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Friday, September 01, 2006

Puoro players with orchestra out west

Maori Taonga Puoro musicians are tuning their eyes to reading bars and notes rather than playing by ear as they take to the stage tonight with the Waitakere City Orchestra.

The concert will celebrate the opening of the new Waitakere City Council Building in Henderson and the Laureate Art Awards aimed at paying tribute to those with an outstanding career in the arts.

Taonga Puoro musician Rewi Spraggon says tonight will be a challenge in playing along side an orchestra.


One of the tribes which brought the first Maori commercial fisheries claim 20 years ago has finally received its settlement.

Te Runanga o Te Rarawa if the first of the Muriwhenua iwi to become a Mandated Iwi Organisation, and it should be able to take delivery of its first $6.9 million in deepwater quota, cash and shares before the new fisheries season starts in October.

Te Rarawa manager Kevin Robinson says having its own quota will allow it to better plan its economic future.

Kevin Robinson says Maori in Muriwhenua were historically reliant on their fisheries because of a lack of land and other resources, so they were particularly hard hit by the introduction of the quota management system..

Te Ohu Kaimoana fisheries settlement trust has also a approved the mandate of a group representing Te Atihaunui a Paparangi/ Whanganui Nui Tonu, which will get an intial $5.7 million in fisheries assets.


The police manager for Maori, Pacific and Ethnic Services says public safety, not racism is the reason for the introduction of taser.

Maori Party MP Hone Harawira has accused the police of racism for choosing to trial the 50 thousand volt stun guns in urban areas with high maori and Pacific Island populations.

But Superintendent Pieri Munroe says the police wanted something that would allow police to deal with violent offenders in a non-lethal way.

Pieri says the 12 month taser trial, which started day, involves 180 specially-selected officers who have at least two years service.


The executive officer of far north iwi Te Rarawa says he expects Maori will soon own the majority of the New Zealand Fisheries industry.

Te Rarawa has become the first of the Muriwhenua Fisheries claimants to meet the mandating requiiremnts and collect their fisheries settlement assets.

Kevin Robinson says the more than $6.9 million in quota, cash and shares will give the iwi a sound basis for growth.

Mr Robinson says building on the initial settlement in the 1980s which gave Maori 10 percent of fisheries quota, Maori now own or control more than 40 percent of the industry, and that will increase as smaller industry participants retire or otherwise exit.

Kevin Robinson says as iwi receive their fisheries settlement assets, they are looking for ways to work collectively to increase their wealth.

Whanganui tribes also received their settlement this week, meaning Te Ohu Kaimoana fisheries settlement trust is now more than halfway through its asset distribution process.


One of the most popular Maori broadcasters makes a return to the airwaves tonite.

Hori Bennet for many years hosted the Papa Ruru show, which was simulcast throughout the country on the iwi network.

Funding cuts forced him to give up his midnight to dawn show, and for the past 6 months he has been archiving the thousands of waita he collected over the 15 years he was on air.

Mr Bennet says the return of the Papa Ruru show tonight on the 603 am frequency in Auckland, is as if his career has gone full circle.

He was the weekend overnight host on Radio Aotearoa, which started broadcasting in Auckland in the late 80's.


Birthday festivities today for Te Runanga o Ngati Porou.

Maori Affairs Minister Parekura Horomia joined his fellow iwi members at Iretekura Marae in Waipiro Bay to of the 19 years that the Runanga has been running.

Mr Horomia says the Runanga is doing impressive things within its iwi including rejuvenating East Coast marae and successfully managing Ngati Porou Fisheries.

He says its survival is worthy of celebration.


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