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Waikawa Marae hui brings together

A gathering of social and health services at Waikawa Marae, in Marlborough, is hoped to help families seeking help through the marae’s new Whānau Ora navigator.More than a dozen organisations attended a hui (meeting) at the marae near Picton on Tuesday, many of the professionals meeting kanohi ki te kanohi (face to face) for the first time.The hui was organised by Waikawa Marae co-ordinator/kairuruku Renee Love, and Whānau Ora navigator Marcia MacDonald, who started in her new position based...

February 28, 2021


THE PRESS 160 YEARS is a series marking the launch of The Press newspaper in Christchurch on May 25, 1861. Between now and the anniversary, The Press will revisit stories from every year of publication.The opening of the Te Waipounamu Māori Girls College in 1909 was a significant milestone.We in this island, particularly in Canterbury, are rather apt to forget that all the Maoris in New Zealand are not in the North Island,” The Press said in an editorial on ...

February 28, 2021

Hawke's Bay Regional Council

Hawke's Bay Regional Council has pushed back on adding Māori wards immediately and will hear what the public thinks before any decision is made.This follows the government's introduction of legislation to uphold council decisions to establish Māori wards.The current law allows the decision of an elected council to introduce a Māori ward to be overturned by a local poll.Just five percent of support is needed for a poll to be demanded.But the government want to change that rule, with Local...

February 25, 2021

Children still living in poverty

There has been little annual change in the number of children living in poverty across most measures, but there has been a drop in the number of whānau struggling to provide the basics.Stats NZ has just released the latest official child poverty figures, for the year ended June 2020.The numbers come from the household economic survey, which had to stop collecting data when the country went into lockdown.That means they provide a picture of child poverty before the pandemic.Stats NZ said all nin...

February 25, 2021

The lost scrolls

My field of research is astronomy, in particular Māori astronomy. I have no formal training and in fact I failed fourth form (year 10) science. As a young Māori boy at a Māori boarding school, the Western notion of science was completely foreign to me. I had no genealogical connection to the periodic table, I did not see the cultural relevance of a bunsen burner, and when I thought about science, the image that came to mind was that of a skinny white man in a lab coat with thick-rimmed specta...

February 24, 2021

Fears Māori knowledge in cultural sector

Twenty-five years ago wāhine like Mina McKenzie, Waana Davis, Te Aue Davis and Ngahuia Te Awekotuku decided that the cultural sector needed Māori trained as conservators and set about making that happen.By combining the science of conservation with the Māori world view, a small group including Vicki-Anne Heikell were trained.The group still actively support iwi and hapū around Aotearoa to help conserve taonga in a way that upholds their mana. But the future is uncert...

February 24, 2021

Child poverty declines,

Child poverty has improved overall since 2018 according to annual figures released on Tuesday, but the statistics for Māori and Pasifika are “profoundly disturbing for New Zealand”, says Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft.“To read that one in four Pasifika children and one in five Māori children meet the criteria for material hardship ought to shock all New Zealanders,” Becroft said after the release of the official child poverty statistics. It was “plainly unacceptable in...

February 24, 2021

Covid-19: Māori health providers

Some of the biggest Māori health providers in Auckland and Taranaki are "frustrated" they didn't receive any of the one million masks health officials promised for "vulnerable whānau", but the Ministry of Health has said they've been distributed through other channels.On Monday, an email was sent to Māori health providers from the Ministry of Health's deputy director-general of Māori Health John Whaanga which said the masks would be distributed the following day to help people protect themse...

February 24, 2021

Rules to using Maori words

Businesses which are considering adopting Maori words or imagery in their branding now have the benefit of a set of guidelines to help them reference Maori culture respectfully and avoid being accused of cultural appropriation.Karaitiana Taiuru, a Maori cultural brand adviser who has been working as an advocate for Maori intellectual property rights for more than 20 years, says he put together the guidelines in response to witnessing the significant damage to brands and personal reputations that...

February 23, 2021

Ancient swamp kauri give clues

Ancient swamp kauri tree rings have shed light on crucial changes to the Earth's atmosphere, which may have led to mass extinction of megafauna and the beginning of cave art.Scientists from NIWA, the University of New South Wales Sydney (UNSW), the South Australian Museum, and the University of Waikato, have been working together on the study.They looked at what was happening just before the event known as the Laschamp Excursion - the last time when the magnetic poles switched (north became sout...

February 22, 2021

Self-publication as

Sinead Overbye looks at how Māori writers are taking control of their own publication and distribution.There is a shift in the artistic landscape taking place, and with it different ways of publishing and distributing literature.I had the privilege of being involved with Te Rito o Te Harakeke in 2019. This publication brought Māori writers from across the world together to respond to the peaceful occupation of Ihumātao. Each poet had the right to refuse all editorial suggestions. The result w...

February 22, 2021

Māori scholars

Just five percent of the tertiary sector's teaching and research staff are Māori - a statistic that remains stubbornly low. A new book has brought together the stories of 24 Māori academics, allowing them to detail how they've worked in their respective fields to bring their mātauranga - or Māori knowledge - to their work.The book, Ngā Kete Mātauranga: Māori Scholars at the Research Interface, seeks to demonstrate how mātauranga can positively influence Western-dominated disciplines...

February 18, 2021

Māori academics are

Walking the long, colonial halls of Otago University law faculty, its once “lonely only” Māori academic is looked down upon by portraits of Pākehā professors.There is nothing obviously indigenous displayed in the law faculty of the country’s oldest university.Professor of law Jacinta Ruru, Raukawa/Ngāti Ranginui, has for more than 20 years walked those halls that don’t leave anyone feeling comfortable being Māori.Founded by settlers more than 150 years ago, institutional racism is w...

