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Panui from NZ Maori Council | Nationwide Hui | Now to 18 Sep 2013

A Letter from the New Zealand Maori Council, Te Kaunihera Maori o Aotearoa

26 August 2013

He Panui

Tena koutou

Nationwide consultation on the Crown’s review of the Community Development Act commences in September 2013, at a time when the New Zealand Māori Council is challenging Crown action on a number of issues vital to Māori rights and interests. These include rights to water, to the radio spectrum, to the benefits of the Crown Forestry Rental Trust, to citizenship and electoral rights and to provide safety to Māori communities through the Māori Wardens.

The Council is concerned that the timing of the consultation process when these cases are pending and the exclusion of the Council as a partner in the consultation process puts at risk the Council’s work of advocating for and protecting Māori communities. Details about the Council’s current and past action to protect Māori rights and interests are attached to this letter.

This letter encourages you either to attend the consultation hui www.tpk.govt.nz/en/consultation/mcda/ or to relay your views to the Council Secretary, Karen Waterreus (karen@maoricouncil.com).

The unique feature of Council is its statutory mandate to work for and on behalf of the greater Māori community. Council works for all Māori, whoever we are and wherever we are. Council still has a job to do to protect Māori rights and interests and must remain in existence.

Ngā mihi
Maanu Paul, Co-Chair and Sir Edward Taihākurei Durie, Co-Chair
The New Zealand Maori Council
Te Kaunihera Maori o Aotearoa

Upcoming Hui Dates

  • Whangārei Wed 4 September 8.30-10.30am Whangarei Terenga Paraoa Marae Porowini Avenue, Whangarei
  • Auckland (North) Wed 4 September 4-6pm Orakei Marae 59b Kitemoana Street, Orakei
  • Auckland (South) Thurs 5 September 8.30-10.30am Te Puea Marae 41 Miro Road, Mangere
  • Palmerston North Thurs 5 September 4-6pm Kingsgate Hotel 110 Fitzherbert Avenue, Palmerston North
  • Whanganui Tues 10 September 8-10am Te Taura Whiri Building (TPK Office) 357 Victoria Avenue, Whanganui
  • New Plymouth Tues 10 September 2-4pm Mururaupatu Marae Te Arei Road, R.D. 3
  • Hamilton Weds 11 September 8-10am Rangiaowhia Marae TWOA, Raroera Campus, Te Rapa
  • Rotorua Weds 11 September 1-3pm Te Papaiouru Marae Ohinemutu
  • Christchurch Thurs 12 September 8-10am Twiggers Addington Raceway
  • Nelson Thurs 12 September 2.30-4.30am Whakatu Marae 99 Atawhai Drive, Nelson
  • Lower Hutt Tues 17 September 9-11am Waiwhetu Marae Puketapu Grove, Waiwhetu, Lower Hutt
  • Porirua Tues 17 September 2-4pm Takapuwahia Marae 2 Nohorua Street, Porirua
  • Dunedin Weds 18 September 8-10am Arai I te Uru Marae 24 Shetland Street,


Intercultural Awareness and Communication Workshop: Manukau 23 Oct 13

Intercultural Awareness and Communication workshop (designed by the Office of Ethnic Affairs) seeks to enhance relationships in the workplace, between colleagues, and with customers and stakeholders. It does this by exploring how behaviour can be influenced by culture, and how we can improve our communication with people from different cultural backgrounds.

The one-day workshop encourages individuals to reflect on their own cultural understanding and practices. They then apply the tools learnt back at their workplace.  After completing this training session participants will be able to Understand the basic terms and concepts involved in “culture” and “communication”.

  • Communicate more effectively cross-culturally
  • Identify the relationship between: culture, cultural values, communication, relationships, and effective Work Place Interactions.
  • Identify ways they can improve their intercultural communication

“Through this workshop, I am now aware of the importance of communication, either through body language or verbal. I also understand that different cultures may interpret certain things differently.” Workshop Participant May 2013.

