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Oranga Tamariki fronts up to

Oranga Tamariki's bosses have fronted up to the Waitangi Tribunal today to explain why Māori fare so badly in the state care system.The panel overseeing the Oranga Tamariki urgent inquiry, from left to right, professor Rawinia Higgins, Judge Michael Doogan and Kim Ngārimu.The tribunal's urgent inquiry into Oranga Tamariki, which in part seeks to find out why Māori are disproportionately taken into state care, is under way in Wellington.It comes just a day after the Ombudsman released its...

August 7, 2020

Awwa co-founder Michele Wilson:

The co-founder of New Zealand’s first period-proof underwear company, Awwa, didn’t plan to start up two successful businesses after she left her career in corporate law.But growing up Michele Wilson knew, no matter what she did, she had to achieve one thing.“I wanted to prove to everyone that I can be successful while being a loud and proud woman of colour. Māori are innovators and it’s time we are recognised for it,” Wilson said.“To protect me, my family told me to hide that I am M...

August 7, 2020

More routine than exceptions:

Oranga Tamariki has been removing babies from their parents more by routine than exception, the Chief Ombudsman has ruled.Peter Boshier has released a report, He Take Kōhukihuki: A Matter of Urgency, following his investigation into the policies and practices of the ministry’s removal of newborn Māori babies, which was sparked following the attempted uplift of a newborn from a mother in Hawke’s Bay last year."Removing newborn pēpi from their parents is one of the strongest uses ...

August 7, 2020

Oranga Tamariki partners with

The strategic partnership is the first between Oranga Tamariki and a national Māori organisation.It already has existing agreements with four iwi, including Ngāi Tahu, Ngāpuhi, Waikato-Tainui and Tūhoe.The partnerships are designed to place vulnerable Māori children with carers they have a whakapapa connection to.Māori Women's Welfare League president Prue Kapua said she hoped the two organisations would collectively be able to uphold the mana of tamariki and rangatahi that included whāna...

August 6, 2020

'Structural racism':

Māori and Pasifika scientists have been "severely" under-represented at the country's universities and research institutes – a dismal and continuing trend one commentator says highlights "structural racism" in New Zealand science.A new study, led by Dr Tara McAllister, of centre of research excellence Te Pūnaha Matatini, took a deep look at ethnic diversity at universities and Crown research institutes (CRIs) between 2008 and 2018.Despite talk of valuing diversity, the 11 organisations analy...

August 5, 2020

Auckland Museum dealt $8m blow by Covid-19,

Auckland Museum is facing a $3 million deficit due to the impact of Covid-19 on tourism, leading to cultural performances being cut.Twelve performers of the arts troupe 'Raukawa’ who delivered 21 performances a week have been deemed “financially unsustainable”.But despite the $8.3 million shortfall in revenue, director Jignasha Patel has not requested additional funding from Auckland Council.“The museum is fully aware of the financial constraints for Auckland Council in the post-Covid-19...

August 5, 2020

Some home truths

When it comes to child protection in New Zealand, it is time to lay the corporate warrior and troubled Pākehā conscience to rest, writes Dr Ian Hyslop The intent of this article is to provide some wider background and context to the current critique of child protection policy and practice within Oranga Tamariki. The theory and practice of child protection social work is challenging, but it is not as complicated as it is often made out to be. The following, in brief, is a summary of h...

August 4, 2020

More Māori, Pasifika in

Earlier this year, Stats NZ released its findings on people living in occupied private dwellings. The information was taken from the first ever nationwide data collected on household damp and mould, gathered in the 2018 Census.The Census asked the degree to which a house was damp, sometimes damp, or always damp. Dampness is defined as when a dwelling feels or smells damp or has damp patches on the wall, ceiling, floor or window frames.It has since revised its findings, and is now basin...

