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I te tuatahi – he mihi He mihi tēnei ki ngā tamariki mokopuna katoa o te whenua nei – mā mātou ngā pakeke katoa, rātou, ko tēnei reanga me ngā reanga ki te heke mai, e whakaruruhau.(An acknowledgement of all the children in our land – it is for all adults, all of us, to protect them and the generations to come.) – Joel Maxwell, Stuff.A new Office of the Children’s Commissioner report on Oranga Tamariki calls for the state to loosen control of care for at-risk Māori children ...

November 24, 2020

Auckland Council relationships with urban Māori

There are fresh calls for Māori seats at Auckland Council, a decade after the supercity was formed.It comes as requirement for public polls when creating Māori seats looks like it will be removed.The Royal Commission that recommended the amalgamation in November 2010 also proposed Māori seats be part of the new council.While Māori seats in the new supercity were scrapped, an Independent Māori Statutory Board (IMSB) was established to promote issues significant to Māori and ensure...

November 23, 2020

Mindfulness: A tangata whenua response

Video:Mindfulness for children | Jase Te Patu | TEDxWellington - YouTube...

November 23, 2020

'It's time to have a courageous conversation with Māori'

A new draft document that lays out a bold strategy for the Hamilton City Council to engage and substantially strengthen its relationship with Māori has been given an enthusiastic thumbs-up by the city’s politicians.And arguably the most enthusiastic is mayor Paula Southgate, who has hailed He Pou Manawa Ora - Pillars of Wellbeing as “a starting point for the courageous conversations that we have been saying we need to have for some time”.However not all the councillors at Tuesda...

November 18, 2020

Māori wards advocate urges Northlanders not to vote

A leading New Zealand Māori wards advocate is calling on Northlanders not to sign Democracy Northland's poll demand against these special council areas."Signing will simply mean becoming part of something that's taking away the right of Māori to have a place at the table," Andrew Judd, a former New Plymouth District Council (NPDC) Mayor, said.Former Northland Regional Council (NRC) deputy chairman John Bain's Democracy Northland's campaign aims to get more than 6500 signatures demanding a poll...

November 18, 2020

Glenis Philip-Barbara:

Andrew Becroft has been the Children’s Commissioner over the last four years and has been an enlightened and energetic advocate for the welfare of kids who are having it tough. Many, too many, are Māori, and he’s been keen for the office to have the insights and expertise of a Māori Commissioner too.That expertise and loads of relevant experience have now arrived in the form of Glenis Philip-Barbara. She came through Gisborne Girls’ High in the 1980s, married Nick Barbara and raised...

November 16, 2020

Former minister for children Tracey Martin takes aim

Former minister for children Tracey Martin says the current calibre of social workers at Oranga Tamariki is not good enough.Martin made the comments in reflection of last year's controversial video of Oranga Tamariki workers attempting to uplift a newborn baby from its mother at Hawke's Bay Hospital's maternity unit.She said the video highlighted that there is both really good social worker practice and really lousy social worker practice in this country."We've got 16 providers, there's a huge v...

November 15, 2020

Majority of southern Māori

More than half of the Southland and Otago combined Māori population can speak no more than a few words of te reo, according to Stats NZ.Te Kupenga, a 2018 survey which interviewed almost 8500 people of Māori descent, was released on Monday, and revealed that 62.1 per cent of the Māori population could speak no more than a few words or phases.It was the lowest percentage out of all regions identified with 51.5 per cent of the Māori population nationally surveyed could not speak more than a fe...

November 15, 2020

Māori Party leaders write to PM

Accusing Jacinda Ardern of disrespecting Māori by forming a government before special votes were counted, the new Māori Party leaders will this week ask for talks with Labour.It is a short walk for Debbie Ngarewa-Packer next week; out the front door of the Supreme Court, across busy Lambton Quay and up the sweeping driveway to Parliament House.But to get there, she and her Māori Party co-leader Rawiri Waititi have come a long way.From seeking to rebuild their communities – South Tarana...

November 14, 2020

Wahine challenges Māori

Online blogger and Clinical Psychologist, Kiri Tamihere-Waititi has laid down a challenge to Māori by encouraging them not to spell out their names when conversing with customer service representatives.The challenge comes following a recent phone call she had when a customer service agent asked how to spell her last name.“Something happened to me, I don't know what it was but I said to her, ‘actually, how about you give it a go?’“How about you try to spell my name and I w...

November 14, 2020

Māori receive fewer prescriptions

Māori patients receive fewer prescriptions for the common diabetes medication Metformin than non-Māori despite suffering from the disease at twice the rate, according to a new study by the University of Waikato.The researchers studied prescriptions from doctors, dispensing by pharmacies, and a marker of blood sugar levels over time which involved more than 1500 patients in the Waikato region.Metformin is a common medication which lowers blood sugar levels for patients while also preventing 'hy...

November 14, 2020

Value of te reo Māori for all

It was part of a kōrero at the National Library in Wellington on Wednesday on the revitalisation of te reo Māori, which has been documented in Te Mana o Te Reo Māori, an interactive web series laying out the history of the Māori language from the 1200s to today, and the people who championed it.It is part of a wider digital storytelling programme, Te Tai, a collaboration between the Māori Language Commission and The Ministry of Culture and Heritage aiming to increase the understanding ...

November 5, 2020

Māori about half as likely as Pākehā to get Covid-19 income support

The Covid Income Relief Payment - which starts at $450 a week - is about twice the jobseeker support benefit, and Māori are much less likely to get it. The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) information between June 8 and August 28 shows applications by those who identify as Māori were unsuccessful at nearly twice the rate compared to New Zealand Europeans. More than a quarter of the more than 5000 unsuccessful applications were by Māori, despite them making up just 17.25 per cent of the to...

