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Experts Shaun Hendy and Siouxsie Wiles among those

A controversial letter by a group of prominent academics has been rubbished as "scientific racism" in a rebuttal by leading Covid expert Professor Shaun Hendy and New Zealander of the Year Associate Professor Siouxsie Wiles which has been signed by more than 1100 people. The letter which prompted today's reply claimed Māori knowledge was "not science" and was published in the Listener magazine on July 23 with the names of seven prominent Auckland University professors attached. It was...

July 31, 2021

Pukekohe parents call for school board removal

Concerned parents of Pukekohe North School (Te Raki o Pukekohe) pupils have met to discuss what they say are issues over the school's board of trustees.The school has roughly 80 per cent children of Māori heritage.One mother, Raemon Mātene, has been fighting the board for more recognition of the needs of whānau Māori.“My experience with the board has been around the lack of engagement with whānau, the lack of Māori representation around the table and the lack of any action to a...

July 31, 2021

Burden of history:

Ngāti Naho is a hapū on the northern shores of the Waikato, its rohe includes Rangiriri, tucked between the river and the shallow Lake Waikare. It's also the site of one of the most significant battles of the New Zealand Wars.The hapū finds itself busier and busier as interest grows about what happened at Rangiriri 158 years ago, when the Crown assaulted the Pā in an act designed to eliminate the Kiingitanga and confiscate more than a million hectares of land."There is a lot of demand," said...

July 31, 2021

'#HeyColoniser':

National's 'Demand the Debate' campaign, under which Māori co-governance concerns have been raised, has been adopted by the Māori Party, which is demanding a debate about "colonisers' entitlements" and "white privilege". Māori Party co-leader Debbie Ngarewa-Packer, writing in an opinion piece for NZ Herald, said there should be a debate on the "inherently white system", people "refusing to address their attitudes of white privilege" and "systemic racism". Writing about it on so...

July 29, 2021

Police make 14 arrests at Pūtiki Bay, Waiheke Island,

Fourteen arrests have been made at Waiheke Island's marina site, the latest this week allowing work on seabed piles to continue after the violence earlier this month.Inspector Gary Davey of Auckland Police released new information about events at Pūtiki Bay, Kennedy Point where the island's first marina is being developed."Prior to Monday, 11 people have been charged and put before the court. Police are continuing to monitor the situation at Kennedy Point/Pūtiki Bay," Davey said yesterday, ref...

July 29, 2021

Teachers say learning te reo

As part of a series this week, RNZ is looking at efforts to ensure schools and teachers are using reo and tikanga every day. Today, teachers tell RNZ that learning te reo is making them into better educators.This month saw the start of the first courses in a $100 million push to teach te reo and tikanga to 40,000 early childhood and school teachers over the next four years.The courses come as learning and speaking te reo have essentially become compulsory for teachers - they have to attest to us...

July 29, 2021

Auckland University professor resigns over letter

A University of Auckland professor has stepped down as acting dean of science after backlash to a letter he co-authored claiming Māori knowledge "is not science".Professor of Psychology Douglas Elliffe emailed the science faculty to say his role in writing the letter meant his leadership had the potential to "increase division" among the university's scientific community.Elliffe was one of seven professors to sign the letter published in the Listener magazine last week in response to ...

July 29, 2021

National MP questions bid to put Māori knowledge

It traces back to 2019 when the Government agreed to strengthen NCEA, with a commitment to explicitly reflect and promote mana ōrite mō tē mātauranga Māori, or parity for Māori knowledge, within the main secondary school qualification. Jackie Talbot, a group manager of early learning and student achievement at the Ministry of Education, told Newshub it is currently being trialled in schools and the findings are being used to refine them for full school pilots through 2022. She sa...

July 28, 2021

Report finding 18,000 more children pushed into poverty

The report from the Child Poverty Action Group points the finger of blame squarely at the Government but Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is disputing the numbers.One Auckland teen who's currently in emergency housing says COVID-19 was the tipping point. "COVID lockdown was pretty rough... couch surfing with family... out on the streets... if I had to I'd sleep at internet cafes or park benches, anywhere like that," he told Newshub. He's not alone. The Child Poverty Action Group's latest ...

