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Friday, September 08, 2006

Education pioneers to be uncovered

The history of New Zealand's earliest post-contact schools will be uncovered in a major piece of research over the next three years.

The Marsden Fund for science is giving half a million dollars to Kuni Jenkins from Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi in Whakatane and Alison Jones from Auckland University to write about the relationship between missionary teachers and Maori students before the Treaty of Waitangi.

Dr Jenkins says the story probably starts with Ruatara, the chief who invited the Reverend Samuel Marsden to set up a school in the Bay of Islands.

“Ruatara to me is the founder of Maori education. In fact, he’s the founder of New Zealand schooling. It was him that invited Marsden to come,” Jenkins said.

Kuni Jenkins says previous histories have cast Maori as the passive recipients of schooling, rather than being the people who sought out education.

WHARE PAREMATA NEEDS MARAE KAWA

The Maori Affairs spokesperson for New Zealand First says MP's should try using marae protocols to improve behaviour in the Whare Paremata.

Pita Paraone says minor parties are increasingly upset at the behaviour of Labour and National members during question time.

Mr Paraone says he often wishes he were elsewhere.

“I wish we were on a Maori marae, because while we may have different points of view, we allow those who are speaking to have their say, and that’s certainly not been the case displayed by the major parties over the past month or so, and I suspect if we don’t do something about it, it’s going to get even worse,” Paraone said.

Pita Paraone says New Zealand First MP's are denied the chance to speak out on behalf of their constituents because of the delays caused by constant interjections.

KUHUNGUNU LOOKS AT IWI IP BODY

Ngati Kahungunu are considering a group to protect their intellectual property rights and iwi heritage.

Ngatai Huata, who gave evidence for the iwi at at this weeks Wai 262 flora and fauna claim at Waipatu Marae near Hastings, says it's something other iwi should consider.

Ms Huata says not the sort of issue which would suit a pan-tribal organisation, because the interests of individual iwi may be compromised.

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