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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

All voters welcome says Clark

The Prime Minister says Maori Party MP Hone Harawira's policy of refusing to help voters who are not on the Maori roll is highly unusual.

Mr Harawira used his column in a Northland newspaper to tell people his office would send them to National's Northland MP John Carter is they were not registered as Maori voters.

Helen Clark says Labour Party offices are open to all New Zealanders.
IN: I can say as an electorate member of Parliament in our office in Mt Albert doesn’t say to anyone when they walk in the door are you on our roll or are you on the Maori roll. If they live in the MT Albert area, we’ll help them, and I would think most Maori MPs would take the same approach,” Clark said.

Helen Clark says Maori have a right to enroll either on the Maori of the general electoral rolls, and that should be respected.

MANAHI AWARD WILL BE RECRUITING DRAW

The acknowledgement by the Queen of Te Arawa war hero Haane Manahi could lead to more rangatahi from the tribe entering the armed services.
Donna Hall, the lawyer for the committee which tried to get a Victoria Cross for the late Mr Manahi, says that is the likely outcome of the final agreement between the Crown and Te Arawa announced on the weekend.

Ms Hall says the package provides the basis for a strong relationship to be formed, which will benefit younger generations.

“Army, navy, air force, all of these disciplines are particularly good for young Maori and particularly young Maori Te Arawa men and women, and this is the beginning of that relationship developing, we will recruit the very best of our young people into the services, and that will come out of the relationship we will develop at the most senior levels of the defence forces across the next 20 and 30 years,” Hall said.

Donna Hall says the induction process for future defence force chiefs of staff will include a formal visit to Rotorua to receive the Haane Manahi memorial sword from the tribe.

HUNTLY TO GET INDUSTRIAL MAKEOVER

A Huntly Maori leader says tangata whenua need to involved in a $3.3 million upgrade of the town's business precinct.

Waikato District Council plans an industrial heritage theme for Main St.

Timi Maipi from Ngati Mahuta and Ngati Whawhaakia says he is dissppointed there has been no consultation with Maori so far.

Timi Maipi says any revamp should reflect Huntly's strong Maori cultural identity and its place in the Kingitanga.

KAPA HAKA CARTEL MOOTED

Maori performing artists in the Bay of Plenty need to work together for the health of the sector.

That's the opinion of lawyer Willie Te Aho, who is representing the kapa haka group Mauri.

The group, led by renowned haka expert Taini Morrison, has just walked out of Rotorua's Te Puia Maori arts and crafts institute in a contract dispute.
Mr Te Aho says the battle for performance spots in Rotorua can be fierce.

He says while competition is necessary, the close whakapapa links between performers means groups need to be careful they don't do things for business reasons they may regret later.

Willie Te Aho says he will be meeting with Te Puia management on Thursday and hopes he will be able to reach a settlement for the Mauri performers.

FISHING PAY NOT NEGOTIABLE

The Prime Minister say there is no way her government would allow foreigners working in New Zealand to be paid less than the minimum wage.
Over the objections of iwi fishing companies, the Labour Department has imposed new rules governing wages and working conditions on foreign charter fishing vessels.

Helen Clark says the government did consider the arguments put up by the iwi and the and the Maori Party, but the Labour Party can not justify exploitation of any workers.

“I'm amazed that the Maori Party which purports to represent Maori who are on the lowest wages in New Zealand would think that other people, because they are foreigners, should be paid even less than the minimum wage. That’s no place for our country to be,” Clark said.

HOTERE, CULBERT CREATE VOID IN TE PAPA

Maori ideas of space and creation will be evoked by a new work permanently on display at the national museum Te Papa in Wellington.

VOID is the latest result of a 20 year collaboration between Ralph Hotere and Bill Culbert.

It creates areas of dark and light in the huge open space running up the core of the museum building.

Curator Debby Martin of Te Rarawa and Te Aupouri says it's a beautiful and thought provoking piece.

“I interpret it as being an empty space but more a space of potential from which creativity can flow, so I do see a connection to it being Te Kore, the space from which life came,.” Martin said.

Debby Martin says VOID has taken the artists five years to develop.

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