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Open mike 04/06/2022

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  1. Molly 1

    Update on the Mataraunga Maaori component in first year uni paper from an anecdotal perspective.

    Was reinforced in test that concepts and understanding had to relate only to lecturer's definitions, personal knowledge or alternate definitions would be marked as wrong.

    Eg. What is the definition of whanau?

    The only 'right' answer, is your direct ancestors. Any other definition – no marks.

    Also, MM questions twice the points for no discernible reason.

    This approach is inviting resistance and pushback.

    • Molly 1.1

      Moved to desktop.

      I support the intention of mātauranga Māori, but am concerned about the implemention of the project.

      To me, this has similar hallmarks to the Equality and Diversity intention, that has been rolled out through our institutions, businesses and government departments.

      Employing identified individuals as experts and representatives to provide material and ideas for projects is a starting point. However, what they produce still should be actively scrutinised for appropriateness, quality and any statement of facts should be well-evidenced.

      Getting this wrong, not only means that those learning are not actually being delivered good quality material, but it provides space for justified criticism, which unfortunately gives fodder to the underlying racism for some.

      My son still won't let me watch the videos, but from a personal point of view, he's dismissive of the value and quality of what was delivered to him – and hundreds of other students – by the mātauranga Māori component of the paper.

    • Robert Guyton 1.2

      What other definitions are you aware of, Molly?

      • Molly 1.2.1

        Family, both blood-relations and non.

        Also used informally to refer to a group gathered for some purpose, ie. interests. Our rugby whanau.

        • Robert Guyton 1.2.1.1

          "Our rugby whanau"?

          I'm with the lecturer 🙂

          • Molly 1.2.1.1.1

            That's interesting. I hear it used in such a way in many meetings run by Māori facilitators and taiako. Have you never come across it? Might be a regional use of the word.

            The ancestor definition, excludes whangai adoptions and implies a connection to bloodlines going one way, up or down from an individual.

            It might be a personal perspective, but whanau for me is more of a weaving concept, pulling and connecting threads from a vast array of 'relatives' and familial connections. It's probably my personal attachment to this definition, that makes me reluctant to relinquish it.

            It's not the definition that concerns me, direct ancestors is accurate in and of itself. It is the insistence that only that definition will be deemed to be correct. I love the other aspects of whanau, and if those attending this class believe there is only one 'correct' answer, they may lose a wider understanding when meeting the word in future.

            • Belladonna 1.2.1.1.1.1

              That's the concept of whanau that I particularly love, where it encompasses ‘family’ in a broader concept than standard nuclear family relationships. Family in the 'heart' sense rather than the 'genetic' sense.

              Seems like an unnecessarily narrow and exclusive definition.

              I agree, that if this education is so prescriptive (just memorize the list of concepts and definitions), it's going to accomplish little in enculturating MM in the students – and is very likely to build resentment and push-back.

              It seems the complete reversal of the te ao Maori philosophy.

              How could they get it so wrong?

              • Robert Guyton

                When seeking the essential meaning of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, we have to defer to the indigenous version. Perhaps here we need to do the same.

                We all have our reckons, but it's not really our business, is it, how words outside of English are defined. In any case, the "lecturer" might just as well be planning to expand upon their definition of "whanau" as the course proceeds. Molly's example seems very tenuous to me.

                • Molly

                  Molly is an indigenous version of – well – Molly.

                  If tenuous is referring to a slender thread – well, that is definitely, not a definition fitting this indigenous Molly.

                • Drowsy M. Kram

                  Loanwords, or borrowings, are words which are adopted into a native language from a different source language. Such borrowings have shaped the English language almost from its beginnings, as words were adopted from the classical languages as well as from successive wave of invasions (e.g. Vikings, Normans). Even by the 16th Century, long before the British Empire extended its capacious reach around the world, English had already adopted words from an estimated 50 other languages, and the vast majority of English words today are actually foreign borrowings of one sort or another.

                  Some may consider it culturally insensitive to ascribe new meanings to words taken/adopted from Aotearoa NZ's first language, but if history is any teacher then 'resisting the drift' will be mostly futile. Can we change?

                  The drift of word meanings over time often arises, often but not always due to catachresis (the misuse, either deliberate or accidental, of words). By some estimates, over half of all words adopted into English from Latin have changed their meaning in some way over time, often drastically. For example, smart originally meant sharp, cutting or painful; handsome merely meant easily-handled (and was generally derogatory); bully originally meant darling or sweetheart; sad meant full, satiated or satisfied; and insult meant to boast, brag or triumph in an insolent way. A more modern example is the changing meaning of gay from merry to homosexual (and, in some circles in more recent years, to stupid or bad).

                  https://www.thehistoryofenglish.com/issues_new.html

                  • KJT

                    Being dogmatic about traditional usage, or meaning, is one way of ensuring Māori becomes a dead language.

                    Many English words have been adopted to Māori beginning from the First European visiters. To insist only on traditional usage we would have to remove them also.

                    Anyway the Tamariki are voting with their feet, using Māori words, in ways and situations that are definitely not traditional.

                    The French tried to keep their language pristine. It didn't work.

                    Some of the dogmatism is just ignorance. Kids at a High school I was teaching in, kept correcting my pronunciation. One of the old Māori Teachers told them, "don't be so bloody cheeky, he is from Taranaki". She even knew which part of Taranaki, from my accent in Māori. The "correct" Māori pronunciation followed is very often Ngapuhi, which annoys the hell out of Ngāi Tahu and others.

                    • Robert Guyton

                      Are we to think that the teacher in the example given by Molly, knows less about this than we do?

                    • Drowsy M. Kram

                      yes Hopeless at languages, so a bit of 'sloppage' suits me fine, but I can appreciate the value of precise language too, in context.

                      [In context isn’t quite right – hope you get my drift.]

                    • Molly

                      Māori have a long, and recognisable history of word creation, that contributes to the longevity of language.

                      ie. motukā, pouaka makariri, tīwī

                      A combination of transliteration, and word creation from root words.

                      The argument that only existing kupu are available, is not convincing. If anything, a living dynamic language is consistently creating new words.

                      However, if significant words are thus required to accommodate new meanings, then it may have a negative impact.

                    • Molly

                      The Te Reo course I did, was very interesting when it focused on the regional differences and dialects. I wish I could develop the same ear for regional differences in Te Reo, as easily as I can distinguish from regional differences in the UK. It's a sorry acknowledgement of my insufficient Te Reo that I have no idea.

                    • Puckish Rogue

                      You're on fire at the moment, this is about the second post I've agreed with you on over the last couple of days

                      Welcome to the light side laugh

              • Sacha

                How could they get it so wrong?

                We do not know who 'they' is yet.

            • Molly 1.2.1.1.1.2

              Due to my recent foray into researching porn, I've left investigating the NZ curriculum regarding mātauranga Māori, and Sexuality and Relationship investigation.

              The NCEA, and TKI websites are a pain to navigate as a novice, and material is linked to from multiple sites and pages.

              Here is one such link to the Secondary Curriculum for science, where you can download a fairly short pdf on concepts.

              https://ncea.education.govt.nz/science/chemistry-and-biology?view=learning

              Unfortunately, this is not the page where I found word 'whakapapa' used interchangeably with the concept of evolution. If I come across it again, I'll post.

              Whakapapa for me holds such significance, in te ao Māori, that I resist the expansion of the word to encompass a concept that was not part of te ao Māori knowledge.

              Another example that is shown on the CB Learning Matrix_1.pdf is for 'mauri' to refer to energy bonds at atomic levels.

              "recognise that mauri is present in all matter which exists as particles held together by attractive forces"

              My understanding of this word was 'life-force', a recognition of organic life-forms and/or sentience ascribed to non-organic forms. ie. mountains, rivers etc.

              I would prefer to see new Māori words for concepts that were not part of mātauranga Māori but utilise existing Te Reo to create.

              I'm uncomfortable with the dilution of existing language to shoehorn new concepts in. From my perspective, it demeans the original kupu, and also muddies the scientific concept.

              eg. Whakapapa for evolution.

              • Robert Guyton

                Now I'm really puzzled, Molly. You write:

                "I'm uncomfortable with the dilution of existing language to shoehorn new concepts in. From my perspective, it demeans the original kupu, and also muddies the scientific concept.

                eg. Whakapapa for evolution."

                and at the same time argue for that "whanau" is "used informally to refer to a group gathered for some purpose, ie. interests. Our rugby whanau."

