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Waitangi Tribunal investigates sick, racist health system that 'fails Māori'
The perilous state of Māori health has been described as a humanitarian crisis. It's now under investigation by the Waitangi Tribunal, with more than 200 claimants accusing the Crown of operating a sick, racist system that fails Māori. Carmen Parahi reports....

.... Since the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, Māori have sought equality with the Crown as treaty partners.

Māori sold or donated land to the Crown for hospitals but few were ever built. Introduced diseases such as influenza wiped out thousands, and by the turn of the 20th Century, the Māori population was decimated....

....Maipi will demand a new system based on an overseas indigenous model.

Royal plans to push for either a national Māori DHB or a standalone Māori hauora or health system based on matauranga or Māori knowledge.

"Those solutions need to be Māori led, adequately resourced, supported by government," says Royal.....

Māori, Pacific job candidates fast-tracked to interview stage at ADHB
All eligible Māori and Pacific job candidates are being automatically fast-tracked to the interview stage for openings at Auckland DHB.

The change has been made to try increase workforce diversity, and has already resulted in more Māori and Pacific candidates being interviewed and hired.

If job-seekers aren't hired, managers must give specific feedback to HR, so the unsuccessful candidate can be coached to improve their chances in future interviews.

A new assessment tool prompts interviewers to think about "reflecting our communities and prioritised health outcomes", along with traditional skills and experience.

The policy began at the end of June and builds on a similar approach already in place to recruit graduate nurses.....

Cultural Treasure Unveiled in Central Ōtautahi
Today’s grand opening of Tūranga shows what can be achieved when local iwi play a lead role in city design.

Ngāi Tūāhuriri – the local Ngāi Tahu hapū that is mana whenua for the city – heavily influenced the design and build of Tūranga. This was led by Matapopore Charitable Trust cultural advisors alongside Christchurch City Council and resulted in a library experience that clearly reflects Ngāi Tūāhuriri and Ngāi Tahu values.

“The stories of Ngāi Tahu and Ngāi Tūāhuriri are expertly woven into Ōtautahi’s new central library, and this is something we should all be proud of,” said Lynne Te Aika, trustee of the Matapopore Charitable Trust (and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu General Manager, Te Taumatua).....

Maori Crime will reduce - If Maori are in Charge
All four Iwi/Community Panel providers came together today to look at how successful their work was in dealing with Maori and other crimes within Metro Auckland. The Iwi Community Panels known as Te Pae Oranga was launched 4 years ago in partnership with the New Zealand Police. Manukau Urban Maori Authority MUMA was one of the three pilot programmes set up and included a provider in Gisborne and Wellington. Now Auckland metro has four providers delivering this successful service.

Te Pae Oranga is working for our people and if it is cut from the Police budget, then this would show how committed this and previous governments are toward reducing Maori incarceration rates.

The reason this works is that it by Maori for Maori and the rest of the community benefits as well.....

Protesters leave former Catholic School
Protesters have left former Catholic school Hato Petera after an order from the High Court.

The group had occupied the Auckland school since it closed in August but on Tuesday they were told to move on.

Originally belonging to Ngāti Pāoa, the land was purchased by Governor George Grey and subsequently granted to the Roman Catholic Church in 1850 for education.

While the full dispute is yet to play out in court, the church won a High Court order late on Tuesday afternoon to put an end to the occupation.....

Education stereotypes holding back Maori
Hana O’Regan was a keynote speaker at this week’s CORE Education conference in Auckland.

"We were absolutely deliberately specifically excluded from participation in further education from 1869. Laws were passed that forbid the teaching of academic subjects in native schools because we were being too successful and what happened was our people were subjected to these negative images of ourselves as learners so much that we ended up taking them on board," Ms O’Regan says.....

Christchurch has a library in the heart of the city again
A new state-of-the-art, multi-million-dollar library will open its doors to the public in Christchurch at 1pm this afternoon.

Tūranga took two-and-a-half years to build, cost about $93 million and is the largest library in the South Island.

