenge for players, the team is loud and proud about promoting te reo Māori at the very top of New Zealand netball,” Selby says.......

New tax rules need to protect Māori development
The head of the tax working group, Sir Michael Cullen says more consultation may be needed with Māori to ensure changes don’t impact the economic prospects of Māori and iwi collectives......

NZ government keen to take All Stars across Tasman
New Zealand Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson has thrown his support behind calls for the All Stars concept to be taken across the Tasman Sea in a move which would ensure ongoing Maori representation.....

Reserve Bank Governor Adrian Orr embraces the forest god
"I would say, to some people, it's gone down like a cup of cold sick," says Reserve Bank Governor Adrian Orr. He's talking about the response to his reset of the central bank's vision - using the story of Tāne Mahuta.

So why Tāne Mahuta? And what does it all mean?

In Māori mythology, Ranginui and Papatūānuku - the sky father and earth mother - were once bound in an embrace so tight that all the world was dark.

Their children made several attempts to separate them and eventually the forest god Tāne was successful – lying on his back and pushing up with his legs to let the sunshine in.....

Don Brash hits out at Tax Working Group for recommending 'race-based' discounts
Former National party leader Don Brash has hit out at the Tax Working Group for what he says is a race-based discount for iwi businesses built into the proposed capital gains tax released yesterday.

He argues that it shows the Tax Working Group believes that Māori can’t achieve without a tax break.

The Tax Working Group’s final report, released yesterday, recommended that iwi-owned businesses would pay a discounted rate of 17.5 per cent, compared to 33 per cent for other businesses.....

Climate change scientists look to Māori and other indigenous people for answers
In the Māoriland Hub in Ōtaki, north of Wellington, an exhibition details how bad climate change will get for locals in the Kāpiti Horowhenua region, where the frequency of heavy rainfall, flooding, erosion and landslides is already on the rise.

Mātauranga is the body of traditional and contemporary knowledge about the world – both physical and spiritual – held by Māori. It is also the process by which information is observed, tested, interpreted, built upon and handed down. It is inseparable from Māori culture, values and beliefs. Māori consider themselves part of nature and within it, and mātauranga reflects this......

Auckland Festival put Waiata Māori at the heart of their program
Two Auckland Festival shows in March put waiata Māori front and centre - a free sing-along event in Aotea Square called Tira, and another called Tōku Reo Waiata. The brains behind the shows, Tama Waipara, and performer Annie Crummer tell Kirsten Johnstone about the kaupapa.​....

Empowering Māori to improve ecosystem management in Aotearoa
Sustainable Seas researchers have outlined ways to enable and empower Māori to lead the sustainable management of resources in Aotearoa New Zealand.

The 2018 report, written by Dr Robert Joseph and his team from the University of Waikato, compares how tikanga Māori and Western legal systems are applied to environmental management. The report highlights the need for more inclusive and better resource management policies, practices and laws that enable the accurate application of tikanga and mātauranga Māori to the governance and management of the country’s land-based and marine ecosystems......

What could Tauranga's new university campus mean for the region?
A kaumatua chants in te reo while two men remove black fabric to reveal a pouwhenua - a wooden carving called Te Toka a Tirikawa. More chanting and songs precede the shuffle of more than 100 pairs of feet into the building.

The karakia concludes inside Te Manawaroa meeting room, where hongi and handshakes follow. Waikato University Professor and kaumātua Tom Roa addresses those encircling the space.

Later, a Ngai Te Rangi spokesman would tell attendees at a Bongard Centre breakfast, "This whare is for the students of the world.".....

Ngai Tahu asks for involvement in ORC policy-making
The Otago Regional Council is seeking more Ngai Tahu input on its decision-making, but the logistics are proving difficult.

A council meeting this week discussed a request by the iwi to be involved in its policy committee.

The committee makes decisions on wider policy, but they need to be passed at a full council meeting.

Cr Michael Laws was concerned about involving only Ngai Tahu rather than all Maori.....

New logo spells end for four shaking hands
The four interlocking hands of the South Wairarapa District Council logo were waved goodbye on Wednesday as a new emblem was voted in at a council meeting in Martinborough.

The council’s outdated, mono-cultural logo was created in 1989 and featured four white male hands connected in a cross shape.

The winning design was supported by 62 per cent of the 400 ratepayers consulted during a survey this month.

Mayor Viv Napier said, “It’s wonderful to have a new logo that encapsulates the district’s identity, shows us as a modern and progressive council, and acknowledges the important standing of Maori.”

The design process also involved input from the Maori Standing Committee.

Chairman Raihania Tipoki said, the words ‘Kia Reretahi Tatau’ meant ‘let’s fly together’ or ‘let’s collaborate’.

“The inclusion of Wairarapa Moana in the logo signifies an overdue recognition that our natural environment must be inherent in our decision-making processes,” he said.

“The Maori fishing hook depicted in the landscape references the Moana as ‘Te Karu o Te Ika a Maui’ [The Eye of The Fish of Maui].”.....

Resounding political statements from Te Matatini stage
Kapa haka groups are using the Te Matatini stage in Wellington to send political messages to Parliament.

From calls to honour the treaty, to promoting te reo Māori, and bungled treaty settlements - teams are not holding back as they perform a block away from the Beehive.

As they were leaving the stage, Te Iti Kahurangi stretched out a banner that said 'Whakamana Te Tiriti' - 'validate the treaty' before ending with a rousing haka.

Hokipera Ruakere travelled from Taranaki to watch the performances and said the government has been talked about a lot, as has the Treaty of Waitangi.....

Wait begins for Napier claimants after urgent Waitangi Tribunal hearing
The Waitangi Tribunal has completed a hearing in Napier with the Crown defending claims that it let claimants down by not ensuring the proper mandating and operation of the trust it accepted to manage the proceeds.

It was initiated by Waiohiki hapu Ngati Paarau which argued the Crown breached principles of the Treaty of Waitangi in its mandating of Manu Ahuriri Incorporated and what the hapu says was the ignoring of concerns about post-settlement governance entity Manu Ahuriri Trust (MAT)........

Next steps for Whakatohea
Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Andrew Little today announced next steps for the Crown in response to Whakatōhea’s vote last year on the future of their Treaty claims.

“Firstly, having had time to consider the vote, the outcome was finely balanced. I think the results show too much support for the Trust for the Crown to walk away, but clearly the results raise some important issues that need to be addressed before any decisions about resuming negotiations can be made” says Andrew Little......

Wellington crossing lights changed to kapa haka figures to honour Te Matatini festival
Wellington has designed special pedestrian crossing lights in honour of the arrival of kapa haka festival Te Matatini ki te Ao.

The lights, which have been installed at seven city locations, depict haka and poi poses, some of the most well-known elements of kapa haka, a Māori dance and song art form that dates back centuries.

Wellington mayor Justin Lester said Wellington local iwi had come up with the idea to celebrate te ao Māori in the city about two years ago.....

Maori support NZ China relationships - Ngati Kahungunu Iwi
I have no doubt at all that the Maori component of the New Zealand Trade missions has enabled the wider New Zealand business Community to enjoy greater access into regions previously off limits.

Ngati Kahungunu Iwi has purchased a deep sea vessel which will export frozen product directly to China once the eligibility registration has been achieved. This would see a multimillion dollar two-way flow of business from this one Iwi entity. Ngai Tahu, Ngati Kahu and Wakatu and other Iwi Maori entities are enjoying extremely good relationships and success in their cultural and commercial sphere with their Chinese partners. Iwi Maori Companies through the cultural and commercial imperatives can pave the way for more enduring relationships between the two countries despite the short term myopic views of the New Zealand government coalition partners.

Ngati Kahungunu Iwi is scheduling a visit to Hong Kong and Beijing in early May to re-strengthen our relationships with our Chinese Partners before heading to Tokyo to do the same with our Japanese partners......

NRL slammed for butchering Māori names during All-Star clash
"They aren't at fault. None of them came to ask to seek our advice on pronouncing the names," Waaka continued.

"So this is a challenge to the NRL that for games at this level of rugby they need to provide space, perhaps an extra two chairs so we can commentate on the game in te reo."....

Embedding mātauraunga Māori into the deep south – a new Māori whakairo to be carved in Antarctica
Antarctica will shortly receive one of its first traditional Māori carvings to have been carved and completed on the ice. A pair of Māori carvers headed south to Antarctica on Waitangi Day to spend two weeks completing and installing the two whakawae (door frames) and a pare (lintel) they are carving for Scott Base.....

Whānau Ora overwhelmed by demand, review says
A review of the Māori and Pasifika-focused Whānau Ora development agency says providers are overwhelmed by demand and often dealing with crisis situations better dealt with by the likes of medical professionals and social workers.

The review panel suggested the reach of Whānau Ora be even wider, such as more localised commissioning options in some areas to keep the agencies close to the whānau and communities they serve; and further into rural and deprived populations.

It recommended Te Puni Kōkiri work with other agencies to capitalise on opportunities and address the perceived barriers that inhibit the uptake of Whānau Ora.

Whānau-centred approaches should also be embedded in the machinery of government through mechanisms such as Budget 2019, the Living Standards Framework and legislation.

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has been a harsh critic of the agency, calling it a "bro-ocracy" and a "waste of taxpayers' money".

The agency, a flagship policy of the Māori Party, was created in the previous National government's term......

Maori Sidesteps add humour to Ministry of Education videos
The Maori Sidesteps have been recruited to add humour to a new series of videos encouraging parents to consider the benefits of Maori medium education pathways for their kids.

The group has been working with the Ministry of Education to support the Mou Te Reo campaign and their new videos will feature at this year’s Te Matatini event starting in Wellington this week.....

A weighty issue for Auckland Māori
Young researcher Hannah Rapata is passionate about improving Māori health and nutrition.

Having spent the past two years cultivating her knowledge of indigenous health and food practices, the aspiring dietician was thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Ngāti Whātua over the summer, examining childhood obesity rates and initiatives within the Auckland iwi.

Hannah, 22, received a University of Auckland $6000 Summer Research Scholarship to complete the 10-week research project as part of the A Better Start National Science Challenge........

Māori radio thinking ahead of bureaucrats
A leading identity in iwi radio believes the bureaucrats are lagging behind Māori providers and need to change their ideas about what Māori media is and can do.

He says over the past 30 years Māori radio has become the main influencer of the language in the home, while dealing with the challenges of insufficient funding.

It is already grappling with the shift from broadcast to digital delivery, platforms, and in funding terms should be seen as part of the way Māori language and cultural are put online........

Crown launches commitment to te reo Maori - Mahuta
Māori Development Minister, Hon Nanaia Mahuta, says the Crown’s commitment to ensure basic te reo is spoken by a million people in 2040 took a major step forward today.

The Maihi Karauna, the Crown’s Māori language strategy, was launched at Te Matatini in recognition of the festival’s passion and commitment to te reo. This strategy is intended to complement the Maihi Maori which supports iwi, hapū and whānau aspirations towards te reo māori revitalisation.

"The Crown has long held the responsibility to protect te reo Māori as a taonga and the Maihi Karauna sets out a context for that responsibility to inform how Government can achieve this for all of us to use, share and protect te reo Māori.

"I know that for te reo to thrive by 2040 we all need to do our part, working together to make te reo a working, living language," said Nanaia Mahuta.

Minister Mahuta says The are bold goals stretching out to 2040 and a practical step forward will be through initiatives which are focussed on rangatahi. Three areas of focus include:

- Hosting rangatahi regional workshops and a national summit.

- A social marketing campaign to promote the value of te reo Māori.

- Snap-reo, a series of quick, micro-lessons in te reo Māori, available on a variety of media.....

TSB Community Trust signs memorandum of understanding with Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Mutunga
The TSB Community Trust has signed its third relationship agreement with a Taranaki iwi.

The trust co-signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Mutunga on Wednesday.

It has already formed formal iwi partnerships with Te Kotahitanga o Te Atiawa Trust, in March 2018, and Te Kāhui o Taranaki in December 2018.

Established in 2006 Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Mutunga is the post-settlement governance entity representing the collective interests of Ngāti Mutunga.

The agreement signed this week will provide a foundation for both entities to explore a long-term partnership to improve wellbeing outcomes for Ngāti Mutunga, and the wider community, the Trust said in an emailed statement......

We just lost another species to extinction - it must be the last
We hear a lot about the danger of animals going extinct, but it's not often you can actually see an entire species obliterated.

But that's exactly what's happened to a precious native bug in Canterbury - and it wasn't killed by rats or possums, but by those known better for protecting nature. 
Iwi. Specifically, Ngai Tahu Farming

As part of a treaty settlement 19 years ago, Ngai Tahu were returned land along the Waimakariri river......

5G debate: a reminder of who actually owns what
As debate rages around the participation of Huawei in the build of New Zealand’s 5G network, Maori Council Executive Director Matthew Tukaki has told everyone to hit the pause button until it is clear what the role of Maori and Maori organisations will be. Tukaki also reminded people that Maori Council and others had previously moved to protect Maori rights when it came to Spectrum:....

DoC wants out of its lake lease
The Department of Conservation (DoC) is not interested in renewing the Waikaremoana lakebed lease.

Te Uru Taumatua and Te Urewera Board chairman Tamati Kruger said DoC had informed Wairoa Waikaremoana Maori Trust Board and Te Uru Taumatua to this effect.

The 50-year iwi-Crown lakebed lease was due for renewal in July 2017.

The Government held a right of renewal but the lease has still not been renewed.

Instead DoC is managing its activities at Waikaremoana on a month-to-month basis.

“The lakebed is Maori freehold land leased by the Crown from the Tuhoe Charitable Trust (72 percent ownership) and the Wairoa-Waikaremoana Maori Trust Board (28 percent ownership),” said Mervyn English, Department of Conservation spokesman on Tuhoe, Te Urewera and Waikaremoana matters.......