                Seems you're supporting both points of view?
                Contradicting your original objection?
                You also wrote:
                “I do enjoy the broader application of this particular word. It’s just one of those kupu that resonates, hopefully for all NZers.”
                Is that so long as the word is “whanau” and not “whakapapa”?

                • Molly

                  The issue here is not shortening or expanding words, Robert.

                  It is about making sure the intent of mātauranga Māori is achieved.

                  My concern with my son's course, is that it seems inclined to not inspire, or encourage, and may actually cause students to resist further learning because of the content and delivery.

                  My concern with the curriculum matrix, is that it uses significant Māori kupu and concepts, and shoehorns in a new definition that both dilutes the original meaning, and muddies the scientific concept. Once again, inviting pushback and resistance to further learning.

              • Populuxe1

                In te reo Māori words frequently mean more than one thing depending on context. I find it very odd that you've swung from complaining about a too narrow a definition of whānau, to getting upset that mauri (which is a bit broader than just lifeforce anyway – it is the motivating and identifying energy) can be applied to nuclear forces or that whakapapa (which is much broader than just genealogy and encompasses all living things and geographical landmarks as ancestors in relation to the speaker) should be applied to evolution.
                You seem to want your cake and to eat it too.

          • Belladonna 1.2.1.1.2

            What? So a husband and wife aren't 'whanau'?

            I'd say that's a fairly niche definition….

          • weka 1.2.1.1.3

            kiaora e te whānau is a common expression used with all sorts of groups that aren't related ancestrally.

            Hard to comment on the story told because it's third hand anecdote, but on the face of it it seems an odd definition to me. It's also possible there was context that makes sense of it.

            • KJT 1.2.1.1.3.1

              Visiting Tahuwhakatiki Marae, Tauranga I was greated as Whanau, because I and my cousins had a Powhiri there in the past.

          • KJT 1.2.1.1.4

            Whanau as used by Māori speakers today, from both personal observation and reading can include groups of friends, family both immediate or distant, a school community, a club.

            Not just or even for kāwai, roots/ ancestors

            May not have been past usage. But Māori like all languages evolves and adopts.

            My non-Māori aunt didn’t Whakapapa to the Iwi, but she was certainly Whanau!

      • Incognito 1.2.2

        Whānau is often translated as ‘family’, but its meaning is more complex.

        https://teara.govt.nz/en/whanau-maori-and-family/page-1

        • Molly 1.2.2.1

          Nice link, thanks incognito. yes

          I do enjoy the broader application of this particular word. It's just one of those kupu that resonates, hopefully for all NZers.

    • Sacha 1.3

      Māori have a word for ancestors. 'Whānau' is not it.

      Someone is misunderstanding. Do you have written material from the course you could post here?

      • Molly 1.3.1

        My option is to do an OIA for the videos of the lectures, and the written material.

        Although my son has access, he is a rule follower. All online material has a statement that it is not to be shared with those not enrolled, and so he doesn't.

        I understand that my perspective of his perspective is not an accurate rendering. Part of the reason I write this, is just to invite others to put forward their experiences. Or if they are in positions to access or scrutinise material, to do so.

        If I can, I can find out the course code and stream. And perhaps, put in a request for that material but I'll wait till my son has completed this semester.

        (ATM, still negotiating being in the same room while he re-watches. Two problems: he considers that dishonest, and he doesn’t want to watch it again.)

        • Sacha 1.3.1.1

          Ah, did not click that it was your son doing the course. Do you believe this sort of misunderstanding is widespread?

          • Molly 1.3.1.1.1

            The drive in to university in the mornings, takes around an hour and a half. So, we were discussing material the day after it was presented.

            As I acknowledge, it's a bit of a hearsay, hearsay situation. But as pedantic as he is with rules, he's similarly inclined in language.

            "Do you believe this sort of misunderstanding is widespread?"

            What specifically do you regard as a misunderstanding?

            • Sacha 1.3.1.1.1.1

              That whānau means ancestors. First time I’ve heard it.

              • Molly

                I took it to mean that it only related to people of direct ancestry, rather than a replacement for tupuna. More a definition that related to shared blood links, as it were.

                Once again, I acknowledge that this is my interpretation, of his interpretation being offered to you to interpret. frown

                Not a sound basis for definitive analysis. More a check diagnostics light.

      • Robert Guyton 1.3.2

        Molly wrote:

        "The only 'right' answer, is your direct ancestors."

        That's very imprecise and perhaps causing confusion here.

        Was "your direct ancestors" in fact the answer given, an interpretation of the answer given, or what?

        If we are to make judgements based on this snippet (is it copied and pasted, is it second-hand, over-heard ? etc.) we are bound to get the wrong end of te rakau, imo.

        • Molly 1.3.2.1

          As I said, it might be. But both during lectures, and before the test they were reminded that only the material and definitions that were taught during the course were going to be considered the 'correct' answers when it came to assessment.

          (I'm really resisting the temptation to log on to my son's computer, and "assess" his interpretation of what is going on. But perhaps, someone reading this also has access to the course materials, and can provide direct experience.)

          The lecturer did touch on the fact that others may have different definitions, tikanga etc, but for the purposes of assessment only those which had been delivered were accepted.

          For the course I did on Tikanga Māori, the opposite was encouraged. As long as you referenced the origin of your understanding, and evidenced it, the contribution was accepted as valid. A really good exploratory assignment, especially when sharing with other students.

          (My other cynical thought, is that for a generalised paper, this edict makes it easy to mark. That it all may boil down to a prosaic attitude of reducing marking time, for a lecturer that has more specific and labour-intensive courses to deliver.)

          • Robert Guyton 1.3.2.1.1

            "But both during lectures, and before the test they were reminded that only the material and definitions that were taught during the course were going to be considered the 'correct' answers when it came to assessment."

            Seems then, they were quite specific and gave fair direction and warning.

            I'm unsure why this is concerning you.

            It seems fair to me.

            • KJT 1.3.2.1.1.1

              Very unusual in teaching anything.

              It is how you know the class are listening. When they start arguing with you.

              Me. “You are allowed to disagree, but you have to justify it.

              That, if correct, is poor pedogogy, and different from the approach of the excellent Māori teachers I've seen at work.

              The “Agree with what I say, or be marked wrong”, if true, is not exactly going to help with student engagement and understanding.

              • Molly

                "That, if correct, is poor pedogogy, and different from the approach of the excellent Māori teachers I've seen at work."

                Same here.

                I've had kaiako who repeatedly encourage wider exploration of the concepts they were teaching.

                I've also, unfortunately, had others that were there to punch the clock.

                There's a marked difference in how much you learn and take away.

              • Belladonna

                Very unusual in teaching anything.

                And especially unusual in teaching Te Reo or Maturanga Maori.

                All of the (many) seminars, courses and workshops I've engaged in have been a very collaborative learning style. Where the knowledge of the course leader (being generously shared with the participants) is acknowledged and valued; but so is the knowledge that different participants bring to the discussion. I've been in a workshop where there was a long discussion about the different usage of a term on one marae in the FN (participant) and another in the SI (course leader) – very good-humored, and clearly a source of amusement to both of them; and another which was specifically related to an upcoming powhiri, where the leader specifically referred to the way things were done on this marae, rather than being necessarily correct for other marae.

                This 'fount of all knowledge' style seems very foreign to the whole Matauranga Maori philosophy.

                • Molly

                  Written in much better than I could have Belladonna, but this has been my experience with Te Ao Māori in various learning environments too.

              • Robert Guyton

                "Unusual"?

                The teaching of te ao Maori should be "usual" – in step with the way non-Maori languages are taught?

                Disclaimer: I was Head of Maori at Aparima College for a time, and taught all levels. He kaiwhakaako Maori au! I nga wa o mua 🙂

            • Molly 1.3.2.1.1.2

              The direction and following assessment is not what concerns me, Robert.

              If the intention is to both introduce and instill encouragement for further learning of Te Ao Māori in students – the way this has been delivered might actually do the opposite.

              I'm concerned about the resulting attitude of the students, rather than my son's mark.

              Are any students there going to be inspired to look further into the perspectives of Māori?

              The other less desired prospect is that they may also react negatively to future contact with te Ao Māori if they come away with a sense that it is not relevant or quality information.

            • Belladonna 1.3.2.1.1.3

              'Fair' as in easy to mark and to learn. Yep.
              Useful, in actually inculcating MM into the learning (the stated aim)? I'd say fairly useless.