Ngāi Tūāhuriri - the local Ngāi Tahu hapū - helped with the construction, design and Māori artwork.

Spokesperson Lynne Te Aika said it was important their culture was represented.....

New Christchurch Library
The English language is a second class citizen in #Turanga the new @ChristchurchCC library. I'm strongly in favour of bilingual signage, and have tweeted about that before, but here the signs are designed to direct the eye to Māori, spoke by 8% (?) of the population.....

Legal history made in Taranaki with admission ceremony conducted in Te Reo Māori
Taranaki legal history was made on Wednesday, with the first ever bar admission ceremony conducted in Te Reo Māori.

In front of his whānau and senior members of the Taranaki bar, Te Wehi Wright added his name to what is believed to be the oldest register of roia, or lawyers, in Aotearoa.

In charge of proceedings was Justice Christine Grice, who formally welcomed Wright into the legal profession, first in Māori, before she addressed him directly in English.....

Principal Advisor, Partnering with Iwi/Māori - National Office
The Government has signalled a significant reset of relations between Māori and the Crown and the need for the Crown to extend partnerships beyond the negotiation table. For MSD, this means we need to change that way we manage our existing and future partnerships with iwi/ Māori.

The Principal Advisor Māori will provide high level strategic, technical and analytical leadership for the Partnerships and Programmes Group and across Community Partnership and Programmes Business Group in Service Delivery, to gather and share insights and advice on how to make it easier for iwi/Māori to engage and partner with the Ministry and for the Ministry to become more effective in the delivery of services for iwi/Māori.....

Māori appointments to council committees 'a long time coming': Mayor

The five newly-minted Māori seats on four Hamilton City Council committees have been filled.

Council approved the appointments on Wednesday. Four of the appointments represent iwi and one is a pan-tribal/mātāwaka appointment.

Hamilton Mayor Andrew King said the appointments mark the beginning of a new era for partnership-based decision making for the city.

"We're enormously proud to be at a point where we can take these brave steps towards providing meaningful representation for Māori," King said. "It's been a long time coming and we're committed to making it work."....

Court orders protesters to leave Hato Petera College site
A High Court judge has ordered Māori protesters to leave the former Hato Petera College site in Northcote within 48 hours.

Judge Pheroze Jagose has found that the Catholic Bishop of Auckland's substantive case to ownership of the disputed land "seems overwhelming", and has granted the bishop an order to the protesters to leave the land and remove their property within 48 hours.

However he declined a request by the church's lawyer Ben Upton for a further order authorising police to use force if necessary to evict the protest group, which has been occupying the site since mid-August.

The judgment means the church may have to go back to the High Court to seek an arrest order if the protesters do not comply with the order to leave......

Belgian brewery apologises for any offence caused by 'Māori Tears' beer
An international brewery criticised for naming its beer "Māori Tears" has apologised to anyone it offended by the label.

The "Māori Tears" beer, owned by the Brussels Beer Project in Belgium, claims to "encapsulate those tears to capture their sacred nature".

Māori rights advocate Karaitiana Taiuru said yesterday that the beer would breach the sacredness rule in New Zealand if applying for a trademark.

He said although the company spelt the word Māori orthographically correct, they should have sought advice on the name.

Auckland University of Technology Professor Pare Keiha said whether the term Māori Tears is considered tapu is a matter of opinion......

Māori Leaders in Health mount historic Waitangi Claim
Claims from two groups of Māori health leaders are being heard in the Waitangi Tribunal from 15 October next week at Tūrangawaewae Marae in Ngaruawahia as part of stage one of the its national kaupapa inquiry into health services and outcomes.

The two claimant groups (under claims Wai 1315 and Wai 2687) say that inequity and institutionalised racism in the health system currently exists and the situation must change. The shared position is based on national Māori health statistics and status which is evident of the Crown failure to care for Māori health and wellbeing.
They share the view that Mana Motuhake, self determination and Māori autonomy produces better health outcomes and saves lives. The claimants seek recommendations from the Tribunal for legislative reform of the system for Māori to have autonomy of their own healthcare services to organise, develop and deliver......

