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Thursday, September 28, 2006

Adlam honoured by Szaszy business award

Kawerau business person Bev Adlam has been named the first winner of the Dame Mira Szazy Alumni Award at the Auckland University Business School's Maori business awards.

Ms Adlam first came to public notice through her work revitalising Kawerau in the eastern Bay of Plenty.

She led the negotiations for the Ngati Tuwharetoa ki Kawerau treaty claim, and now chairs the post settlement organisation and its commercial arms, Ngati Tuwharetoa Holdings and Ngati Tuwharetoa Geothermal Assets.

She also chairs Tarawera Forests.

Ms Adlam says the late Dame Mira Szaszy was someone she looked up to.

“She didn't take a fight lying down, she expressed what she thought, and I feel very honoured to have received an award named in honour of Dame Mira because I guess I’ve always regarded myself as a bit of a battler and a fighter over all these years,” Adlam said.

Another winner was Business Roundtable chairperson Rob McLeod of Ngati porou, who was judged outstanding Maori business person of the year,.


Manukau Urban Maori Authority head June Jackson says a return to compulsory military training may be what's needed to set many young Maori men back on the straight and narrow.

Mrs Jackson has been a prison visitor for many years, and is a long serving membner of the Parole Board.

She sees many young Maori men drift into a life of crime, because of a lack of discipline.

Mrs Jackson says a stint in the army could keep many out of jail.


A 126 year old whare in an English garden will stand for another 100 years if she is looked after.

That's the view of carver Jim Schuster, who is in Surrey restoring the house Hinemihi in the grounds of Clandon Park where it has stood since 1891.

Mr Schuster is the great great grandson of Tene Waitere, who carved the house at Te Wairoa near Lake Tarawera in 1880.

He says Hinemihi means a great deal to him and his family:

“The house has been hera a long time and really I’m just trying to fix up our kuia. To the National Trust which owns her, she’s just a house in a garden, but to us it’s a tipuna whare. She has a wairua and we need to make sure she is fit and healthy for another 100 years,” Schuster said.


Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia says Don Brash seems to be blind to the negative impact his statements have on race relations.

Mrs Turia has cancelled a planned dinner date with the National Party leader in the wake of his comments about few Maori longer being pure blooded.

She says Dr Brash is always polite to her in private, but his public comments on Maori issues show he is divorced from reality.

“What he hasn't
 stopped to think about is every time he makes an utterance, he influences literally hundreds of thousands of of New Zealanders. And our people don’t need that, our kids don’t need it, and at some point you’ve got to say why bother
,” Turia said.

Tariana Turia says she is no longer willing to work with Dr Brash.


An inaugural winner of Auckland University Business School's Dame Mira Szaszy Maori Alumni Award says Maori need to find ways to have greater control of the resources they own.

Bev Adam from Ngati Tuwharetoa ki Kawerau chairs a number of tribal farming, forestry and geothermal energy development companies in the eastern Bay of Plenty.

She says her business career has been about taking on governments, corporates and other bureaucracies to find new ways for Maori to participate in management of their own resources.

”The real growth and the real development is in us not just receiving a royalty but it’s from us being able to participate in the decision making, understand the industry and the sector we are involved with so we make a real contribution,” Adlam said.

Other alumni to receive awards were Crown Forestry Rental Trust chief executive Ben Dalton of Ngapuhi and Hone Kiwa Whatarau of Ngati Raukawa ki te Tonga and Ngati Kahungunu, while Business Roundtable chairperson Rob McLeod of Ngati Porou, was outstanding Maori business person of the year.


Maori smokefree group Te Hotu Manawa Maori is working with the Maori Women's Welfare League to encouraging Maori women not to smoke while they are pregnant.

Marama Davidson, an Auahi Kore role model with the group, says a smoke free pregnancy is in keeping with the values of te ao Maori, the Maori world.

Ms Davidson says it is Maori tikanga to value unborn children.

“That's our mokopuna inside us that are growing, Even the word mokopuna is about our tipuna valuing each new pepe coming into the world. It is a mark of them. It is the moko being added into the puna, which is the pool. So if you think about returning to tea o Maori our traditional values, this is why a smoke free pregnancy is a fantastic initiative,” Davidson said.

Marama Davidson says the campaign will be lauinched at the Maori Women's Welfare League annual conference in Ngaruawahia this week.


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