Keen demand for Ngāi Tai KiwiBuilds
Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki launched its Belmont Village Kiwibuild development in Pukekohe on Saturday.

The iwi and its building partners have committed to build 90 dwellings in six stages of 15 at the northwest edge of the town.

If Ngāi Tai members meet KiwiBuild criteria they will be given priority, and the iwi is also contemplating models like shared equity to assist its whānau into houses.......

Maori students 'from the four winds' given welcome
The University of Otago has held its largest welcome yet for first-year Maori students.

More than 250 students attended the university's start-of-year powhiri yesterday morning.

"It's fantastic to see so many tauira Maori [Maori students] who want to engage with local tikanga and mana whenua.....

Crown blamed for Paoa split
Ngāti Paoa Iwi Trust says the crown is to blame for divisions within the iwi.

The trust failed in a bid last Friday to stop the tribe's negotiator signing the Hauraki Collective Settlement, but it is now seeking a declaration from the High Court that the crown cannot take any steps towards the next stage of the settlement based on the signing......

Corrections dept apologises for Māori nationalist group comments
The Department of Corrections has apologised for minutes recorded in a forum almost two years ago naming Māori nationalist groups alongside Islamic extremists and other far-right and violent political groups as a threat to public safety.

Corrections was not available for interview but in a statement to Te Kāea, Deputy National Commissioner Andy Milne says, “We acknowledge the comment noted in these minutes was inappropriate and sincerely apologise for any unintended offence caused.”

Milne says the department has no evidence of any Māori nationalist groups active in prison......

Surprise te reo Māori finding in prediabetes research
New research from the Healthier Lives National Science Challenge has found people who speak te reo Māori have a reduced risk of progressing from prediabetes to diabetes.

The groundbreaking research, which has been published in the Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice journal, observed more than 14,000 participants with prediabetes. The study, led by researchers at the University of Otago’s Wellington campus and including collaborations with the National Hauora Coalition, Waikato DHB, and the University of Waikato, aimed to identify potential traits that could protect or progress a patient towards diabetes......

'Significant and irreversible prejudice': Urgent Waitangi tribunal hearing to settle Napier claim issues
An urgent Waitangi Tribunal hearing will be held over what a judge has called possible "significant and irreversible prejudice" against some beneficiaries of claims in Napier.

The hearing starts today, sparked by three of seven hapu linked to the Deed of Settlement signed in late 2016 by the Crown and Mana Ahuriri.....

Report about Maori Nationalist organisations a 'crock'
Maori Council calls Corrections report about Maori Nationalist organisations a "crock" of the highest order - calls for heads to roll

The New Zealand Maori Council has called on the Department of Corrections to name names in a confidential internal report naming Maori Nationalist organisations as a threat. Council Executive Director Matthew Tukaki has called the comments "from a few recalcitrant" public servants as a step too far in Maori Crown relations:

"The report out of the Department of Corrections is ill conceived, a flight of fancy and quite frankly lends itself to the fundamental question of just who they are talking about? Maori Nationalist Groups? Are they referring to the Maori Council? Are the referring to the Maori Women’s Welfare League? Are they referring to the Maori Nurses Federation or the Kohanga movement? This kind of nonsense aligned with somehow the threat of terrorism is exactly what divides a community instead of brining it together" Matthew Tukaki said......

NZ Maori Council launches National Taskforce on Education
With reforms abound in the education sector from schools to technical and vocational education, the New Zealand Maori Council has launched a new national taskforce to bring new ideas and thinking to the concept of lifelong learning “This is not just about one part of the education system for Maori its about the end to end life long process of learning and how we can harness that to project our people forward.” Said Matthew Tukaki......

Te Kahui o Taranaki and DoC announce new Kaitiaki Whenua Ranger role
Te Kahui o Taranaki and the Department of Conservation (DOC) are pleased to announce the appointment of Wayne Capper into the unique and newly developed role of Kaitiaki Whenua Ranger.

The Kaitiaki Whenua Ranger role will be a partnership role between the DOC and Te Kahui o Taranaki to support the management of the cultural redress sites transferred to Taranaki Iwi.

As owners responsible for the management of these cultural redress sites Te Kahui o Taranaki created the Kaitiaki Whenua Ranger position to manage the sites. Wayne Capper has been recruited to the role where he will be employed by Te Kahui o Taranaki and will be hosted by DOC in their Historic and Visitor Assets team for 2 years before transitioning back to Te Kahui o Taranaki......

Ngāti Paoa signs Hauraki settlement
Ngāti Paoa has become the sixth of the 12 Hauraki iwi to sign the Hauraki Collective Settlement.

The signing came despite a last-minute bid by the faction controlling the post-settlement governance entity to block it......

Supreme Court dismisses Māori jurisdiction challenge over driving infringements
A man whose driver's licence was simply a piece of paper with a name and "Māori" written on it has failed in his bid to challenge the jurisdiction of New Zealand's courts.

The argument - based on the defence that Māori are not subject to the law of New Zealand - was made in an effort to escape several driving infringement notices.

The nearly two-year-long case eventually required a judgment by the Supreme Court, which today dismissed Michael Raymond Main's final application to appeal......

Dual name for Tūranganui-a-Kiwa / Poverty Bay approved 
Poverty Bay’s name is 'richer' with the inclusion of Te Reo in the new name of “Tūranganui-a-Kiwa / Poverty Bay” Minister for Land Information Eugenie Sage announced today. 

In recent months, Te Kāea spoke to Wirangi Pera of local tribe Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki, who says, “To us this is a significant development to recognise to the original name that we know as Tūranganui-a-Kiwa.” 

“Tūranganui-a-Kiwa / Poverty Bay” applies only to the bay enclosed by Young Nick’s Head (Te Kuri) and Tuaheni Point, in accordance with the original request by Gisborne District Council. It does not apply to the wider landscape and region often referred to as Poverty Bay, nor to Gisborne or any other area. The name “Tūranganui-a-Kiwa” can be translated as the great [or long] standing place of Kiwa..... 

Treasure hunters fall foul of plundering law
Treasure hunters on Kaikōura's coast are being asked to leave Maori taonga where they are following a proliferation of people digging for, and discovering, artefacts exposed following the 2016 earthquake.

One of the beach sites near Kaikōura was a whaling station and a significate Maori site and the area is considered a geologically and archeologically rich area.

"Taonga hold value to communities as they are an important link to tūpuna [ancestors] and whenua [the land], and also offer broad insight into the history of New Zealand," a Ministry spokeswoman said.....

Change to how iconic high country land is managed
Iconic high country land will be better managed under changes that Land Information Minister Eugenie Sage announced consultation on today.

Tenure review is a voluntary process where Crown pastoral land can be sold to a leaseholder and areas with high ecological and recreational value can be returned to full Crown ownership as conservation land.

• Ensuring that the natural landscapes, indigenous biodiversity, and cultural and heritage values are secured and safeguarded through the Crown’s management of the land.

Feedback is also being sought on how the Crown can better implement Treaty of Waitangi responsibilities regarding Crown pastoral land.....

Corrections notes claim 'Māori nationalist groups' threaten from behind prison walls
A plan to help fight terrorism in prison highlighted "Māori nationalist groups" as a "threat to public and community safety" through "violent action".

It has earned the Department of Corrections a rebuke from its minister Kelvin Davis, who described it as "unnecessary, provocative language".

The concern about "Māori nationalist groups" emerges in a list of threats identified by Corrections released through the Official Information Act......

'Sovereign citizen' defence mooted for alleged baby killer
The man charged with the cold case murder of a 10-month old baby in 2014 may attempt a "sovereign citizen" defence - a claim that as a Māori, Crown law does not apply to him.

That extraordinary revelation was made at the High Court in Rotorua on Friday by the lawyer for Shane Claude Roberts, 59.

Roberts faces one charge, that between November 29 and 30, 2014, he murdered Karlos Stephens, a charge he had earlier pleaded not guilty to.

Defence lawyer Louis Te Kani told the court his client "wishes to run what I believe is a sovereign argument"......

Government strategy to reduce Māori prison numbers gets wary response 
The government is being told to get out of the way and let Māori take charge to keep their own out of court and jail.

RNZ has obtained a copy of the final draft of the Justice System Māori Outcomes Strategy, a joint-approach by police, Corrections and Justice.

The strategy is aimed at reducing the number of Māori in the criminal justice system. It acknowledges the impact of colonisation on Māori and calls for staff to address any biases they have towards Māori. It makes a distinction between whānau and a nuclear family, and focuses on a need to work closely with Māori..... 

Iwi annoyed South Taranaki council won't endorse anti-mining stance
The company hoping to mine iron-sand offshore from Pātea has applied to explore for minerals in a much larger area around its planned seabed mine.

South Taranaki iwi Ngāti Ruanui has been one of the main groups opposing the seabed mining proposal. At South Taranaki District Council's iwi liaison meeting on January 30, Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Ruanui Trust deputy chairman Ngapari Nui put forward a resolution asking the council to endorse its opposition to this new application.

"Unfortunately, we heard nothing until it was raised on the day at the meeting. This was the reason for not accepting the iwi's recommendation."

That response is offensive, and unsupportive to iwi and to others who oppose the mining, Nui said.....

Mermaid Pools near Matapouri in Northland could be closed via rāhui due to environmental damage
One of Northland's most popular tourist spots, the Mermaid Pools near Matapouri, could be temporarily closed by a local hapū over environmental concerns.

The picturesque, turquoise tidal rock pools are enormously popular, drawing in tourists and locals alike.

But hapū Te Whanau ā Rangiwhakaahu is concerned about the degrading environmental, cultural and spiritual wellbeing of the taonga, known as Te Wai o Te Taniwha.

The hapū said in a statement that it intended to place a rāhui over the pools, and the access route over the Rangitapu headland at Matapouri Bay, to restore "the mauri of the taonga"......

Māori and Indigenous Governance Centre
The Māori and Indigenous Governance Centre is based in Te Piringa, Faculty of Law. The Centre embracse a best-team approach to research, involving collaboration, locally, nationally and internationally. The Centre focuses on research issues concerning Māori and Indigenous Peoples’ governance, rights and responsibilities. It promotes Indigenous worldviews and sound governance and development principles in order to build Indigenous capacity, facilitate Indigenous involvement in governance at all levels, and develop quality outcomes for Māori and Indigenous Peoples.....

Sallies clear smoke over racism in system
A call by the Salvation Army for targeted programmes addressing Māori disadvantage has been endorsed by Greens' co-leader Marama Davidson.

Ms Davidson says there has been targeted discrimination in areas like health, education and justice, which is why targeted responses are needed.

"Māori smoke marijuana cannabis at the same rate as non-Māori but are twice as likely to be apprehended and punished for it. That is straight up blatant racism within our policing and criminal system," she says......

Not well, not safe, not fair
The author of the Salvation Army’s state of the nation report says it could take more than a generation to close some of the gaps between Māori and non-Māori

It shows the rate of Māori waiting for social housing is nine-times worse than non-Māori, youth unemployment is twice the general rate, and Māori whānau are three and a half times more likely to need welfare support.

"Every indicator we use shows Māori are massively disadvantaged and some of the indicators are getting worse, some are getting better, but the gaps are so big it will take more than a generation to close even where there is some progress," Mr Johnson says......

Kaupapa Māori framework key for justice reform
The head of Restorative Justice NZ says the Government needs to embrace more Māori-led initiatives if it is to get the reform it is wanting in the criminal justice system.

A panel headed by former MP Chester Borrows is looking at reforming the system, and Mike Hinton says it now has a lot of evidence of what works.

Māori initiatives like rangatahi courts and iwi justice panels have also shown their worth, if the right controls are in place.

"When we start adopting Māori initiaitives or kaupapa Māori, they have to be judged within a kaupapa Māori framework. You can't put them into the system as we know it now and judge them against a Pākehā framework and what the powers that we think is right. They must have their own sovereignty over that programme," Mr Hinton says........

Kairangahau Māori (Māori Research Scientist) - AgResearch
AgResearch is looking for a passionate Kairangahau Māori to provide thought leadership and lead AgResearch's research portfolio towards Māori centred and kaupapa Māori research.

The Kairangahau Māori will be responsible for delivery of high quality Te Ao Māori rangahau and/or science outcomes, across multiple areas of specialisation relevant to Māori stakeholder and pastoral industry priorities.....

Councillor says some te reo street names 'mean absolutely nothing' to Wellington
Some Māori language street names "mean absolutely nothing" when it comes to Wellington, a city councillor says.

Councillor Andy Foster clashed with a council employee and another councillor over whether the city's te reo policy meant only Māori language names would be used for Wellington's streets, rather than a mix of both English and te reo names.

"We can't make every name a te reo name," Foster said......

IMSB keen to promote Māori builders
Auckland's Independent Māori Statutory Board wants to see more Māori involvement in fixing the city's housing problems.

Chair David Taipari says housing ministers Phil Twyford and Nanaia Mahuta have supported the plan and there could be opportunities coming through the proposed new Urban Development Agency.

The board wants to see Māori, including iwi and mātāwaka, develop land freed up by treaty settlements........

Māori view added to Treasury tool kit
Te Puni Kōkiri hopes its contribution to Treasury’s proposed Living Standards Framework will help other government agencies measure the impact of their policies on Māori.

"We would argue that a Māori world view, Te Tiriti o Waitangi, a whānau centered approach haven't been sufficiently applied to those government processes so we are setting a platform that can enable that thinking to be used and applied in a practical way as departments and agencies and Treasury go about their business," Ms Grenell says......