              And, absolutely inviting push-back. I'd say that most of the Engineering students (I think that's the background here) are likely to simply learn for the exam, then promptly forget it. Just another set of useless 'facts'

              A largely wasted exercise.

              And especially useless for anyone who has had exposure to MM through other avenues (e.g. kohanga reo, kura or marae) – where the learning (as presented here) sounds very different to what they would have learned in a te ao Maori perspective.

            • Populuxe1 1.3.2.1.1.4

              It would make sense if it was being used in a specific or technical context as applied to periodic elements or biological taxonomy.

            • Shanreagh 1.3.2.1.1.5

              I tend to agree with Robert here. If the intention is to instill a broad brush overview of the Maori world then there is very little room for arguing a different view. The value of such a course is that it will do just this – cover concepts of language, iwi, etc tribal links, broad strokes world view and how it is linked.

              One of the best bits of advice that I was told early on was to make sure you revise for exams on what has been taught, as the examiner is seeking to ensure that you have got this. This is different from you may have learned through your own explorations during the course, or prior knowledge accumulated.

              So harking back to the word 'whanau' then if the course has taught this and the question gives no scope for exploring how it is used in contexts then the definition they are looking for is direct family.

              Getting a law degree way way back at some institutions required Latin, or a foreign language. In my years we had some topics loosely covered by the phrase Law In Society. The idea was to give a background, an at ease look at the wider community we would be working in.

              Over the years in the PS we were required to attend courses on Maori worldview/Maori language. For me this just built on classes at my secondary school and living in a mainly Maori township where the teachers routinely taught this. Now some PS agencies especially those in Treaty sensitive areas have an expectation or think highly of staff who have attended immersion courses.

              I cannot imagine that a world going forward for an engineer would not cover the Maori world view. If you look at the story of how Ngati Tuhoe approached the building of Te Kura Whare then you will note the lengths that people working on the design etc of the building would have had to go to.

              Input of a Maori aspect from the start, to put it bluntly is expected in most (all?) public building and this will only increase as the years go by. In the spirit of not not running before you can walk the course that your son is taking will be the bare minimum. Building on a bare but common minimum will set him up to explore in greater depth later.

              From my personal viewpoint I would be careful of trying to trample over what might be a very carefully designed course that will give information and confidence without setting up people to argue the toss (I've seen it happen) about Treaty claims, bootstraps pulling…….etc.

              If I was your son I would happily keep what I have learned, ie valuable concepts, from this course in my back pocket and reflect on them. If I had deviated along the way to have thoughts about pedagogy I would put that to one side.

              Maori is used much more frequently now and if he can see that whanau has already gone on to be used as an encompassing way to describe club members then he can see language and culture at work.

              https://www.ngaituhoe.iwi.nz/sustainability-and-the-living-building-challenge

              https://thisnzlife.co.nz/tuhoe-leading-way-sustainable-design/

              • Robert Guyton

                Thoughtful and comprehensive response there, Shanreagh.

                I'm mindful that this section of the engineering course focused on matauranga Maori, not te reo Maori per se.

                The fact though, that the two "threads" are so intertwined is a crucial one and worthy of further exploration.

                In my sphere of engagement, local government through regional council, I observe the wrangling over matauranga and reo with the central focus on te mana o te wai and hauora; highly-charged points of both misunderstanding and breakthrough.

                • Shanreagh

                  I'm mindful that this section of the engineering course focused on matauranga Maori, not te reo Maori per se.

                  Yes I realise that and for me that gives even more relevance to the idea of reflecting back what a student has been taught. So the student gives their knowledge back to the tutor. In giving back this knowledge to the tutor then the tutor is also able to learn – to work out where they may have to apply a different emphasis for their learners in the future. I think a tutor would be disappointed in themselves if students got themselves tangled up in extensions to meanings so much so that the original meaning was lost.

                  We might be able to mount an argument as a new learner of a language. though for me it is more about idiom, tenses et and my questioning is about what I can see as inconsistencies. To mount an argument on the cultural aspects on the strength of the work of a semester or two would be fraught I would have thought. I would be very, very wary that this gave me any great insight into the culture and lived in experience behind the words. For instance even though I speak German and French I would be very skeptical that this gave me standing to debate, say, the German word das Volk. It is so tied up with other historical and cultural concepts.

                  The best outcome for a course of this type is to build an awareness of different worlds/drivers. If it has a result down the track of ensuring an engineer responds to a brief that looks as though it may involve Te Ao by saying I'll be sure to get specialist input on this, or makes the same engineer mindful and respectful of Te Ao Maori, even down to being able to introduce themselves or knowledge of hapu/iwi structures, creation story etc then the course will have been successful. Humility and knowing what you don't know, when this is important is a key value too.

                  The engineers involved in the Ngati Tuhoe house would have been far beyond this prelim knowledge but they, and the clients both, would have been expecting that anyone who came with input would be aware of it.

      • Molly 1.3.3

        My son got back, so I wangled the course code from him:

        ENGGEN140 – Energy and Society

        https://courseoutline.auckland.ac.nz/dco/course/ENGGEN/140

        When Googling the course, I came across the UoA review page:

        https://coursereview.co.nz/courses/uoa/enggen140

        He also took pains to mention, that he could be wrong. So, as I said, it may be hearsay + hearsay = completely wrong end of the stick.

        Because of Covid restrictions, all the lectures were recorded and put online.

        Also, it could just be that this is a generalised course and not a good example. I posted below:

        (My other cynical thought, is that for a generalised paper, this edict makes it easy to mark. That it all may boil down to a prosaic attitude of reducing marking time, for a lecturer that has more specific and labour-intensive courses to deliver.)

        • RedLogix 1.3.3.1

          Thermodynamics was one of the subjects I enjoyed the most and attained an A+ in at each level. So most of this looks like a very recognisable introduction:

          Course Overview

          ENGGEN 140 (Energy & Society) is a fundamental course for first year engineering students. It introduces important concepts of thermodynamics – the science of the relationship between heat, work, temperature, and energy. ENGGEN 140 applies these concepts to a range of renewable energy systems and biomedical applications. Furthermore, ENGGEN 140 discusses energy storage systems in the form of battery technologies and biofuels.

          As a steppingstone in the pathway to a professional engineering degree in New Zealand, ENGGEN 140 interlinks fundamental engineering concepts with learning about engineering ethics, decision-making processes, Te Ao Māori and the Māori economy. The role of creativity in developing solutions is also explored within the course.

          ENGGEN 140 is an introduction to solving complex engineering problems related to the energy sector while considering effects on communities and the environment.

          But in my honest view introducing cultural concepts into this course feels contrived. The laws of the universe owe nothing to human social habits and outlooks:

        • weka 1.3.3.2

          am momentarily distracted by the Course Review site using 'relaxed' as a criteria.

          • Molly 1.3.3.2.1

            Thanks for pointing that out.

            FWIW, seems to have scored fairly highly on the Relaxed criteria.

            • RedLogix 1.3.3.2.1.1

              Yeah – I recall one paper we did that was a series of about 3 or 4 invited lecturers from other depts like Philosophy, Anthro and Law. Quite interesting but very relaxed. So there is nothing terribly new about trying to inject a little couth into first year Engineering students.

              One line the Philosophy guy came up with is that the subject was often considered so divorced from real life, that meeting your Philosophy tutor in a pub was like meeting your mother in a massage parlour. Mutually embarrassing.

      • RedLogix 1.3.4

        Like all languages there are often synomyms for similar meanings. Whanau strictly means your immediate living relatives, but like the English word family, it can be used flexibly. For example in English we might say 'the family of humanity' or a 'family of Pacific cultures'. On the other hand there are pedants in every culture.

        As for ancestors – the more accurate word I think is whakapapa. IIRC.

  2. roblogic 2

    Hon. Megan Woods demolished Bishop in Parliament this week.

    • dv 2.1

      Geez, did Meagan feed him the questions?

    • Yes, thoroughly enjoyed watching that. Megan chewed him up and spat him out!

    • Ad 2.3

      That was fun

    • Blade 2.4

      When Stuart Nash left his weekly radio slot with Mikey and Mark Mitchell, I was hoping Nash would be replaced with Kiri Allan. Allan seems to me to be a straight up sheila with brains. However, we got Megan Woods. And I must say after a couple of mediocre sessions, she has found her stride. She cleaned Mitchell up in their last debate.