Ngai Tahu eyeing opportunities
South Island iwi Ngai Tahu is taking an active role in discussions surrounding Dunedin's new hospital build and wider investment opportunities in the city.

The Otakou marae yesterday hosted the Ngai Tahu property board, as well as Mayor Dave Cull, Southern Partnership Group convener Pete Hodgson and others as the iwi considers the possibilities.

The continuing dialogue follows indications earlier in the year Ngai Tahu wanted to play a significant role in the cultural and financial future of Dunedin, including spending some of its ``big purse'' on projects within the city......

Māori freshwater claims stalling allocation decisions
The Government needs a strategy for resolving Māori freshwater claims before it can move forward with its planned changes to the allocation of water and nutrient discharge rights.

Lakes, rivers, and streams should be cleaner within five years as a result of major freshwater policy announcements from the Government today.

However, long-stalled decisions on the allocation of both water and nutrient discharges are still some years away because of the need for a settled process to recognise Māori freshwater claims.....

Consent granted to take Hamurana Springs water for bottling
A consent allowing more than 315,000 cubic metres of water to be bottled annually from Hamurana Springs has been granted.

Te Tahuhu O Tawakeheimoa Trust applied for a consent last December to take water for bottling from Hamurana Stream.

The trust has been granted the consent, which allows it to take water at 10 litres per second through to September 2033.

Trust chairman Joseph Tuhakaraina said Hamurana Springs was an important taonga for the iwi and that was recognised in the consent.

"Our application made it clear that any surface water taken from the springs will be done in a way that ensures minimal impact to the river and the surrounding environment.....

Māori lagging on climate change opportunity
The Māori climate change commissioner says Māori are sitting on a huge asset in the fight against global warming, but the government isn’t doing a good job of reaching out to them.....

International beer label dubbed 'Māori Tears' deemed culturally offensive
An international beer label dubbed "Māori Tears" has been slammed for being spiritually and culturally offensive.
The "Māori Tears" beer, owned by the Brussels Beer Project in Belgium, claims to "encapsulate those tears to capture their sacred nature".

The label - complete with a Māori macron in the correct place - says the beverage is barrel aged in French oak, and contains German grape Dornfelder, a single hop from Wakatu in New Zealand, and is a single-malt pale ale.

Māori rights advocate Karaitiana Taiuru said the beer was another classic example of a brewery that is causing offence.

"The idea of drinking someone else's tears is spiritually offensive to a traditional Māori world view," he said......

Correctly pronouncing Māori names 'gives you mana'
A language expert is calling on health workers to stop mispronouncing Māori patients' names.

Keri Opai said it was one simple way health workers could better engage with Māori, who had some of the worst health statistics in the country.

"If you pronounce Māori words correctly, it implies you have respect for the language. If you have respect for the language that would imply you have respect for the culture.

"If you have respect for the culture, you most probably have respect for the people.".....

Freshwater plan to explore Māori and Crown shared interests
The Government plan announced today to improve freshwater quality acknowledges that water quality cannot be addressed without a concurrent and substantive discussion with Māori, Māori Crown Relations: Te Arawhiti Minister Kelvin Davis said.

Environment Minister David Parker and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor today released the Government’s blueprint to improve freshwater quality. It also sets out a new approach to the Māori/Crown relationship that will acknowledge Māori interests in fair access to water to develop their land.

“We acknowledge that Māori have rights and interests in freshwater, and we are committed to a substantive discussion on how to address these interests by taking practical steps to address constraints on Māori land development,” Kelvin Davis said......

'No one owns freshwater'
The Government's position is that no one owns freshwater - it belongs to everyone, and we all have a guardianship role to look after it.

But the Government says it also recognises Maori have interests in water rights.

A Cabinet Paper released on Maori/Crown relations acknowledges Maori "aspirations" include governance and decision-making, recognition of iwi/hapu relationship with water bodies and the use of water for economic development.

The Government's position is that no one owns freshwater - it belongs to everyone, and we all have a guardianship role to look after it.