  • Date: Wednesday, 23rd October 2013
  • Time: 9.30am to 4.00pm
  • Venue: ARMS Manukau centre, 2 Osterley Way Manukau
  • Cost: $25.00 per person.
  • Facilitators: Angela Calvert and Cheng Goh

Register:    Ph: (09) 533 3685 Email: admin@mecoss.org.nz

Niu Nesia Speaks: Spoken Word Workshops to Explore Identity with Young People

  • Are you of mixed Pacific heritage, born in Aotearoa & aged 16-24 years old?
  • Interested in exploring the story of your identity through spoken word poetry?

You are invited to an info evening for a  FREE 8 week Spoken Word Poetry programme as part of Grace Taylor’s Masters research project. Email grace.teuila@gmail.com


A 1970s Teacher Gives Her Class a Lesson They Won’t Forget

If you have an interest in issues like self-worth, stigma, discrimination and equality, you might like this video of one teacher’s experiment with her 3rd Grade classroom for National Brotherhood Week in the 1970s (might be earlier – it’s hard to tell). This is one of those old experiments that would never get through a modern-day ethics committee, but that nonetheless teach us a lot about what it is to be a human being in the world.

Upworthy writes:

“1:30: This teacher begins a study that will be talked about for 40 years.
3:00: She re-creates segregation and racism in her classroom.
7:45: Mrs. Elliott flips the entire class on their heads.
10:00 Jane Elliot makes the most profound discovery about us all
11:43: The students learn something that the world is still struggling to. 
There are too many great moments to point out. Just watch.”

Maori Language Week 1 – 7 July 2013

It is Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori or Maori Language Week in New Zealand from the 1st to the 7th of July.

The theme this year is ‘Ngā ingoa Māori, Māori names’ and the aim is to encourage us all to learn more about Māori names, including place names and names of people you may know.

Click through the links below for some ways to find out more and share the knowledge with your friends and whanau.

Video: Having a Maori Name

In this short video posted on the Maori Language Week Facebook Page, Hauauru Rae shares some of his experiences with having a Maori name. He says pronunciation is ‘not all doom and gloom’, but there is definitely room for improvement.

Activity Ideas from Korero Maori

The Korero Maori website has a bunch of great ideas for promoting Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori or finding out more for yourself.

Online Quiz: How Well do You Know Your Maori Place Names?

This online quiz lets you test your knowledge of Maori place names and fill in the gaps.

Events: Auckland Libraries Free Events

Auckland Libraries are running a series of free events across the region during Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori. Follow the link above to find out more. If you live somewhere else, contact your local library and find out what is happening in your town.

Pacifica Person’s Views on Mental-Health Recovery | Take It From Us Radio 14 May 2013

On Take It From Us on Tuesday the 14th, hear the views of a Pacific Islander ambassador for mental health recovery. Like Minds mental health promoter Keleni Talau’s journey through life has left a few scars but this week’s guest is exploring many options to cope. Listen to her story this Tuesday the 14th of May on PlanetFM104.6 at 12.30pm.

Listen live on 104.6FM at 12.30pm or online www.planetaudio.org.nz

OR if you missed the broadcast, listen for the next seven days @: www.planetaudio.org.nz/takeitfromus

Catch up on the last four shows online: www.likeminds.org.nz

And don’t forget the Facebook page @ Facebook.com and type ‘take it from us’ in the search box
Email: takeitfromus@mail.com for any feedback and comment/suggestions for shows.

Free Treaty Course at Mind and Body Consultants, Auckland June 2013

Mind and Body is hosting a 12 hour Treaty Course run by The Treaty Resource Centre.