November 4, 2020

The website helping Māori access crucial data

A new website has consolidated data about and involving Māori, making it easier for iwi groups, trusts and Māori communities to access the statistics that impact their lives.A collaboration years in the making, the new Figure NZ and Callaghan Innovation website Pātaka Raraunga aims to make Māori data access easier for everyone. Consolidating thousands of data sets from hundreds of sources into one hub with tools, reports and graphs all about Māori, it’s been made to help Māori ...

November 4, 2020

Four Toi Moko welcomed back to New Zealand

A journey spanning more than 100-years – plus two weeks in quarantine – has finally come to an end for four Toi Moko (tattooed Māori heads), which were welcomed at Te Papa with a pōwhiri on Tuesday morning.The Toi Moko, which were returned from Germany, are just four of an estimated 300 which left the country between 1770 and 1840.The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa now holds about 200, the museum’s head of repatriation Te Herekiekie Herewini said.He said Tuesday’s pōwhir...

November 4, 2020

'Transformative' changes needed

Researchers who are also former wards of the state have stressed the key changes needed to ensure any Māori-run alternative to Oranga Tamariki doesn't just turn a "white bureaucracy to a brown bureaucracy".The second week of the Waitangi Tribunal hearing into why there is a disproportionate number of tamariki Māori in state care is under way in Hastings.Lawyer Annette Sykes said the treaty breach at the heart of the joint submission by claimants Dr Alison Green, Dr Rawiri Waretini Ka...

October 30, 2020

‘Walk away from it.

The Waitangi Tribunal has heard multiple, strong calls for an independent, Māori-run authority to replace Oranga Tamariki. Laura Walters reportsMāori leaders have told the Waitangi Tribunal they’re sick of waiting while the Crown fails Māori children and whānau.The Waitangi Tribunal’s Oranga Tamariki Urgent Inquiry has heard a series of examples of “mana-diminishing practices”, carried out by an agency with a lack of cultural understanding and competency, which has led to long-lastin...

October 28, 2020

'Families are just not getting what they need':

A British social worker says overseas staff are desperately needed here and they should be allowed a border exemption.Sarah Griffin, her husband and two children are among those rejected after applying to travel to New Zealand.She said New Zealand was crying out for social workers, especially to address domestic violence and with initiatives such as eliminating rheumatic fever. Social work experts were the people going into homes and making referrals to health authorities."You've got to look at ...

October 27, 2020

Crown unwilling to give power to Māori,

The Māori Women's Welfare League has told the Waitangi Tribunal that Māori initiatives to reduce the number of tamariki in their care have been short-lived because the Crown has all the control.On the fourth day of the hearing into why there is a disproportionate number of tamariki Māori in state care, the Māori Women's Welfare League spoke of their "disappointment" when the Mātua Whangai programme was withdrawn in 1989, just six years after it was first implemented.The hearing aims to iden...

October 27, 2020

A day to recognize

Indigenous peoples have been heavily impacted by COVID-19. Nevertheless, their response to the global pandemic has shown their resilience in overcoming challenges. Indigenous peoples continue to use unique solutions to tackle the pandemic – as they have for centuries. They are taking action, drawing on their traditional knowledge and practices, such as voluntary isolation, and sealing off their territories.For example, the Karen people of Thailand have revive...

October 22, 2020

'Still killing us':

Melvina Musket stared at her dying father through the cellphone screen. His mouth hung open, his eyes were clamped shut and a beard covered his chin. She heard nurses crying in the background. “Jesus is waiting for you,” she told him.Musket, 52, had never seen her father with facial hair. Benjamin Musket, 80, was a former Marine, a retired machinery mechanic, a basketball coach and a board member at their church. He didn’t do beardThe family had been cautious when ...

October 22, 2020

Calls for Oranga Tamariki resources

The National Urban Māori Authority is calling for Oranga Tamariki to make way for a "Mokopuna Authority".They say the Government needs to relinquish power and allow Māori to do what it knows works for its own.National Urban Māori Authority chairwoman Lady Tureiti Moxon will be giving evidence today at a Waitangi Tribunal hearing, under way in Auckland, into the practices of Oranga Tamariki and why there is a disproportionate number of Māori children in state care.Link to article: https:...

October 22, 2020

The structural whiteness of academia

OPINION: Evidence of institutional racism in Aotearoa is overwhelming. Rhys Jones recently described the health sector by saying “inequity is not a bug in the system – it’s a feature” and we argue the university is no exception.This collective form of racism is embedded as normal practice within society and is systematic, long-term and often grounded in inertia.A recent report into Waikato University acknowledged there was structural, systemic and casual discrimi...

October 4, 2020

Now we know who the new US Supreme Court judge could be,

OPINION: By the time you read this, US President Donald Trump will have named his nominee for the US Supreme Court to replace US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg following her death on September 18.Trump’s said it’ll “most likely be a woman”, but I’m putting my money on Justice Amul Thapar, a sixth circuit judge who once put an 84-year-old nun in prison for a peace protest. I mean, if 2020’s got a guy, it’s the one who’ll throw elderly peace protesters in jail,...

October 4, 2020

Problems in te reo pronunciation

COLUMN: The primary aim in these columns is to provide clear explanation of the ways in which the structures of phrases and sentences in te reo Māori differs from those of English.From time to time, however, other points of interest arise.Over Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, there appeared in print a number of attempts to represent correct pronunciation of Māori words by offering alternative spelling.This is understandable because the vowel-sounds in Māori words are often quite different to tho...

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