But the Government says it also recognises Maori have interests in water rights.

A Cabinet Paper released on Maori/Crown relations acknowledges Maori "aspirations" include governance and decision-making, recognition of iwi/hapu relationship with water bodies and the use of water for economic development.....

Te Patukirikiri sign Deed of Settlement
Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little has announced Te Patukirikiri signed a Deed of Settlement with the Crown in Thames.

“The Deed, settling the historical Treaty of Waitangi claims of Te Patukirikiri, includes a Crown apology, agreed historical account and redress for historical breaches of the Treaty and was signed yesterday,” says Andrew.

“The settlement package includes a total value of $3 million in financial and commercial redress and the return of several sites of cultural significance to Te Patukirikiri.......

Te Kawerau ā Maki to launch Treaty claim over Govt's 'failure' to combat kauri dieback
An Auckland iwi is planning to launch a new Treaty claim over the Government's "failure" to stop the spread of kauri dieback.

Te Kawerau ā Maki has been at the forefront of the battle to contain the disease over the past decade. The iwi placed a protective rāhui on the entire forested area of the Waitākere Ranges last December.

But Te Kawerau is about to begin proceedings in the Waitangi Tribunal, alleging the Crown has failed to protect taonga kauri, and by extension, the iwi.

"Waitākere Forest is very strongly linked to the well-being and identity of Te Kawerau ā Maki so if this forest goes everything about Te Kawerau goes with it," says executive manager Edward Ashby.....

Māori women effectively working for free for the rest of the year
"Māori women’s work, both paid and unpaid has upheld New Zealand’s economy and society forever, but has been undervalued and ignored by Pākehā leadership and measurement systems since colonisation. The continued undervaluing of Māori women’s place in society is made visible in this massive and unfair imbalance in pay."

"It’s neither fair nor right that Māori women receive such low pay, and it is also a Te Tiriti o Waitangi issue......

Tribe keeps investors and agents out of Hamilton development
Investors and real estate agents need not apply as Waikato-Tainui builds 50 houses in Hamilton.

From next week, the iwi will take expressions of interest from tribal members looking to get a foot on the rung at its Te Kaarearea​development.

A statement from Waikato-Tainui said "no investors or agents".

Waikato-Tainui chief executive Donna Flavell said the rejuvenation of the area will open the door for tribal members to enter the real estate market.

"It's more than just a house," Flavell said. "It's about building the well-being of our tribal members consistent with our long-term strategy - Whakatupuranga 2050.....

Te Rau Matatini Advocating for the Māori Voice
With Māori mental health and addiction having wide-reaching challenges, there is a high level of concern from Māori about whether the courage for the transformational changes to improve Māori wellbeing will indeed be articulated clearly in the final report.

Given the Coalition’s Government election promises of open government and transparency, Te Rau Matatini are hoping that there will be no restrictions imposed on access to the information that in its due course will influence how the report is written especially for Māori.....

Māori significance first priority in new road names in New Plymouth
Tangata whenua will get the first say on new road names in New Plymouth under new council criteria.

On Tuesday an update to the Road Naming and Numbering Policy was passed at a New Plymouth District Council meeting, setting out who decides on new road names and how these would be prioritised.

First preference will be given to a site, area or name of cultural or historical significance to tangata whenua, followed by significance to local communities, both of which require evidence.....

New Pro Vice-Chancellor (Māori) at University of Auckland
Professor Cindy Kiro (Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Kahu, Ngāti Hine) has been appointed Pro Vice-Chancellor (Māori) at the University of Auckland. She takes over from Jim Peters who has been in the position since 2006.

“I am very excited to be taking this role and having the opportunity to influence strategy at a university of such importance, at such a critical time,” says Professor Kiro.

She will use her role to reinforce work already being done to give Māori the confidence to choose university as an option where their culture will be recognised and they can build on academic achievements......

Māori over-represented in prisons due to colonisation - report
A new report reveals most Māori believe their over-representation in our prisons is a direct result of colonisation and racism - and experts agree.

