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~audience: 5,371,844. Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 7.2.13~
Although the spirit of Waitangi Day lies in honoring Maori inclusion as equal business partners with The Crown each day, Waitangi Day celebrations are “to give us a full sense of nationhood” du jour in agreement for all that New Zealanders as a team are trying to achieve.
To stay in agreement with the principles of Waitangi’s foundational spirit (to see others different to ourselves as equals) is the benchmark of respect in New Zealand that our founding fathers and mothers hoped for, when they as intelligent and adventurous people inked a deal to uphold justice – in the concept of communities evolving and being strong trading partners working together for the good of Aotearoa, NZ.
Prime Minister John Key said, he believed Waitangi Day was a valuable opportunity for discussion and stood by his commitment.
“How will history judge [us]? History will judge [us as New Zealanders] well because [we] come back year after year.”
He also urged the iwi [Ngapuhi] involved in the Te Hiku collective to sort out their differences and move toward a settlement, saying it would inject as much as $200 million into an area that greatly needed it.
Ngapuhi has over 20% of the Maori population. Ironically, the tribe is one of the last to settle with The Crown. So, a timely speech from the PM to Ngapuhi.
most photos: Michael Cunningham.
photos: nzh & northern advocate.
Top photo: In a rare display, Te Arawa Iwi’s flag flew too on Waitangi Day.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 6.2.13~
Cally and Grant Morrison live in Aussie. They celebrate Waitangi Day each year in celebration of their Maori heritage.
photo: Lee Constable.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 5.2.13~
Some tribal members of Te Taou of Helensville and the Kaipara prepare to meet with members of The Crown. Their tribal lands were confiscated and redress concerning these New Zealand citizens future regarding land, water, ocean flows economic abilities have still yet to be determined in the peoples economic model moving forward.
Photo: September 2011. My own.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 11.1.13~
water currency news: the NZ government plans to list three energy power companies NZ citizens own, onto the NZX. Chris Hipkins says it isn’t wise to a) list them at all and b) list three in the same year. Treasury advises: if they did list, they should list six months apart. Markets are quite unstable in other parts of the world – so there will be investors. It’s just what do most New Zealanders get out of the sale? As of now, all own the assets. And where does this leave Iwi? (more…)
“CHINA’S” SOUTH CANTERBURY MILK DESIGNS… YILI ADS + ODG TAKE OVER BIDS… NZ WATER OUTPUTS ON THE LINE? DECEMBER 27th 2012
South Canterbury where Jenny Shipley is based, is a region of New Zealand that has announced that Chinese dairy firm Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group wants a slice of New Zealand’s water, minerals, protein yields. Specifically the Chinese company wants NZ’s dairy product. Yili has desires and designs for a $214m dairy plant, if it’s bid to take over Oceania Dairy Group (ODG) is approved in NZ by the ever dubious O.I.O office.
If Yili is approved to take over ODG than it seeks to access ODG’s land resource consents. Part of that design would be to build the plant over 38 hectares in South Canterbury. The news was posted after discussions with the O.I.O on the Shanghai Stock Exchange notice board on Dec. 18.
If given consent, June 2014 is when the plant aims to be operating at 60% capcity in NZ. Full capacity would see 47,000 tonnes of dairy product for export expected in the 2016/17 year.
What I think: Dairy is a resource that is water based initially. (more…)
Making the top ten posts between 5pm and 6pm (NZ time) is:
It’s New Zealand’s founding document. Happy reading. :)
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 7.11.12~
I AM DETERMINED – FOMA’S 25th ANNIVERSARY, TAUPO – TAKING $10b MAORI ASSETS TO THE NEXT LEVEL OF GROWTH
FOMA has been working to expand the Māori economy for 25 years. It’s members have a $10b asset base. Here’s a quote from the Chair: “It is essential the Maori business network actively participates in the fundamental development of New Zealand’s economy. Maori economic development and its contribution to the growth of this country must continue to be realised and I am determined to facilitate this growth through the provision of a robust networking capability within our membership.” –Tangata Whenua news.
Their anniversary was celebrated at Rauhoto Marae in Taupo today.
Young Hinerangi Goodman was there to showcase the hope Maori entrepreneurs have as corporate entities in the collective of community thinkers.
Some facts: Forestry and fishing are two industries that Maori could develop quite well into more innovative ways. Maori could also diversify capital from these too – into new arenas of business expansion.
Watch Traci Houpapa in the clip who makes it all sound so exciting. So beautiful with a refreshing spirit too. Inspiring stuff.
