Ngatiwai COVID-19 Recovery updates 2 July 2020

Yesterday we were advised that there were no new cases of COVID-19 to report. ​ The number of active cases in New Zealand remains at 22. All active cases have recently returned from overseas and are in managed isolation facilities. There have been no cases of community transmission.​ One person remains in Auckland City Hospital in a stable condition on a ward.​ Our total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 remains at 1,178. Yesterday our laboratories completed 4,530 tests, we have now surpassed over 400,000 tests. 402,000 tests have been processed since February. ​ This includes testing at managed isolation facilities and community-based testing across the country. ​Worldwide the number of cases continue to increase.

It is important to continue to remain vigilant around keeping safe and clean, staying home if you are feeling unwell and keeping track of where you have been throughout the day.
Coronavirus COVID-19 Public Dashboard for New Zealand
Ministry of Health website link: Ministry of Health website
Unite for the recovery| New Zealand Government

Te Rau Ora

Te Rau Ora  are happy to announce that the Māori Community Suicide Prevention Fund will be open 1st July to 31st July 2020. Under the Every Life Matters Suicide Prevention Strategy, Te Au will disburse a $1.6 million Māori Community Fund to whānau, hapū, iwi, Māori communities and Māori providers to address suicide and its impacts. Application should encourage a focus on wellbeing, provide support to Māori whānau, hapū and iwi that are experiencing suicide risk and/or are bereaved by suicide, build inclusive Māori communities and strengthen resilience, raise awareness about available supports and resources and increase awhi to whānau known to be at higher risk of suicidal distress. The one-fund levels offer up to $100,000. For more information access link here. 

COVID Testing

There will still be wide testing of people with cold or flu-like symptoms as part of our ongoing community testing and surveillance for the virus.

The main clarification in the case definition that was updated yesterday means that not everyone who is tested will need to self-isolate while they are awaiting the results of their test ‐ only those who have respiratory symptoms and have had one or more of the following in the last 14 days: 

  • Contact with a confirmed of probable case 
  • International travel 
  • Direct contact with someone who has travelled overseas 
  • History of working on an international aircraft or shipping vessel 
  • Cleaning at international airport or maritime ports or areas frequently visited by international visitors. 

Please note – the Whangarei Testing Centre is at the Cricket Association Car Park – NOT Semenoff Stadium car park.

Waitangi Tribunal Report into the Takutai Moana Act has been released.


Stage 1 of the Waitangi Tribunal inquiry into the Takutai Moana Act has been released. It says the Crown has breached its duty under the Treaty of Waitangi by forcing iwi claimants to foot legal costs.The Tribunal recommends that the Crown fully fund all costs related to coastal claims. The legislation replaced the controversial Foreshore and Seabed Act in 2011, allowing Māori to gain legal recognition of their customary rights in the marine and coastal area, which includes the high tide mark on a beach and the seabed 12 nautical miles out.Many have argued the Act is flawed and has created a process that is unclear, costly and unfair. Link to RNZ story

Waitangi Tribunal report confirms Te Arawhiti conflict of interest

Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Today the Waitangi Tribunal released its report on the funding and resourcing arrangements that the Crown put into place to support applications under the Marine and Coastal Area (MACA) Act 2011 Inquiry, Stage 1 Report.
The Ngātiwai Trust Board participated in the MACA inquiry along with other claimants at hearings that were held in Wellingtons Waiwhetu Marae in March 2019.
Ngātiwai Trust Board Treaty Claims Committee Chairman Aperahama Edwards says “We see today’s report as very favorable and clearly confirms our argument from the hearings that we are being trapped in an expensive High Court process with costs that are beyond our control.”
“The report tell us that Te Arawhiti cannot operate as as the funder and the negotiator.  This is a conflict of interest.  However of greater concern is a process that can result in damage to whakawhanaungatanga relationships.”
Keatley Hopkins who submitted evidence on behalf of Ngāti Takapari, says “The Crown’s approach potentially causes division and tension amongst the various applicant groups, pitting whānau and hapū against one in another in a fight to have their respective customary interests recognised.”
Waitangi Tribunal Claimant of this inquiry, Mylie George, says \”Ngātiwai ki Whangaruru applicants are heartened by the tribunals findings.  It acknowledges and reflects our true experience as whānau and hapū of Te Uri o Hikihiki, Ngāti Te Rahingahinga, Ngāti Te Awa and Ngāti Rehua ki Tuparehuia.”
“We maintain and uphold the mana of our whenua and Moana as we continue to fight and refuse to be subject to the winds and power of the coloniser\” 
The Tribunal report warns the Crown not to create further overlapping interest conflicts and points out that there are obvious comparisons with the approach the Crown takes to resolving interests in Treaty Settlement negotiations.
Aperahama says “This report and our own experiences with overlapping claims tells us that the Crowns approach to resolving overlapping interests inevitably creates further Treaty breaches.  We have always advocated for tikanga-based process to resolve these types of issues.”
“In this Crown-designed process, the Ngātiwai Trust Board are expected to respond to hundreds of resource consent applications that are received, but the Crown does not resource us to be able to respond.”
“As a consequence, we are unable to respond to applications for consents that will see the construction of private jetties, moorings and structures and discharge in the Ngātiwai rohe, without our input.”
 “This process has the potential to change the face of the Ngātiwai Takutai Moana forever, and we will not stand by and allow this to happen.”
Contacts:      Aperahama Kerepeti-Edwards, Chairman Ngātiwai Treaty Claims Committee
                        Phone:  09 430 0939
                        Barry Caldwell, Communications Advisor, Ngātiwai Trust Board
                        Phone:  021 728 291
                        Email: barry.caldwell@ngā

Six months with baby and $20 more a week for new parents

Parents of newborns get four more weeks of paid parental leave in NZ, starting today as announced by Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway. The paid parental leave scheme in New Zealand is extending from 22 weeks to 26 weeks, taking New Zealand up to a full six months of leave for new parents.  The maximum weekly payment is also increasing by $20 per week. Read more here

Whau Valley Dam starting to fill

Whau Valley Dam has now reached 81% full. That’s a huge lift considering it was at only 45% at the end of May!

School Holiday Programmes

Below is a link to a list of school holiday programmes available over the upcoming holidays.  Some of these programmes are free, and many are registered with OSCAR and WINZ and may be subsidised.
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