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Dame Cindy Kiro

Dame Cindy Kiro has been sworn in as New Zealand's next Governor-General at a ceremony at Parliament.The event, which is the most significant State event since the opening of Parliament last November following the general election, sees Dame Cindy become New Zealand's first wahine Māori Governor-General.Dame Cindy and the Prime Minister entered Parliament's legislative chamber side-by-side ahead of the ceremony. After waiata, a commission from Queen Elizabeth II was read out in both Englis...

October 21, 2021

Lockdowns led to 'exponential demand for support'

The $626,000 fund will be spread across 13 agencies, and handed out by the Whānau Ora commissioning agency for the south, Te Pūtahitanga o te Waipounamu.The funding would assist within urgent areas calling for more support such as mental health support, kai access, housing and vaccination uptake.Te Pūtahitanga o te Waipounamu chief executive Helen Leahy said whānau were struggling and it was important to find news ways to assist those in need."The opportunity we saw from the funding that cam...

October 21, 2021

Return to school decision plays 'roulette' with students' health,

An Auckland high school principal says her school will respond to what its kids need, not what Covid-19 announcements direct after the Government’s green light for senior students to return to school next week.Education and Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins announced on Wednesday that students in years 11, 12 and 13 would return to school on Tuesday, October 26.Hipkins cited the need to bring students back to prepare for their end-of-year exams.Link to article and video: Return to ...

October 21, 2021

The story of Kāhu -

When demigod Māui brought fire to the world, he did so using trickery, tenacity and cheek, traits that would define his character in Māori mythology.Fire was contained in the fingernails of the goddess of fire, Mahuika, which Māui managed to steal by cunning and deception.Furious at his trickery, Mahuika threw a burning toenail on the ground to set the mountain on fire. Māui changed into the native hawk kāhu to escape the flames but the underside of his wings were singed a glowing red.The k...

October 21, 2021

'Ah there you are!' Queen holds video call with the new Governor-General of New Zealand, Dame Cindy Kiro,

She welcomed Dame Cindy Kiro, the first indigenous woman appointed to the role, with an exclamation of surprise, as she raised her finger and remarked: 'Ah, there you are ... Good evening.'Dame Cindy, who was speaking from Government House in Wellington, replied: 'Good morning.' The Queen - based at Windsor Castle - smiled and said: 'Oh, of course, it's good morning, isn't it, to you?'Link to article and video: Queen meets the new Governor-General of New Zealand | Daily Mail ...

October 20, 2021

‘Explosion of ideas’:

When English settlers first arrived in New Zealand, they brought with them pests, diseases and England’s common law. Indigenous Māori already had legal customs in the form of tikanga, a set of rules and principles which governed daily life. But the settlers dismissed Māori as “savages” and tikanga as primitive. As their power grew, so did the common law’s. Eventually, though many Māori still followed tikanga, it was pushed to the legal margins.That is starting to change. In 2020 ...

October 20, 2021

Te Pūkenga says close ties with Māori

The goal headlines a proposed operating model the institute published today.The model also highlighted partnerships with employers, barrier-free access to courses, and efficient, cost-effective operations.The document said Te Pūkenga would "give effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi in all that we do", provide exceptional learning experiences and equitable outcomes for Māori, and be learner-centred."We're going to become and are building the organisation to be authentically bicultural," the institute...

October 20, 2021

Judges being surveyed to boost understanding

It is unclear if the survey results will be made public. (file pic) Photo: RNZ / 123RF It comes after RNZ's Is This Justice revealed nine out of 10 judges in the High Court and Court of Appeal are Pākehā, and most are men.The only information currently collected by the Ministry of Justice about all judges is their gender, ethnicity and age, though Crown Law collects some information about the legal experience of senior court judges immediately prior to being appoi...

October 18, 2021

New Zealand's violent

Comment: Following the Royal Commission report on the Christchurch terrorist attacks and the New Lynn terrorist attack, there is growing pressure on the Government to roll out new countering violent extremism (CVE) and de-radicalisation initiatives and programmes.Such programmes, it is believed, can divert individuals away from committing future acts of political violence. A recent article, for example, makes a plea for universities to tackle the threat of radicalisation...

October 18, 2021

For the love

Music has always been my go-to. It’s where I go to seek solace, where I go to be inspired, where I go to express myself. Music is powerful, and music heals.My dad started learning Māori when I was about 10. My grandparents had been of the generation who were punished for speaking Māori in school, so they wanted to spare their own children the indignities of that experience, thinking they’d only need to speak English to get on in life.Dad involved the whole whānau in learning te reo Māori...

October 18, 2021

Tertiary Education Commission gives institutions 10 years

The Tertiary Education Commission has given universities, polytechnics and other tertiary institutions 10 years to end persistent disparities between the pass rates of Māori and Pacific students and those of others.It's the third time in the past decade the commission has set a deadline for achieving parity.In 2012 the commission wanted to eradicate disparities in polytechnics by 2015 and in universities by 2018. But that didn't happen. In 2018-19 the commission aimed to achieve parity within f...

October 16, 2021

High Court grants customary marine title

Customary marine title over a Tauranga estuary has been granted to five iwi and hapū by the High Court.Te Tāhuna o Rangataua is a tidal estuary within 10 minutes’ drive from the Tauranga central business district, and is the easternmost arm of Tauranga Moana (Tauranga Harbour).Justice Grant Powell wrote that there was “evidence of a deep and abiding connection” over several hundred years for the groups granted the title – legal recognition of their relationship with the area.Link to ar...

October 16, 2021

OT places children

An approved Oranga Tamariki caregiver who assaulted a child in her care last year and had her caregiver status revoked is still looking after children through the state agency on a regular basis.Newsroom understands an Oranga Tamariki social worker, who attends the same church as the caregiver and her husband, has placed two siblings with the couple as respite care for two nights approximately every three weeks.Because they are no longer approved caregivers the couple cannot be paid the caregive...

