Source: Auckland Museum
See below for videos, objects we have in collections, long reads and more on both!
Kia ora koutou,
Tāmaki Paenga Hira, Auckland Museum, joins with Tāmaki and wider Aotearoa in Matariki celebrations beginning this week – from the first new moon following the winter solstice to the next new moon which is when we can all see the Matariki star cluster rise above the horizon in the pre-dawn sky.
Matariki at Auckland Museum on this page you will find:
- On our Matariki webpage see our video series Hauora: Matariki Conversations through Te Whare Tapa Whā.
- Take some time to watch Amiria Puia-Taylor, Precious Clark and Pio Terei share their whakaaro (thoughts) on Matariki and this winter season of gathering, remembering and renewing.
- Hear from Te Whai Smith about her mahi at Tāmaki Paenga Hira in te reo Māori.
- And view Sonia Snowden’s kete reminding us Matariki is a time to honour the plants used in weaving and be mindful of the resources Papatuanuku provides.
Image caption: Bobby Newson, Tumu Here Iwi Relationships Manager, Maori and Pacific Development and Dion Peita, Tumuaki Māori and Pacific Development from Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum
Kiribati Language Week
This week is the first official Kiribati Language Week and to celebrate we will share Kiribati items from our collections, light up the museum walls with national colours of blue, red, yellow, white and share a video of knowledge holder visit as well as zoom panel discussion.
On this page you will find:
- An introduction from Charles Enoka Kiata, MNZM.
- A selection of Kiribati objects from our collection
- Information about Te Kun – a Pacific Golden Plover bird (Pluvialis fulva) and a downloadable Te Kun colouring page for kids.
- A zoom talanoa about Kiribati treasures: Te kun and Taona n riri with Nei Kaetaeta Watson, Nei Louisa Humphry, Dr Janet O’Connor and Charles Enoka.
- WWI Gilbert Islanders – online cenotaph information about Kiribati service personnel.
14 July 2020 – The Reserve Bank is today releasing the results of its Credit Conditions Survey for June 2020.
The March Survey was collected in early March and thus reflects the views of respondents prior to the announcement of the COVID-19 alert level system and nationwide lockdown. The Reserve Bank therefore decided to conduct an interim Credit Conditions Survey to understand how domestic credit conditions have changed post-lockdown. We do not intend to turn this into a quarterly survey on an ongoing basis.
The biannual Credit Conditions Survey asks banks qualitative questions about changes in credit conditions in bank lending markets. Banks provide separate responses for household, small and medium enterprise, corporate, commercial property and agricultural lending. The questions focus on observed changes in loan demand and credit availability over the previous six months and expected changes over the next six months. It also asks banks how their lending standards have changed over the past six months.
The next Survey will be conducted as usual in September.
ŌPŌTIKI; Tuesday 14th July 2020: The Whakatōhea Settlement negotiations are close to completion and a key factor in getting to this stage has been the Crown's decision to allow a Waitangi Tribunal hearing to continue once the Settlement is concluded.
Typically, a Settlement removes the jurisdiction of the Waitangi Tribunal and the opportunity for claimants to have their Wai claims heard. However, Whakatōhea is in a unique situation with the Tribunal initiating the North-Eastern Bay of Plenty District Inquiry, and the Crown agreeing it will allow Whakatōhea to recount and record their experiences.
Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations, Hon Andrew Little, is due to visit Ōpōtiki for the first time since his decision to resume negotiations last year. Minister Little will meet with senior Whakatōhea iwi and hapū leaders to discuss the Settlement negotiations and progress towards the initialling of a Deed of Settlement later this year. It is also understood that Minister Little will provide some context on his decision to allow both processes to continue.
Maui Hudson, Whakatōhea Pre Settlement Claims Trust (WPCT) Negotiator is looking forward to the visit and the chance to hear directly from the Minister about the Crowns commitment to completing the Whakatōhea Settlement.
“It will be interesting to hear his reasons for supporting both processes, but ultimately it is a win win for Whakatōhea. Some of our whānau have had almost 30 years of negotiations with the Crown, they will see ratification occur in the next year, hopefully with a positive outcome that will enable the healing to start, and the opportunity to create a prosperous future for our Whakatōhea whānau. For our whānau who wanted a Waitangi Tribunal Inquiry, they now get to tell their stories and this precious kōrero will be woven forever into our Whakatōhea History. All of Whakatōhea will get the benefits of both processes”.
About Whakatōhea Pre Settlement Claims Trust
Whakatōhea Pre Settlement Claims Trust (the Trust) was established in October 2016 following an election and appointment process with its mandate recognised in December 2016. 91.6% of the iwi voted in favour of the Trust progressing a Whakatōhea Treaty settlement with the Crown and an Agreement in Principle was signed with the Crown in August 2017. The Trust's vision is “Whāia to pae tawhiti kia tata. Whāia to pae tata kiā maua” – Pursue the distant pathways of your dreams so they may become your reality. It aims to successfully negotiate a Deed of Settlement with the Crown to secure a robust and enduring platform for Whakatōhea into the future. For more information on the Trust and its work, visit www.Whakatōheapresettlement.org.nz
Social Credit is calling on the government to step in and purchase the Tiwai Point aluminium smelter and turn it into an SOE, issuing non tradable shares to every New Zealand citizen.
It should offer just $1 for the purchase and then plough money into installing advanced emission control equipment to stop aluminium getting into the air and the food chain, and cleaning up the environment and the left over waste products.
It could also upgrade the plant to bring it up to world class standards.
That investment could be accomplished very easily and without any cost to taxpayers, by using a process similar to the $60 billion dollars the Reserve Bank is creating currently to buy government bonds off rich investors, banks and speculators.
The alternative is to spend millions in unemployment benefits for years to come as the downstream effects of the closure affect the Southland economy with many people on the dole, numbers of others moving away from Southland to find work elsewhere, and additional health costs and the other effects of unemployment.
The plan would also save a massive investment by Transpower over the next 10 years to build the capacity to transport Lake Manapouri power to other parts of the country, wasting energy in the process.
Part of the sale package would need to be long term contracts for raw material supply and sale of the finished product to international supply chains.
The shares would give every New Zealander an annual dividend, and could only be sold to a Tiwai Point Trust established to hold any unwanted shares, with dividends on those shares being used to benefit the Southland community.
An extension of the plan should be the re-purchase of the shares the government doesn’t already own in Meridian Energy, with it also being turned into an SOE, with the issue of non tradable shares to every New Zealand citizen.
The government sat on its hands and let Westland Milk Products be sold to a Chinese government owned company, with a consequential loss of co-operative New Zealand ownership, when it could easily have avoided that and it should not make the same mistake again.
Returning Meridian to New Zealand ownership would reverse the privatisation of it undertaken by National in 2013, and should be the start of more strategic assets being bought back – a process that would be undertaken by a Social Credit government.