Press Release of The Hui follows: (more…)
Some Maori News:
Ngāti Manawa dispute CNI land deal: Eight tribes are trying to share ownership of Kaingaroa Forest and held a meeting today to discuss this issue further. This forest is part of the biggest claims settled under the Treaty of Waitangi and power was handed back to the tribes three years ago. But Ngāti Manawa has come out saying their lands are being used as compensation for another.
Protest against proposed Makaroro River dam: Māori in Hawkes Bay are protesting plans to dam Makaroro River, near Hastings. The Hawkes Bay Regional Council wants to store water from the river and use it to irrigate nearby orchards. But there’s concern about the environmental damage the dam may cause.
Auckland primary schools hold their kapa haka regionals: Across the country, regional primary school competitions are taking place. Today, Auckland held their regionals which included the current national champions, Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Hoani Waititi.
Superstorm USA News – A Maori Speaks on it: New Yorker Sarah Smith is currently in NZ but her husband is at home in New York. She says people in her home town are focused on the clean-up. The damages Sandy has caused is estimated at $18 billion in costs. (more…)
Maori News: Crown’s betrayal of Tūhoe highlighted in Urewera report: The third and final report related to the Urewera district inquiry has been released. The Waitangi Tribunal says it shows a long, unfolding betrayal of the Treaty relationship between the Crown and Tūhoe.
Tuhoe and The Crown working at it and being in a “happy space” is good progress.
I’ve been to the tribal festival. It is amazing. Everyone is so happy at the festival. No one speaks English. Everyone smiles and laughs lots on that day. The performing arts and artworks are inspirational. You could be in Brazil, yet it is Tuhoe land. A beautiful people.
[Shane Taurima & Christopher Finlayson feature].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 23.10.12~
KING TUHEITIA PAKI, THE MAORI KING COMMEMORATES HIS GRANDFATHER, KING KOROKI’S CORONATION, WITH A RIVER WAAKA JOURNEY
King Tuheitia the Maori King, commemorated the anniversary of his grandfather’s coronation and put the spotlight back on Maori water rights with a journey down Waikato River this morning.
King Tuheitia travelled in a waka taua from Ngaruawahia to Waahi marae at Huntly. The fifth Maori king, King Koroki, was crowned on October 8, 1933.
[Photo: a 1953 shing ding at Turangawaewae Marae with King Koroki and guests - Te Ara photo archives].
The annual Waahi marae poukai is traditionally held on this date and King Tuheitia opened the event with the river journey – an act that also aimed to show the tribe’s cultural and spiritual connection to the Waikato River in the wake of controversy surrounding the rights and interests of Maori to freshwater and the Government’s proposal to sell state-owned assets.
Tribal leaders from throughout Tainui, as well as Maori leaders playing a key role in progressing freshwater rights at the national level accompanied King Tuheitia.
Today’s discussion at Waahi marae is expected to include the freshwater rights issue, following the recent national hui held at Turangawaewae marae.
News source: Fairfax News. Photos – Peter Drury and Te Ara.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 8.10.12~
DELIVERING THE RURAL MAIL – KEEPING UP WITH RACHEL HUNTER & WILMA SCHIAMANSKI’S HIGH TECH AWARD WINNING DAIRY FARMING WAYS
It’s a long standing Kiwi tradition to deliver the mail.
The simple pleasure of checking the farm letter box is the most exciting event in rural communities. I remember it being that way growing up in my teens on a farm.
To this day, TV that I love watching is Rural Delivery. It’s a TV series featuring stories about New Zealand people who are the unsung heroes of our City populous mindsets. In Rural Delivery I tune in to the faces of people just like us, whose earth romance daily, shows a connectedness to landscape and place that I appreciate, admire and respect. Well mannered people living sun up to sun down as a rule.
On this week’s show: Find out how pine trees in Nelson are being used to create high-tech, architecturally designed buildings that can better withstand earthquakes.
What I learned from last week’s show: The Young Farmers Club have grown their club numbers by 20% during the 2005-12 farming calendar. That’s awesome. Mentoring programs have been established, with new field trips in key areas of agricultural growth teaching skills younger to equip youth showing interest in farming earlier.
What I was thinking: How can the Young Farmers Club help young Maori learn about farming? How can the YFC integrate with Iwi programs to impart knowledge, grow the club in a culturally aware way of New Zealand, showing a good lead for NZ’s bright future in this manner? How can Iwi Development work with the YFC’s Club for win-win partnerships in the upcoming years through cool cross-pollination of ideas, resources co-management and dreaming big as one?
When my mind walks down that country road of thinking, I could spend an entire day, exploring the new frontier of the Aotearoa prairies on that one. However, I don’t want to get too excited about the bright possibilities too much. Iwi and Farmers must do this as one themselves. In future years, delivering the rural mail is just going to get more exciting. More scientific, yet allowing nature to be king too, the story of Aotearoa New Zealand’s stunning cast as observers of all that the land produces for us all. There’s a pretty high standard of rural post delivery traditions to uphold in NZ.