August 4, 2020

Stan Walker on his new single

Stan Walker has revealed he was told he had to be "less Māori" to be successful in Australia.The singer and actor, who first made a name for himself when he won Australian Idol in 2009, has climbed the charts on both sides of the Tasman and won eight New Zealand Music Awards since.But Walker, whose iwi are Tūhoe and Ngāti Tuwharetoa, said many different people in the industry in Australia - "old heads who come from the old world" - told him he had to change to be on a mainstream platform."The...

August 3, 2020

Māori cultural appropriation, or simply a fish?

Two of Auckland's hippest restaurateurs have engaged in an online stoush over whether the name of a new restaurant, kingi, is a case of Māori cultural appropriation or merely a shortening for kingfish.Owners of popular Auckland restaurant Orphans Kitchen, Tom Hishon and Josh Helm, are about to open a new seafood restaurant this October named kingi.READ MORE:• Paul Little: Is it cultural appropriation, or just sharing?• Sarah's Day 'cultural appropriation': Fitness star 'heartbroke...

August 2, 2020


Ngāti Tūwharetoa set to become first iwi to utilise a Section 33 Transfer with Waikato Regional Council.Ngāti Tūwharetoa, in the central North Island of New Zealand, is set to become the first iwi in the country to utilise a Section 33 of the Resource Management Action 1991 with Council.Today, the Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board approved the handover of water quality monitoring functions around Lake Taupō from the Waikato Regional Council under Section 33 of the Resource Management Act 1991....

August 2, 2020

Oranga Tamariki Waitangi Tribunal hearing:

Parts of the Oranga Tamariki Act still undermine the role of whānau, hapū and iwi in the protection of tamariki, and to achieve true partnership under the Treaty, the Crown must devolve power to iwi, the Waitangi Tribunal has been told.An urgent hearing is under way into Oranga Tamariki practices in relation to tamariki Māori and whether they are compliant with Te Tiriti o Waitangi.Judge Michael Doogan began the hearing by laying out the take (purpose) of the Tribunal hearing, which was to fi...

August 1, 2020

What will it take for OT

Oranga Tamariki goes into PR overdrive with the release of a report into its successes as a Waitangi Tribunal hearing begins. Is now really the right time to release such a report? asks Bonnie Sumner.Cynical. That is what’s being said about the timing of a new Oranga Tamariki report, released on the same day urgent hearings began at the Waitangi Tribunal into the harm being done to Māori by the child protection agency.A raft of distinguished leaders spoke on Thursday and Friday, including the...

August 1, 2020

Resource Management Act review

After decades of successive Waitangi Tribunal reports highlighting the failings of the Resource Management Act, a review panel has put forward a raft of changes - including strengthening the Te Tiriti clause - to give iwi more power in environmental law.A report into the Resource Management Act, conducted by a review panel led by retired Court of Appeal judge Tony Randerson, has proposed scrapping the RMA.The report highlighted that "despite the large number of provisions in the RMA designe...

July 31, 2020

Candidate 'disappointed' after election hoardings

A candidate has been forced to spend an afternoon scrubbing his election signs after they were tagged over his use of te reo Māori.Troy Mihaka, who is standing for Integrity New Zealand in the Rongotai electorate, decided to write the authorisation on his hoardings in te reo Māori.On Monday, two days after the sign went up on the corner of Ira St and Devonshire Rd in Miramar, he discovered one had been spray painted with the word "English."“As a Māori candidate, I decided I wanted to write ...

July 28, 2020

Encouraging young Māori

Before Nikora Heraka Mahakanui Rautahi-Mahuika started his business he did labouring jobs and was even homeless for a time.Today, the 30-year-old runs a barber shop in Invercargill and he hopes it will be a stepping stone to other businesses.He’s an example of young Māori that are being encouraged to embrace the business world.Growing up, his father had his own pounamu carving business which meant it [running a business] was something he didn’t see as impossible.Link: https://www.stuff...

