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Monday, September 11, 2006

Bad things happen to bad Maori - Tamihere

Former Labour MP John Tamihere says the Maori Party’s opposition to taser trials by the police is a protest for protest’s sake.

He says the Maori party's accusation that police are being racist by choosing areas with high Maori and Pacific Island populations for the year long trial is misguided.

Police used a taser for the first time on the weekend on an 18-year old man in Tuarangi Rd, Auckland, who was wielding a weed-eater.

Mr Tamihere says the taser stun guns, which deliver a 50 thousand volt shock, are a better alternative to a bullet.

He says the challenge to Maori is not the taser, but to lower the Maori crime rate.

“The challenge for the Maori Party is as it is for all Maori, to stop doing crime. Our criminality means that we come to the attention of the criminal justice system and therefore policing methodology way out of kilter to our numbers. As a consequence our relationship with police is not good. But it’s not good because we are not good,” Tamihere said.

He says the Maori Party overreacted.

“Well course they have. It’s just a simple knee jerk response. If you’re in the protest movement and you’re good at protesting against everything, this is what you protest against,” Tamihere said.

MORE MUSIC WANANGA PLANNED

More specialist wananga are planned to maintain the momentum from a hui in Whitianga over the weekend.

James Webster says the weekend wananga on the use of traditional Maori instruments, taonga puoro, attracted more than 50 people keen to learn about the ways to emulate the sounds of native birdsong.

He says the students were taken into the bush to identify the various leaves traditionally used to mimic the sounds of the birds in the bush.

It will be a catalyst for more specialised taonga puoro workshops..

POROU MARAE IN NEW BOOK

A new book aims to shed light on the history of marae on the East Coast.

Meeting houses of Ngati Porou o Tairawhiti, was written by David Simmons, a pakeha author who took 30 years collating material for the book.

He says he was invited to do so by Ngati Porou kuia, Ngoi Pewhairangi, who introduced him to people to interview and approved him researching and photographing the marae of the region.

Mr Simmons says he tried to make the book as comprehensive as possible, covering all 49 marae, including some houses which are no longer there.

MAORI DRUG PATTERNS INVESTIGATED

PHARMAC, the Pharmaceutical Management Agency, are holding 'He Rongoa Pai, He Oranga Whanau', a 2 day educational programme which starts in Waitangi today, to explore how Maori use medicines.

The noho at Te Tii Marae is part of 6 pilot programmes, being staged in co-operation with Mauri Ora Associates.

It is aimed at supporting Maori Health workers to develop strategies to encourage whanau to safely and effectively use medication and rongoa.

The hui will evaluate the current state of Maori Health, and the use of rongoa, or Maori traditional medicines, within Maori communities.

It will also examine why many Maori fail to complete the courses of medication prescribed by their doctors.

RANGATIRA PUORO FOR WANANGA

The organiser of a taonga puoro wananga held in Whitianga over the weekend, says it was an honour to have had the support of rangatira who specialise in the use of Maori traditional instruments.

James Webster says the two day wananga focused on birdcalls, and brought together some of the foremost exponents of Maori traditional music.

He says it was the first time a specialist wanaga has been held to recreate sounds of our native birds, and the hui was honoured that Brian Flintoff, Richard Nunns and others responsible for the resurgence in the use of Taonga Puoro were able to take part.

1 Comments:

Blogger debbie said...

MATARIKI CRIBB AND HER FATHER WON THIS AWARD.
HER FATHER WON IT 21 YEARS BEFORE HER

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