More than 900 Māori people participated in a 28-question online survey as part of research conducted by ActionStation and the University of Otago.

Those results were combined with interviews with seven experts and data from previous studies. Supervisors also attended the Safe and Effective Justice Summit in August to gather data for the report.

The results are a damning indictment of the prison system and its impact on Māori......

Auckland Transport called out over poster appearing to reference Treaty of Waitangi
An Auckland Transport poster accused of bringing the year the Treaty of Waitangi was signed into "disrepute" has been discontinued.

The poster campaign launched this year reinforced there was no excuse for not having a ticket or tagged-on hop card, and included messages like "yeah right" or "aliens stole my ticket".

One poster used the caption, "I'm time-travelling, my ticket is back in 1840'".

A member of the public raised concerns about the poster with the Independent Maori Statutory Board (IMSB), and chief executive Brandi Hudson sought an explanation from AT.

In a meeting this week, the IMSB said it considered AT was "bringing the year the Treaty [of Waitangi] was signed into disrepute and possibly perceived as questioning the legitimacy of settlements"......

Higher rates of serious injuries for Māori
Māori had significantly higher rates of serious non-fatal injuries from motor-vehicle crashes relative to the total population in 2017. The rate of 67.8 injuries per 100,000 people for Māori is 67 percent greater than the rate for the total population.

There was an even greater difference for injuries from assaults, with a rate of 37.0 serious injuries per 100,000 people for Māori, compared with 12.6 for the total population.

In contrast, the rate of serious injuries from falls was much lower for Māori – 49.5 injuries per 100,000 people, compared with 109.2 for the total population. However, injuries from falls have been generally increasing for Māori since 2009.....

Council supports East Taranaki land forming part of Ngāti Maru treaty settlement
Plans for a block of rural land to be used in an iwi Treaty settlement have won support.

Purangi Domain, Tarata Domain and the bush area of the Tarata Cemetery, not used for cemetery purposes, all remote rural areas in east Taranaki, have been offered by the Crown to form part of the Ngāti Maru treaty settlement.

At Tuesday's meeting of the New Plymouth District Council, ​deputy mayor Richard Jordan said the iwi had met with the community and there had been a positive result.

"The outcome was well understood and accepted by all."....

Iwi to partake in Kaituna River management
Taking care of the river which flows from Lake Rotoiti to Maketū is key for the Iwi group responsible for its welfare.

Chairman of Te Maru o Kaituna created the document and says, “We have been alienated from our waterways for over two centuries we need to get back in there, they were fine went we owned them out-right we are having to come back and clean them up that's the reality.”

In June, Te Maru o Kaituna River Authority which is made up of all Iwi who have connections to the river launched the Kaituna River Document which looks at protecting the river.

Bay of Plenty Māori regional councillor, Arapeta Tahana, says the document sets a precedence.....

Captain Cook statue to be relocated
Local iwi in Gisborne are welcoming a decision by the Gisborne District Council to remove a statue of Captain Cook from the top of their ancestral mountain Titirangi.

Speaking on behalf of local iwi Ngāti Oneone, Barney Tupara says, “Since long ago the subtribes and tribes have disagreed with this statue being here on our mountain on Titirangi.”.....
Don Brash raises concerns about Massey University's Treaty plans
As Massey University takes bold steps to become the first Treaty-led university in New Zealand, Don Brash has raised concerns any criticism of Māori may not be tolerated at the institute.

Massey's new strategy, referred to as Tiriti-led, was endorsed by the institution's leadership last year to implement Treaty of Waitangi principles, the Māori language and cultural practices into its core business.

The plan is being managed by under-fire vice-chancellor Jan Thomas alongside respected scientist and Māori community leader, Dr Charlotte Severne, assistant vice-chancellor Māori and Pasifika.......

Māori ask NZ First who decides 'Kiwi values'
What are New Zealand values?

That is the question being asked by Māori who are concerned values important to Māori and other minorities could be trampled on if New Zealand First gets its way.