July 28, 2020

Matariki should only become a new public holiday

OPINION: Tied to the rising of the Pleiades star cluster in the night sky, Matariki marks the start of te Mātahi o te tau, the Maori new year.Once a casualty of colonisation, Matariki has undergone a comeback that fosters greater use of te reo Māori and recognition for Māori customary practices.Stuff has launched a campaign to make Matariki a public holiday from 2021. Do you support Matariki becoming an official, national public holiday?An MP from each side of the house gives their ...

July 28, 2020

Census 2023:

Iwi leaders are urging the government to set new priorities for the next census that give Māori much more say.The government has increased the budget for the 2023 Census to $210 million, two thirds more than in 2018, but less than Stats NZ advised would improve data quality.The Data Iwi Leaders Group says it supports the boost but recognised it was less than the $226m that Stats NZ had asked for and said was "needed to make significant change"."The group believes it is incumbent on Stats N...

July 27, 2020

Whānau Māori 'torn apart'

Whānau Māori are being “torn apart” in a broken Fmily Court system, a new report says.The report, published on Monday, gives voice to whānau Māori who have been through care and protection proceedings in the Family Court.Te Taniwha I Te Ao Ture-a-Whānau report calls for changes that would centre tikanga and Te Tiriti.Researchers interviewed 36 participants from whānau Maori across Aotearoa, spread across every Family Court region.Link:

July 27, 2020

Revitalising Matariki:

Since 2000, Auckland City Council (ACC) has been hosting, fostering and supporting events celebrating Matariki.Over the years the format has changed, the events have improved, attendance has grown, and awareness of what the season means has increased.“It’s grown,” said Auckland Council’s Matariki Festival Director Ataahua Papa. “But what’s really awesome is that people are focusing on the reason that we’re getting together.”Auckland’s month-long festival began at the turn of th...

July 26, 2020

Emma Espiner: Witnessing a heath system that fails Māori

The power sharing, trusting Māori, and the funding of Māori initiatives will need to occur to achieve better health outcomes for Māori, says trainee doctor Emma Espiner.In her new podcast Getting Better: A Year in the Life of A Māori Medical Student, the trainee doctor and award-winning writer Emma Espiner (Ngāti Tukorehe, Ngāti Porou) explores the front lines of healthcare in New Zealand.She witnesses the real life results of the inequity that sees Māori die younger, get chronic ill...

July 26, 2020

Wāhine Māori catches racist landlord red-handed

A wahine Māori has caught a racist landlord red-handed, after she was rejected for a property and then re-applied with a Western name.Te Iwi Kemp has applied for 10 Christchurch rentals in the past fortnight, but was told they were no longer available.She then reapplied as Maria – and three of the landlords got back to her.When she told one of the landlords her real name, she says he laughed and said he didn't want her sort in his house, saying Māori wreck houses, have gangs and the dru...

July 26, 2020

NFL ex-Redskins to be Washington Football Team for 2020

The former Washington Redskins will use Washington Football Team as an interim name for the 2020 NFL season, the club announced Thursday, dropping the team's logo as well.The team made the announcement in the wake of growing US social movements against racist symbols and monuments, the name team owner Dan Snyder once vowed never to change being retired before the start of the 2020 campaign.Going with a temporary name will allow more time to make a choice about a longer-lasting nickname moving fo...

July 24, 2020

How Social Work England responds to criticisms of CPD recording

After we reported on how few social workers had recorded CPD on their Social Work England accounts, several practitioners commented to question the purpose and process of doing so. Here's the regulator's responseFollowing the recent Community Care article ‘Social Work England: 18% of social workers have recorded CPD, four months out from deadline’, a number of comments and questions were posted by social workers about recording continuing professional development.In this article, we have res...

July 24, 2020

Māori woman says landlord told her he didn't want 'her sort' in his house

A Māori woman says a Christchurch landlord told her he didn't want "her sort" renting his property.Iwi Kemp had applied for 10 rentals but had no luck - after a friend joked it could be because of her name, Kemp reapplied under the name Maria, NZME reported. Three landlords got back to her and one set up a viewing for the next day.Link:

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