Wellington joins national day of action to protect Ihumatao
Tomorrow Wellingtonians will join people around Aotearoa to demand Fletcher Construction respects Te Tiriti o Waitangi and stops plans to build at Ihumatao in Auckland. People will protest at Fletchers sites around the country tomorrow, February 15th, in solidarity with mana whenua in Auckland who are calling for the return of this sacred and archaeologically and ecologically unique land.

As Fletcher's seem to be having trouble respecting the treaty, we'll be inviting them to a free Tiriti o Waitangi workshop at their premises in Churton Park!’ said local Ihumatao supporter and SOUL Solidarity Paneke spokesperson, Te Ao Pritchard.

Ihumatao was confiscated under the New Zealand Settlements Act in 1863 as part of the colonial invasion of Waikato that drove mana whenua from their lands......

Law lecturer weighs into debate about renaming country
A law lecturer says the symbolism of renaming the country Aotearoa New Zealand could be enhanced by reflecting the Treaty of Waitangi partnership in the constitutional arrangements.

Dr Carwyn Jones specialises in the Te Tiriti o Waitangi and Crown – Iwi Relations.

“Here, the inclusion of Aotearoa in the country’s official name makes an important link to Indigenous language and culture. It would signal that a part of our uniqueness and our nationhood is connected to the way the nation state was founded, the way Indigenous and settler communities agreed to come together in a Treaty partnership while recognising and respecting each other’s authority,” he says.......

Marae want louder voice in Civil Defence national plan
Many marae step-up and open their doors during emergencies but are only classed as spontaneous volunteers in response efforts despite helping the public in times of need. Sir Mark Solomon says more funding should be available for marae at the coalface.

Politicians back at parliament agree that marae should have a seat at the table.

National’s Port Hills MP Nuk Korako says, "Absolutely. We’ve been through earthquakes, we’ve been through fire and marae are on the front line.”

Community and Voluntary sector Peeni Henare says, “Āe marika- yes”

Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta agrees, "It is time to look at how to do that."

"There needs to be a relationship directly with Civil Defence, they need to have communications and protocols, not just with iwi authorities but at the marae level because it’s the marae that will open up and take in people."

Civil Defence Minister Kris Faafoi says the government is making improvements to the system, which includes a focus on the way Civil Defence works with marae and iwi......

Targeted funding needed to fix 'appalling' Māori wellbeing - Salvation Army
Targeted funding is the only way to improve "appalling" Māori wellbeing outcomes, the Salvation Army says.

"These statistics are appalling and compelling at the same time and I just think they need to be addressed and I can't see any other way than being quite specific about programmes directed towards Māori community and whānau Māori."

Change was required in other key areas, such as the Māori prison population. That had been reduced by 5 to 6 percent but was still 20 percent higher than it was five years ago......

Councillor 'ashamed' to sing Māori version of national anthem fails to attend meeting to apologise
A controversial New Plymouth councillor who said he was "ashamed" to sing the te reo version of the national anthem did not attend a meeting at which he had agreed to make a public apology.

But Murray Chong, who was on his way to Wellington when the New Plymouth District Council held its extraordinary meeting on Tuesday afternoon, said he had already said sorry for his comments.

Chong said he was not happy the mayor had wanted him to make his apology at the meeting where councillors would be able to express their views on his comments, but to which he claimed he would have no right of reply......

Samuels not waiting 100 years for settlement
Former Labour cabinet minister Dover Samuels doesn’t want to see Ngati Hine’s bid to get its own deal slow the Ngapuhi settlement.

The Ngapuhi kaumatua is upset Tamaki Makaurau MP and minister outside cabinet Peeni Henare is backing the hapu breakaway.

He lodged his own claim 30 years ago, and says he is now looking at lost opportunities for generations to come as ongoing discord hampers progress......

Standards set for Maori wellbeing
Treasury has published a discussion paper prepared by Te Puni Kokiri giving a Maori perspective on the Living Standards Framework.

TPK chief executive Michelle Hippolite says Maori have their own understanding of intergenerational wellbeing that draws on cultural values, beliefs, social norms and indigenous knowledge.

The paper contends Te Tiriti o Waitangi, Te Ao Maori and a whanau-centred approach need to drive Maori wellbeing....

Minister acknowledges iwi support following Nelson fires
Māori Development Minister Hon Nanaia Mahuta says the efforts of everyone involved in battling the Nelson/ Tasman fires must be acknowledged, especially the support provided by Te Puni Kōkiri to local iwi.

The iwi in Te Tau Ihu are: Ngāti Tama, Te Ātiawa, Ngāti Toa, Ngāti Rārua, Ngāti Koata, Rangitane, Ngāti Kuia, Ngāti Apa and Mātāwaka……

Providing a Māori perspective on wellbeing
Te Puni Kōkiri, in collaboration with the Treasury, is proud to release a discussion paper that provides a Māori perspective on the Living Standards Framework.

Te Puni Kōkiri Chief Executive Michelle Hippolite believes “a radical shift in the conversation about wellbeing is needed if we are truly to achieve intergenerational wellbeing for Māori and all New Zealanders in the future”.

An Indigenous Approach to the Living Standards Framework is part of a suite of discussion papers published on the Treasury website to stimulate conversations about how to better support intergenerational wellbeing and raise living standards.

“Māori have their own understanding of intergenerational wellbeing that draws on cultural values, beliefs, social norms and indigenous knowledge”, says Mrs Hippolite.......

Editorial: Waitangi Day is always worth celebrating
Once again we hear calls for dispensing with Waitangi Day from those who regard it as divisive. They are wrong.

Those who want the name of the day changed, including Mike Hosking, who last week suggested Grievance Day, or for some other date in our history to be adopted as our national day, don't know what they're talking about.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with Waitangi Day. It is celebrated around the country in all manner of ways, most designed to bring together all New Zealanders of whatever ethnic origin, and never better than at Waitangi itself......

Rangitīkei iwi sets up services at old Turakina Maori Girls' College
The former Turakina Māori Girls' College site is be a base for Māori health and training needs.

The school closed in 2016, and Rangitīkei iwi Ngā Wairiki - Ngāti Apa bought the 5.16-hectare campus on Hendersons Line, Marton, in March last year, relocating its administration headquarters and health and social services unit.

Its ambitions have been boosted by $95,000 from the Provincial Growth Fund, with plans to set up training courses, said Iwi spokesperson Kiri Wilson.

"The main thing is we meet the needs and aspirations of our people......

Misuse of haka Ka Mate 'tramples' on mana, call for greater protection in New Zealand and overseas
NZ Rugby urged to guide corporate interests in respectful use of Māori cultural property after past abuses.

Māori researchers say the haka Ka Mate needs more protection from "disrespectful" commercial use ahead of the Rugby World Cup in Japan this year....

Right to Life: Govt in danger of breaching Treaty of Waitangi
The Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern is to be commended for her moving words of love and concern for children expressed in her beautiful prayer at the Waitangi Day commemorations....... " Referring to the principles of the Treaty she said, "Of course, we as a Government are trying to fill those not just in legislation, but in the policies and programmes that we roll out."

Right to Life fully supports the principles of the Treaty and believe that we all have a responsibility to ensure that the Treaty rights of Maori are upheld. Right to Life believes that Article Three provides for the protection of the lives of Maori from conception to natural death. We ask the Prime Minster how can her government claim to uphold the Treaty when her Labour led government has plans to withdraw the protection of the Crown from Maori proclaimed in Article Three of the Treaty.....

Council appoints new Iwi and Community Partnership Manager
Waikato District Council will soon be building stronger relationships with iwi and the wider community thanks to the appointment of Sam Toka as its new Iwi and Community Partnership Manager.....

Political Roundup: Fixing Treaty ignorance in politics and schools
This year's Waitangi commemorations will be mostly remembered for two debates – whether the Prime Minister should be able to recite the detail of the Treaty of Waitangi, and whether the teaching of the Treaty and colonial history in New Zealand should be compulsory......

Māori history curriculum already available
The New Zealand School Trustees Association supports the teaching of New Zealand history in schools but is bewildered by calls for a curriculum.

Te Takanga o te Wā launched in 2016 presents a Māori history perspective, based on the understanding that Māori history is the complete human history of Aotearoa New Zealand - from the earliest Polynesian navigators to our present-day parliamentary system.

Te Takanga o te Wā was developed by a group of educators led by Te Maru o Ngā Kura a Iwi o Aotearoa in 2016 to guide primary schools through the process of creating an authentic connection to their local landscape (whenua) and people (tāngata) within their school history or social studies curriculum. The group involved in its development includes Sir Pita Sharples, Dame June Mariu, Sir Toby Curtis, Te Ariki Sir Dr Tumu te Heuheu and Professor Paul Moon.

Te Takanga o te Wā is presented in both English (te reo Pākeha) and te reo Māori using five main themes, each of which incorporates a range of concepts such as Belonging, Community, Continuity, Consequences, Identity, Knowledge, Kotahitanga, Mana, Tūpuna, Perspective, and Unity......

Iwi becoming a growing financial force - report
Iwi are a growing financial force to be reckoned with, according to a new report showcasing some of their success over the past five years.

The Auckland-based Ngāti Whātua Ō ākei and the South Island's Ngāi Tahu stand out in TDB Advisory's Iwi Investment Sector report, with an average annual return on their assets of 15 percent and 12 percent, respectively.

Tainui, the second largest iwi with $1.4 billion worth of property assets, had an average annual return of 7 percent.

TDB director Phil Barry said their success was due to being well run and having long-term strategies......

Otago Regional Council
We acknowledge the special position of tangata whenua within the region. A 'Memorandum of Understanding and Protocol' is in place between Otago Regional Council and local iwi - Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu and Aukaha.

Otago’s environment holds many values for Aukaha and Ngai Tahu, ranging from the spiritual to the practical. Its place-names are a record of the history, traditions, and customs. Our region’s coast is still a major source of food, livelihood, and recreation for many.....

Ngāti Hine puts smaller mandate case to Little
Ngāti Hine has told Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Andrew Little it wants its own settlement separate to Ngāpuhi.

Spokesperson Pita Tipene says the position was put to Mr Little by letter at the end of last year and in a follow up meeting this week at Waitangi......

Beethoven’s Ode to Joy to be sung in te reo Maori
The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra is to be part of a unique international project celebrating Beethoven’s 250th birthday next year, which will include school and youth choirs performing the composer’s famous Ode to Joy in te reo Maori.....

The $9 billion iwi empire: Māori groups' assets grow, despite slowdown
The combined wealth of the nation's 75 iwi groups rose by $1.2 billion in the past year to almost $9b, says a new report on iwi holdings.

The TDB Advisory Iwi Investment Report 2018 focuses on the financial performance of eight of the largest iwi, which among them represent about $5.5b of the total asset base.

All the eight iwi groups delivered positive returns for the year, although as the property sector has slowed, so has total growth.

More support needed to reach 2025 Pacific and Maori nursing targets
The government needs to offer more support for Māori and Pacific student nurses to reach its 2025 goal of having the same proportion of Māori and Pacific nurses in the workforce as there is in the general population, according to Whitireia Head of School Health Carmel Haggerty.

Having Māori and Pacific patients treated by Māori and Pacific nurses is widely accepted as one of the most effective ways to improve Māori and Pacific health outcomes.......

Encouraging te reo Māori in your centre
At Paraparaumu Playcentre we have a number of simple ways to encourage the use of te reo Māori on session.

Our Bicultural Team teaches us useful phrases such as me hikoi koe kei roto–please walk inside and taihoa–wait, hold on.

The bicultural officers from Paraparaumu and Paekakariki Playcentres are liaising and sharing ideas and approaches to plan our bicultural journeys together. We intend to hold some bicultural events later in the year, such as a pōwhiri at each other’s centres.....

Rules for Māori seats reignite questions about Govt-Māori partnership
Bridging the gap between Māori and the Crown was part of the Prime Minister's wider Waitangi message. But with the Māori and general seats not under the same protections in parliament questions about a genuine partnership remain.

Māori and Pākeha are equals outside Te Whare Runanga but it seems to be different story in Parliament.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says "our view has always been that is a decision for Māori and as long as they see the value and importance in those seats then they will remain."

The bill has passed its first reading, and will be debated again in the coming months in parliament......

Peaceful Waitangi celebrations a sign of progress - Tame Iti
A prominent figure regularly associated with protest believes the shift to peaceful celebrations at Waitangi is a sign of progress between Māori and Pākeha.

Tame Iti (Tūhoe) says great strides have been made since he first joined protests at Te Tii Marae in Waitangi alongside his Tama Toa comrades in 1972.

He says at the time there was a distinct need for fierce confrontations due to the Crown ignoring and belittling the mana of Māori across the country.....

Governor-General's Waitangi Day Speech
Over the course of eight months, over 500 Māori signed copies of Te Tiriti at various locations around New Zealand.

They had high hopes that articles Two and Three of Te Tiriti, in protecting their rights and their control of their lands, would ensure their sharing in the development of a new nation.

But the actions of the Government, installed by the Crown following on from this historic event, soon dashed those hopes.

Again and again, the Waitangi Tribunal has heard how tangata whenua were systematically deprived of their lands, how the Crown did not act to uphold its commitments in the Treaty and how the government reneged on its promises to build schools and hospitals, or allow adequate reserves for iwi use to be retained from land purchases.

Generations of Māori communities across Aotearoa experienced a steep decline in their economic, cultural, spiritual and physical wellbeing. Over time, Māori adopted various strategies to express their desire for a genuine Tiriti relationship with government, with little result......

Alarming rates of Māori workplace injuries and fatalities lead to new NZ safety approach
Māori workers in 2016 made up a quarter of WorkSafe NZ’s five key industry sectors of agriculture, construction, forestry, manufacturing and health care.

