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Monday, October 16, 2006

Fish company the gift that will keep giving

Aotearoa Fisheries chairperson Robert McLeod says a valuation Ngapuhi put on its stake in the pan-Maori fishing company is unrealistic.

Ngapuhi has has discounted the shares it received as part of its fisheries settlement allocation by 90 percent to $5 million.

That values the total company at $39 million, rather than the $350 million that Te Ohu Kaimoana fisheries settlement trust says it is work.

Mr McLeod says it's hard to put a market value on the company, because its structure was designed to keep the fisheries settlement assets within Maoridom.

“The value of the settlement over time would be by way of the income on the assets, kind of like the fruit and the tree analogy. The tree is to be kept by all generations of Maori, through the generations, and the fruit is to be enjoyed by successive generations,” McLeod said.

Rob McLeod says iwi should record their Aotearoa Fisheries shares in their accounts at a fair value, and that means the value they might be willing to sell them for, if they were able.


The manager of a South Auckland women's refuge says iwi authorities and runanga should be doing more to help.

Marlene Bolton from Camelia House in Manurewa says refuges are turning away some women because they lack enough resources to cope with the number who need their services.

Ms Bolton says a disproportionate number of the women are Maori, and it's time iwi authorities looked at those of their people most in need:

“If there is money sitting there that can help our whanaus, that's what it should be being used for. It's no good sitting there looking good in the books. Look at our people there who are struggling, and I would say all women's refuges are struggling,” Bolton said.


This year's Wairoa International Maori Film Festival is showcasing the work of Barry Barclay, who has broken the ground for many Maori film makers.

Organiser Leo Koziol says organising the event is easier the second time, now that it has been established that people will make their way to the East Coast town to see the best of Maori on celluloid.

While Mr Barclay is from Ngati Apa, Mr Koziol says through his filmmaking he has established some important connections to the coast.

“We're taking an opportunity to do a retrospective of his earlier works. Opening night will be Ngati, which is also marking the very sad passing of (actor) Wi Kuki Kaa and (screenwriter) Tama Poata, who were both very strongly ingvolved in the film, and we are also showing Te Rua, Feathers of Peace and The Kaipara Affair,” 
Leo Koziol said.

The Wairoa Maori Film festival starts on Friday.


Whanganui protest leader Ken Mair says his group is eyeing more Crown-owned land to dig up for gardens.

A group led by Mr Mair dug up a number of lawns over the weekend with rotary hoes and planted pumpkin and kamokamo.

They were protesting the way the Office of Treaty Settlements is managing surplus Crown land which may be needed to settle the Whanganui tribes' treaty claims.

Mr Mair says the group reached back into the past when formulating their action.

“Many of our families were very supportive of Parihaka, Te Whiti and Tohu, and we decided the concept of ploughing up the land and putting it into gardens was consistent with the actins of our tupuna of the past, and that’s exactly what we've done,” Mair said.

Ken Mair says claimants should be involved in the management of the surplus crown land


It may have stood candidates against him in the last election, but New Zealand First leader Winston Peters still has a good word for the Destiny Church.

In a speech to his party's annual conference in Auckland, Mr Peters said the church led by television evangelist Brian Tamaki should be praised for its commitment to family values and discipline and the changes it has made to the lives of many Maori people.

Mr Peters says that is overlooked by the church's critics.

“Here was a church or a movement that had got many Maori following a sound family ways and responsibilities, and they were the butt of criticism form all sectors. How could people not see the benefit of that angle of their activities,” Peters said.


The president of the Auckland District Law Society says he'd like to seem more use of Maori models of restorative justice in the mainstream system.

Gary Gottlieb says use of restorative justice may have helped uncover the truth earlier about his clients who spent seven months in prison after being falsely convicted of an aggravated robbery in 1999.

The three have just accepted compensation for their ordeal.
Mr Gottleib says he has been impressed with some of the processes he has seen working on marae around the country.

Gary Gottleib says many of the legal processes people have to go through are pointless and achieve nothing.


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