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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.

Sunday Reading

In Lifestyle, Te Ao Māori on February 14, 2016 at 10:00 am

A new weekly feature, where I share some of my favourite reads from the past week.

#1 The Spinoff Interview of Mana Magazine editor, Leonie Hayden. A wonderful interview with Leonie covering her role at Mana Magazine and the visibility of Māori in the New Zealand media.

#2 Again from The Spinoff, a list of the top 50 nonfiction books by, or about, Māori.  Following on from their top 50 New Zealand non fiction books which suffered from a complete white wash, amends were well and truly made with this list of cracking reads and resources from Te Ao Māori.

#3 After 5 years of conversation, the Independent Constitutional Working Group, established by the Iwi Leaders Group, and Chaired by Margaret Mutu and Moana Jackson, released their findings and recommendations for alternative constitutional arrangements.

#4 Also in the legal sphere, the Waitangi Tribunal released a draft chapter on its urgent inquiry into the reforms of Te Ture Whenua Māori 1993.

#5 From Media Diversified, the thought-provoking piece entitled “Diversity is Dead, and Whiteness Killed It”

Share your favourite pieces in the comments below!

Our Stories: Mana Magazine Feb/Mar Edition

In Te Ao Māori on February 1, 2016 at 1:32 pm

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The latest edition of Mana Magazine hits the shelves today with a Rangatahi-themed edition and one very insightful article on the historical roots of our housing problems, displaced urban Māori and how history continues to repeat itself.  Also included is my latest column looking at economic development, and my attention this month turns to Ngāi Tūhoe and their efforts to assert their Mana Motuhake.

You can check out the latest edition here.

Land Based Taxes and Māori

In Te Ao Māori on June 8, 2015 at 9:13 pm

I am currently in Auckland undertaking a LLM course with Professor James Anaya and Dr Claire Charters focusing on indigenous rights within the international legal system.  We have had a number of discussion on self-determination (a lessor form of the right to Tino Rangatiratanga guaranteed to Māori under Te Tiriti o Waitangi) and on appropriate remedies for breaches of the fundamental human rights that indigenous peoples hold.  One such right is the right to be secure in the possession of their lands and resources, encapsulated in Article 26 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Read the rest of this entry »