A story that reminds me of my late grandad: Schimanski Dairy Award Winners: Otorohanga farmers Don and Wilma Schimanski are the winners of the Dairy Business of the Year Supreme Award for 2012. The national competition looks at all aspects of a dairy farm owner’s business, in particular farm profitability. Entrants in the Dairy Business of the Year Supreme Award for 2012 were scored out of 70 for their financial performance, 15 for environmental care and 15 for human resources. The competition is organised by Intelact director Chris Pyke. The judges were independent – Professor Keith Woodford of Lincoln University and Emeritus Professor Colin Holmes of Massey University.
Don and Wilma Schimanski have been dairying together for 23 years, and built up their business by putting three farms together. They now milk 748 cows on 184ha. Previously Don was a bulldozing contractor. Their philosophy is to fully feed the cows, keeping them healthy and well. They pay particular attention to grazing at the three leaf stage. Good management means keeping a finger on the pulse all the time, Don says. “You can’t really stop criticizing yourself. My philosophy is to look after my managers and workers. I have been lucky there. The focus of our team is on pasture harvest, and utilizing as much pasture as possible.” The figures show the Schimanskis have higher than average pasture harvested at 13.7tDM/ha compared to the Waikato average of 12.2tDM/ha.”–More@TheGumbootDiaries.
Important too: Is Bruce Wills, National President, Federated Farmers interview on water and its relationship to farming in NZ. “It is our number one issue by far, water,” shares Bruce.
Thank you for the news.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 16.9.12~
UNIQUE VALUES SPRING, THIS GREAT LEAP FORWARD . . . NGAI TUHOE’S GOOD GOVERNANCE MODELS HUGE SIGNING DAY
Beyond extermination, unique values spring, flowing across scorched earth pasts, to create good governance models. On a hugely significant settlement day, a great leap forward. --A river runs through us.
–Ngai Tuhoe Settlement signing day, 9-11 2012. New Zealand.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 11.9.12~
Press Release: Tribal Affairs & Ngai Tuhoe: “Tuhoe has reached an agreement with the Crown for a $170 million settlement of historic grievances.
That puts it up there among the largest settlements to date, with Tainui’s and Ngai Tahu’s settlements both worth $170 million, but in the mid-1990s.
The agreement will see the Urewera National Park given its own legal identity and managed by a governance board with equal numbers of Tuhoe and the Crown.
Decision will be by consensus, meaning that both parties will have a veto right. Public access would be guaranteed on the same access as now.
Both parties have registered their interest in getting the park recognised by UNESCO as having unique values.
Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson made the announcement at Parliament this afternoon with iwi leaders Tamati Kruger and Kirsty Luke.
Mr Finlayson said it was ”a huge significant settlement” and some of the breaches against Tuhoe were the most severe.
“Huge areas of the iwi’s land were wrongly confiscated and more purchased unjustly.
“Military campaigns against Tuhoe prisoners and civilians were described even at the time as ‘extermination’ and the Crown employed a scorched earth policy in Tuhoe settlements in the Te Urewera.”
Mr Finlayson said one aspect of the settlement described as ”mana motuhake redress” would address improved relationships between the Crown and Tuhoe and the delivery of social services.
The parties will spend the next 12 weeks drafting a deed of settlement with the aim of it being signed in December and passed in legislation next year.
Previous negotiations caused a political furore in 2010 when Prime Minister John Key took the return of the national park off the negotiating table, promoting Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia to question Mr Key’s honour.
Mr Kruger said it was a good offer and something he thought would be acceptable to Tuhoe.
“One of the things it attempts to do is solve the disconnection over the last 100 or so years between Tuhoe and Te Urewera and this is a lot more real than symbolism.”
“These settlements don’t necessarily represent an answer but rather a means by which each every iwi moves on and creates their own wealth and their own sense of security.”
He said the offer was considered to be ”a great leap forward which will allow Tuhoe to find mana motuhake and to find and secure that connection between themselves and Te Urewera.”
Mr Kruger said the plan was a 40-year programme with five-yearly reviews.
Ngai Tuhoe numbered about 35,000 and was the six largest iwi he believed. About 20 per cent of Tuhoe lived in the tribe’s rohe.
The chief negotiators for the Crown was former diplomat John Wood and he was assisted by former Prime Minister Jim Bolger, Mr Finlayson said.