A higher rate of temporary employment among Māori contributed to the higher rate of injuries and deaths because of typically poorer conditions, less job control, taking on more dangerous work no-one else wanted to do and little or no access to training......

A new name, a new approach
And an even better realisation of the symbolism of ‘Aotearoa New Zealand’ would be to reflect the Treaty partnership in our constitutional arrangements. We can think of a constitution as essentially being the rules that regulate the power of the state and the operation of government. Constitutions can be written down in a single document or made up of a range of different sources, such as the New Zealand constitution is. Significantly, constitutions give expression, not only to the structures and procedures of government, but also to the values the community thinks should underpin government. Giving expression to the values symbolised by ‘Aotearoa New Zealand’ could be done by developing models for the exercise of public power based on Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the partnership it established.....

Political Roundup: NZ's changing race relations
There has been a striking mood of positivity and optimism in the commentary about Waitangi Day, and race relations in general, this year. It's as if we have turned a corner as a nation.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern epitomised this in her prayer yesterday in which she said God "made us of one blood, now make us of one people". Of course, the question is whether the feel-good mood at Waitangi translates into meaningful change for Māori, who remain severely disadvantaged compared to Pākehā in almost every indicator of well-being.....

Festival organisers apologise for depiction of Native Americans
The organisers of the Wild West Festival in Waimamaku have apologised and vowed to not incorporate any further Native American themes into their festival after this year's promotional material caused offence.

The apology comes after some social media backlash, leading to a letter from the Māori Women's Network, deriding what they saw as disrespectful portrayal of Native Americans.

Mera Penehira from the Māori Women's Network was disappointed by the festival's promotion of the event, which included people in blackface, and dressed up in Native American clothing.....

Activist who grabbed John Key is now an advisor on race relations
The man who once manhandled John Key at Waitangi is now an adviser to the Government on Crown Māori relations.

Wikatana Popata, 29, and his older brother John were convicted in 2009 of assaulting Key, who they held responsible for the loss of Māori land and foreshore. 
Popata said he was asked by Māori Crown Relations Minister Kelvin Davis to become part of the advisory group after attending a hui in Kaitaia.

"We as Māori have got to remember that this Crown, they were once the enemy.".....

Don Brash cuts Waitangi speech as protesters block him out
Former National leader Don Brash cut short his speech at Waitangi today just as his speaking area was taken over by protesters carrying a banner opposing racism.

The banner blocked out the stage, obscuring Brash from a crowd which had heckled him from the moment he opened his mouth.

And then he stopped. The banner came and Brash found himself blocked out by the word "racism", drawn large.

Then Brash sat there while everyone else had their turn.

The words wore different but the message was much the same as the banner.

"No room for racism," they said, one after another.

And Brash listened.......

'Propaganda': Sean Plunket slams 'biased' compulsory Māori history calls
Magic Talk host Sean Plunket warns making colonial history compulsory will turn lessons into "a propaganda exercise for the radicals and the separatists".

The debate over the compulsory teaching of New Zealand's Māori-Crown relationshiphas hit the headlines recently.

But Plunket warns there's "a lot of BS in history" and says it's the version we learn that is important.

"Are you like me, just a little bit worried that if we leave it to the lefty teachers, the version of history we get taught will be a little bit biased, a little bit one-sided," he told listeners on Tuesday.

"I don't want to learn a bunch of propaganda that says the Treaty is a fraud, whities go home, I've been oppressed."....

Slates with first written te reo Māori get UNESCO heritage recognition
Two slates with the first known examples of written te reo Māori were shown to the Prime Minister yesterday at New Zealand's oldest building, Kemp House in Kerikeri.

A ceremony was held to acknowledge the mana of the taonga and also their inclusion on UNESCO's Memory of the World heritage documentary register.

They date back to the 1830s when part of the house was used as a classroom where missionary, Martha Clarke taught the daughters of rangatira, literacy, numeracy and domestic skills.....

"Institutionalised racism" claim over Māori burial grounds
The exclusion of Māori burial grounds from legislation covering maintenance and support is "institutionalised racism", a New Plymouth District Council committee has heard.

Peter Moeahu told the first meeting of the council's Te Huinga Taumatua Committee of 2019 that Māori urupa should receive the same protections as other district cemeteries.....

Sir Geoffrey Palmer calls for a written constitution that includes Treaty of Waitangi
Former prime minister and constitutional expert Sir Geoffrey Palmer is calling for a written constitution for New Zealand that includes the Treaty of Waitangi.

As Maori continue the call to "honour the Treaty", Sir Geoffrey says it's time for action.....

Waitangi Treaty: Letters shed light on Māori plight for sovereignty
Tomorrow the country marks nearly 180 years since Te Tiriti o Waitangi was signed, but letters from that era show that some issues for Māori remain the same.

The collection of more than 700 letters written by Māori can also be found on Auckland Council's online archive, Kura.

But preserved in folders are some of the original copies.....

Māori punished with world’s highest rate of tobacco excise
Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says, “Revenue from tobacco excise tax alone outstrips the combined value of Treaty Settlements and Māori Development funding by $120 million a year. This is the inevitable result of charging the highest rate of tobacco excise in the world, when adjusted for income. In short, the Government gives with one hand and takes far more with the other, undermining decades of effort to improve outcomes for Māori.”....

Treaty Negotiations Minister “the wrong horse” – Ngāpuhi hapū
Ngāpuhi hapū have reaffirmed their concerns with Minister of Treaty Settlements Andrew Little and his ability to settle their claim.

Despite the government making a peaceful official entrance to Waitangi, hapū members say they've had enough of the Minister of Treaty Negotiations.

A source has revealed to Te Kāea that Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters is being considered to take over from Andrew Little in the role.

However, in an attempt to speed up the the Ngāpuhi settlement, Te Kāea understands the prime minister has begun discussions to ascertain the viability of removing the ministerial portfolio from Little.....

Community reflections on Te Tiriti today
Hāpai Te Hauora Chief Operations Manager, Selah Hart, states that "Ignorance like this by the Prime Minister shows that we need to continue to advocate to uphold the Crown’s responsibility as a signatory of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Te Tiriti ensures that Māori by right have equal access to health. Māori rights to health derives from various sources but it is reinforced by Te Tiriti. It is our duty as tāngata whenua to ensure the wellbeing of all people in our lands - Māori and tauiwi."....

Māori Wardens want more recognition
Māori Wardens are calling for better recognition for the work they do and more assistance from the government.

There are up to 800 wardens throughout the country, and some met Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at Waitangi yesterday.

A review is underway on the changing roles of the wardens and how they can be supported.....

Partnership is the message on Waitangi Day
He says while Waitanga Day is a day to celebrate how far we’ve come it’s also a day to acknowledge what work still needs to be done

“I spoke about partnership which is one of our principals of the treaty and I challenged everybody here asking ‘are we really in a true partnership here, ask yourselves, are we there yet?,” says Tamati.

“Around 179 years ago we signed that treaty yet 90 per cent of the thousands of people gathered here didn’t understand the karakia, the mihi or understand any of the Te Reo Maori spoken, so how far have we really come?”

He also took the opportunity to talk politics, by mentioning that there are no Maori councillors on Tauranga City Council, and the Western Bay of Plenty District Council.

“We had the Maori Wards korero last year and the community voted against it, so we continue as Maori to try to get representation but the community turns us down, so do we really have that partnership?” he says......

$6b treaty settlements can't be used to fix Māori social issues, experts say
Stuff invited five Māori leaders at the coalface of Māori issues, who didn't get an invitation to speak at Waitangi, to share their perspectives.

All agree treaty settlements should be used for economic development and not to fix Māori social issues. Instead, Māori need to develop their own solutions in partnership with the Crown.....

NZ history in the UK
"A friend who taught history in the UK showed me what some 11-year-old students in the UK are being taught about the Treaty of Waitangi," explains a reader. "In less than a page this [highly inaccurate, myth perpetuating, bloody offensive] excerpt from a current history textbook Industry Reform and Empire — Britain 1750 -1900 by A Wilkes."

Māori, colonial history should be compulsory - National Party leader Simon Bridges
The National Party thinks schools should have a compulsory course that teaches students about Māori and colonial history.

This comes after the History Teachers' Association called for a compulsory New Zealand history curriculum, labelling current teaching and general knowledge of the subject "shameful".

National Party leader Simon Bridges told RNZ's Waitangi Day programme he supports a compulsory programme - as long as what is taught is impartial......

Brian Tamaki signals political return: 'There's a new breed of Māori rising up'
Bishop Brian Tamaki has signalled a political return ahead of a Waitangi Day sermon in which he warned change was coming and how he was the "field n*****" who was going to bring it.

Speaking at Ti Tii Marae at Waitangi, Tamaki said the Destiny Church-linked Tu Tangata Man Up programme could have a future in politics.

"I think there's a better way. Who knows what the future holds.".....

DOC delays review of national parks after talks with iwi
The Department of Conservation (DOC) has delayed its review of two South Island national parks.

Public feedback on the Aoraki/Mt Cook and Westland Tai national park draft management plans closed on Monday afternoon before hearings were meant to take place.

However, a Supreme Court decision relating to Ngāi Tai has halted the process.

The Auckland iwi argued DOC didn't properly consider the issues relating to the Treaty of Waitangi when granting concessions for commercial activities.

"It is important to understand what the decision means for us and our Treaty Partners before we go any further on the review process for the national park management plans," Ms Long said......

Ardern defends govt track on Māori prison numbers
The prime minister has defended the government's record on Māori prison numbers as she prepares to return to Waitangi.

As of last September, Māori made up more than half of the prison population, compared with 30 percent of prisoners who are European.

Only about 15 percent of the total population of New Zealand are Māori.

"Unfortunately what we know, is that we have over-representation of Māori in our prisons. Upwards of 50 percent," Ms Ardern said.

She said prison numbers have dropped overall and rehabilitation was working for Māori.

"We've seen about 1000 fewer people in our prisons, and so any work that we do on rehabilitation programmes ultimately does benefit Māori.".....

First written Te Reo taonga sparks debate over teaching Māori culture
A ceremony celebrating the first two examples of written Te Reo has sparked debate about whether there should be more emphasis placed on teaching Māori culture.

It came hours after Prime Minister Jacinda Arden was stumped when asked to name Article One and Two of the Treaty of Waitangi, despite saying she learnt it in school.

Ms Ardern learnt about the Treaty at school - but speaking to press on Monday, the Prime Minister was asked by a reporter what Article 1 of the Treaty of Waitangi says.

"Article 1? On the spot? Kawanatanga," she replied, when helped out by Willie Jackson and other ministers standing behind her.

Asked what Article 2 says, Ms Ardern said, "Tino Rangatiratanga," which is the name of the name of Article 2, but again she did not provide further insight.

"Look, I know the principles of Waitangi, I know our obligations," she said.

But at Waitangi where the Treaty was signed, just knowing the basic principles isn't enough. Multiple people say knowing our history and language should be compulsory.....

Growing calls for Treaty of Waitangi to be a compulsory part of school curriculum
As the nation counts down to New Zealand's national day, calls are mounting for the Treaty of Waitangi to be a compulsory part of the school curriculum.

The Post Primary Teachers' Association is calling for the Treaty to be a compulsory part of the curriculum.

Currently it's optional, with schools deciding whether or not to teach it.....

'Real shame': History teachers call out lack of colonial, Māori education
The Government is rejecting calls for the compulsory teaching of Crown-Māori history in schools.

It's currently up to schools how much colonial history is taught, and as a result some students are missing out.....

Waitangi: PM's pledge to Maori
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has told a crowd gathered at Waitangi there is still more to do to improve life for Māori.

Bridges singled out Crown Māori Relations Minister Kelvin Davis for his work in bringing dignity to the event.

His party would work with Māori but they should be in the driving seat.

"I stand here as the first Māori leader of a major political party."

ANZASW statement for Waitangi Day
‘What we see is that the treaty is a living document- it may be a piece of fading paper- but it is in actually embodied in the everyday relationships between Māori, Pakeha and other peoples in Aotearoa,” she added. Dr Beddoe argues that the principles of the treaty should be honoured through addressing inequalities between Māori and non-Māori that continue to persist.....

Ngāti Hine wants to formally split off from Ngāpuhi Treaty talks
Ngāti Hine hapū have told the Treaty Negotiations Minister they want to formally split off from the Ngāpuhi talks that have been ongoing for more than a decade.

"That doesn't mean that we've closed off all doors to working with our neighbours on overlapping claims," Mr Tipene said.

But Mr Tipene said "Ngāti Hine is now very, very clear that we will be seeking our own mandate."....

Elias gave meaning to treaty principles
Justice Minister Andrew Little says retiring Supreme Court Chief Justice Dame Sian Elias has made a huge contribution to the restoring the mana of the Treaty of Waitangi in New Zealand’s law and unwritten constitution.

When Acts of Parliament refer to the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi, she hasn't thrown up her hands and said 'we don't know what that means so we will ignore it.' She has said 'we have to find a meaning for that,' and she had done a huge amount to give meaning in the modern day to the place of the treaty in our overall constitution," Mr Little says.....

Ardern’s Waitangi sequel a test of relationship
National’s newly-minted Māori-Crown relations spokesman Nick Smith believes the Government faces a similar challenge from Māori as it does overall after a year “typified by a large amount of promise but very little progress”.

“On many of the issues, whether they’ve been treaty settlements or challenging issues like water, there hasn’t been any real progress. The expectation, which I also heard at Ratana, was, ‘We’ve given you the benefit of the doubt for year one, but for year two the Government’s going to have to start delivering’.”

Matthew Tukaki, chairman of the National Māori Authority, agrees there will be plenty of expectation from Māori for the Government to deliver on its many promises.

As Tukaki says: “Māori are the eternal optimists: we’ve been optimists since the Treaty was signed all those years ago.”....

