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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Tribunal reserves Auckland settlement decision

The Waitangi Tribunal has reserved its decision on whether it should inquire into the way the Crown agreed to settle Ngati Whatua o Orakei's claims to central Auckland.

At a judicial hearing this week, Judge Carrie Wainwright heard from lawyers representing Hauraki, Ngai Tai, Te Taou (Tow-ooh) and other iwi who say their interests in Tamaki Makaurau have been ignored.

Te Taou spokesperson Lou Paul says Ngati Whatua o Orakei claims te Taou as a hapu, but many of its members do not qualify for the Auckland settlement, which is restricted to descendants of Tuperiri.

Mr Paul says the Crown wants to settle without a proper historical investigation, and the result could be the settlement going to one family.

The Waitangi Tribunal has given claimants until October the ninth to file any further submissions, and it hopes to release its decision before the end of the year.

KUIA WANTS WAKE UP FOR YOUNG THUGS

A prominent South Auckland Maori leader says the community must face issues of street violence head on.

Manukau Urban Maori Authority head June Jackson says another death in the area over the weekend, is a call to the community to stop talking, and do something about the problem.


She says one approach could be to show young offenders and those likely to offend, what it is like in prison.
Mrs Jackson says it would be a wake up call for many.

BLACK SEEKS SOUL REO

Tuhoe songstress Whirimako Black says her recent foray into jazz has been an eye opener.

Her new album Soul Sessions features her Maori language interpretations versions of 11 jazz and blues standards, including Peggy Lee's Black Coffee and the Gershwin classic Summertime.

Ms Black says she hopes it will hook many Pakeha into te reo Maori.

TE RAU MATATINI POLLING MAORI WORKFORCE

Te Rau Matatini, a body set up to develop the Maori health workforce, is asking Maori to say which areas most need workers.

Adviser Megan Tunks says the survey will help the Palmerston North-based organisation develop a national Maori public health workforce framework.

Ms Tunks says Te Rau Matatini knows how to upskill Maori health workers, but Maori interests are always competing with other priorities in the health sector.

Andrea Tunks says Te Rau Matatini will hold a series of regional hui over the next week to hear from Maori in the public health sector.

T WANTS ZEELAND OUT

Veteran activist Titewhai Harawira says residents of Zeeland in the Netherlands might support calls for New Zealand to change its name.

Wellington man George Holmes has asked the Geographic Board to change this country's name to Aotearoa.

Mrs Harawira visited Holland in 1990 and met Zeeland civic leaders to explain why Maori felt the name didn't belong to them.

She says she asked them to take back the name.

Titewhai Harawira says it's time this country's name reflects the people who live here, and not one chosen 360 years ago by a Dutch explorer.

LOVE SPURNING TACKY TIKI

The inspiration for one of Aotearoa's premiere Maori clothing labels was a desire to wear something that wasn't tacky tourist fashion.

Charmaine Love's new collection will be on display this afternoon as part of the on the New Zealand Fashion Week Verge Breakthrough show.

Ms Love says people were looking for quality Maori flavoured clothes.

Charmaine Love's line-up hits the catwalk at Auckland's Viaduct basin at two this afternoon.

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