July 28, 2021

Former staff accuse

Staff at Te Arawhiti, the Office for Māori Crown Relations, are leaving the agency at high rates, with multiple former Māori staff accusing it of racism.RNZ understands one long-serving Māori staff member who left relatively recently blasted the agency for racism as he exited.The staff member, who RNZ has decided not to name, is understood to have stood in front of colleagues at his farewell and spoken about the racism he had experienced at the organisation.RNZ contacted the staff member but ...

July 28, 2021

University of Auckland

The University of Auckland has announced a change to its Māori name, and will now be known as Waipapa Taumata Rau.The university’s previous Māori name was Te Whare Wānanga o Tāmaki Makaurau, a more literal translation of its English name.The replacement name underpins a new strategic direction, one that aims to “build respect for Māori knowledge” and challenges the public to understand the deep roots of Māori history and culture.Auckland University celebrated the name change at dawn ...

July 28, 2021

Tūkākī tells Fonterra to 'stick to milking cows

The chairman of Ngā Ngaru (National Māori Authority), Matthew Tūkākī, has fired shots across the bow of New Zealand’s largest agricultural company, Fonterra, over its bid to trademark Māori words used for its Kāpiti cheese range.“When I discovered that they intend on making applications to trademark Māori words and names, I think all Māori would agree with me that a corporate entity sure as hell does not own the use of Māori words or phrases,” Tūkākī said.However, Fonterra has...

July 28, 2021

Fleas, fear, threats:

So many warnings, so many opportunities: The frustrated words of the Assistant Māori Commissioner for Children as she slams Oranga Tamariki's lack of action on the safety of young people.Glenis Philip-Barbara’s words come after the Office of the Children's Commissioner (OCC) released 15 reports, under the Official Information Act, into the four Oranga Tamariki youth justice facilities for young people who have, or are alleged to have, committed an offence.The reports detail allegations of sta...

July 28, 2021

RADIO ZM shares 'perfect response' to complaint about use of te reo Māori,

Radio station ZM has garnered praise for its response to a listener who complained bitterly about the use of "useless" te reo Māori on air. The pop music station shared a screenshot of a message received on its Facebook page from a disgruntled person whose name was photoshopped to read 'Sour Puss' to protect their identity. #"Stop ramming Māori language down our throat. I just listened to the 7am news and it was ridiculous [sic]. We are called New Zealand, fact," the message began.&n...

July 28, 2021

Te reo Māori isn't being forced on NZ,

I live in Aotearoa New Zealand, but I grew up in New Zealand.One of my great-grandfathers was a man called Ben Keys. During the turn of the 20th century he travelled the country mapping tribal lands. His diaries are in the Alexandra Turnbull Library in Wellington and his maps are still used today during Treaty settlements.He spoke fluent Māori - not just what is commonly understood now as Māori but several different dialects. Most of which are extinct now.In 1908 he married Katarina Rangikawhi...

July 26, 2021

A turning point:

New Zealand has long fought to have indigenous remains held overseas returned – now it’s reckoning with its own colonial legacy.In 2009, Āwhina Twomey received a phone call from a friend and member of her Rangitāne o Wairau iwi (tribe), asking if she could be in the South Island by 4am the following Saturday. She baulked at the early start, but then she heard the reason: Canterbury Museum had agreed to repatriate her tūpuna (ancestors), or kōiwi tangata (ancestral remains) to her iwi.It ...

July 26, 2021

MŌ TE MATEMATE-Ā-ONE KI A TE UREWERA

Seven years since Te Urewera was officially recognised as a legal person, her people – Ngāi Tūhoe – are facing up to the wounds of colonisation and a Crown partnership haunted by the past. National correspondent Florence Kerr and visual journalist Lawrence Smith entered a world veiled by the mists of the ancient forest, and travelled the new path being forged for Māori and Crown relations.Link to article and podcast: ENDURING: Kia Pūmau Tonu | Restoring the heart of Te Urewera (stuf...