October 15, 2021

Trifecta of hurdles to Māori economy:

The Māori economy is being held back because of low homeownership rates among Māori, says Westpac acting chief executive Simon Power.Māori businesses were growing in number, but were underrepresented within Aotearoa’s economy, and faced barriers to growth, Power said at the Apec 2021 Live virtual business summit on Wednesday.Power presented a research report for the event from economic research firm Berl and Māori-owned business advisory OpinioNative, which concluded the Māori e...

October 15, 2021

Magician wows audiences

Api Wairau-Mason (Ngaāti Tūwharetoa, Te Atiawa, Mangaia) may very well be the only magician in the world who performs his mahi all in Te Reo Māori.Mason, or Tangata Tumatarau (magician) is self-taught, and learned most of what he knows primarily from YouTube, but has recently found himself collaborating with well-known local magicians to add to his kete of tinihanga (basket tricks).   “Lately, I’ve found myself around a whole bunch of Aotearoa magicians and they...

October 15, 2021

New Aotearoa keyboard

“It was really frustrating trying to use macrons in my language.“Most Māori whānau just won't use it, they're struggling to interact with macrons in a way to use their language.“All of my family and friends either do not use te reo Māori because it’s too much of a hassle, or they don't use the macrons which makes the words unreadable.”Difficulty switching between settings to use the reo Māori keyboard had pushed many to copy and paste vowels with a tohutō from elsewhere, or not us...

October 15, 2021

Children's Cmmr Andrew Becroft

The Children's Commissioner is reiterating the need to focus on childhood mental health. Judge Andrew Becroft is making a series of speeches before he leaves the job next month, the first of which he made on Wednesday.Link to video: Children's Cmmr Andrew Becroft calls for more focus on childhood mental health (msn.com)...

October 14, 2021

Tertiary providers given deadline

Universities, polytechs and wananga have been given 10 years to end the persistently lower pass rates for Māori and Pasifika students.It's the third time in the past decade the Tertiary Education Commission has set a deadline for parity. This time it wants tertiary institutions to make large-scale changes and is hinting at fines for failure.Education correspondent John Gerritsen reports.Link to audio: Tertiary providers given deadline to fix persistently low pass rates for Māori, Pas...

October 12, 2021

What do we understand

What do we understand about dyslexia? Dyslexia is a brain-based type of learning disability that specifically impairs a person's ability to read. It is a common condition that also causes problems with writing and spelling. According to figures published by Dyslexia Reading Well , around 30 million adults in the United States are dyslexic. A further six million in the United Kingdom suffer from the condition. And in Canada, three million people have dyslexia. Signs of dyslexia usu...

October 12, 2021

Labour MP Willie Jackson

Cabinet Minister Willie Jackson has had a meeting with gang members about COVID-19 vaccination.Earlier this week, it was revealed prominent Mongrel Mob members including life member Harry Tam and Waikato chapter president Sonny Fatupaito were allowed to travel to Auckland to help ramp up vaccination efforts. "We've got cases in gangs and that makes this job really hard," Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told Radio Hauraki earlier this week. TVNZ's Q+A reported that Māori D...

October 10, 2021

The case that stopped the tour:

The flour bombs and pitch invasions of the 1981 Springbok tour saw hundreds of protestors arrested and brought before the courts. Four years later, it was the Rugby Union’s turn to face the rule of law, when a group of lawyers challenged a decision to send the All Blacks to apartheid South Africa. Edward Gay reports.A crowd of hundreds braved the Wellington winter, to find out if a group of lawyers had managed to stop the All Blacks touring apartheid South Africa.Sir Ted Thomas QC was still dr...

October 10, 2021

Parents say Māori children

Parents are accusing an embattled Lower Hutt school of marginalising Māori children and failing to always protect their cultural, emotional, and physical wellbeing.The allegations come after the Ministry of Education dissolved Wilford School's Board of Trustees last month and appointed a commissioner, Dr Te Tiwha Brendon Puketapu, in its place.In a statement the ministry said the board was managing a number of complaints it did not have the capacity to resolve under urgency.The Petone school, w...

October 10, 2021

Aotearoa, Nu Tīreni, New Zealand

Growing up in the Far North, Sam Napia never thought Pākehā would embrace te reo Māori.The nation coming together to sing the Māori version of the national anthem was beyond his imagination. A stadium of Kiwis performing haka in the stands alongside the All Blacks on the international stage was unthinkable.But in 2021, Napia, now the chief executive of Te Rūnanga ā Iwi ō Ngāpuhi, sees a break in the clouds. The indigenous culture of the nation is being pushed to the forefront of our iden...

October 9, 2021

Team finds 700-year-old soot

An overseas research team has linked soot preserved in Antarctic ice to fires set in Aotearoa New Zealand, by Māori settlers, 700 years ago.The researchers say the finding is a dramatic example of early humanity's environmental impact.However, there has been some criticism here in New Zealand about the research.Joseph McConnell is an environmental scientist at the Desert Research Institute in Reno, Nevada.He spoke to Kim Hill.Link to article and recording: Team finds 700-year-old soot...

October 9, 2021

Four iwi file claim seeking judicial review

Four iwi have filed a joint claim at the High Court in Auckland seeking a review of the use of te reo Māori in the nation’s courts.Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Rēhia, Te Poari o Ngātiwai, Te Rūnanga a Iwi o Ngāpuhi and Te Reo Ngāti Hine claim while the Māori Language Act gives anyone the right to speak te reo in legal proceedings, the language is still given a back seat to English.They are seeking a review of the decisions made by the Minister of Justice, the Secretary of Justice and the Attorn...

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