    • Bearded Git 2.5

      Nice one Robo. National's tactic to attack Labour on an issue they are strong on and National were useless on seems a bit daft…but that's Chris Bishop for you.

  3. Ed1 3

    From the "Taxpayers Union":

    https://www.taxpayers.org.nz/three_waters_poll2

    "Do you think those that are responsible for local drinking, waste and provision of storm water services should be directly accountable to voters"

    Now faced with such a question, who would think too carefully about just what "directly' meant, or whether "those responsible" are local government, regional Councils, or the New Zealand Government? Not surprisingly, a large majority of people answering the question wanted those responsible (whoever they are) to also be accountable – most readers of The Standard may have answered the question that way. Our NZ Govt has responsibility for setting standards and seeing them met – and we saw the last National (party) government set low standards, then deliberately interfere with Environment Canterbury to prevent enforcement, leading to now compromised aquifer supply and problems for towns and cities. Now it could be argued that the Taxpayers union are reprehensible for such a poorly worded survey, and for their poor judgement in the interpretation they placed on the results, and David Farrar has allowed that report to carry the Curia Logo. Has Farrar failed to meet minimum professional polling standards by such a misleading question and such a misleading report on the results?

    See also https://twitter.com/TaxpayersUnion/status/1532510556128935936/photo/1

    • Robert Guyton 3.1

      Well described, Ed1.

    • Belladonna 3.2

      I'd have thought that the question encompassed all of the possibilities of 'directly accountable' (government, regional government, local government) – that you've suggested.

      What it doesn't encompass is a multi-layer appointed bureaucracy and co-governance by iwi (the governance model proposed under 3 waters)

      Neither of which are accountable to voters at all. And I have yet to see this meaningfully addressed by Mahuta, or anyone else involved in 3 waters.

      I suspect that those completing the survey absolutely understood the question, and answered accordingly.

      You may not like the answer. But I suspect that Labour may be about to find out just how much Kiwis don't like this model of governance.

      • Graeme 3.2.1

        But do we have any level of accountability to voters or consumers with our electricity or telecommunications services? Or even roading, which is mostly controlled by Waka Kotahi, a government agency.

        Democratic control of our water services by local government politicians hasn't really served us that well, and the right's alternatives of contracting and privatisation are unlikely to do any better.

        I welcome the balance that Maori representaion on the boards of the 3 Waters entities will bring. In Otago Ngāi Tahu have had a governance role over our lakes, waterways and landscape for 20 years and the world hasn't ended. Many would say that it's a much better world, once Ngāi Tahu became involved Councils actually started doing something about their sewage discharges into waterways. Still a long way to go but there's been a change in direction. The balance between Te Ao Māori and Pakeha dominion will put our society in a more sustainable place into our future.

        It will provide a constructive conflict in a similar way to the USA's constitution has various governance groups complementing each other, often in conflict, to provide a stable and constructive governance.

        • weka 3.2.1.1

          I welcome iwi involvement, and think there are lots of benefits for everyone from co-governance. I'm considerably less convinced that bods in Chch can make good decisions about small towns in Southland or Otago.

        • Belladonna 3.2.1.2

          "Or even roading, which is mostly controlled by Waka Kotahi, a government agency."

          Yes, we do. If it's controlled by the government, we get to vote on the policies every 3 years. Whereas AT – an unelected roading and transport bureaucracy in Auckland, which is apparently entirely uncontrolled by the council (in practice) – appears to have no redress from voters, whatsoever. Just a never-ending stream of wasteful projects, and apparently no money to deal with basic repair work.

          You have a choice with power or telecoms – if you don't like the policies (or ethics) of one of the companies, you can pick up your account and vote with your wallet – at any time.
          Not really an option with water….

          Any time someone says 'democtratic control ….. hasn't served us well' – a shiver runs up my spine. That is *exactly* how autocracies begin…. always with the 'best' of intentions. But "all power has a tendency to corrupt, and absolute power has the tendency to corrupt absolutely".

          Anyone who truly believes that the right wants to privatize and sell off water – should be fighting this legislation tooth and nail. It's virtually impossible to sell off a fragmented asset (as water currently is), but much, much easier to sell off one which has been nicely packaged into a single organization. Personally, I don't believe that the right has any such intention – but if you do, then this is the riskiest legislation that you could possibly support. At some point, a right government *will* be elected…

          Ngai Tahu have nicely enriched their tribal elite (as have Tainui) – I've yet to see any sustainable benefit to the rest of NZ (or, indeed to the rest of Maori – especially the urban Maori who have some of the worst social outcomes).

          Councils across the whole of NZ have been 'doing something' about discharges of sewerage – it's difficult to claim that it's entirely due to iwi influence. And Ngai Tahu, at least, are substantial dairy farmers – I'm sure that's true of other iwi in other regions as well.

          • weka 3.2.1.2.1

            why do you think that Nact wouldn't want to privatise drinking water and waste water? Isn't it already partially privatised?

            • Graeme 3.2.1.2.1.1

              The operation of 3 Waters is generally contracted out to either the TA's CCO, another TA's CCO, or a completely private organisation like Fulton Hogan, Downer or Veolia. The last two groups have quite a bit of power over the contracting TA, I've heard the relationship described as akin to farming.

              Nact aligned parties have been at the forefront of this contracting, so it’s definitely the way they want things. it’s done one little bite at a time and then merged into larger and larger organisations that gradually creep into multinational corporates.

              The proposed reforms will put a few controls over this. It'll be mostly the same organisations / people doing the work but the scale will hopefully bring a lot of functions back in-house and curb the farming.

              • KJT

                Very good for retirement jobs for ex National MP' s.

                The fact of the creeping privatisation that has been happening with public assets, including those mostly under the RADAR by council's, is ignored by 3 waters opponents. Obviously because they are happy for it to continue.

                • Graeme

                  Absolutely shitting that their nice little earner will come to a halt more like

                • weka

                  are you saying 'it's already happeing, so what's the problem?"

                  If not, please point to the parts of the 3 Waters plan that are specifically designed to prevent privatisation.

                  My understanding is that councils either do work themselves, contract out to private orgs, or set up organisations that are designed to function like private companies. If National wanted to sell those off, how would it do it currently, given central government doesn't have control of councils and there are still mechanisms for communities to object?

                  • KJT

                    We were one election away from the whole lot being sold off in Auckland.

                    Banks stated intention if he got in.

                    Makes it much harder to keep privatisation out of public view if it cannot be done, bit by bit.

                    It should be stated that part of three waters is bringing more expertise into managing contracting out, which is a part of creeping privatisation of asset management we should oppose. But if it is happening it needs a much greater degree of competent oversight.

                    Examples are Air NZ and other privatisations which didn't go unnoticed. Note however that National cared so much about democracy that they went ahead anyway. Not without public opposition, though.
                    Hence labour currently trying to entrench anti -privatisation provisions. The part of the Three Waters bill that opposes privatisation. National, who have suddenly become concerned about public ownership, sic. are opposing them.

                  • KJT

                    Council's privatising the provisions of functions is a problem.

                    Dog control and park maintenance in Whangarei is one example I've seen close up.

                    The ever increasing costs and unaccountability of out sourcing what should be core functions.

                    Wellington bus services is another that has been in the news lately.

          • Graeme 3.2.1.2.2

            Anyone who truly believes that the right wants to privatize and sell off water – should be fighting this legislation tooth and nail. It's virtually impossible to sell off a fragmented asset (as water currently is), but much, much easier to sell off one which has been nicely packaged into a single organization.

            I've seen two examples of privatisation of the 3 Waters management in Queenstown, along with other QLDC functions. The first with with contracting to the old works management, who then sold out to another TA's contracting arm was a disaster, the second to a multi national organisation really hasn't lived up to it's promises and may reveal a few unpleasant surprises under the carpet once it's over. QLDC initially wasn't supportive of the 3 Waters proposal, now they are. QLDC have seen the alternatives and see 3 Waters as the preferred option. The real opportunities for privatisation are the small, failing, TA's that don't have an alternative, QLDC was very much in that situation and it looked like a good idea at the time.

            "Ngai Tahu have nicely enriched their tribal elite"

            Well if you call Ngāi Tahu's engaged community a 'tribal elite' you'd be right. I'm seeing an organisation that going from strength to strength growing and supporting it's members and the surrounding community and environment. I wish I had the whakapapa to be fully engaged.

            • RedLogix 3.2.1.2.2.1

              I wish I had the whakapapa to be fully engaged.