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announces $100m regional employment scheme to focus on Māori, Pasifika people
The Government is ploughing more than $100 million into regional employment, focused on Māori and Pasifika people, in another series of announcements made in the lead-up to Waitangi Day.

The lion's share of the funding, $60m, will go to five of the so-called "surge regions" which require extra help. They are Northland, Bay of Plenty, Tairāwhiti, Hawke's Bay and Manawatū-Whanganui.

"We will be investing in two specific programmes that support Māori and Pasifika – He Poutama Rangatahi [$13.2m] and the expansion of the Ministry for Pacific Peoples' successful Pacific Employment Support Service [$8.8m]," Ardern said.

Today's announcements come on top of $127m announced yesterday by Ardern and her ministers - up to $100m from the PGF for capital funding for Māori landowners to develop their land, and another $27m for the Kaipara region, mainly for transport infrastructure......

National leader Simon Bridges urges RMA reform over $100m for Maori land ownership
The government is making the same mistake with Māori land ownership as it did with KiwiBuild, National party leader Simon Bridges says.

"The one thing that is required is Te Ture Whenua Māori land reform. That's what's got to happen because the complex legal intricacies of multiple owners mean it's always going to be incredibly difficult to do this unless you get that law reform. It's not a question of the financing."

Mr Bridges said he would not be going along to listen to what Don Brash says at Waitangi but supported his right to say what he wants to say.

"I think it's a good thing that he gets the chance to go up there and say his piece."

When asked what he made of Mr Brash's Orewa speech and the idea that Māori get special privileges Mr Bridges said that in simple terms he entirely agreed things shouldn't be done on the basis of race.

"But we should be doing things on the basis of need ... that means things like whānau ora, like partnership schools, like Te Ture Whenua Māori land reform that disproportionally affect and will benefit Māoridom are right.

"In that regard I think what Don's saying just isn't nuanced enough for the modern world that we live in."

However Mr Bridges said New Zealand should get rid off Māori seats.......

Regional Digital Hubs to benefit rural marae
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced that $21 million will be invested in modern and reliable digital services for regional and rural communities.

Regional Economic Minister Shane Jones says, “Marae are meeting places for whānau, hapū, and iwi, and are central to many rural communities. Improving connectivity will support communities to undertake economic activity and enhance their capability.”

Oromahoe (Te Tai Tokerau), Te Houhanga (Te Tai Tokerau) and Raupunga Te Huki (Heretaunga) will be the first set of marae to receive PGF funding for digital connectivity and Te Puni Kōkiri and the Provincial Development will run a process to select further marae and RDHs......

Brian and Brash told to go back to Tāmaki
Tino rangatiratanga whānau are telling Brian Tāmaki and Don Brash to stay in Auckland this Waitangi Day, says Te Ao Pritchard of Te Ata Tino Toa.

‘Waitangi is our day, a day for Māori to fly the flag. If you’re not here to tautoko us, or debate on our terms, then stay in Auckland.’.......

Tuhoronuku not right for Ngāpuhi settlement - Little
Treaty Negotiations Minister Andrew Little will be meeting with representatives of Ngāpuhi and its hapū to find an alternative to Tuhoronuku while he is at Waitangi this year, he says.

The country's biggest iwi, Ngāpuhi rejected a revised mandate for settlement talks when more than 70 of its hundred-plus hapū gave it the thumbs down in December.

The National government accepted the mandate known as Tuhoronuku, inititated by rūnanga leader Sonny Tau nearly ten years ago.

But Mr Little said the latest vote had made it clear hapū did not want to settle under that banner, or the most recent so-called evolved version.....

Ka Mate – a commodity to trade or taonga to treasure?
As we approach the ninth Rugby World Cup, hosted by Japan in September-November later this year, Massey University researchers are recommending more protections for the use of haka in marketing, both here and overseas.....

Aotearoa petition: No longer a ’vicious response’ to te reo
Adding Aotearoa to the country's official name is a good idea but the government has other priorities first, the acting minister for Māori development says.

However, he said the political reality was that the government had other priorities and referendums were expensive.

"We are a country that's getting more mature by the day and our prime minister [Jacinda Ardern] is leading the way on that......

Waitangi Day organiser defends decision to invite Don Brash, 'the most racist politician in the country'
He said it is about keeping the Treaty of Waitangi alive.

"It’s not just Māori to be doing this discussion," he said.

"Pākehā need to be involved…understanding why the benefit of the constitution of the Treaty of Waitangi is so important to protect our rights - to protect our rights as individuals as whānau and as citizens of this country.

"This is why we want to engage with Don Brash and understand his perspectives. We are never going to do it if we don’t come together and have this discussion."....

Govt to spend $100m on supporting Māori landowners
The government's Provincial Growth Fund will spend $100 million on supporting Māori landowners to make better use of their land.

The announcement was made this morning by the Prime Minister and the Regional Economic Development Minister, Shane Jones, at Kaipara.

They say research shows 80 percent of Māori freehold land is under-utilised and unproductive.

The money is to be spent on projects that are investment-ready.....

Auckland Council Event for Māori and Pacific Students
Calling all Māori and Pacific students, Auckland Council would like invite you to a Korero and Kai!

Auckland Council is one of the most diverse organisations in Aotearoa. Right now, we are working on large-scale projects right across our thriving region that are creating the future of our city. To have a great city it's essential Aucklanders have a strong voice in our decisions.

This means that we have a world of opportunities for talented Māori and Pacific students like you.

We will be on campus, so come along to find out how we support Māori and Pacific employees at Council......

Ngati Manu: Open letter to The Prime Minister
Dear Jacinda, 12 months ago to the day (3 Feb, 2018), you were welcomed onto our marae, and that day you cried with us, as you listened to our story of grief, despair, and hopelessness in the wake of relentless colonisation.

We ask that question now Prime Minister. What progress has been made? From our perspective, the answer is - very little.

Govt shouldn’t play bank with taxpayer money
The Government’s new $100 million fund for Māori landowners is yet another example of the Bank of Shane Jones risking taxpayer money, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

According to the Prime Minister and Mr Jones, the $100 million fund is needed to help develop Māori land as landowners find it difficult to access capital from banks.

“If banks and other institutions aren’t willing to lend money to these landowners, why should it instead be taken forcibly from taxpayers?

“We’re told the money will increase the productivity of Māori land, but of course other parts of the economy will now be less productive as they are taxed more heavily to pay for it.....

Hobson's Pledge spokesman Don Brash to speak at Waitangi 
Former politician Don Brash has been invited to speak at the lower marae at Waitangi, where he was once pelted with mud by protesters angry at his infamous Orewa speech. 

Brash wouldn't be drawn on the detail of his speech or whether he would make any points on Hobson's Pledge, but said it would be "reasonably substantial". 

"I understand that they may have a discussion on that issue that I'm sure I'll be invited to comment on, but I'm not quite sure how much I am free to say."..... 

Boycott Don Brash's Speech at Waitangi - Hilda Halkyard-Harawira
Mana Party member Hilda Harawira says people who attend the speaker's forum at Te Tii Marae in Waitangi this week should boycott Don Brash’s speech.

“It’s more appropriate to listen to Māori speakers, non-māori and young people who are committed to māori issues and finding solutions for future generations. Why would we provide a space for someone who is racist?”.....

Maori Development Minister marks start of indigenous languages year
The Minister of Maori Development, Hon Nanaia Mahuta, welcomes the beginning of the UNESCO International Year of Indigenous Languages.

The International Year of Indigenous Languages is being launched today in New York, signalling the beginning of a year of celebrations to promote and help protect indigenous languages.

"Te reo Maori is an important element of who we are as New Zealanders and the foundation of Maori culture and identity.

Our culture, language and identity shapes how we perceive and aspire to wellbeing. The time is right to ensure that this uniqueness is reflected in how this government aspires to, and creates change......

Iwi and medical union in dental dispute
A Wellington iwi has raised concerns about the medical specialist's union wanting to extend their collective agreement to include two dentists along with twenty GPs as Māori health providers for the Toa Rangatira Rūnanga.

Tā Matiu Rei, executive director for Te Rūnanga o Toa Rangatira, says the move by the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) would incur considerable costs for patients because the government only pays for dental care up to the age of 18 years.

Rei says the Toa Rangatira Māori health provider is the first to be targeted by the union with the expectation they're loaded with cash from their Treaty settlement to pay any shortfall.

He says "The last thing we want to do is set a precedent for other Iwi Health Providers to pick up the health tab."

Rei says the settlement fund is for iwi beneficiaries and comes from breaches of article two of the Treaty of Waitangi.

However, tangata whenua have rights as New Zealand citizens under article three of the Treaty and those rights mean the public purse pays for health services via district health boards.

Jacinda Ardern says she wants to turn the rhetoric about partnership with Maori, into practical change.
A year ago Jacinda Ardern told Māori to hold her to account, and today she gave iwi leaders the chance to do just that.

The Prime Minister met leaders and the Iwi Chairs Forum in the Bay of Plenty today.

The meeting is the bedrock of annual Waitangi Day commemorations and has traditionally taken place behind closed doors.....

Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust faces $549,000 legal costs claim
A national Māori language trust could have to pay about $549,000 to a former trust member who was unlawfully removed from his position in 2014.

Toni Waho, a former Palmerston North school principal, took the Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust to court after it removed him for allegedly bringing the trust into disrepute.

The judge has decided the board should indemnify Waho for payment of losses and expenses reasonably and properly incurred by him as part of his duties as a trustee.....

Changes for official powhiri at Waitangi
For the first time, politicians and dignitaries will be given earpieces to hear the translated words of their hosts during the official welcome to Waitangi next week.

The idea was that of Māori Crown Relations Minister Kelvin Davis, who has also introduced changes to the way the powhiri on February 5 is conducted.....

Iwi leaders encouraged by government ahead of Waitangi
Tribal leaders at the Iwi Chairs Forum in Waitangi have welcomed the government's willingness to give Māori a greater say in the way the country is run.

Generally staunch opponent of the Crown, Ngāti Kahu chairwoman Margaret Mutu kept the mood light into the morning.

She said for the first time in her life, she believed the government backed Māori.

The framework is about engaging with the Crown and enabling Māori to determine the way they live their own lives.

She calls it a "true partnership" under Te Tiriti o Waitangi - the te reo Māori version of the treaty.....

Art Deco Festival to amend programmes after using 'lambscape' of Te Mata Peak that offended local iwi
Napier's Art Deco Festival has now apologised after using a depiction of Te Mata Peak that offended local Māori as a rack of lamb in it’s festival programmes.

The ad by Hastings lamb exporter Ovation depicted the sacred landscape as a piece of meat. Te Mata Peak is a burial ground for tupuna (ancestors)......

Maori Council and the National Maori Authority hit the road
Maori Council and the National Maori Authority hit the road to Australia to support Iwi and Hapu find their list members

The New Zealand Maori Council and the National Maori Authority will join forces and take their message on the road to Australia for Waitangi celebrations to try and ensure Maori are connected to Iwi, Hapu and Maori Affairs back home......

Health sector 'inherently racist' to Māori says cancer survivor
A Māori cancer survivor claims the health sector is inherently racist towards Māori patients and is calling for a change in workforce cultural competency to save more lives.

"It's inherently racist, it's designed for a non-Māori audience, it was designed for a non-Māori patient so the big ticket item for us, for me in particular, is workforce cultural competency."

"It's unconscious bias. So it's about when a GP is presented with a Pākeha or a Māori to be considering the inequity by making the Māori patient wait an extra month to be seen, it's as simple as that.".......

Is 'fat-shaming' racist ?
Research by Dr Isaac Warbrick from the Auckland University of Technology has found many weight loss-centred public healthcare initiatives frame Māori as unproductive.

Nationally almost one in three adults are obese, while among Māori, 47 percent of adults are obese, according to the New Zealand Health Survey 2017/18.

Fat was also a racism issue, he noted.

"Just as sexism-related stigma is compounded by weight anxiety, racism toward Māori is compounded by fat-shaming," Mr Warbrick said.

"Long before we reached the current alarming level of obesity, Māori were stigmatised, like many other colonised peoples, because of the colour of their skin, their beliefs and culture.

The paper examines perceptions of weight and racism towards Māori, New Zealand's policy and practice regarding weight, and proposed indigenous solutions.

"We need indigenous-led solutions informed by indigenous knowledge.".....

TPK calling for submissions on Maori media sector shift
Te Puni Kokiri is calling for feedback and online submissions for the Maori Media Sector Shift from today.

The Maori Media Sector Shift will explore how radio, television and online te reo and Maori content will be delivered in the future.

Te Puni Kokiri Chief Executive Michelle Hippolite says the online survey will give the opportunity for all stakeholders including the Maori media sector as well as audiences to give feedback.......

Crown-Iwi partnership – 300 new homes on table for Miramar
A Crown-Iwi partnership is being explored that could form a significant part of the solution to Wellingtons housing woes, with an MoU being signed between mana whenua and the government that is investigating the potential for affordable homes built …

Iwi leaders tell PM: We don't want our message diluted

The Prime Minister and her delegation stressed to iwi leaders today that the door was always open to them but some leaders warned they didn't want their message to be "diluted" by being lumped in with pan-Māori voices.

One forum member told Ms Ardern that she accepted discussions would take place with pan-Māori groups, but she didn't want their message to be diluted into Māori - "we are iwi".

Following the powhiri Ms Ardern was given a gift of a 40,000-year-old wooden pendant but was quickly instructed that "it's not yours, it's Te Aroha's" meaning it was intended for her baby, Neve.

The Crown engagement at the meeting centred on a number of recommendations the iwi leaders had settled on at their own meeting on Thursday.

