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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Up to 100 jobs on Carbon Coast

A new forestry venture which takes advantage of new rules over carbon credits will generate about 100 new jobs for Maori on the East Coast.

Ngati Porou Whanau Forests chief executive Chris Insley says planting should start early next year.

The new forests are treated as carbon sinks, and growers can sell the carbon credits. The forests can't be clear-felled, but some logs can be selectively harvested.

Mr Insley says Maori landowners are keen to participate.

“We are looking to start our project here on the coast as early as next year with around 3000 hectares of land that we’re targeting for development, and we’ve already had a lot of interest from our landowners. That means next year we’re going to have to find 100 people for jobs here on the coast,” Insley said.

Chris Insley says Ngati Porou Whanau Forests is researching the best types of trees to grow, and that could include native species.


MAORI LOVE AT FASHION WEEK
New Zealand fashion Week is being given a uniquely Maori flavour with the addition of a new range by 
designer Chairmaine Love.

Love, who broke through two years ago when she won the Westfield Style Pasifika Fashion Award, designs under both the Charmaine Love and Kia Kaha labels, as well as cutting the patterns for Michael Campbell's Cambogolf line.

Her garments have covered the likes of Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas, Jack Black, Robbie Williiams and Ben Harper.

On Thursday Dancing With The Stars champion Norm Hewitt and Fear Factor champion Mark Hewlett will model Love's new Heartland winter collection, which has been picked up for distribution in the United States.

VIRTUAL ROCK ART FOR TIMARU

Plans to build a virtual Maori rock art centre in Timaru are gaining momentum.
South Canterbury has an extensive collection of rock art sites, but many are on private land which is inaccessible for most visitors.

Amanda Symon, the curator for the Ngai Tahu Maori Rock Art Trust, says the proposed centre will be a world class tourist attraction.

She says many visitors want to see the art, but they don't have the time to explore the remote sites.

“It's a means 
of giving those people a virtual rock art experience in the middle of Timaru without necessarily visiting the sites and damaging them,” Symon said.

Amanda Symon says the rock art offers a window into the lives of the South island's earliest settlers.

BLACK FERNS MAKE IT THREE IN A ROW

Call them mamaku.

That's Maori for black fern, and almost half of the Black Ferns women's rugby team which won its third consecutive World Cup win against England this weekend were Maori.

Black Fern Waimania Teddy from Tuhoe and Whanau-a-Apanui says this years build up to the final had a strong maori focuss and part of what has bought them their success...

“Obviously our haka. We also have action songs, so we definitely feel at home, and we know that representing my people back home and also my whanau means everything,” Teddy said.

IWI ENCOURAGED TO SEEK FISH MANDATE FIRST

The body distributing Maori fisheries assets is encouraging remaining iwi to go through the mandating process so they can collect their share of the settlement.

Te Ohu Kaimoana Trust has mandated another eight iwi, including Te Arawa, Tuhoe and two of the Taranaki tribes.

This brings to 34 the number of mandated iwi organisations, with 22 iwi still to go through the process.

Te Ohu Kaimoana chief executive Peter Douglas says 60 percent of the settlement assets have now been allocated.

He says some iwi have mistakenly held back from setting up a mandated body because of concern it could conflict with work they are doing settling their land claims.

“If anything it’s going to be helpful to that process. It’s not going to put anyone at a disadvantage. The way the legislation is drawn up is that agreements reached in the fisheries area are for fisheries alone, and I want to encourage people to take what is available through our process and take what they are entitled to under the transfer process,” Douglas said.

Peter Douglas says the next step for mandated iwi is to reach agreement with their neighbours on how to divide up the coastline part of the settlement assets.

SOUTHERN ARCHAEOLOGY CELEBRATED

Many North Island Maori assume because there are fewer Maori in the South Island as a percentage of the total population, that there was never a large Maori presence there.

But archaeologist Amanda Symon, the curator of the Maori Rock Art Trust in Timaru, says there is extensive evidence Maori travelled widely in search of the south's resources.

“The South Island was used extensively by Maori. North Island history and prehistory is much more well known than the southern prehistory, but that’s definitely changing. More research is now being done into the area than there was before,” Symon said.

Amanda Symon says much of the occupation was seasonal, and there is still much to be learnt about how Maori coped with the severe winter weather of the South Canterbury and North Otago.

BLACK FERNS MAKE WORLD FIFTEEN

The strength of Maori women's rugby has been recognised with three of the seven Maori Black Ferns picked for a World women's rugby team.

Black Fern Waimania Teddy says she is proud of her fellow Maori teammates who were selected shortly after tNew Zealand beat England 25 - 17 in Edmonton, Canada to win the 2006 Woman's Rugby World Cup.

Teddy says the three come from strong Maori backgrounds and will do Maoridom proud.

Four of our girls made the world 15. There were three Maori girls. Hiriana Manuel. She definitely played well today. Exia Edwards. She’s from Opotiki. Amiria Marshall is in there too,” Teddy said.

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