I met Ken Mair 20 years ago. He looked me up and down and asked me where my ancestors came from. This was a cause of some anxiety, as I told him the truth — Bell Block, where the original Taranaki/Wanaganui settlers lived and were buried. Ken appeared mollified with this. You have to give him some respect because he cares for his tribe and his people above all — insulting anyone who does not help them, royalty included.
Immigration New Zealand organised the meeting on Monday, which was attended by about 100 people, including representatives of the Whanganui District Council.Robin Martin, RNZ
Whanganui iwi leader, Ken Mair, told the hui that issues confronting Māori in the city needed to be addressed before refugees could be resettled there.
“Those issues are the obvious issues with regard to housing shortages and the health needs of our local iwi within Whanganui and that’s our first priority.”
Whanganui was selected as a new resettlement destination in February and could expect 30 refugees in 2020 and an average of about 150 every year thereafter.
But Mr Mair said Immigration New Zealand and the district council had failed to consult properly with iwi on the decision.
“We made it very clear that there is a need for discussions between the minister, local and central government to work through some of the issues we have from a local iwi point of view.”
He said he had told Mayor Hamish McDouall about his problems with the resettlement programme and was surprised to see the meeting had even gone ahead.
“We’re very concerned that albeit we’ve laid our concerns before the local council as well as central government for that matter they are continuing with this process towards a refugee settlement within our community and within our tribal domain.
“We asked the hui last night where there was about 100 people in our attendance to respect our position and that the meeting should be called to a halt until the local iwi can sit down with the minister, local government and central government to discuss some of the fundamental concerns that we have.”
Over the weekend one of my sons showed me a link to this speech. Bill English was a good minister of health but had ideological fights with Ian Powell, who has been the chief industrial officer for state employed medical specailists for decades. He’s retiring, and despite the left currently being in power, this old unionist is not going quietly, as the government quietly downgrades services. Read the whole thing.
In my final year with ASMS there are two things I’m confident of. First, I have annoyed more people in the past year to date than I have over the past 29 years. This even surpasses the time when Bill English was Minister of Health. He used to refer to two different toxic trios. It was aIan Powell, Association of Salaried Medical Specailists (ASMS).
long time ago and the main thing I can recall was that I was the only one in both trios. Interesting, really, as on a personal level he was the senior politician I liked the most.
Second, I am confident that whatever I do post-ASMS it will not involve being offered work as an external consultant engaged by DHBs to work a quarter as hard as I have for ASMS on double the remuneration and with a quality threshold to achieve of pure bullshit. Such remote odds will further increase once our health mandarins become aware of this address.
The wheels are falling off. The area I live has voted labour consistently since the party was formed. When you lose the local rag, you are losing the argument. The land settlements in South Auckland are, in reality, fairly simple. If you want complex, I suggest one review the situation in the Taranaki or Wanganui… or the East Coast.
Ihumatao has its roots in difficult history. In this way, it is different. Nevertheless, it is all too easy to ignore the complexities of the matter and ride the fervour.Otago Daily Times.
Labour’s Maori ministers and the Prime Minister were reluctant to stop it. The iwi’s leadership body, the Te Kawerau Iwi Tribal Authority & Settlement Trust, supports the development. It negotiated an agreement with Fletcher Housing and the Makaurau Marae Maori Trust. As part of the agreement, about a quarter of the land is being returned and preserved, adding to the stone fields reserve previously bought as a reserve, and homes will be available for local Maori.
Crucially, the iwi leaders and those they represent are “mana whenua”. This phrase can be translated as the right of a tribe to manage a particular area of land.
No wonder co-chairman of the Labour Maori caucus Willie Jackson said the Government would find itself in serious trouble if it started disregarding iwi mandates on Maori land. He said the iwi settlement had to be respected.
Indeed. Once one settlement is reopened, what about all the others? Once what has become private land – in this case for a very long time – is up for dispute, where does that end?
The Greens, meanwhile, say the Labour line ignores other iwi interests.
The protesters include members of the local iwi, and some see the “mana whenua” as being split along generation lines, younger members unhappy with the deal.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern changed Labour’s approach late last week in response to protest momentum. She attempted to take some heat from disagreements by saying the Government would help the parties get together to sort a way forward. Building would not start until that happened. This is risky and becomes a test for her. Is there more to her than just empathetic words and feelings? Although she stood up successfully over the gun buy-back, this is trickier.
Maybe, a “compromise” could be worked through whereby Ihumatao is seen as an exceptional case that supposedly does not reopen settlements or undermine the designated mana whenua? Taxpayer money might come to the rescue to be used to buy off Fletcher Building and deals done.
But maybe Ihumatao as an exception to claims on private land is unconvincing and it becomes a forerunner of further demands and demonstrations.
When you stop the press asking about a topic you are losing. As an aside, the gun buy back is not going well, and it will be an issue in the coming election.
The times, at present, are getting too interesting in NZ. It is not a shelter from the rest of the world. In general, be where the crowds do not congregate.