              If the left properly understood the iwi entities as essentially nothing more than family owned private corporations with a closed shareholding – then Three Waters would be seen in a quite different light.

              • Graeme

                Don't think corporation is quite the right description. While the iwi entities are very commercial, there is an equal benevolent focus, often benefiting the wider community.

                Could the same be said for Fonterra, Farmlands or Gloriavale? All similarly closed 'corporations'

                • RedLogix

                  there is an equal benevolent focus, often benefiting the wider community.

                  So would you have any objection then to say the Anglican Church having a governance stake in Three Waters?

              • Drowsy M. Kram

                Wishing those "iwi entities" well – both ‘sides’ can teach us all a thing or two.

                Indigenous history, culture and values as investment philosophy: lessons from the New Zealand Māori [3 March 2022]
                MAHI [Māori Asset Holding Institutions] have evolved over the last 30 years as the investment and commercial arms of iwi (tribal) organizations, in New Zealand. They seek to grow and sustain the financial and natural resources they have and continue to receive through the Treaty settlement process with the Government for redress of historical grievances against Māori, the indigenous people.

                Iwi have indeed adopted the principles and language of traditional Western investment strategies, but a shift in the investment space towards more sustainable investment practices provides an opportunity for iwi to assert a more indigenous approach which is grounded in issues of sustainability and tribal wellbeing.

                • RedLogix

                  Indeed – but the idea that only Maori know how to advocate for ethical investiment and sustainability is a tad presumptious surely?

                  • Drowsy M. Kram

                    Who is promoting this "tad presumptious [sic]" idea?

                    Imho that idea is almost as presumptuous as the idea that Māori culture has nothing to offer non-Māori when it comes to ethical investment/investiment and sustainability.

                    • RedLogix

                      So why then do the left consider Maori corporations to be good and benign while all others are predatory capitalists?

                  • Drowsy M. Kram

                    RL, it's hilariously hypocritical that all this 'concern' is being whipped up at the slightest hint of Māori making a bit of 'unearned' profit, when NZ and the rest of the world is awash with unearned profit as it is. Little more than fearmongering, imho.

                    Now if only there was a mechanism to distribute a slightly larger proportion of the existing unearned profit more equitably…

                    As for your presumptuous question, it's a non sequitur, don't you think? But, for the record (again), I consider myself a bit of a 'lefty' and yet I can't make head nor tail of it.

                    One more try: who (apart from you) is promoting "the idea that only Maori know how to advocate for ethical investiment and sustainability"?

              • KJT

                "Corporations" that earn money that stays in the community.

                Would you rather it went to VEOLA.

                • RedLogix

                  Would you rather it went to VEOLA.

                  Who as it happens also have shareholders. Only open to anyone.

                  • Drowsy M. Kram

                    Only open to anyone.

                    Well, open to anyone with a bit of cash to spare – and here we are.

                    NZ’s perverse ethnic wealth gap [27 July 2020]
                    Pete McKenzie traces Aotearoa's wide – and worsening – wealth gap between ethnic groups back to colonial land confiscation
                    We have an opportunity to ask whether the system is geared up to produce equitable wealth distribution between Māori and non-Māori. If these disparities are increasing, then the answer is no, it’s not. There’s something wrong with the system.

                    Perhaps each ‘side’ can teach us all a thing or two.

          • KJT 3.2.1.2.3

            "Personally, I don't believe that the right has any such intention".

            You may not have noticed but "the right" have been involved in creeping privatisation for some time.

            Which hasn't need noticed, because it has been peacemeal. Allowed by the fragmentation and number of small entities.

            Health is a prime example. So many sections have been contracted out and privatised that a significant proportion of DHB, budgets go on it. DHBs: “Nice little earners” for EY – Otaihanga Second Opinion (wordpress.com)

            • Belladonna 3.2.1.2.3.1

              Had you noticed the dates in the article you linked? The point at which EY's profits skyrocketed was 2017 – virtually doubling every year until 2020 – god knows what they are now.

              Labour government.

      • Ed1 3.2.2

        If any organisation is created to look after 3 waters, it will still be ultimately accountable to the New Zealand Government – and my understanding of 3 waters is that it is intended to be directly accountable, but that is not yet clear. You are however being suitably cautious about the possibility of a lack of accountability – as I understand it the way in which some organisations in Auckland were created makes them largely unaccountable to the Auckland City Council, even though they are called Council Controlled Organisations – perhaps there should have been more consultation before that was forced on Auckland, but thankfully it seems there will be considerable consultation, and perhaps changes from both current proposals or at least current perceptions from some who are not quite aware of what they think they are opposing. Co-governance has of course been used before – Chris Finlayson speaks highly of it and apparently used it on a number of occasions. Was he and the government he was part of wrong?

        • Belladonna 3.2.2.1

          I look forward to Mahuta explaining in plain language the exact checks and balances which will enable Government to control the 3 waters bureaucracy.

          She has yet to do so.

          And, quite frankly, with co-governance, I don't see how it would be possible, in any case.

          Consultation over 3 waters has become a dirty word – with the abundant evidence that irrevocable decision are made, before the sham of consultation is carried out. I refer here to Mahuta telling outright lies to Councils that they could opt out, when she knew that Cabinet had already decided that would not be an option.

          There's a huge trust deficit that the government has to overcome.

          • KJT 3.2.2.1.1

            Bit hard to have a decent consultation and discussion, when any policy to try and fix the massive damage done by the right wing over the years, is greeted by a storm of lies and scare mongering bullshit.

            Which you are blindly repeating.

            Where were you when the Minister of Health in the National Government pushed to privatise sectors of the health system, to retire to a job with one of those private companies? You didn't give a stuff. But you are happy to repeat unsubstantiated rumours about "corruption behind three waters".

            I have concerns about repeating the private sector Governance structures, which have been used for CCO's and SOE's, to distance them from democratic control. Deliberately so when the ACTiods set them up. Shows their real attitude to democracy.

            However any genuine concerns and suggestions for improvement, have been lost in the bullshit.

            • Belladonna 3.2.2.1.1.1

              is greeted by a storm of lies and scare mongering bullshit.

              Which you are blindly repeating.

              Look, if you believe that, this has all been laid out – in crystal clear language with appropriate checks and balances, and government control specifically legislated for – then please link to it.

              ATM – what I'm seeing is simply a 'trust us, we know what we're doing' message from Mahuta. And, that is what you are blindly repeating.

              Those of us who are sceptical of 3 waters, are *not* reassured by this. And the scepticism is hardening into opposition.

              The best way to convince people is to explain: exactly how it will work, and to answer the 'what if' concerns with information about how that contingency is provided for.

              It doesn't matter if you think it's 'bullshit' – explain to people exactly how that concern will be mitigated.

              There has been no attempt by Mahuta to do this.

              • KJT

                "There has been no attempt by Nanaia Mahuta to do this" that has been reported in most of the media!

                Subtle difference.

                And no. It hasn’t been “all laid out”. Despite what has been said, consultation is ongoing.

                • Belladonna

                  Nania Mahuta has a huge platform and budget. Perhaps the $5M+ spent on the stupid attack ads could have been diverted to this purpose?

                  • KJT

                    Then the right wing would have been all over it, about money wasted on "manufacturing consent".

                    • Belladonna

                      What, like the money wasted on a taxpayer-funded propaganda campaign (which absolutely failed, adding insult to injury).

                      An actual information campaign to give people answers to the inevitable questions, would have been a much better use of the money (and much less liable to being attacked).

              • KJT

                How do you alleviate "concerns" that are basically scare mongering?

                Like the sudden “concern” by the right wing about privatisation. Something they have been quietly proceeding with in council’s for decades.

                Concerns such as the ones I have, are buried under a storm of "concerns" most of which are unrelated to the need to deal with under-investment and council failures with 3 waters, such as accusations of nepotism and unsubstantiated gossip about when descissions were made.

          • Robert Guyton 3.2.2.1.2

            Belladonna wrote:

            "And, quite frankly, with co-governance, I don't see how it would be possible, in any case."

            Why?

            • Belladonna 3.2.2.1.2.1

              50% iwi. Government have no control over iwi, or who they choose to appoint – (and nor should they) – however, it can't be possible for the Government to control the 3 waters bureaucracy in that scenario.

              • Robert Guyton

                What do you mean/understand by "50% iwi"?

                • Belladonna

                  RRGs who appoint the board and set the overall direction will be 50% iwi.