July 26, 2021

Kāinga Ora pays $8.1m for motel for homeless in Rotorua,

Government landlord Kāinga Ora has paid $8.1m for a Rotorua motel unit to house homeless people, raising the eyebrows of local real estate agents who say it is well above the capital value (CV).This week the Government announced its housing arm Kāinga Ora was in the final stages of buying the 30-unit Boulevard Motel at 265 Fenton St for $8.1m.The Ministry of Social Development has no record of the motel previously being used for emergency housing. It will be turned into transitional housing fo...

July 22, 2021

Calls to 'feed the 5 million first'

People are going hungry even though New Zealand produces enough food to feed 40 million - and it's spurring calls for the country to "feed the five million first".Almost 40 percent of New Zealand households experience food insecurity, while 19 percent of children live in households that experience food insecurity.Poverty researcher Dr Rebekah Graham said while working on her thesis on food insecurity, she interviewed a woman who walked for 90 minutes each day to get a free co...

July 22, 2021

ACT's proposed gang policies 'shortsighted'

The polices include placing injunctions on gang members and stopping their welfare payments being used for alcohol, tobacco and gambling, by electronically monitoring spending. The party released its law and order policy document at Wellington CBD's Danger Danger bar.Danger Danger owner Matt McLaughlin said crime was on the rise on Courtney Place and the surrounding streets."We are seeing a massive increase in gang members, two of the well publicised fights that have happened in the pa...

July 21, 2021

Te reo revitalisation

There are two ways of looking at Te Reo Māori, Kiley Nepia says; it’s in dire straights, but it is also becoming more innovative and accepted in Aotearoa.Kiley Nepia (Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō, Rangitāne, Ngāti Kuia, Ngāi Tahu) spoke about his personal journey learning Te Reo Māori at a summit held in Nelson allowing iwi and reo champions of the southern Māori electorate to collaborate and share their revitalisation work.The focus of the summit, hosted by Te Pae Motuhake&nb...

July 21, 2021

Hiring more Māori researchers

The $315-million-a-year Performance Based Research Fund (PBRF) will reward work by Māori researchers at 2.5 times the rate of non-Māori academics, while Pasifika academics' work will be funded at two times the non-Pasifika rate.It will also give research into Māori knowledge a funding weighting of 3 - higher than the current rate of 2.5 which applies to the most expensive sciences.University of Auckland sociology lecturer specialising in higher education, Dr Sereana Naepi, said the change had...

July 21, 2021

Dramatic rise in teachers being investigated

The number of Teaching Council decisions reached a five-year-high in 2020, with physical abuse of young people and inappropriate relationships with students the most common reasons for investigations. LEE KENNY reports.It was the final lesson of the day and students in the year 10 class packed away their things.The teacher said everyone would have to wait for the bell, but – after a brief exchange – a 14-year-old boy, swore, got up and walked out into the hall.Things escalated quickly. The t...

July 18, 2021

'It's going to be a very interesting few years' - expert discusses pressure points

A “significantly ageing population” and declining fertility rates were just some realities the New Zealand population faces the coming decade, an expert says.Professor Paul Spoonley said that by 2030, there may be six million kiwis, with 1.5m of them living overseas.The former vice-chancellor of Massey University’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences, who retired in April this year, spoke to members of the public at Havelock North’s function centre on Wednesday evening.Spoonley sai...

July 18, 2021

Is Labour funding the Mongrel Mob with drugs programme?

One of the National Party's current lines of attack against Labour is an accusation that the governing party has funded the Mongrel Mob to the tune of $2.75 million.The money, from the Proceeds of Crime Fund, was signed off by those at the top of Labour, including Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.It was for a methamphetamine rehabilitation programme called Kahukura in the central Hawke's Bay.Link to article: Is Labour funding the Mongrel Mob with drugs programme? What you need to know - NZ Her...

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