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Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Awanuiarangi boss admits over-staffing

The acting head of Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi says the Whakatane-based Maori tertiary provider was overstaffed with administrators.

The wananga last week laid off 51 staff.

Kuni Jenikins says the wananga had to act because it was facing a $4 million deficit this year.

She says while some of that was because of lower unemployment driving down the number of students enrolling, the wananga was also guilty of misallocating resources.

“We were almost running a 1-1 – one academic person to one admin staff person, so there had to be some rebalancing of our workforce, We were also running small classes, which was uneconomic. There has to be a certain number of students to make a class worthwhile,” Jenkins said.


People interested in restorative justice have been invited to a hui at Nga Whare Watea Marae in Mangere tomorrow to hear how offenders can be made to face up to their victims.

Restorative justice is an option under the sentencing act, and can lead to a reduction in sentence.

Speakers will include judges and people involved in victim advocacy and support.

Hui organiser June Jackson says restorative justice is often a way people can stop feeling like victims.

She says it can also make offenders atone for their crimes in a way other sentences can't.

“There are many things they can do to make up for the terror, the terror victims have when this happens to them,” Jackson said.


Rotorua deputy mayor Trevor Maxwell, says ethnicity didn't come into a decision by Rotorua District Council to ban convicted criminals from the city centre.

He says there was overwhelming support for the proposal at last night's council meeting, with only one councillor voting against.

The proposed bylaw would make it illegal for people with five or more convictions for crimes involving dishonesty, to enter the CBD.

Mr Maxwell says the council is seeking legal opinions on how to proceed, but councilors felt they had to do something to curb escalating street crime.

“We get 1.8 million visitors each year and cars are getting broken into an motel units, and it certainly harms our image here and when they get back overseas,” Maxwell said.


Maori students are hanging on to their reo, whatever their degree.

That's the experience of Waikato University's School of Management Studies.

Spokesperson Duke Boon says Maori students make up around 7 percent of the school.

He says they are mixing their studies or subjects like accounting, economics, human resources, tourism and communications with a strong tikanga Maori base.


A new book on the Ratana movement will be launched this week.

Ratana Revisited, an unfinished legacy by Keith Newman deals with the Ratana's history as a church and a social movement, and its place in contemporary society.

Ratana spokesperson Ruia Aperehama says the book celebrates the movement's contribution the nation's fabric.

Mr Aperehama says it's a significant update on a book written in the 1960s by Jim Henderson, and Mr Newman has drawn on a lot of material which was not available before.

“We were wanting to get more information out again to help people make their own informed decisions, in particular in hindsight what happened in the political arena last election with the Tumuaki’s son, Erroll Mason, and his younger brother, Andre Mason, with regards to the political alliance with Labour,” Aperehama said.


Maori and Pacific Island communities continue to be the hardest hit by problem gambling.

Shayne Nahu, the manager of the Health Ministry's gambling project, says two reports to be released this month will show how the gambling industry targets poorer communities.

Mr Nahu says just over 1 percent of the populations are estimated to be problem gamblers, but the impact is more widespread:

Shayne Nahu says general practitioners and social service workers are being trained to identify those at risk from gambling.


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