                  No requirement for the board to consist of any elected representatives (and it seems unlikely that they would – since Manuta appears to believe that they will be appointed on the basis of professional skills and competency)

                  https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2022/04/government-s-three-waters-co-governance-promise.html

                  What happens if:

                  • You have a RRG which is in fundamental disagreement over the direction water should go in (e.g. prioritization of urban/rural infrastructure spend; differential water charges for different communities; infrastructure investment over ecological concerns)
                  • A board member which has lost confidence of a significant % of the RRG, but is still supported by a block vote (either iwi or council)?
                  • RRG persist in appointing a board member who is unable to work effectively with the rest of the board, or who has a fundamental conflict of interest? Or does *not* have professional skills or competency?
                  • Board appears to be operating independently of the (notional) controlling body. What are the recall/reappointment procedures?
                  • Government wants to establish a broad water policy – but iwi/council RRG disagree? (Does the Government just dismiss the board and take over a la Tauranga Commissioners?
                  • A city or region is deeply unhappy with the water outcome in their area – what redress do they have? (even if they vote out 'their' representative on the RRG, this won't shift the voting balance in the group)

                  I'm not really interested in the statement that any of the above 'can't happen'. It might be impossible to envisage now, but over time?

                  We've certainly seen both Councils and Iwi have failures of leadership. I decline to believe that there is something magic about water management which would prevent this from ever happening.

                  I'd certainly prefer to know the methodology for dealing with the outcomes of these scenarios in advance.

                  Would all of you be as enthusiastic if this was being proposed by a National/Act government?

                  • Robert Guyton

                    If you believe/recognise that councils "have failures of leadership", why are you keen for them to retain control over water?

                    • Belladonna

                      If you believe that iwi have failure over leadership, why are you so keen to give them control over water?

                      We can vote out poorly performing local government representatives. Neither we (nor the iwi themselves) have any mechanism to vote out poorly performing iwi leadership.

                    • Poission

                      Councils that have failures of leadership can be replaced in a democratic society.That is the remedy against maladministration.

                      In the forthcoming local elections,there is a high probability that many will be removed with expedient demise,Mostly for incompetence and the failure that they have a duty of care for their locality (read fiscal responsibilty)

                      The high levels of debt being racked up by the incumbents are unsustainable.

                      3 Waters cost are over 1.5 billion without any forecast in efficiency, and only for the bureaucracy, and is all being funded on overseas debt.(treasury notes the high level of risk in the IT alone)

                  • KJT

                    "Would all of you be as enthusiastic if this was being proposed by a National/Act government?"

                    Well. We know you would be.

                    But. They would be doing it intending to do an Air NZ.

                    Labour are trying to entrench anti-privatisation provisions. Which National and ACT, oppose!.

                    • Belladonna

                      Well. We know you would be.

                      Any evidence for this? In any of the comments I've made on this or any other topic?

                      Or is it just a baseless slur, because you're unable to actually answer any of my arguments.

                      For reference, I think this is bad legislation from a democratic perspective, regardless of which party proposed it. I don’t believe that watering-down democracy for what seems like ‘good reasons’ is ever a good solution.

                      National and Act have announced that they would repeal 3 waters if elected. Why should they agree to entrench something they're planning on repealing?

                    • KJT

                      “Evdence”. Parroting the right wing attack scare mongering.

                      I have been answering your arguments.

                      Why wouldn't NACT allow entrenching anti-privatisation provisions, if they were really against privatisation as they now claim? In case the bill gets passed. That doesn’t affect whether they retain or remove the bill.

                      Of course we all know that National approves of the creeping privatisation of council infrastructure and contracting out. Which is why they really oppose three waters.

                      Now. It would be good if we could have a sensible discussion about what form Governance of 3 waters would be. Duplicating the SOE or DHB model will be a serious mistake in my opinion, Without the scare mongering and fear of "Brown control".

                    • Belladonna

                      “Evdence”. Parroting the right wing attack scare mongering.

                      I have been answering your arguments.

                      Haven't parroted a single thing. If the left wing base assumption is that everyone who has concerns over this legislation has been captured by the right wing, then it's not surprising that concern is hardening into opposition.

                      Also, you haven't answered a single argument – just attacked me, and blindly defended Mahuta.

                      When you characterize any concern as "scaremongering", then it's not surprising that you can't engage effectively

                      I've provided legitimate questions and concerns and linked to actual reported evidence.

                      Zip from you.

                      Apart from baseless assertions about what National will do in the future (no link to actual announced policy – clearly you're a thought reader), and claims that because National privatized in the past, they're automatically going to do so in the future (the 4th Labour government's track record in this area is apparently not important to you).

          • Ed1 3.2.2.1.3

            There is a lot of consultation to go, and some issues may well change, but the objective of meeting water standards is unlikely to change. Consultation is desirable, and that happens more easily when it is clear the the objectives and obligations on government will not be walked away from, but consultation is often assisted by clear proposals. I do not agree that consultation has become a dirty word – there are a lot of other dirty words being spoken by those who see their job as blind opposition regardless of proposals. Consultation can also be informal – it is not always carried as in a public court trial, and positions can change – at least until legislation is passed.

            As for the goal, i is easy to see examples of where cooperation and yes co-governance have worked. Look at the Wanganui River, which will never be totally clear due to the ground is passes through, but which now has secure minimum water flows that avoid many previous problems, and in addition we are able to use some water to generate electricity. Compare that to the situation in Canterbury where we now have a polluted water supply for a whole region, with health impairments for many and increased costs of water treatment for others – all due to arrogant dismissal and overriding of difficult decisions where the community was divided, but should have been enabled to make better decisions themselves than those forced on them. Look at the riber through Palmerston North, which despite some efforts in recent years, continues to be a disgrace – not swimmable for much of its length due to pollution from farming, housing developments and industry. Co-governance would have helped in enabling honesty in reporting what was happening, better knowledge of the way some local politicians funded campaigns by trading zoning agreements for funding, None of us a perfect, but we can influence others by expressing our opinions, and accepting that sometimes agreement will go through a number of stages as a result – small hurdles met with flexibility while keeping end goals in view may signal honest debate rather than a sham of consultation.

  4. Belladonna 4

    Tauranga poll is out – Newhub.

    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2022/06/national-party-s-sam-uffindell-cruising-to-victory-in-tauranga-by-election-newshub-nation-reid-research-poll-shows.html

    Sumarized from above.

    Uffindell – National 57%

    Tinetti – Labour 22%

    Cameron Luxton – 7.5% (which those of us who want to comment on politics would be grateful for: having Luxton, Luxton and Luxon in parliament – all for different parties, would be a bit much!)

    Party vote (which isn't relevant in this instance) mirrors those results

    Up to 1/3 either didn't know or wouldn't say (not uncommon – many people are reluctant to tell pollsters – and many of those won't vote, either) – the 'don't knows' rarely change the polling results substantially – it only really matters in 'too close to call' races.

    Now, I know that not everyone here likes or believes in polling (i.e. thinks that polls don't matter, it's only the final result, which counts).

    Setting that aside.

    It's not surprising that National are out in front. Tauranga has been a National (or National-Lite aka Winston Peters) stronghold for decades.

    But, what Labour should be taking close note of, are Tinetti's results.

    Again, it's not surprising that she's dropped back from 38% in 2020. That was the Jacinda bounce – unprecedented, and not likely to ever occur again. But she's dropped to 22% from the 26% she had in 2017. Remember 2017 was against Bridges, a sitting MP, and pretty popular in Tauranga. Now she's standing against a relative unknown. I wouldn't expect her to win, but I would expect that Labour may be concerned over this evident softening of support. While by-elections rarely favour the sitting government, they also usually favour a current MP (albeit a List one) over a newcomer – just through name-recognition.

    While the Green party vote is low at 3% – given that they're not standing a candidate in the by-election, I don't think they'll be too worried about this (out-of-sight = out-of-mind for most voters)

    • Belladonna 4.1

      Link to the 2017 Tauranga results (just scroll up for 2020)

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tauranga_(New_Zealand_electorate)#2017_election

    • Muttonbird 4.2

      The question has been asked several times recently whether Tauranga is a racist city. Apparently in this same poll only 51% of respondents disagreed.

      Bluntly, I'd say a lot of Tauranga residents who vote National have a problem with Maori in general, and they certainly have a problem with any form of partnership as described by Te Tiriti. This progressive government's bold plan for redress is not popular with racists.

      All those Kiwifruit orchards are built on stolen land but the owners and benefactors can't bring themselves to admit it.

