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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Maori potential framework explained, perhaps

Maori Affairs Minister Parekura Horomia is going on the road to brief staff and stakeholders on the government's new Maori potential framework.

The new policy involves shifting $23.6 million in his ministry's budget to programmes which help build on exisitng Maori human, financial and natural resources, traditional knowledge and leadership.

Mr Horomia says the Ministry of Maori Development will be putting key workers into Maori communities to help implement the programmes.

He says some of their functions may be similar to the old Department of Maori Affairs community welfare officers

Parekura Horomia says the Maori potential framework will also require his Ministry of Maori Development to work closely with other government agencies.


The Chairperson of a South Auckland health provider hopes political rhetoric doesn't get in the way of practical solutions to family violence.

Politicians from Pita Sharples to Judith Collins to David Benson Pope to former MP John Tamihere have waded into the issue in the wake of the death of the Kaahui twins last month.

Sharon Wilson of Tamaki ki Raro Trust says political rhetoric isn't going to solve the problem, and that is why she has invited groups actually working with communities to her hui this month to discuss the issues, in the hope they can come up with practical approaches.


Kapa haka expert Tama Huata says the latest complaints about the throat slitting action in the new All Black haka shouldn't be taken seriously.

Featherston Rugby Club vice president Erroll Anderson says he will lay a complaint with police that the gesture is a threat to kill.

Mr Huata says the complaint is unusual given what else goes on in rugby, like head butting and eye gouging.

The new haka, Kapa Opango, was composed for the All Blacks by East Coast expert Derek Llardelli and performed for the second time on Saturday night before the Bledisloe Cup clash in Christchurch.


The chief exeecutive of Ngai Tahu says the tribe's gift to the nation of 33 thousand hectares of South Island high country is a reflection of the hard negotiations required to reach a settlement 10 years ago.

Tahu Potiki says when the tribe bought three high country stations inland from Lake Wakatipu, it recognised parts of the land had different values to different groups of people.

He says Ngai Tahu secured land which was important to the tribe for historical, political and economic reasons, but it also included land of conservatIon significance.

The block being returned is to be known as Ka Whenua Roimata, or Land of Tears.


An Auckland kaumatua says rising rates are putting pressure on many elderly Maori.

Jim Peri, a retired school principal, says rates in many parts of Auckland have doubled over the past decade, and that means many kaumatua are considering the move back to their home areas.

But he says the problems may not go away, as many of their traditional areas also now face high rates, especially on coastal blocks.


The Fire Service's Maori advisor says a component in training fire personnel focusses on Maori, because of the disproportionate number of Maori who are injured or die in fires.

The service has just opened a new $11 million national training centre opposite Rotorua Airport

Piki Thomas says he'd like to see more Maori sign up as firefighters, and he's pleased new recruits are given an insight into what to expect from Maori communities.


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