The focus was heavily on freshwater, issues with the Census last year and what sort of a gap in Maori data it would create, Whanau Ora and housing.

Ms Ardern addressed the large meeting about the Wellbeing Budget - the first of its kind - in May this year and the symbolism of it.

She said while in Davos at the World Economic Forum she felt like she was sharing a "Māori world view" when she talked about the Budget and the focus it would have on people and their wellbeing.

"It felt like we're only just catching up on what you've been telling us for some time.''....

Priority pressure as Budget wish list looms
The co-chair of Labour’s Māori caucus says Māori MPs are pushing hard for more funding for Māori in the first well-being Budget.

But there are choices to be made, as it’s going to take years to recover from National’s tight fisted approach to addressing the needs of New Zealand’s growing population.....

National Iwi Chairs Forum discusses council relations
A collective of iwi leaders have signed a formal agreement that will see greater Māori input in local government decisions on the first day of the National Iwi Chairs Forum in Waitangi.

However, the move has already attracted opposition from others in the region.

Media were not allowed during discussion time due to sensitive discussions around the possibility of Māori creating a formal working relationship with local government in the North.

A possible deal between local leaders and regional council is already attracting opposition.

The collaboration between Te Kahu o Taonui and local government does not have the support of Whangārei hapū, who have contacted Minister of Māori Development, Nanaia Mahuta, to voice their opposition. It is supported by three of the councils in the North (Northland Regional, Far North, and Kaipara).

However, there is uncertainty around Whangārei.

Tau says, "The mayor [of Whangārei, Sheryl Mai] is very receptive of the collaboration. However, to my knowledge, the problem lies with her councillors."....

“Give me my History!” - petition
“Give me my History!” - NZ History Teachers’ Association petition calling for the coherent teaching in schools of our shared past

What NZHTA proposes in its petition is not a radical idea; the New Zealand Curriculum (page 8) itself envisions:

…young people who will work to create an Aotearoa New Zealand in which Māori and Pākehā recognise each other as full Treaty partners, and in which all cultures are valued for the contributions they bring.

One of the eight key Principles (page 9) is:

The curriculum acknowledges the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi and the bicultural foundations of Aotearoa New Zealand. All students have the opportunity to acquire knowledge of te reo Maori me ona tikanga......
Iwi chairs monitor government performance
Haami Piripi from Te Rārawa says iwi leaders have put a lot of effort in recent years into considering the constitutional status of iwi, and that has given them the basis for a better relationship with government.

He says the crown needs to recognise the partnership with iwi established by the Treaty of Waitangi and the importance of iwi being able to measure the quality of the relationship.....

Māori DNA "a taonga"
Māori customary rights doctoral researcher Karaitiana Taiuru is urging Māori to engage with the Law Commission's public consultation on DNA samples being used in investigations.

He says it's even more important for those who have already provided DNA to the police.

The purpose of the consultation is to ensure that the laws governing the use of DNA in criminal investigations are fit for purpose, constitutionally sound and accessible.

The commission began the consultation process to identify tikanga concepts that are relevant to the use of DNA in criminal investigations.

Taiuru has made six key recommendations:

* The law must acknowledge that DNA is a taonga.

* The Law must recognise customary rights of DNA.

* DNA must be stored in a tikanga appropriate and safe manner.

* DNA must be obtained with customary rights considered (where possible).

* Treaty of Waitangi rights must be considered in all aspects of DNA retrieval and storage.

* There must be adequate Māori representation on governance and advisory groups both locally and nationally at all levels of all organisations and government who deal with DNA samples for criminal investigations and privacy.....

Iwi chairs-mayoral forum agreement
The first multi-lateral agreement of its kind in New Zealand will be signed today between the Tai Tokerau Iwi Chairs Forum and Northland Mayoral Forum. The historic milestone, which demonstrates the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi, will give the region's local government and iwi a better understanding of each other's perspectives, provide opportunities for beneficial joint ventures and boost Northland's voice on strategic issues.

It will support collaboration on social, economic, cultural and environmental issues but not replace statutory powers, plans or agreements between the parties. .....

Te Puni Kōkiri chief executive Michelle Hippolite resigns
Te Puni Kōkiri chief executive Michelle Hippolite has resigned after six years in the job.

Ms Hippolite will officially step aside in July.....

First milestone for Mana Wahine claim at Waitangi Tribunal
A claim lodged by Te Rūnanga o Ngā Toa Awhina - the rūnanga of the Public Service Association - to address employment inequities suffered by Māori women has now been officially registered by the Waitangi Tribunal as claim Wai 2864.

"It’s fantastic the Tribunal will hear our claim. It calls out the Crown for its failure to address injustices that have relegated generations of wāhine Māori to low paid jobs with working conditions that leave them extremely vulnerable," said Georgina Kerr, one of four PSA members who lodged the claim on behalf of Te Rūnanga o Ngā Toa Awhina.

"This includes the failure of the education system to adequately prepare wāhine Māori for meaningful employment, the failure to eliminate bias and discrimination in the workplace, and the failure to consistently fund services that should be enhancing the lives of Māori wāhine and their whānau.....

New chair for Conservation Authority
Edward Ellison is the new Chairperson of the New Zealand Conservation Authority, Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage announced today.

Edward is an active member of Otakou Marae and former Deputy Kaiwhakahaere of Te Runanga o Ngāi Tahu, with experience in cultural advocacy, Treaty of Waitangi claim negotiations, environmental management, policy development and governance......

Forest plans chance for iwi to grow assets
Forestry and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones is keen to see iwi asset managers contributing to the Government's billion trees and provincial growth strategies.

The managers are meeting as part of the Iwi Leaders Forum in Waitangi this week......

Heatwave - Māori Climate Commissioner urges action
The role of the Māori Climate Commissioner:

* Provide independent Māori-focused research and advice that will contribute to Aotearoa meeting its obligations under the 2015 Paris Agreement on greenhouse-gas-emissions;

* Promote the Māori world view as a model to help Aotearoa meet its obligations.

* Support education campaigns and activities that will enable Māori to participate in the economic opportunities presented by Aotearoa’s commitment to the Paris Agreement;

* Campaign for policy settings that will help Aotearoa meet its obligations;

* Promote an indigenous world view that works to transform world views harmful to the earth into practices rooted in indigenous tikanga.....

Symposium looks at building Māori social economy
Iwi leaders are working together and sharing insights on how to build the Māori economy and create jobs.

"The idea is about networking in order to grow the new Māori economy, as a result of the opportunities we have.....

Māori carvers head to Antarctica
Two Māori carvers head to Antarctica next week to complete and install a traditional carving at Scott Base, New Zealand’s headquarters on the ice.

The work to be unveiled is one of the first examples of traditional Māori carving taking place on the continent and has been made possible under the Antarctica New Zealand Community Engagement Programme......

Bubble of Māori docs changing profession
Māori doctors are anticipating changes in the medical profession as Māori assume leadership positions.

"Probably 20 to 25 percent of doctors who are graduating in this country are Māori and that is not going to change. That's going to keep going so as that bubble of Māori doctors come throgh, imagine the change that will happen when one quarter of the medical workforce are Māori," Dr Tipene Leach says.

The hui heard about Māori approaches to patient care that could change the way all doctors work.....

How Māori university names promote student inclusivity
While searching for your study abroad options in New Zealand, you may notice the use of Māori names listed underneath the institution’s official name.

Take Massey University of New Zealand as an example, whose Māori name is ‘Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa’, or the Victoria University of Wellington, with ‘Te Whare Wānanga o Te Ūpoko o Te Ika a Māui’.

By adding this extra layer underneath, universities demonstrate a sense of unity and togetherness many international students respect.

As New Zealand’s official tourism site states, “Māori are the tangata whenua, the indigenous people, of New Zealand. They came here more than 1000 years ago from their mythical Polynesian homeland of Hawaiki.....

Council critics of iwi carbon credit deal labelled ‘racist’
Two Hawke’s Bay Regional Councillors are being accused of racism after raising concerns about a deal the council has done with local iwi, Ngāti Kahugnunu.

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council’s deal to loan 100,000 carbon credits to iwi is being described by councillors Debbie Hewitt and Fenton Wilson as “deeply concerning”.

The loan lacked transparency, was rushed through without proper consultation and gave preferential treatment to iwi over other groups, they said.

The council voted last month to lend the carbon credits to iwi subsidiary Kahutia Limited Partnership. The credits were worth around $2.5 million.

Councillor Debbie Hewitt said she voted against the loan because she found the process and the deal “deeply concerning.”

Key documents detailing the final agreement and legal advice were not given to councillors until 7pm on the night before that meeting, she said.

She also questioned why the iwi was only being charged 2 percent interest when other groups that borrowed money from the council were charged up to 10 percent.....

More Māori-based justice solutions being considered to reduce reoffending
Māori-based justice solutions are effective and could reduce reoffending rates if expanded to cover more offenders and more serious offending, the head of a justice reform group says.

Chester Borrows chairs the Safe and Effective Justice Programme Advisory Group that will make recommendations to the Government to improve the criminal justice system later this year......

Vote ban extra blow for Māori
A justice reform advocate says denying prisoners the right to vote is an ongoing breach of their human rights and is a particular attack on Māori.

The disproportional number of Māori on the prison muster makes it a treaty issue, especially as it can affect their behaviour after they are released.....

Petition launched to add Aotearoa to country's official name
A Kiwi man has launched a petition to add Aotearoa to our country's official name. 
If accepted, it would require Parliament to pass legislation requiring a referendum on whether the official name of New Zealand should change to include the Māori name.

"Official documents of national identity, birth and citizenship certificates, passports and money-notes have Aotearoa and New Zealand together as the names of the country," Danny Tahau Jobe's petition states.

"Only 'New Zealand' has official status. Both names together will officially confirm/enhance nationhood and uniqueness in the world.".....

Wanganui-born academic Graham Hingangaroa Smith appointed deputy vice-chancellor Māori at Massey University
Professor Graham Hingangaroa Smith, of Wanganui, is joining Massey University as deputy vice-chancellor Māori.

Smith, of Ngāti Apa, Ngāti Kahungunu, Te Aitanga a Hauiti and Kāti Māmoe has been acting director of Te Pourewa Arotahi – the institute of post Treaty-settlement futures at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi.

Previously he was the chief executive of Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi in Whakatane for eight years before retiring in 2015.

Massey vice-chancellor professor Jan Thomas said she is delighted to have someone of Smith's academic standing and mana join the university in a senior leadership role.....

Maori Parents' Information Evening
There will be a meeting with parents of Maori students at the start of the 2019 academic year on Thursday 21 February in the Old Boys' Pavilion.

Te Wai Maori Trust Demands Native Eel Protection
Te Wai Māori Trust met with Iwi representatives in Wellington on Wednesday to discuss options for improving the health and wellbeing of tuna (eel) in the face of ongoing habitat degradation and the effects of climate change on this iconic indigenous freshwater species.

“Tuna are a taonga species for Iwi Māori and an iconic species for New Zealand nationally.” Trust Chairman Ken Mair said. “As a country we need to step up our efforts to protect this national taonga.”.....

UN recommends abortion be decriminalised - Family Planning
Te Whariki Takapou Chief Executive Dr. Alison Green says, "These new UPR recommendations should give further confidence to our MPs as they consider abortion legislation for New Zealand. Abortion is not a crime, it is a human right. For Maori, the right to an abortion also comes from Treaty of Waitangi guarantees for self- determination and equitable health outcomes.".....

Whangārei gets a street art facelift
Whangārei is buzzing with Street Prints Manaia- an indigenous street art festival that will give walls around the city some artistic flair.

"I wanted to make sure that we incorporated Māori in to the name of the festival and then it had to be significant to the area- and we always have whakatauki that go along with our festivals," says organiser, Jah Smith.......
Māori Party and TOP in talks ahead of 2020 election
TOP and the Māori Party could be allies in the next election, with talks in place over the possibility of working together.

It comes after Māori Party president Che Wilson told Ratana church leaders there was an aim to collaborate with TOP.

"We are entering into a conversation to see what are the fruits of working together," he said......

National's Simon Bridges wants all historic Treaty claims settled by 2024
National leader Simon Bridges has begun his political year with a joke and some aspiration.

That "aspiration" was to settle every historic Treaty claim by 2024 if he gets back into Government - an echo of a similar promise made by John Key that never eventuated.

Bridges was speaking on Thursday afternoon at Rātana in Rangitikei, the first serious event of the political year, and his first as party leader. The year 2024 would be a century since the church's founder first took a petition on Treaty claims to Parliament......

Rātana: Bridges and Peters speak on actions for Māori
Speaking at Rātana Pā, Winston Peters says the government will keep its promises to Māori, while Simon Bridges said he will support Treaty Negotiations.....

Waitangi Treaty Grounds pegged for NZ historic landmark
Heritage New Zealand is calling for the Waitangi Treaty Grounds to be selected as the country's first National Historic Landmark.

The National Historic Landmarks programme was set-up under the Heritage New Zealand Pou-here Taonga Act 2014 to better recognise and protect the country's outstanding heritage places.

The Waitangi Treaty Grounds in Northland is where the agreement that New Zealand is built on was signed in 1840......

Waitangi protest to focus on Hokianga Harbour pollution
A protest march on Waitangi Day will aim to focus council and central government attention on sewage woes afflicting the Hokianga Harbour.

A number of council wastewater treatment plants serving Hokianga towns are well past their use-by dates, which locals say is polluting a historically and spiritually significant harbour.

Godfrey Rudolph, a teacher and Green Party candidate in the 2017 election, said it was a Treaty issue and a human rights issue, hence the Waitangi Day protest......

Auckland iwi Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki lays out bikes and beds plans for Motutapu
Auckland iwi Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki has unveiled plans to offer biking tours and accommodation on Motutapu Island in the Hauraki Gulf.

