Post by Kiwi Frontline on Nov 8, 2019 6:05:10 GMT 12
SPEAKING OUT IS IMPORTANT
– the more who do so, the louder our voices. Please take all opportunities to not only talk to MPs and councillors, but also to send letters to the editor and engage on social media.
This month we have included an update on of Cultural Values Assessments (CVA), (formerly known as Cultural Impact Assessments). It has been quite some time since we covered this issue, but two reports on research commissioned by Auckland Council show that much is happening out of the public eye. These reports reveal that there is an expectation CVAs go much further than just acknowledging cultural values. The widespread use of the term 'mana whenua' (authority over the land) offers a clue as to what these expectations are. It is obvious that CVAs are another method of imposing the TOW 'partnership' principle on the citizenry, along with co-governance arrangements, and the increasing use of 'Relationship Agreements' - both of which are a feature of the Ngati Hinerangi Treaty settlement, which had its first reading in parliament during September.
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