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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Harawire bans general voters from clinic

Northland MP John Carter may be getting more Maori at his constituency clinics because their local MP refuses to deal with them.

In a column in a Northland newspaper, Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira warned Maori on the general electoral role not to bother coming to see him, because he won't help them.

Mr Carter says that's not the view he takes, and he will help anyone who comes in his door.

“I'm there first and foremost funded by the taxpayer to assist them and help, and secondly of course there’s always a chance that whoever it is I am helping, I might eventually be able to encourage them to vote for National in the party vote, and the party vote is all that matters, st that’s important for me as well, but first and foremost it’s an honour to be a member of parliament, and I am there to assist,” Carter said.

John Carter says ever since he has been Northland's MP he has had to deal with requests for assistance form voters from the Maori seat.

ARMY LOCKED TO TE ARAWA FOR LIFE

Haane Manahi VC Committee lawyer Donna Hall says the award given to Te Arawa in recognition of the late Mr Manahi's wartime valour will strengthen the traditional relations between the iwi, the Crown and the armed services.

Ms Hall says while the Queen turned down a petition that the highest military honour be awarded posthumously to Mr Manahi, she will acknowledge Te Arawa's contributions to the Crown and its wars going back to the 1860s.

To acknowledge God, King and Country, the package will include an altar cloth for St Faith's Church in Ohinemutu, Rotorua, a letter from the Queen, and a ceremonial sword from the collection of George the Sixth which will be worn on ceremonial occasions by the head of the defence forces.

Ms Hall says it's an acknowledgement which will endure.

“Because every four years or so, thousands of officers, recruits, people in uniform from the air force, the navy and the army, they’ll all have to march from the town hall down to our little marae at Tamatekapua to support their chief of staff getting this sword, so over time there will be this be the relationship.,” Hall said.

WHANAU AIM FOR HOLIDAY SHOW

Pio Terei says too many TV travel shows concentrate on high end holidays out of reach of the average whanau.

The comedian and television presenter says when whanau are looking for a place to get away from it all, it's not necessarily the flashest hotels that are the most suitable.

He and his whanau have decided to do something about it and he’s making a programme for TYV1 featuring his wide, his three sons and himself travelklign the country looking for accommodation.

IWI UNITE OVER FISH PAY ROW

The head of pan-Maori fishing business Aotearoa Fisheries says iwi are united in opposition to Labour Department proposals to change how crew on foreign charter vessels are paid.

Robin Hapi says the changes, including an increase in pay rates and a requirement that deductions can not take the hourly rate below the minimum wage, could make chartering such boats uneconomic for iwi.

Mr Hapi says iwi have been waiting for a long time for their fisheries settlement assets, and now the rules are being changed under them.

“These are our tribes who have had an opportunity over the years to get experience in running operations, albeit on quota that was allocated to them on a year by year basis, . Now that it’s been allocated permanently, these people are coming into the industry expecting no less than the sorts of opportunities the industry has been able to build on and to capitalise their companies on,” Hapi said.

Robin Hapi says about 80 percent of deepwater quota is caught by foreign their chief of staffgetting ths sword, so over time there will be thins

Mr Carter says that's not his view, and he has always happily dealt with requests for help from voters in Mr Harawira's electorate.

“Ever since I've been a member of Parliament, when someone needs help, particularly in Northland, they go to the member of Parliament they think is going to help them and often I can ang generally do, and they make that choice regardless. I don’t think it matters to them which roll they're on,” Carter said.

John Carter says not only is an MP paid by the taxpayer to help everyone, but there is always the prospect of winning their party vote.

BLACK WINS NEW AUDIENCE WITH STANDARD APPROACH

Tuhoe singer and songwriter Whirimako Black from Tuhoe says her decision to record an album of jazz standards in te reo Maori is paying off handsomely.

She says many non-Maori listeners are finding how easily te reo versions of classic songs come together.

Ms Black says she suddenly has a whole new audience.

She says she was unsure what the reaction would be when she decided to embark on her latest project, but it has given her access to a mainstream audience.

Whirimako Black says she hopes her example will encourage other musicians to use te reo Maori in their recordings.

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