The iwi signed a relationship agreement with the Department of Conservation on Wednesday, which gave them a role as mana whenua in influencing policies, looking after the whenua (land) and taonga species, providing visitor information and protecting waahi tapu (sacred sites).

The agreement was a condition of last year's Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki Deed of Settlement, but was delayed while the courts heard challenges by the iwi to ferry and tourism concessions granted by DoC.

Ngāi Tai won those cases, which concluded in the Supreme Court in December, and chair James Brown told Waatea News they were excited to finally be able to exercise manaakitanga and rangatiratanga over the motu.

"We're wanting to partner in the true sense with our DoC agent, a true treaty partnership and an example of that is how we could partner on Motutapu Island."

The iwi also wanted to invest in lodge accommodation on the island, could look at projects like a zipline to the summit of Rangitoto in the future......

Rangitoto zipline, gondola rides suggested: iwi plan to make island more accessible
Aucklanders may soon be able to zipline from Rangitoto Island's summit.

An influential Auckland iwi leader has put forward commercial plans for zipline and gondola rides on Rangitoto.

The proposal, which is currently being considered, has also won the backing of the powerful Tāmaki Makaurau rangatira.

Brown didn't mince words when responding to the question of whether the new amenities could damage the environment.

"To any person who says 'that's not good for the islands and that's wrecking the environment' - my ancestors didn't wreck Rangitoto or Motutapu or any island. The Crown and its mates did. You would not be able to see these [rides] from the mainland because the [crater] rim is lower than the summit and there's landing points," Brown said of the plans......

UN digs in on NZ human rights
Justice Minister Andrew Little could find himself in the hot seat later today as New Zealand faces scrutiny from the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Germany also wants to know what New Zealand plans to do to reduce the socioeconomic differences between the overall society and Māori and Pacific people.

It also wonders what happened to the suggestion by former prime minister and constitutional law expert Sir Geoffrey Palmer for a written constitution.

The council has received submissions from a wide range of New Zealand stakeholders, and it could pick up on some of their suggestions, such as asking about what the Government is doing to tackle the disproportionate number of Māori in prison, and what steps this country is taking to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.......

'Impacts of colonisation still felt in NZ' - Andrew Little
Justice Minister Andrew Little has laid out a picture of New Zealand's human rights before the United Nations.

He spoke before the council overnight on New Zealand's human rights, beginning with the state of the relationship between Pakeha and Māori.

Little, who is also Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister, said the Treaty had been breached, leaving Māori "strangers in their own land".

"The impacts of colonisation continue to be felt today through entrenched structural racism and poorer outcomes for Māori," Little said in prepared notes.

"If we are to address the seemingly intractable problems facing some Māori, like the disproportionate representation of Māori in state care and our prisons, then we need to work constructively with Māori to find solutions.".....

Tribes take up kaitiaki role for Maungauika-North Head
The chair of the Tāmaki Makaurau Tūpuna Maunga Authority says the transfer of management responsibility for Maungauika North Head marks an important step for the Tāmaki Makaurau settlement.

Ownership of the Devonport maunga was transferred to the 13 iwi and hapū of Tāmaki in the 2014 collective settlement, but it continued to be managed by the Department of Conservations Te Papa Atawhai......

Learning local: Kaipara students finally learn about the 'pivotal event' in their history
Schools are being encouraged to develop localised teaching units now that national standards have been abolished. Simon Collins reports in the third of a five-part series.

Almost 200 years after his ancestral tribe was almost wiped out, Savea Saua knew little about his heritage until he studied history at Otamatea High School.

In 1825, about 1000 of Saua's Ngāti Whātua forebears gathered near the Otamatea inlet of the Kaipara Harbour to face an invading force led by the Ngāpuhi chief Hongi Hika in what became known as the Battle of Te-Ika-a-Ranganui.

At first the defenders prevailed, killing several of the smaller invading force of perhaps 300-400 men, and forcing them to retreat.

But then Hongi Hika arrived with guns which he had acquired on a visit to England, giving him a huge advantage. Hundreds of Ngāti Whātua were killed and the historian S Percy Smith wrote in 1910 that the Waimako Stream "is said to have run red with blood"......

Adoptee seeks justice for displaced tamariki
Wai 2575 claimant, Bev Wiltshire-Reweti is reaching out to other Māori who were taken from their whānau as children under the 1955 Adoption Act.

Wiltshire-Reweti claims Crown policies and practices failed in their care of Māori children and are in breach of the Treaty.

“We were robbed of all our rights and our entitlements, under the legislation, under the adoption acts and the care of the child acts...We lost our whānau, our hapū, our iwi.”

“I want justice for all Māori children that have been displaced from their whānau, hapū and iwi because it doesn't just affect our lives- it affects our children, our mokos, it has a generational impact on them.”....

New taskforce on Maori access to industry and employment
The New Zealand Maori Council has today launched a new national taskforce that will seek to improve the number of Maori in high skills jobs and professions, increase Maori small business ownership, access to industry and promote more younger Maori to move into a form of higher education. The taskforce will be Chaired by former Head of the world’s oldest, and one of the largest, employment companies Drake International, Matthew Tukaki (Ngai Te Rangi) who is also a member of Council’s National Executive. Tukaki is also the founder of the global entrepreneurs movement known as EntreHub and founder of the online news channel for small business, EHNSB NewsNow......

Concerns iwi might block access to reserves labelled 'scaremongering'
The Wanganui Ratepayers Association has been labelled ignorant and scaremongers for saying iwi should not gain ownership of some parks and reserves.

The association is demanding a referendum on whether land in Whanganui be returned to iwi as part of its treaty settlement.

Whanganui iwi are making headway with their treaty settlement in relation to their land claims.

The district council recently threw its support behind some of its early proposals, which include potential co-governance and joint-management of some parks and lakes, and ownership of certain areas like the harbour.

But Wanganui Ratepayer's Association chairman Dave Hill wants the parks and reserves off the table.

"If the government of today wants to make redress, they can do that by giving other government owned land back to iwi or they can make a financial redress," he said.

"But no thank you, not our parks and reserves."......

Swimming pool sign - a splash of "casual racism"?
Waiariki MP Tamati Coffey has labelled an image on a safety sign at a swimming pool in Auckand as “casual racism”.

He posted a photo of the sign on Facebook last night in a bid to contact the manager.

The sign shows a cartoon image of two children at the pool. One is fair skinned and the other, named Hemi, is brown and wearing a pounamu necklace.

In the image, a speech bubble shows the girl saying, “Hemi stop! Make sure you visit the toilet before you swim!”....

Unique project gives kindy teachers a direct link to the Māori world
A unique partnership has created an app to help kindergarten teachers in their knowledge of te reo Māori.

At Monday's launch, held at Waitara's Owae Marae, Kindergarten Taranaki's professional manager Mandy Coupe said the aim was to help strengthen staff knowledge and competency within te ao Māori or the Māori world......

Urupā at risk as seas rise
The Māori climate commissioner says central and local government need to recognise Māori communities will be hit first and hit hardest by climate change

She says the Māori voice is almost absent, yet 80 percent of marae are on the coast or near flood-prone rivers.

Many hapū will also need to move their urupā,......

Aussie beer event advert 'mocking Māori culture'
A Melbourne bar has been criticised for using an image of a former St Kilda mayor with tā moko drawn on his face to promote a Waitangi Day event.

The image has offended some Māori and members of the New Zealand beer community.

Māori culture advocate Karaitiana Taiuru said it was offensive to have tā moko, which was a deeply personal graphical story of an individual's genealogy and achievements, or any aspect of the head associated with food and beverages - more so when associated with alcohol.

"It is being disrespectful to the person's whole genealogy, or simply mocking Māori culture," Mr Taiuru said......

How an Australian coach revived the Phoenix by reconnecting it to Māori heritage
Unlike other A-League clubs, who benefit from bigger budgets, the 43-year-old has shaped his side's fortunes by getting things right off the field, using something quite special - traditional Māori rituals and values.

Among those traditions that the side has adopted is the Hongi, which is being used by players and staff before the match.

"It's a symbol of unity between two people, it is meant to breath live into the next person," Rudan explained.

Rudan refers to the ancient Māori story of Ngake and Whātaitai - in which the Phoenix-like spirit of two taniwha try to escape to Wellington habour.

Māori mythology states Ngake created the harbour with hard work and preparation. The other, Whātaitai, failed to prepare and ended up stranded on the hillside.....

Human remains washed into the sea at Maketū
Local iwi have placed a rāhui on the eastern side of Ōkurei Point in Maketū after a landslide washed human remains into the sea.

A public notice said the remains, which were possibly pre-European, became dislodged and disinterred and washed into the surrounding ocean, including at Newdicks Beach.

The rāhui (prohibition) includes a ban on collecting kaimoana shellfish or any other seafood until the koiwi a tangata (human remains) have been retrieved and properly reinterred.

The public was asked to avoid the area and respect the rāhui, which would be in place for at least six weeks......

Historic Feilding courthouse earmarked for disposal
Now, the Government will either sell the building or gift it to an iwi under a Treaty of Waitangi settlement......

Rugby: Samoan player Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu accuses All Blacks of 'stealing' Maori culture
Outspoken Samoan rugby player Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu has accused the All Blacks of 'stealing' Maori culture in an expletive-laden social media post.

"The All Blacks' whole identity is stolen from Maori culture," he says. "The All Blacks aren't doing an Indian dance, they're not doing an Asian dance - they're doing a Maori haka."

Apia-based lawyer Fuimaono-Sapolu's was responding to claims that Asian and Indian students at Auckland's Alfriston College had questioned why their school held a special Maori-Pacifica awards ceremony.

"Let me explain why - no other race, no other culture has been targeted deliberately by the New Zealand Government like Maori have," he said. "They deliberately, intentionally attempt to exterminate and eradicate Maori culture."...

AI Conference Designed to Lift Health Outcomes for Maori
A Global Artificial Intelligence Conference starting tomorrow at the Auckland Business School will explore the use of predictive data, robotics and new smart technologies to develop better health and wellbeing outcomes for New Zealanders with a strong focus on Maori.

Provocatively named “Hack Aotearoa” has world leading experts such as Professor Eric Topl (Scripps Institute) and Dr. Leo Celi (MIT/Harvard) in the Artificial Intelligence (AI) sector, coming to New Zealand to work alongside leading New Zealand data scientists and doctors, to explore the potential for Aotearoa to be a world indigenous leader in the fields of health and medicine by integrating Maori Tikanga with AI Technology......

Maori Art Tutor/Recreation (Kaihangatoi) Position Description
Purpose of the role :

* To plan, provide and evaluate a recreational service for Whai I te ora within Kaupapa Maori services.

* To provide leadership and instruction in Maori Creative Arts including Mahi Toi and workshop based activities.

* To oversee and co-ordinate activities held in Kaupapa Maori service.....

Maungauika/North Head governance transfers to Tupuna Maunga
Legal administration of Maungauika / North Head transfers to the Tapuna Maunga Authority from the Department of Conservation (DoC) this Friday, 18 January 2019.

The transfer is welcomed by the Authority as a completion of the Nga Mana Whenua o Tamaki Makaurau Collective Redress Act 2014 which saw ownership of fourteen Tapuna Maunga, including Maungauika, returned to the 13 iwi / hapu of Tamaki. However, administration of Maungauika remained with DoC as an interim step.

Paul Majurey, Chair of the Tapuna Maunga Authority says the transfer is also an important step in integrating the management of all maunga in Tamaki Makaurau....

Bid to extend public access to Rangitoto Island baches
Through consultation with tāngata whenua the trust had reduced their concession application from 10 to five years, given current treaty claim issues.

"We have been liasing with them and they are supportive of our work," Andrews said.

"We tell bach stories, that is what we do."

Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki Tribal Trust chair James Brown said they were regularly in contact with the trust and supported their plans.

"They are a great group doing good things for all our communities, the 'right way'.
"The restored baches are made immediately available for all Aucklanders to access and rent, which aids and advances Ngāi Tai manaakitanga, or duty of care."

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

Andrew Little leads UN Human Rights Review
Justice Minister, Andrew Little, leads a delegation to New Zealand’s third Universal Periodic Review at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on 21 January.

The Universal Periodic Review considers New Zealand’s human rights records over the last five years. New Zealand was last reviewed in 2014.

“New Zealand has a proud tradition of global leadership in human rights. The Coalition Government is building on that legacy with child poverty reduction, fixing our broken criminal justice system, settling historical Treaty of Waitangi claims and forming the Crown-Māori Relations portfolio, and lifting the refugee quota to 1,500 by 2020.

The findings of the review are not legally binding, but are sometimes cited as persuasive in the courts and the Waitangi Tribunal.

$70mil Waikato chicken hatchery to open
American company Cobb-Vantress is building a $70mil plus chicken breeding plant at Whangape, near Huntly in the Waikato.

The chicken factory will supply to 10 percent of the global market.

Local marae clusters Ngā Muka and Waahi Whānui are working with management and welcome the move, which will mean jobs for locals.

Ngā Muka chair Glen Tupuhi says, “Employees, with a focus on Māori have come from Huntly, Te Kauwhata, Meremere, Taupiri and Ngāruawāhia.”

"The plant is eighty percent completed with more recruitment as needed to take place for the post-build and production phase, which is already underway."....

Wanganui mayor rubbishes group's call for referendum on iwi negotiations
Wanganui mayor Hamish McDouall has hit back at the Ratepayers' Association's call for a referendum on Treaty negotiations - saying the association does not understand the process.

The Office of Treaty Settlements [OTS] and the Wanganui Land Settlement Negotiation Trust are negotiating the iwi's land claim.

