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Saturday, August 19, 2006

Queen a woman of grace

Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia says the late Dame Te Ata i Rangikaahu was a woman of grace took Maoridom forward in her 40 years at the head of the King Movement.

Mrs Turia was at the tangihanga for Dame Te Ata yesterday with her Whanganui iwi, which has close links with the Kingitanga.

She says the Maori queen was able to look to the future without giving up the past.

Mrs Turia says there are lessons to be learned from her understated leadership style.

Tariana Turia says Dame Te Ata never lost her humility, her grace and her love of her people.

Turangawaewae Marae is expecting a further influx of thousands of mourners today.

TOURISM CAMPAIGN NEARS

Associate tourism minister Dover Samuels says the time may be close for an overseas marketing campaign for Maori tourism operators.

Mr Samuels met Bay of Plenty Maori operators in Tauranga this week, and was impressed with the range of products and experiences on offer.

He says many of their offerings are export-ready, but the sector must target its promotional efforts effectively.

Mr Samuels says Maori tourism has moved beyond kapa haka and waiata and a giving tourists a range of genuine Maori experiences.

Dover Samuels says Tourism New Zealand research indicates a Maori experience is the second most common reason people give for coming to New Zealand after its clean green image.

KAIKOURA RAHUI EXTENDED

Maori in Kaikoura are welcoming an extension of a ban on taking kaimoana from the region.

Yesterday the Minister of Fisheries Jim Anderton, confirmed the rahui will remain in place for the next 2 years.

Te Runanga O Kaikoura spokesperson Thomas Kahu, says the ban was put in in place four years ago, after concerns at plummeting fish stocks.

He says there was buy in from the whole community, because people want to protect the resource for future generations.

TE ARIKINUI REMEMBERED AS PERSON

One of the Maori queen's closest advisors says those paying tribute to her status should not overlook the fact she was a wonderful person.

Dame Te Ata i Rangikaahu is lying in state at Turangawaewae as tribes from around the motu o mourn her passing.

James Ritchie, who has known and worked with Tainui leaders for half a century, says Dame Te Ata's role as a leader did not overwhelm her other roles as a mother, a grandmother and a friend to those around her.

Professor Ritchie says the time the family and close supporters had with her at the start of the six-day tangi was particularly poignant.

Thousands of mourners are expected today, including Ngati porou and Kahungunu from the east Coast and representatives of Pacific communities.

KOKAKO TO BE RELEASED

An Auckland Regional Council scientist says a programme to increase the kokako poulation in the Hunua Ranges will be boosted by the release of pairs from the Mapara Reserve in the King Country.

Tim Lovegrove says recordings of kokako birdsong will be played in the forest to help the birds from the south adjust to their new environment.

Mr Lovegrove says the birds have long been revered by Maori for their plumage and their magnificent song.

Iwi from both King Country and Hunua will be on hand for the release tomorrow.

JONES LOOKS TO COURT FUTURE

The head of Labour's Maori Caucus, Shane Jones, says he welcomes modernisation of the Maori Land Court.

The Maori Purposes Bill now before Parliament will allow the court to increase the number of its judges, and Chief Judge Joe Williams has indicated he is considering a number of reforms.

Mr Jones, who also chairs Te Ohu Kaimoana Maori fisheries settlement trust , says land and fisheries settlements have put greater commercial pressures on Maori organisaitons

He says the court needs to reflect the need for iwi to get a return on settlement assets, and is not the place for protracted disputes.

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