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Thursday, September 14, 2006

Black grip on Manu Korero trophy maintained

Hato Paora student Hona Black maintained a family tradition by winning the Pei Te Hurinui Jones trophy for senior Maori at the annual Manu Korero speech competitions which finished yesterday in Opunake in South Taranaki.

His older brother, Whitiaua, won the coveted trophy three years in a row.

The Korimako senior English section was won by Tokoroa High School student Aiden Allen, while Matariki Cribb from Kokohuia School in Wanganui took home the Sir Turi Carroll award for junior English.

The Rawhiti Ihaka junior Maori section went to Kimiora Kaire Melbourne, a Year 9 student at St Josephs Maori Girls School in Hastings, who opened her speech with a mihi to the competiton.

The Manu Korero competitions are seen as a nurturing ground for future Maori leaders, with past winners including Donna Awatere, Shane Jones, Derek Llardelli and Willie Te Aho.

Next year’s host is Tamaki Makaurau.


Te Taitokerau MP Hone Harawira says all young parents need to held accountable for the financial responsibility of raising their children.

The Maori Party is backing the Child Support Amendment Bill, which allows more flexibility in the way arrears in liable parent payments are dealt with.

Mr Harawira says steep penalties can be daunting, and what's important is absent parents get used to paying.

Mr Harawira says many young people start families without considering the implications.

He says government is picking up the tab for too many absent fathers.


Maori Television will broadcast the Tongan King's funeral to Aotearoa.

Producer Wena Harawira says there will be live daily coverage of events leading up to the Tongan State Funeral on Tuesday on news programme Te Kaea, while weekly current affairs show Te Heteri will provide a half-hour tribute to the Tongan King on Wednesday.

Ms Harawira says a Maori audience will be interested in the similarities between Tongan and Maori funeral customs.

“We have a reporter here, Anzac Pikia. He is going to provide daily coverage right up to the state funeral on Tuesday for Tu Kaea. That’s looking at preparations for the funeral, looking at aspects of Tongan customs surrounding tangihanga that are quite similar to Maori anyway,” Harawira said.

Wena Harawira says the strong links between Maori and Tongan people were renewed during the recent tangi for Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu.


Federation of Maori Authorities chief executive Paul Morgan says the postponement of a Massey University conference for Maori in agribusiness is a sign of the lack of coordination in the sector.

The third Te Ohu Whenua Hui a Tau was postponed because of lack of registrations.

Mr Morgan says universities, science organisations and government agencies all want to develop links to Maori agriculture and horticulture businesses, because they are a huge potential market for services.

He says at this time of the year Maori farming businesses are caught up in lambing, calving and reporting to their annual meetings of owners.

“With the busy programme that Maori authorities, Maori businesses have now, they’ve got a lot on their plate, a lot of these people are very much involved in their regional tribal affairs, so it’s only just part of the work that they do,” Morgan said.

Paul Morgan says one event Maori agribusinesses never miss is the Federation of Maori Authorities hui, which this year is in Rotorua in November.


The Maori Party is preparing to celebrate a year in parliament.

Co leader Peter Sharples says he's satisfied the party has made a solid contribution.

He says the three new MPs have been familiarising themselves with parliamentary processes, and while they haven't put up any bills yet, they have championed a Maori perspective on issues other parties raise in the house.

“Almost every event that happens here, there’s a Maori side to it. The only thing that we have not got involved in is this bickering that’s going on between the two main parties, each accusing the other of corrupt behaviour, and it wastes time and it contributes to the attitude that politicians can't be trusted,” Sharples said.


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