February 14, 2021

Replacing the traditional tie

From waka exhibitions to talking about ties, Te Rawhitiroa Bosch has come up with an alternative for the traditional tie. A Māori alternative to the tie named "Whakakai Maripi" has gone viral online in the wake of the Rawiri Watiti fight to wear his hei-tiki. The carved taiaha tongue concept was designed by artist and photographer, Te Rawhitiroa Bosch who is encouraging other Māori to be proud of taonga Māori.Bosch, of Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kahu and Pākehā descent, discussed how the co...

February 14, 2021

Oranga Tamariki

The children’s ministry is accused of abandoning a traumatised former worker. David Williams reportsAs happens so often, raw emotion and despair play out in a drab, air-conditioned room dominated by greys and off-whites, under the glare of fluorescent lights.Last week it was the turn of former Oranga Tamariki employee Bai Zammit-Ross, whose personal grievance was heard by the Employment Relations Authority.The power of the state was on display – for a beleaguered children’s ministry under&...

February 14, 2021

New $5.7 million fund

A new $5.7 million contestable fund has been launched to support Māori to protect marae taonga.The Mātauranga Māori Marae Ora is part of a wider $20m programme annnounced in December to support indigenous arts from the threats of the Covid-19 pandemic.Link to Article: New $5.7 million fund to help Māori protect taonga on marae |

February 9, 2021

Don Brash cops backlash after standing against Māori wards in Tauranga,

Former National Party leader Don Brash is facing backlash over his stance on Māori wards after he attended a meeting in Tauranga to say they should be abolished. He was speaking at an event today set up after Tauranga City Council voted to establish Māori wards next year.  "To my mind, having Māori wards — which would create wards where Māori only could vote — is a bad step,” he said. Protestors holding placards and singing in protest argued with Brash as he backed th...

January 31, 2021

Māori TV, Te Ao Māori News

Māori Television has launched two new mobile phone apps.The apps, Te Ao Māori News and Māori TV, are designed to send important alerts and messages quickly to users and provide free access to a range of news and entertainment.“No matter where people are on their reo Māori language journey, they can learn with us at any time from the comfort of their own space, on their own device. For others, it’s a doorway to a unique world that’s on our doorstep,” said Māori Television’s T...

January 31, 2021

Rose Pere:

Dr Rangimārie Te Turuki Arikirangi Rose Pere: educator, conservationist; b July 25, 1937; d December 13, 2020When Rose Pere was born in the remote Eastern Bay of Plenty settlement of Ruatāhuna, her mother was told that she would be a boy.But Pere’s birth on July 25, 1937, surprised them all, and her mother was taken down to the river where a tohuna tossed a branch into the water. Instead of going downstream, the branch pushed up against the current.That's how Rose Pere would be in this ...

January 30, 2021

War of words: Tauranga residents butt heads

A large group of vocal protesters disrupted a meeting opposing the introduction of Māori wards in Tauranga today.The controversial meeting was initially organised in a bid to gather more signatures for a petition against Māori wards.However, the petition had already gathered enough valid signatures to prompt the poll before the meeting started.Hundreds of people turned out to the meeting at the Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club, some holding signs saying "No to the petition" and "Say yes to M...

January 30, 2021

Māori left in 'precarious position'

Several Māori staff at Auckland's Unitec have resigned over what they say is institutionalised racism at the campus.The Unitec Māori staff collective - Te Roopu Mataara - say they have been disrespected and staff and students feel culturally unsafe.About 300 people gathered from the community this morning to stand with Tui Ah Loo who has resigned as the chair of the rūnanga.Te Rūnanga o Te Whare Wānanga o Wairaka is Unitec's non-executive advisory group which was founded in 1991 to ensure t...

January 30, 2021

Pākehā lack 'cultural competency' to lead Oranga Tamariki,

Pākehā have had their turn trying to look after New Zealand's vulnerable, the chair of Whānau Ora says, and should cede responsibility to Māori following the resignation of embattled Oranga Tamariki CEO Gráinne Moss.Moss stood down from the role last Friday, following months of intense scrutiny brought on by coverage of uplifts of Māori babies, who are five times more likely to be taken into state care than babies of other ethnicities.Merepeka Raukawa-Tait, Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency...

January 27, 2021

Māori urged to lead on restoration

Support for the restoration of indigenous names to native plants and animals - which were given Latin names by settler European scientists - has been gaining traction, but Māori academics say indigenous people must lead the conversation.The restoration of indigenous scientific names was first put forward last year by ecologists Dr Shane Wright from Auckland University, and Len Gillman from AUT.They are calling on Māori to bring forward the original names to keep that traditional knowledge aliv...

January 27, 2021

Māori councillor withdraws complaint to Race Relations Commissioner

A Māori councillor is withdrawing his complaint to the Race Relations Commissioner over an “insulting” Grey Power newsletter ahead of a meeting with its author.Ōpōtiki district councillor Louis Rapihana submitted a complaint to Race Relations Commissioner Meng Foon about the newsletter in which Siva Panadam suggested Mr Rapihana could not speak English after he gave a closing karakia in te reo Māori at a meeting late last year. However, he is now withdrawing that complaint after hearing ...

January 24, 2021


The resignation of Oranga Tamariki chief executive Grainne Moss today followed months of scrutiny due to her presiding over a policy that removed vulnerable, predominantly Māori, children from their mothers and placed them into state care.Here is how her controversial tenure unfolded:Link to article: Timeline: Oranga Tamariki chief executive Grainne Moss's road to resignation (

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