Joshua Hitchcock

Setting the Scene: Ka Tōnuitanga in 2017

In Uncategorized on January 9, 2017 at 10:00 am

I’m back. 

I started this blog back in 2011 as a way of talking about Māori issues in the lead up to that years general election.  It was a space that had been neglected for far too long, and only one or two of us were writing seriously about the big issues of the day and the impact they had on Te Ao Māori.  As we once again enter an election year (seriously, can we move to a four-year term already), it is time to pick up the pen (or, in this case, my hideously expensive but delightfully easy to use Macbook Air) and restart the conversation on my little corner of the internet about Māori politics and the Māori economy.

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Training For The New Economy

In Te Ao Māori on May 21, 2016 at 2:40 pm

With the new Government Budget set to be announced next week, a plethora of pre-budget announcements are being made to build a momentum of positive news stories.  One such announcement last week was the expansion of the Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Scheme:

An additional $9.6 million over four years will provide for more Māori and Pasifika Trades Training (MPTT) as demand for the programme continues to grow, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce and Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell say.

“This funding will provide places for 2,500 young Māori and Pasifika learners in MPTT programmes this year, and 3,400 next year, up from just 1,200 in 2014,” Mr Joyce says.

“We are targeting 5,000 learners annually by 2019 as we encourage young Māori and Pasifika to take up a trade and help meet some of the emerging shortages in construction and infrastructure trades particularly.”

Source: Beehive.Govt.NZ

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Man, Know Thyself

In Te Ao Māori on May 13, 2016 at 12:54 am

If we are talking about who needs to apologise, the National Government needs to apologise for the disgraceful actions that it has inflicted upon Māori in the past.  Who remembers Don Brash in Ōrewa?  Who remembers that speech?  Who remembers the hate that was whipped up from that dog whistle, from that Government over that?

This was a comment made by Rino Tirikatene, the current Labour member for Te Tai Tonga, speaking in General Debate in Parliament on Wednesday 11 May 2016.  A member of the party that confiscated the foreshore and seabed in 2004, invaded Ngāi Tūhoe in October 2007, and refused to endorse the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Who remembers?  Indeed.