New Zealand First has determined those values include gender equality, freedom of religion, and respect for different races and ethnicities.

But a lecturer from the School of Māori Studies at University of Waikato, Arama Rata, says its proposed Respecting New Zealand Values bill raises a number of concerns, especially from a Māori perspective.

"As a treaty partner, Māori should be involved in defining New Zealand values yet this bill is an encroachment on our values of respecting people and of building mutually beneficial relationships."

Dr Rata said imposing values on people through law sounds a lot like what happened to Māori when they were colonised.....

Chapman Tripp
To promote the use of te reo Māori greetings and sign-offs in client correspondence the firm has also updated our letter-head template to include Māori greetings and acknowledgements, with drop-down boxes of relevant translations and descriptions to assist staff when using them.

Chapman Tripp will continue to offer te reo Māori classes to our people in our three offices at beginner and intermediate level, and is also considering a formal Māori language policy that would include our 450+ staff having a fundamental knowledge of Te Reo in the near future....

University of Auckland to quit $80m Epsom campus by 2020
Māori tribes are keen to buy Auckland University's prime $80 million Epsom campus when the university's education faculty leaves the site in 2020.

The 15ha Epsom site, which has been used as a teachers' training college since 1926, is likely to be sold subject to a right of first refusal granted to the original Māori tribes of the area under a 2014 Treaty of Waitangi settlement.

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust deputy chairman Ngarimu Blair said it was too early to say whether any of the tribes would buy it, but they were keen in principle.

"The University of Auckland has long been aware of Ngāti Whātua's desire to 're-acquire' as much of its former estate as possible," he said by email........

Iwi-based remand scheme for young Northland offenders
A new remand service will be launched in Northland for young offenders whose crimes are serious enough for them to be locked up while awaiting trial.

The pilot service, called Mahuru, aims to keep youth out of jail by putting them into caregiver homes with wrap-around social and justice services, and a strong emphasis on tikanga Ngāpuhi.

''Where possible we want to connect young people with their cultural and tribal identity to reignite being Māori and Ngāpuhi is a positive thing.''.....

New kaupapa Māori approach for high-risk youth offenders
In a new report Maiea Te Tūruapō, Fulfilling the Vision by the office, Commissioner Andrew Becroft argues for the new homes to run in partnership with iwi and Māori organisations and follow a kaupapa Māori approach.

Becroft says almost two-thirds of the 6,300 children and young people in state care identify as Māori.

"The revised Oranga Tamariki Act is very clear that these tamariki Māori have the right to access care services designed specifically for them," he says.

"Iwi and Māori organisations should be fully resourced to respond to the needs of their own children and young people, to develop what is best for them, drawing on Oranga Tamariki's advice and support when required.”.....

State care of children needs Māori approach after 'colonising process' - Children's Commissioner
New Zealand's care and protection system needs a Māori world view with two-thirds of the children in state care Māori, according to Children's Commissioner Andrew Becroft.

Mr Becroft told TVNZ1's Breakfast the system needed a complete turnaround as it currently had a European view with Māori add-ons despite the majority of the children in care being Māori.

"Particularly given the huge over-representation of Māori in the system it just about needs a Māori world view as its basis," he said.

"We’ve really got a European world view with Māori add-ons, we’ve got a really strong case for turning that around completely.

"I guess you could say there’s never been anywhere in the world that I know of where an indigenous community has prospered and flourished when there’s been a colonising process."

"Now that's a controversial word, colonising, but that’s what took place. It's never been good for indigenous peoples, especially indigenous children and I think what we’re seeing the care and protection system together with modern, systemic bias plays out in the over-representation."......

Bay name alteration confirmed
The New Zealand Geographic Board Nga Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa has confirmed the proposal to change the name of Poverty Bay to a dual name, Turanganui a Kiwa/Poverty Bay.

More than 600 submissions were made about the proposal between May 24 and August 24, after the board accepted the dual name proposal from Gisborne District Council.

Board acting chairman Anselm Haanen said 609 submissions were received, with a quarter clearly supporting the proposal.....