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Nick Smith could undermine this Government with his refusal to consult with stakeholders

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Chief executive Dion Tuuta says Dr Smith has handled the whole process poorly with a lack of consultation.

On a matter of principle the Kermadec proposal was worse than the foreshore and seabed scrap of the early 2000s, which was about right to go to court to test ownership rights, he told TV3’s The Nation on Saturday.

“This is actually taking away a property right that actually exists.

“We haven’t fished there but our Treaty right also includes the right to develop into the future. So the decision about whether we fish there today, tomorrow or a hundred years from now, that’s is our decision.”

Dr Smith has said any fishing exemptions would undermine any sanctuary’s integrity.

The Maori Party, which is a government ally and wants to bridge the gap between the two parties, is also critical. Read more »

Pretend token empty symbolism smashed to pieces

This is a great example of Metiria Turei been owned by Hekia Parata.  Turei asked a stilted question in Maori to a Minister who is a fluent speaker, as you can imagine she smashed Turei.

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National has little respect for property rights, and Maori will make them pay for the Kermadecs

You’d think Governments would have learnt by now that if they ignore Maori they do so at their peril.

In a row that potentially rivals the foreshore and seabed debacle, which shook the Clark Government, the current Beehive crop seems to have learnt nothing with its plans to set up the Kermadec Ocean sanctuary.

Maori were given fishing rights around the Kermadecs in a so called full and final settlement 25 years ago. The law setting up the sanctuary overrides those rights.

Even though Maori have never fished around the islands to the north east of the country, they’re rightly taking their stand on principle. If they allow this through, they argue, then all the other Treaty settlements come into question.

That’s put the Government’s coalition cobbers, the Maori Party, in the same position that its founder Tariana Turia found herself in way back in 2004 when she walked rather than vote for the foreshore and seabed law that denied Maori their day in court. Read more »

Maori even do suicide differently

As we know, Maori lead all the wrong statistics, and there is no exception when it comes to suicide.

Te Puni Kōkiri is providing just under $2m to 28 organisations nationwide to run rangatahi suicide prevention initiatives.

Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell says the projects are urgently needed given the high rates of Māori suicide.

“The suicide rates for our rangatahi are two and a half times higher than for non-Māori youth, so we need solutions that are tailored for Māori in the modern age.

A requirement of projects receiving funding is that rangatahi leadership must be central to their design, implementation and delivery.

Mr Flavell says there is currently a lack of strategy to address the alarming suicide rates, and too little research into how best to prevent rangatahi suicide.

“These are matters we will address with the interagency steering group tasked with updating the current New Zealand Suicide Prevention Strategy (2006-16) and overseeing the development of a new Action Plan,” he says.

$1.95m has been allocated to the projects across Aotearoa.

An evaluation that captures the critical success factors of the funded projects is expected to be completed by 2017, and will contribute to a body of knowledge about what works best in preventing rangatahi Māori suicide.

It must be pointed out that the nation’s social support and health system is accessible to Maori as well.  So whatever is spent on Pakeha suicide, Asian suicide, etc, is clearly sufficient.   Read more »

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Good luck taking that to the voters Phil

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Phil Goff wants the government to legislate for dedicated Maori wards.

John Key has rightly told him to nick off.

Prime Minister John Key says Auckland Mayoral contender Phil Goff will have to try his luck with the people of Auckland rather than the Government to introduce dedicated Maori wards to Auckland Council.

In a mayoral debate on RNZ on Wednesday, Goff said he would push for dedicated Maori wards if he had the chance and was elected Mayor.

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Two new Partnership Schools to open

We received the following press release from Act this afternoon. Clearly, the Maori community sees a lot of value in Partnership schools as both new schools are targeting Maori students.Politically the more Maori see their children getting a better deal, the more marginalised Labour’s “solutions” will become. In some electorates the extended families vote alone could be devastating for Labour who will run with a policy of closing the one positive thing in their family’s life.

Under-Secretary to the Minister of Education David Seymour today announced that two new Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua will open in 2017.

“The new sponsors submitted strong applications and we look forward to seeing this reflected in the learning outcomes of their students,” says Mr Seymour.

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Apparently Maori are as special as Muhammad

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The outrage started yesterday on Twitter and naturally it is now news, that some Maori are mortally offended by…shower curtains.

An American online store selling shower curtains depicting historic Māori is being called deplorable for the culturally inappropriate items.

Images of about 15 of Gottfried Lindauer portraits, including those of Māori leaders, are being sold as shower curtains for just under $100 by the Fine Art America website. Lindauer painted the detailed portraits of Māori in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Art historian Ngahuia Te Awekotuku, also a descendent of some of the Lindauer subjects, said Māori culture was being exploited, and it was appalling.

She said Māori images on teatowels and crockery were bad enough – but this was much worse.

“To actually see Wiremu Kingi as a shower person is absolutely extraordinary and profoundly hurtful. The arrogance of art producers in Western creators’ commerce never fails to amaze me.

“In traditional cultural terms, in the context of tikanga Māori of Māori values around the sanctity of the body and the intimacy of the bathroom, to have an ancestor as a shower curtain is profoundly insulting.”

The images include iwi leader Rewi Manga Maniapoto, and the Taranaki leader and chief of the Te Ati Awa Tribe, Wiremu Kingi Te Rangitake.

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Maori ratbags putting motorists at risk

Kelvin Davis has spoken out about his own criminal constituents who were busted running a scam in his electorate. Normally he hugs them like his life depends  upon it.

A Maori group claiming sovereignty of Northland is issuing its own licence plates, warrants of fitness and registrations, claiming they’re as legitimate as the real thing. But none of them are issued by the New Zealand Transport Authority.

The group says the Crown has no authority in Northland, but police say the warrants are a fraud and the people selling them are putting lives at risk.

They come from a Maori incorporation, Nga Uri Whakatupu Ngati Hine, whose members believe they can issue the documents themselves.

“Basically a Maori incorporation is a state outside of Government,” says fake warrant holder Phil Saleh. “Maori are entitled to their own jurisdiction and their own laws.”

The stickers bear the Maori for warrant of fitness, “whakamana waka”, and say they’re authorised under the “Native Waka Motor Vehicle Act 2005”.

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Mayor Andrew Judd is trying to get you to buy into his guilt trip

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An anti-racism hikoi in New Plymouth is reaching its end today, but Mayor Andrew Judd hopes it sparks a nationwide conversation about Maori-Pakeha relations.

Hundreds participated in the three-day march, which was organised to show support for Mr Judd after he announced he wouldn’t be standing for the mayoralty again due to the abuse he received for championing Maori issues.

Mr Judd was spat at and abused when he announced the council wanted to introduce a Maori ward, which received a resounding ‘no’ vote in a citizens-initiated referendum.

Mr Judd believes Pakeha have an inherent privilege and need to understand that if Aotearoa is to become a more harmonious society.  Read more »

Maori don’t need Internet access

NZ Newswire reports:

Only 68 per cent of Maori households have internet access compared with the national average of 83 per cent, new data shows.

Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell has released the report on Maori in the ICT Sector, saying it reveals issues that need to be addressed.

Despite the relatively low number of Maori households with internet access, the report says 15 to 24-year-olds are high users of mobile technology which they use to access it.

Mr Flavell says Maori should be helped into ICT career pathways.   Read more »