      I would far prefer Labour, and specifically Labour Maori, continue the drive for real change and take some hits rather than run scared of the Western BOP elite.

      • Binders full of women 4.2.1

        Yet for 38 of the last 41 years tauranga national voters have voted in a maori MP..

        • Muttonbird 4.2.1.1

          Useless Maori MPs. There is no way these Maori MPs advocated for Maori, they advocated instead for wealthy pakeha elite.

          • Belladonna 4.2.1.1.1

            If around 60% of Tauranga consists of wealthy elite (whether pakeha or Maori) – we should be rolling it out as a template for the rest of the country. /sarc/

            People, by and large, vote for the policies (and politicians) which they believe will benefit them.

            MPs act for the best of all of their constituents – not just the ones who they think voted for them (or the ones which share their ethnicity). Peters, for example, did very, very well for the people of Tauranga while he was their local MP. To describe them as 'useless Maori' is one of the most profoundly racist statements I've read on TS.

            You can't simply condemn electorates as racist because they don't (or won't) vote the way you'd like them to. Especially where they have a demonstrated history of voting for candidates regardless of ethnicity. Should we declare the people of Mt Albert racist because they have never elected a Maori MP?

            After all, the majority of Maori don't vote for TPM – which would seem to be the party which would advocate best for Maori. Perhaps they're all less racist than you think.

            • Muttonbird 4.2.1.1.1.1

              The term, "useless Maori" is not mine, it is Willie Jackson's:

              Willie Jackson says Act leader David Seymour is not just a "useless Māori", but is a dangerous politician.

              Māori Development Minister Jackson yesterday said the Act leader could claim Māori whakapapa but was a "useless Māori" and a "useless advocate for Māori".

              https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/willie-jackson-says-david-seymour-not-just-a-useless-maori-hes-a-dangerous-politician-too/XURFPMDWZ23D7AE5EULZ2OVMAA/

              David Seymour of course having the same attributes as both Winston Peters and Simon Bridges with respect to advocating for Maori. Simply, they didn't.

              The right and hard right in varying degrees hate the idea the public should support any culture and identity despite NZ's identity heavily relying on Te Ao Maori. It's who we are but ACT's vision of NZ is one of diluted homogeny, a plain South Pacific country indistinguishable from any other western country.

              This government recognises the importance of supporting Maori and Maori culture, useless Maori do not.

              • Belladonna

                Nope. If you intend to quote someone, you put it in quote marks, attribute it, and preferably give a source.

                Own your prejudice.

                Which, I see you have, doubling down on your blatant racism.

      • Belladonna 4.2.2

        So, presumably the 18.2% of the Tauranga population who are Maori consist entirely of Uncle Toms?

        Can you just not conceive that the majority of people in NZ – even those who live in benighted Tauranga – vote according to their political principles, rather than along racial lines?

        Or can you only justify democracy when it aligns with your prejudices.

  5. Puckish Rogue 5

    For all those who want a secure job, a potential career, to make a real difference peoples lives or a combination of all three nows your chance:

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/mt-eden-prison-staff-crisis-102-vacancies-double-bunking-to-increase-nationally/RQZRSDVCOOXGYFTVMV4N3EVGOU/

    'There is a shortage of more than 400 officers across all seniority levels nationally.

    The shortage is especially pronounced at Mt Eden prison, home mostly to remand prisoners who have been arrested but are yet to face trial or be sentenced.

    A source familiar with internal figures said there were 102 vacancies at Mt Eden as of the last week of May.'

    Come on down, we'll probably take you especially at Mt Eden

    https://www.seek.co.nz/Corrections-officer-jobs

  6. joe90 6

    Umbero knew his fascists.

    Thus at the root of the Ur-Fascist psychology there is the obsession with a plot, possibly an international one. The followers must feel besieged.

    […]

    Thus, by a continuous shifting of rhetorical focus, the enemies are at the same time too strong and too weak.

