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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Mangere gets Family Start provider

The head of a South Auckland Maori health service provider says hundreds of families in the area could benefit from the Family Start programme.

Turuki Health won the contract to run the programme, which aims to improve the health and education of children by giving their parents more skills and knowledge.

Chief executive Syd Jackson says Family Start has been around since 1998, but there were challenges bringing it to South Auckland.

“It’s now a movement of vast proportions which stretches from Kaikohe to Invercargill, but the important difference we have in Mangere and other providers is Mangere is the worst area in the country so the need is far greater, and the number of people we will be dealing with is greater proportionately than other areas,” Jackson said.

Syd Jackson says Turuki Health's Family Start programme will target young mothers from the second trimester of pregnancy and parents with infants under 12 months.

FIRE NOT HOT PRIORITY FOR MARAE

The Fire Service's Maori spokesperson says Maori are still not making fire safety a priority.

Piki Thomas says weekend blazes which extensively damaged the Ngati Pukenga marae in Welcome Bay and a kura kaupapa in Porirua, highlight how vulnerable whare are to fire.

He says most can't afford sprinkler systems.

Mr Thomas says while sprinkler systems might stop fires getting out of control, they are not something most marae committees give enough thought to.

Piki Thomas says the Fire Service can't demand marae install spronlers, if the whare met the building standards of the time they were built.

ROSKRUGE GETS DOCTORAL BOOST FOR LAND PROJECT

A Massey University lecturer has been awarded a $10,000 scholarship to continue a doctoral project on developing Maori land for horticulture.

Nick Roskruge from Te Ati Awa and Ngati Tama hopes his research project, named "Hokia ki te whenua" or return to the land, will help Maori landowners improve their economic returns.

He says it's important the research is given a true Maori perspective.

“It's about targeting a more economic land use, so the owners are more comfortable and it will acknowledge the qualities of the whenua and be sustainable
,” Roskruge said.

Nick Roskruge says key issues will include how knowledge is owned and accessed.

IWI RADIO GETS CAPITAL UPGRADE

Maori Affairs Minister Parekura Horomia has announced $3.4 million in funding for major upgrades to iwi radio stations.

Te Maumako Akuhata, the head of Maori broadcasters collective Te Whakaruruhau o Nga Reo Irirangi Maori, says the money is very much needed.

Ms Akuhata says many stations need to replace vital equipment.

“Well over 15 years since the initial capital injection so this is a huge coup for Maori radio,” Akuhata said.

The first station to upgrade will be Te Reo Irirangi o Te Korimako in Taranaki, which is installing an digital broadcast system.

MOANA WARNS ON NAME THEFT

Ngati Tuuwharetoa songstress Moana Maniapoto says there is an urgent need to draw up a formal agreement to protect Maori language and culture.

Ms Maniapoto, who is also a lawyer, made the submission to the Waitangi Tribunal WAI 262 fauna and flora claim hearing in Wellington yesterday.

She says the actions of a German company, which stopped her using the name Moana to market her music in Europe, was an example of the threats Maori face.

Ms Maniapoto says Maori culture and imagery shouldn't be up for grabs:

“It's important for us to consider some way how we could control the use of our cultural items that go to the heart of what it is to be Maori, imbued with values and the authenticity of being Maori, so I get angry when I see unauthorised, inappropriate use of Maori imagery offshore,” Maniapoto said.

The hearing continues in Wellington this week.

LANGUAGE CHIEF WANTS ESOL FOR KURA KIDS

The chief executive of the Maori language commission says Maori immersion students reentering the mainstream system may need some English as a second language support.

Educationalists say many kura kaupapa students have limited grasp of the academic English used in the classroom, which puts them at a disadvantage in subjects like maths and science at NCEA level and higher.

Haami Piripi says while overseas students can get support from English as a second language tutors, there is no such option for kura kaupapa students.

Mr Piripi says now the problem has been identified, if should be addressed.

“We think a lot more work needs to be done to provide some infrastructural support to those students to enable them to succeed both in the English world an the Maoir world from our point of view this is a basic right New Zealand citizens should be entitled to,” Piripi said.

Haami Piripi says most children from kura kaupapa have good conversational English, but can struggle when asked to write papers in a more formal academic style.

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