Iwi are negotiating for ownership by return or purchase of land around the airport, a first right of refusal for harbour and city endowment land, as well as a vesting of Pākaitore, also known as Moutoa Gardens.

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

Graham Hingangaroa Smith to lead Massey Māori effort
Massey University has appointed internationally-renowned Māori academic and educator Graham Hingangaroa Smith as its Deputy Vice-Chancellor Māori.

Massey Vice-Chancellor Professor Jan Thomas says she is delighted to have someone of Professor Smith’s academic standing and mana join the University in a senior leadership role. “Professor Smith is ideally-placed to lead Massey’s Tiriti o Waitangi-led strategy.”.....

Māori more likely to face prison after drug conviction
The Drug Foundation’s latest state of the nation has found more than half of those being imprisoned for low level drug offences are Māori.

The report says as many as 50 people have died over the past 18 months from synthetic cannabinoid substances.

Nearly half of those convicted are young people under 30, 80 percent are male, and 41 percent are Māori.

Māori films more than 'natives running around with bare bums'
The search is on for the next big thing in Māori filmmaking after the New Zealand Film Commission earmarked $2.5 million for feature films in te reo Maori.

To qualify for funding, two of the three members of the creative team - the producer, writer and director - must be Māori......

'A tobacco-free Māori nation is important'
Tobacco is four times more available in low-income communities compared to affluent ones, says a Māori health organisation.

Hāpai Te Hauora said increasing the tax on tobacco was good but reducing where it was sold would be more beneficial to Māori.

Ms Blair said their research showed tobacco was four times more available in the most deprived areas compared to elsewhere, which disproportionately impacted Māori communities.

Former politician Tariana Turia agreed and said it was a form of racism.

"A tobacco-free Māori nation is important for Māori sovereignty and Māori development......

Tertiary enrolment process difficult for some Māori students
Puketapu says although youth are always online, the online component presents challenges and Māori students respond better when someone assists with the process.

"Our kids don’t tend to relate too well when you say 'here's a link, go to the link and read up on it'. Sometimes the language used on the websites is just a bit above them in terms of filling in the forms and enrolling and knowing that when they've filled out that part that they then need to seek out scholarships."....

Caution for Pākehā who give their children Māori names
Should Pākehā give their children Māori names? One Māori language expert believes there are instances where it can be appropriate but says caution should be taken.

"I believe that if a Pākehā does that (give their child a Māori name), then it shows that they have affection and respect for the Māori people. But if Pākehā want to give their children Māori names, then they must know the history and the meaning of those names," Said Williams, who has been teaching te reo Māori for decades.

But Williams believes not all give such consideration when it comes to using Māori names.

He was furious at the use of the name of Ngāti Kahungunu ancestor Tutere Moana, to sell cheese.

"They didn't give it thought like the Prime Minister did, to the meaning of the word, the essence of the word, the history of the word, therefore I don't agree with them giving that name to their food, for goodness sake its food! It is disrespectful, he is a scared (sic) ancestor."......

Taking it to the Streets
It's not often residents get a chance to see inside our two outreach vehicles: Te Waka Pounamu - the Mobile Learning Centre and Te Waka Matauranga - the Mobile Library. So for two days in January, these vehicles will "set up shop" in Te Manawa, the city centre, so that visitors in town can have a look at what they offer and how they can make use of them.

The two vehicles normally travel all around the Rotorua district, providing services to many residents who cannot easily visit Te Aka Mauri....

Mere Berryman: it's time we did better by Māori students
New Zealand's education system is failing Māori students by continuing to marginalise their culture, says Waikato University professor Mere Berryman, a 2017 New Zealander of the Year finalist.

"The Treaty of Waitangi promised both Māori and non-Māori equal shares of all the benefits that the colonial government was going to provide, yet what we've found that education has provided is a very western perspective that is about one history rather than both our histories."

'[The teachers] ask the Chinese girl about her culture and they try and tell me about mine', Berryman was told by one Māori student.

This one-sided storytelling not only disadvantages Māori New Zealanders, she says.

"Māori have missed out because their histories are not being told authentically, but so too have non-Māori because they haven't learnt about Māori histories [alongside European colonial history]. They've learnt a particular version of those events.".....

Nelson could use crowdfunding to buy $16m Pepin Island
The mayor of Nelson wants the public to buy back Pepin Island, just as it bought a beach in the Abel Tasman National Park.

The island is on the market for $16 million, and it has also been suggested by a former iwi trust chair, that Ngāti Tama buy it back.

"Pepin Island was originally … was taken over, if you like, forcibly by Ngāti Tama."

He said Ngāti Tama retained its link to the island, up to the point Huria Matenga gained ownership by decree of the Native Land Court.

"Once it got into the hands of Huria Matenga and her husband Hemi, who became the dominant force in that partnership, eventually the island along with a lot of parts of Wakapuaka were sold off."

Mr Mitchell said the island slipped out of iwi hands in about 1880s.

It was turned into a working farm and bought by a German businesswoman in 1996 for $2 million......

New Plymouth councillor labels Māori version of national anthem a tune he is 'ashamed to sing'
A New Plymouth councillor previously censured for making offensive and divisive comments has posted on Facebook about his "shame" in singing the Māori version of the national anthem.

Under a post made on Steve West's Facebook page, which asked people to "name a song you are ashamed of singing" Murray Chong replied with: "The te reo version of the NZ national anthem".

West, who alerted Stuff to the Facebook exchange, then asked Chong if he was threatened by it.

"Not at all but I only need to sing the original version," Chong replied. When questioned further by West, Chong said it was "because that's the original. If we all have to be made to sing the anthem in 2 languages, then the haka should be sung in 2 languages too."......

Free mentoring for Maori start-ups
A workshop aimed at developing Maori business in Tairawhiti will be delivered in Gisborne on Wednesday.

The Pakihi - Getting Into Business workshop will be held at Te Wananga o Aotearoa Whirikoka Campus.

Pakihi is an initiative that provides free workshops and mentoring to help grow Maori businesses and enterprise throughout the country......

NZ Police and tikanga Māori - who takes care of rāhui after drownings?
Any death at sea, in Māori terms at least, generally means restricted access to the site.

However, now NZ Police are taking an increased approach to work with iwi to allow customary Māori practise more room in dealing with such issues.

Respected Bay of Islands elder, 84-year-old Hirini Kingi (Ngāti Tautahi, Ngāti Whakaeke) is apart of the Police push to involve tikanga Māori when dealing with death at sea, especially drownings.

"All I can do is be honest with you and say that we need to work with them," says Kingi.

The new initiative is being trialled between NZ Police Maritime Units and iwi across the Bay of Islands region this summer.

It remains yet undecided when this collaborative initiative will be rolled out nationwide.....

Massey University misses obvious lesson from Brash saga
Massey University will have eagerly turned the page on 2018, but choices loom about the year ahead.

The university's leadership will have to figure out what being a Treaty of Waitangi-led organisation means day to day.

More importantly, there's a badly battered reputation in need of repair. Massey's self-inflicted wounds came from the university forgetting what universities are supposed to be about – robust debate, for example.

Right from the start, Massey made clear the decision to ban Brash was not just about security. Naively, the vice-chancellor took the chance to take pot shots at Brash.....

Hawkins receives health research scholarship
Te Arawa and Tainui descendant Sonia Hawkins is one of four people to be awarded the Health Research Council scholarship valued at more that $128,000.

The funding will allow her to complete her doctorate which will focus on understanding racial and ethnic bias in the nursing profession......

Kāpiti's welcome signs defaced in apparent act of defiance against Māori language
Someone appears to have taken offence to – and then literally taken – the macron on Kāpiti's welcome sign, again.

The tiny line that formed part of the district's welcome signs on State Highway 1 at Paekākāriki and Ōtaki was painted out over the Christmas period.

Macrons are the horizontal lines above some vowels that are used to indicate a longer vowel sound.

The latest attack was the third time in six months the signs have been defaced, a Kāpiti Coast District Council spokeswoman said......

Waitangi Day preparations well underway
On February 3 Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is expected to be welcomed onto Ōtamatea Marae for the first time, the marae urupā is the resting place of former Labour MP Paraire Paikea, and his son Tapihana - a site of significance for Labour's Northland based māori MPs.

"The Governor-General, Dame Patsy Reddy will present our kaumātua [Hekenukumai Busby] with his knighthood at Waitangi. It's something we are all hugely looking forward to celebrating his large portfolio of works over the many years," says Tipene.

On the 5th of February, there will be more ceremonial welcomes for Ardern, the Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy, and Chief Justice Sian Elias. Tipene says māuri stones will also be unveiled for the new 28th Māori Battalion Museum in Waitangi.....

Pure Canterbury water more valuable than oil, so market it better: Councillor
Christchurch's city council should join forces with local iwi to bottle and sell Canterbury's famed pure aquifer water abroad to help reduce rates and fund projects.

Keown wants to negotiate a partnership with iwi that would see the council and Māori jointly own the water in the city's aquifers.

Ngāti Tuwharetoa hapu invests in Rafting NZ tourism business on Tongariro River
A trust affiliated with Ngāti Tūwharetoa says it makes sense to invest in a local river rafting firm, doubling its size.

Lake Rotoaira Forest Trust [LRFT] has entered into a joint venture with Turangi-based business Rafting NZ.

The trust manages 30,000 hectares of commercial pine forest to the south and east of Lake Taupō for 1500 beneficial owners.....

Fonterra's Kapiti cheese name Tuteremoana insulting to descendants of great chief, advisor says
Fonterra has been accused of appropriating Māori culture by naming a cheese after a Kapiti chief.

Fonterra said the cheese was named after the landmark.

Regardless, putting the name of a place that was named after an ancestor on a food product was particularly insulting to that person and their descendants, he said.

"From a customary point of view it shows that you are going to eat that person," Taiuru said.

He said he knew of at least two families who were direct descendents of Tuteremoana who were insulted by Fonterra's use of their ancestor's name on its cheese.

"There should be some consultation and an apology."....

NIWA Scientists to head to Antarctica to research Ross Sea
While there are no Māori scientists on-board for this trip, NIWA and some iwi have been working together on establishing what possible connections Māori have to Antarctica.

Dr Pinkerton says, "We've got quite a large Māori component to the project so we're trying to explore Māori connections and aspirations for the Antarctic. So we're working with Ngai Tahu and Ngāti Wai with landcare as well as trying to look through the history and the connections that those iwi have within the Antarctic and we hope to open it up to a hui of national significance to get input from all iwi in New Zealand."....

'What is the sea telling us?': Māori tribes fearful over whale strandings
Seven decades later, Parata, 75, has now overseen more than 500 strandings and is renowned in New Zealand as the leading Māori whale expert, called on by tribes around the country for cultural guidance as marine strandings become increasingly complex and fatal.

“Man’s greed in the ocean is hurting the whales,” says Parata, a fierce and uncompromising elder of the Ngātiwai tribe of eastern Northland.

Ngātiwai believe the whales beach when they are ready to die and want to return to their families, the Māori people. Then, their human families use the whales’ gift of their bodies for sacred carvings, for traditional medicines, and even for compost.

There are marked tribal differences across New Zealand and while some tribes work to refloat stranded whales, others like Parata’s Ngātiwai stand back and allow the Department of Conservation and volunteer groups to take the lead in rescue efforts.

Then the tribe moves in en masse and holds a karakia (prayer), names each animal and sets to work removing their bones, blubber, eyes and teeth for cultural purposes......

New Zealand businesses continue to culturally appropriate Māori culture in their marketing.
Karaitiana Taiuru a PhD candidate at Awanuiarangi and a Māori Trademarks advisor believes that cultural appropriation of Māori has become normalised over multiple generations by New Zealand businesses.

Karaitiana has recently identified a number of businesses who are culturally appropriating Māori culture.

Companies recently identified include:

Kapiti Cheese, a brand owned by Fonterra have named a cheese after a famous Māori ancestor....

Some BP petrol stations offering organic coffee and advertising coffee branded with the Māori deity of fertility – Tiki....

Titoki Whiskey bottle represents the god of fertility Tiki as well....

The Warehouse are showing television adverts with the Māori god of fertility Tiki on shopping bags.....

Financial mentoring aims to get whānau out of debt
Salvation Army spokesperson Pam Waugh says around 45 per cent of families they help are Māori and over the last 10 years poorer families have been getting “further and further behind” in debt.

According to Waugh, the highest percent of Māori living in extreme poverty are in the far North, Whangarei and Rotorua.

“We have financial mentoring plans. We have social workers. We have counselling and we have life skills groups, says Waugh.

“All of those programs work together to help a family develop new skills or help them with their financial management and financial literacy.”.....

Pā Wars pulls Naati's home
With nearly half of the Ngāti Porou population living beyond the traditional tribal territory on the East Coast, Ngāti Porou Pā Wars is helping tribal members reconnect back to their marae.

Pā Wars began in 1990 and continues to grow, with over 21 marae being represented at the games in Ruatōria this year bringing more than 1,000 people together......

TPK, Māori Wardens & Ture Whenua Act Mahuta’s focus for 2019
Nanaia Mahuta, the first woman to take on the role of Māori Development Minister, reflects on 2018 and talks about priority areas for the new year.

"In the new year, I will meet with the Māori Wardens to really discuss the different areas and changes they want to pursue to push this forward."

But come the new year Te Puni Kōkiri will remain a key focus for the Minister.

As well as the Ture Whenua Māori Act.

The Minister will also be watching very closely the Māori media space with the Māori media sector currently under review.......

Takanini or Takaanini? Auckland Transport's new sign leaves commuters confused
Auckland Transport (AT) has stirred up a storm in a tea cup after adding an extra letter to the suburb Takanini.

Signage at the Takanini train station in south Auckland now reads 'Takaanini' – leaving some commuters scratching their heads.....