Snapshot from Aotearoa-New Zealand Dec 09

1. PM wants to work with Labour on seabed law

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10614074

2. Bay of Plenty iwi Ngati Whare will sign a full and final settlement of its Treaty claims at Murumurunga marae on Tuesday.

http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/stories/2009/12/08/1245d95241f9

3. Maori are taking more than their job skills with them when they head across the Tasman.

http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/stories/2009/12/07/1245d942978b

And a Maori struggle for recognition as cultural partners in the super council in Auckland continues. It is interesting to compare the urban situation there with that in Australia regarding local indigenous peoples:

“Auckland City Council

Council have defined “Maori” into three groups. They are:

Iwi Ahikaa – Tangata Whenua Exercising Mana Whenua

Tangata Whenua – Historical Association

Taurahere

details:

http://www.aucklandcity.govt.nz/council/documents/handbook/maori.asp