For more information click on: http://www.trc.org.nz/courses

  • Venue: Mind and Body Consultants, 395A Manukau Road, Epsom, Auckland
  • Dates: Wed 5th June, Fri 14th June, Fri 21st June
  • Time: 9.00am – 1.00pm
  • Facilitator: Kim Hope

Free 12 hour Treaty Course This course expands on what is offered in the 6 hour course. At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • describe the motivations of the British Crown & the hapu for having a Treaty
  • explain Treaty articles and principles
  • understand the consequences of what happened after the signing
  • consider the application of Te Tiriti in your own life today

Registrations are limited.  Please contact Nicky Grant nicky@mindandbody.co.nz to register on the course.

Settlement-ology 101 | Regional Settlement Network Meeting | Auckland 1 May 2013

You are invited to participate in the next Regional Settlement Network Meeting

  • When: Wednesday May 1 from 9.15-1.00pm followed by lunch and networking.
  • Where: Hillsborough Room, Fickling Centre, Three Kings.

TOPIC:   “Settlement-ology 101” – Who’s doing what and for whom?

WHAT:  A fun, interactive and informative programme, mapping Auckland’s settlement activities, services and initiatives. Experienced service providers will share their understandings about working with Muslim clients and communities.

FOR:  Agency staff, managers, community group members, newcomers – anyone who plays a part in making sure that ‘Settlement is a two-way commitment’.

Plus: The new meeting feature: “Spotlight on Cultural Diversity.”

If you would like table space or a 2 minute slot to showcase/share information from your organisation or agency at the network meeting, please do let us know.

To register your attendance in advance, please send through the following information to annaf@arms-mrc.org.nz : Name(s), organisation, contact details/email for your contact person and number of people attending

Working with Different Cultures Breakfast Session Auckland 16 April 2013

Auckland Breakfast: Working with Different Cultures

People from more than 200 different cultures are working in the Auckland region.  Come along to a breakfast event where you will learn more about what makes us all the same, but different.

Experienced presenters will discuss how to future proof your business and embrace ethnic diversity in the workplace.  This breakfast event is also guaranteed to help you communicate more effectively among colleagues from different countries.    Dr Faleafa is a registered clinical psychologist who has worked in the public and private sectors as well as Pacific governance roles.  Tino Pereira is a government advisor, businessman and Pacific community leader in New Zealand.

The pair has recently spoken at a Diversity conference in San Francisco, and learnt about huge savings across the American health care sector after medical professionals were given training on how to better understand people from different countries.

This breakfast is jointly hosted by the EEO Trust and the Auckland Chamber of Commerce.

Date: Tuesday 16th April,  7.30am – 9.00am

Venue: Rendezvous Grand Hotel, Auckland City

Investment:  $70.00 + GST (EEO Trust members) , $85.00 + GST (non-member)

To register for this event please click here or email eeo@chamber.co.nz

Programme For Family Members of Chinese Clients

Together We Recover

These workshops (total of 3) aims to enhance family harmony by equipping family members/carers of
Chinese people with mental health issues with skills to deal with common conflict situations.


  • Monday 15th April 6-8pm
  • Monday 22nd April 6-8pm
  • Monday 29th April 6-8pm

Venue: Te Rawhiti Community Mental Health Centre, 15 Aberfeldy Ave., Highland Park

Guest speakers:

  • Dr Sai Woh Wong (Consultant psychiatrist)
  • Mr Patrick Au (Registered psychiatric nurse & experienced counsellor)
  • Mrs Sue Wong (Experienced counsellor)
  • Ms Candy Vong (Experienced counsellor)


Cost: $15 per person to cover materials and refreshment costs (cash payment at first

For more information or RSVP, please contact Wendy Siu on (09) 378 9134 or wendy@sfauckland.org.nz

Please RSVP by 8th April 2013 as workshop is limited to 20 people.

This workshop is hosted by the Vagus Centre (Chinese Mental Health Consultation Services Charitable Trust) in partnership with Yan Oi Sei, Affinity Services, Supporting Families in Mental Illness (Auckland) and Counties Manukau Health.