Words Audrey Young. A hat doffingly significant day of Iwi testament in Tuhoe and The Crown’s ongoing relationship ahead.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 11.9.12~
Press Release – Tribal Affairs – The Crown & Ngati Whatua Iwi:
“The Crown today signed a deed to collectively settle the historical claims of iwi and hapū over shared interests in the Auckland area, including maunga (volcanic cones) and motu (islands), Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Christopher Finlayson announced.
The deed was signed at the Auckland War Memorial Museum. In attendance were Mr Finlayson and Māori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples representing the Crown, representatives of the iwi and hapū groups that have been negotiating as the Tāmaki Collective, a number of local Members of Parliament, and also Auckland City Mayor Len Brown.
“Today we have reached a critical step towards settling all historical Treaty grievances in the Auckland region,” Mr Finlayson said. “This deed of settlement resolves some of the most complex overlapping claims and shared interests in the country, and the relationships built here lay the foundations for a better future for iwi and hapū, the Crown, and the city of Auckland.”
The Collective Deed vests the ownership of 14 maunga (volcanic cones) in the Tāmaki Collective. The maunga will be co-governed by a body made up of representatives of Auckland Council, the Tāmaki Collective and a Crown representative.
“For generations the maunga have been intrinsically important to the iwi and hapū of Tāmaki Collective and the people of Auckland,” Mr Finlayson said. “This integrated management approach will bring benefit to everyone and ensure that our iconic symbols will remain long after we have gone.”
It’s been about five days since I really caught up on my Maori news. I get a bit grumpy when I go that long without checking in with what New Zealand’s Maori speaking citizens deem as news. I just feel robbed of celebrating being more Kiwi when I miss the Maori news for days.
So, here’s an attempt to share the last three days with you as catch up.
Day 1: September 4th: Mighty River Power Sale, Might Wait: A five week consultation process with iwi (Maori tribes) is now going to happen. A Waitangi Tribunal report recommended the government work more on Maori water rights. 2013 could mean The Government is then within the law to even consider a partial float of the assets with Maori and New Zealand citizens being co-owners of these assets with government. Political response to the delay of SOE sale: MP’s Hekia Parata, Maori Council co-chair Maanu Paul, and Mana Party leader, Hone Harawira all gave their reactions to the new Mighty River Power news update report.
Kiwi reggae pioneers, Herbs, are to be inducted to NZ Music Hall of Fame: 30-years as a Kiwi icon band with hits like French Letter and Long Ago remind Kiwis why all band members will be inducted at the APRA Silver Scroll Awards next week in a manner that New Zealand is so proud of. (more…)
The Prime Minister of New Zealand John Key says he owes it to the Waitangi Tribunal to consider its recommendation to hold off on the Government’s plan to partially sell state-owned assets until a claim over rights to water is resolved.
Broadcasting legend, Mr Peter Williams and Corin Dann serve the interview with the PM.
MP Hekia Parata also speaks for the PM’s government in Te Reo Rangatira (The Language of Chiefs) on the issue as well.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 31.7.12~
… NZ MP Tariana Turia… well… she allegedly wept over a river.
The river she wept over was New Zealand Maori peoples longstanding patience and resiliance in light of unfair dealings by agents of The Crown.
More at justice’s new flow of good energy.
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Turia recalled and remembered some of “the darkest times” in New Zealand history as four Treaty of Waitangi claims were settled.
Ms Turia wiped away her tears as she spoke to the final reading of the bill to sign-off a settlement to Gisborne-based iwi Ngai Tamanuhiri.
In the school of Kiwi old-fashioned manners – here’s a tribute to The Magic- being the best netball team in the South Pacific, making world history for a New Zealand netball team in their hard-fought sports competition league.
A haka from Te Tai Tokerau, Northland going up as a tribute today – for our fierce Champions of sporting excellence, discipline, wise coaching and mean teamwork on court.
[Photo credit: Getty Images. Tight Tussle: Leana de Bruin of the Magic competes for the ball during the final between the Melbourne Vixens and the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aoteroa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 23.7.12~
Best reporting today was: Miriama Kamo‘s insightful interview into water and how Maori New Zealand citizens are defined by its lifegiving flows.
Quote: Water in our veins:
"We own the water, in our concept of ownership, my flesh tells me, my blood tells me, my skin tells me - it doesnt have to talk, I know we own that water" says Te Arawa iwi.
Profound. Deep. Calming. True.
I like the name for the South Island: The Waters of Greenstone. Te Wai Pounamu – that awareness has always been inextricably linked about water to Maori reality and kinship towards land, water, sea. Fancy naming the largest land mass before you hit ice, after water. I would have been impressed by the mountain ranges alone and their majestic beauty, however… water we always are. Water we be.
[Photo: Te Rangiaheke (Yvonne) Bidois - Ben Fraser]
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 16.7.12~