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  • Meth addiction service launched in Eastern Bay of Plenty
    The Government has delivered on its commitment to roll out the free methamphetamine harm reduction programme Te Ara Oranga to the eastern Bay of Plenty, with services now available in Murupara. “We’re building a whole new mental health system, and that includes expanding successful programmes like Te Ara Oranga,” Health ...
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  • Creatives in Schools Round 4 open for applications
    Kura and schools around New Zealand can start applying for Round 4 of the Creatives in Schools programme, Minister for Education Chris Hipkins and Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Carmel Sepuloni said today. Both ministers were at Auckland’s Rosehill Intermediate to meet with the ākonga, teachers and the professional ...
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  • Opening speech for MEETINGS 2022
    It is my pleasure to be here at MEETINGS 2022. I want to start by thanking Lisa and Steve from Business Events Industry Aotearoa and everyone that has been involved in organising and hosting this event. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to welcome you all here. It is ...
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    2 days ago
  • Reconnecting across the Tasman: Australia – Aotearoa New Zealand Foreign Minister Consultations
    Aotearoa New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon Nanaia Mahuta and Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator the Hon Penny Wong, met in Wellington today for the biannual Australia - Aotearoa New Zealand Foreign Minister Consultations. Minister Mahuta welcomed Minister Wong for her first official visit to Aotearoa New Zealand ...
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  • Global challenges reflected in March quarter GDP
    The volatile global situation has been reflected in today’s quarterly GDP figures, although strong annual growth shows New Zealand is still well positioned to deal with the challenging global environment, Grant Robertson said. GDP fell 0.2 percent in the March quarter, as the global economic trends caused exports to fall ...
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  • One million New Zealanders vaccinated against flu
    More than a million New Zealanders have already received their flu vaccine in time for  winter, but we need lots more to get vaccinated to help relieve pressure on the health system, Health Minister Andrew Little says. “Getting to one million doses by June is a significant milestone and sits ...
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  • NZ Principals Federation MOOT SPEECH -Friday 10 June 2022 
    It’s a pleasure to be here today in person “ka nohi ke te ka nohi, face to face as we look back on a very challenging two years when you as Principals, as leaders in education, have pivoted, and done what you needed to do, under challenging circumstances for your ...
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  • Provincial Growth Fund already delivering jobs and economic boost to the regions
    The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is successfully creating jobs and boosting regional economic growth, an independent evaluation report confirms. Economic and Regional Development Minister Stuart Nash announced the results of the report during a visit to the Mihiroa Marae in Hastings, which recently completed renovation work funded through the PGF. ...
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  • Pre-departure tests removed from June 20
    Travellers to New Zealand will no longer need a COVID-19 pre-departure test from 11.59pm Monday 20 June, COVID-19 Response Minister Dr Ayesha Verrall announced today. “We’ve taken a careful and staged approach to reopening our borders to ensure we aren’t overwhelmed with an influx of COVID-19 cases. Our strategy has ...
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  • Foreign Minister to attend CHOGM
    Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta will travel to Rwanda this week to represent New Zealand at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Kigali. “This is the first CHOGM meeting since 2018 and I am delighted to be representing Aotearoa New Zealand,” Nanaia Mahuta said.  “Reconnecting New Zealand with the ...
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  • Joint Statement: Agreement on Climate Change, Trade and Sustainability (ACCTS) at MC12
    We, the Ministers for trade from Costa Rica, Fiji, Iceland, New Zealand, Norway and Switzerland, welcome the meeting of Agreement on Climate Change, Trade and Sustainability (ACCTS) partners on 15 June 2022, in Geneva to discuss progress on negotiations for the ACCTS. Our meeting was chaired by Hon Damien O’Connor, New Zealand’s Minister for ...
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  • New Chief Censor appointed
    Internal Affairs Minister Jan Tinetti has today announced Caroline Flora as the new Chief Censor of Film and Literature, for a three-year term from 20 July. Ms Flora is a senior public servant who has recently held the role of Associate Deputy‑Director General System Strategy and Performance at the Ministry ...
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  • Government tackles elder abuse
    Eleven projects are being funded as part of the Government’s efforts to prevent elder abuse, Minister for Seniors Dr Ayesha Verrall announced as part of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.  “Sadly one in 10 older people experience elder abuse in New Zealand, that is simply unacceptable,” Ayesha Verrall said. “Our ...
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  • New connectivity funding for more rural homes and businesses
    More New Zealand homes, businesses and communities will soon benefit from fast and reliable connectivity, regardless of where they live, study and work,” Minister for the Digital Economy and Communications, David Clark said today. “The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us time and again how critical a reliable connection is for ...
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  • Phil Twyford to attend Nuclear Ban Treaty meeting
    Disarmament and Arms Control Minister Phil Twyford will lead Aotearoa New Zealand’s delegation to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) First Meeting of States Parties in Austria later this month, following a visit to the Netherlands. The Nuclear Ban Treaty is the first global treaty to make nuclear ...
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  • Australian Foreign Minister to visit for talks
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta will this week welcome Australian Foreign Minister, Senator the Hon. Penny Wong on her first official visit to Aotearoa New Zealand as Foreign Minister. “I am delighted to be able to welcome Senator Wong to Wellington for our first in-person bilateral foreign policy consultations, scheduled for ...
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  • Government’s School Investment Package supports 4,500 projects
    State schools have made thousands of site, infrastructure and classroom improvements, as well as upgrades to school sports facilities and playgrounds over the past two and a half years through a major government work programme, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. The School Investment Package announced in December 2019 gave ...
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  • PM Ardern shares warm meeting with Samoa PM
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern had a warm and productive meeting with Samoa Prime Minister Fiamē Naomi Mata’afa in Wellington, today. The Prime Ministers reflected on the close and enduring relationship the two countries have shared in the 60 years since the signing of the Treaty of Friendship, and since Samoa ...
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  • Govt acting to increase supermarket competition
    “Food price data shows New Zealanders pay too much for the basics and today’s figures provide more evidence of why we need to change the supermarket industry, and fast," Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister David Clark says. Stats NZ figures show food prices were 6.8% higher in May 2022 compared ...
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  • New standalone integrity entity for sport
    An independent body to strengthen and protect the integrity of the sport and recreation system is to be established. “There have been a number of reports over the years into various sports where the athletes, from elite level to grassroots, have been let down by the system in one way ...
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  • New baby unit opened at Waitakere Hospital
    Parents of babies needing special care can now stay overnight at Waitakere Hospital, thanks to a new Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU), Health Minister Andrew Little said today. The new SCBU, which can care for 18 babies at a time and includes dedicated facilities for parents, was opened today by ...
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  • Joint Statement: New Zealand teams up with Ecuador, Kenya, and the EU to forge cooperation on trade ...
    The Trade Ministers of the European Union, Ecuador, Kenya and New Zealand have agreed to work jointly to forge an inclusive Coalition of Trade Ministers on Climate. This reflects their shared commitment to bringing the fight against climate change to the forefront of trade policy. The Ministers want to enhance ...
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    5 days ago
  • Government open to explore a joined up public sector pay negotiation process
    The Government is interested in exploring with public sector unions a pay adjustment proposal, the Minister for the Public Service Chris Hipkins said today. This follows the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions writing to the Government proposing to enter into a process for a pay adjustment across the public ...
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  • Cabinet changes following Faafoi, Mallard resignations
    Kris Faafoi resigns from Parliament. Kiri Allan promoted to Justice Minister, Michael Wood picks up Immigration Speaker Trevor Mallard to end 35 year parliamentary career in mid-August as he prepares to take up a diplomatic post in Europe. Adrian Rurawhe to be nominated as Speaker Priyanca Radhakrishnan moves into ...
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  • Faafoi calls time on Politics
    Kris Faafoi has today announced that he will be leaving Politics in the coming weeks. Kris Faafoi has thanked the Prime Minister for the privilege of serving as a Minister in her government. “It’s been an honour to serve New Zealander’s as a Minister and as a Member of Parliament, ...
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  • Further pay bump for new parents
    Paid Parental leave entitlements will increase on 1 July, resulting in up to $40 extra a week for new parents, or up to an additional $1040 for those taking the full 26 weeks of parental leave, Workplace Relations and Safety Michael Wood has announced today. “We know things are tough ...
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  • Investing to address youth homelessness
    Rangatahi experiencing homelessness are being supported by the Government to find safe, warm, and affordable places to live, the Associate Minister of Housing (Homelessness) Marama Davidson announced today.  “This Government is investing $40 million to support rangatahi and young people to find a safe, stable place to live, put down ...
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  • Transport Minister looks to power up EV imports
    Michael Wood has announced he will travel today to the International Electric Vehicle Symposium and Exhibition (EVS), hosted by the European Association for Electromobility in Oslo, Norway. “EVS is the leading international gathering to address all the electromobility issues. The conference brings together government Ministers, policymakers, representatives from industry, relevant ...
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    6 days ago
  • Minister of Defence addresses premier Defence Summit on climate security
    Defence Minister Peeni Henare joined a panel of Defence Ministers to discuss climate security at the 19th Annual Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore today. He addressed the 2022 summit at a special session on “Climate Security and Green Defence”. The Minister was joined on the stage by his counterpart from Maldives and ...
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    7 days ago
  • OECD undertakes leading report on the outcomes of trade for New Zealand women
    In a first in advancing the interests of women in trade, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and New Zealand have published a review on trade and gender in New Zealand, Trade and Export Growth Minister Damien O’Connor announced. The ‘Trade and Gender Review of New Zealand’ sheds light ...
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  • BusinessNZ complaint to ILO on Fair Pay Agreements fails
    The Government has welcomed the outcome of the International Labour Organisation’s consideration of New Zealand’s Fair Pay Agreements (FPA) system, following a complaint made to it by BusinessNZ.  “Despite efforts by opponents to misrepresent the purpose of FPAs, the ILO's Committee on the Application of Standards has not found that ...
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  • Speech – to Diplomatic Corps Study Tour
    Ambassadors, representatives of your many countries it pleases me to convey a special greeting to you all on this sacred land of Waikato Tainui. Fa’afetai fa’apitoa ia te outou uma I le lau’ele’ele paiao Waikato Tainui Nga mihi nui ki koutou Nga Rangatira o te Ao i tēnei whenua ...
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  • Speech – to Diplomatic Corps Study Tour – Waikato Innovation Park
    Ambassadors, representatives of your many countries it pleases me to convey a special greeting to you all on this sacred land of Waikato Tainui.  Fa’afetai fa’apitoa ia te outou uma I le lau’ele’ele paiao Waikato Tainui Nga mihi nui ki koutou Nga Rangatira o te Ao i tēnei whenua o ...
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  • Prime Ministers reaffirm close trans-Tasman relationship
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese today held their first successful bilateral meeting in Sydney this morning. The Prime Minister was the first head of government to meet with Prime Minister Albanese in Australia since the he took office. “I was really delighted to meet Prime ...
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  • Trade Minister to attend WTO meetings
    Trade Minister Damien O’Connor travels to Europe today for the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Twelfth Ministerial Conference (MC12). While at the WTO he will meet with ministerial counterparts from other countries to discuss bilateral and regional trade and economic issues, and progress New Zealand’s ongoing EU-NZ FTA negotiations. He will also ...
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  • Government takes bowel cancer programme nationwide
    The Government’s lifesaving bowel-screening programme is now available across the whole country, Health Minister Andrew Little said today. The programme has been successfully rolled out across the country over five years. In that time, cancers have been detected in 1400 people as a result of screening. Thirty-five per cent of ...
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  • Speech to New Zealand General Practice Conference and Medical Exhibition
      Tēnā tātou katoa Kei ngā pou o te whare hauora ki Aotearoa, kei te mihi. Tēnā koutou i tā koutou pōwhiri mai i ahau. E mihi ana ki ngā taura tangata e hono ana i a tātou katoa, ko te kaupapa o te rā tērā. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, ...
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  • O Mahurangi Penlink at the construction starting line
    The new O Mahurangi Penlink transport connection in north Auckland has passed another milestone following the signing of the construction alliance agreement today, Transport Minister Michael Wood announced today. As part of the Government’s $8.7 billion New Zealand Upgrade Programme, O Mahurangi Penlink will provide growing communities in Silverdale, Whangaparāoa ...
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  • New Zealand Principals’ Federation Conference 2022
    Tena kotou katoa, It’s a pleasure to be here with you today.  Thank you for inviting myself and my esteemed colleague Minister Sio. I do want to firstly extend the apologies of the Minister of Education Hon Chris Hipkins We have lots to catch up on! The past two and ...
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  • Funding boost to empower women to farm for the future
    Women will play a significant role in how New Zealanders farm for the future, and new Government funding will help them pave the way, Associate Agriculture Minister Meka Whaitiri said. “We’ve committed $473,261 over two years through the Ministry for Primary Industries’ (MPI’s) Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures fund to ...
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