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Saturday, October 21, 2006

Tuwharetoa Landcorp deal overpriced at $85.5 million

A trustee for the Tuwharetoa group buying $85.5 million of Landcorp farms around Taupo says they did the deal to stop the land being sold to third parties before the tribe was able to negotiate a treaty claim settlement.

Peter Clarke from the Hikuwai Hapu Lands Trust says Tuwharetoa asked the Office of Treaty Settlements to land bank the five stations, but it was turned down.

Mr Clarke says the trust has bought the land as a package deal, even though it disputes the valuations of the two stations adjoining the Taupo township.

“Tauhara North, that’s all the land around our mountain, Mount Tauhara, and Tauhara South, from the Napier Road to the highway to the airport. Now with those two blocks, it was highly over-inflated, to the extent there was a big margin between our valuer and Landcorp to the tune of about $22 million,” Clarke said.

Peter Clarke says Tuwharetoa interests already own about 65 percent of the Taupo basin.


Prominent Auckland kaumatua Matiu Tarawa says the decision by Housing Corporation to evict a Panmure family out of a state house is disrespectful.

Mr Tarawa is supporting 19 year old Olivia Maana, whose mother, the tenant of the Dunkirk Street house, died last month.

He says the family isn't ready to move.

“For 32 years they’ve lived there. The grandparents were there for that length of time and all the children that were born, were born there and all the afterbirth were buried there, It’s a very sensitive issue. And the other thing, the family's still grieving,” Tarawa saiud.

Matiu Tarawa believes Housing Corporation wants the property vacant so it can develop the site into units.


Maori sports commentator Scotty Morrison says the All Black selectors will be keeping a close eye on Waikato centre Richard Kahui in tomorrow night's Air New Zealand Cup final in Hamilton.

He says the clash between Kahui and Wellington centre Tana Umaga will be a feature of the final, expected to be played in front of a sellout crowd.

Mr Morrison says the young Maori player has added a lot of starch to the Waikato backline during the season, and if his good form continues, will warrant consideration from the All Black selectors next year.

“I think Kahui’s definitely got a good chance because they’ve tried a lot of other centres and they’ve all failed, so if they can’t convince Tana Umaga to go next year then Kahui’s definitely a candidate that could go as long as he plays a good Super 14,” Morrison said.


Ngati Tuwharetoa says its ancestor Horonuku Te Heuheu the fourth never gave away the central North Island mountains.

Paramount chief Tumu Te Heuheu told the Waitangi Tribunal hearing on the Tongariro National Park Claim today that his great great grandfather never intended that the Crown would assume sole ownership and control of mounts Ruapehu, Tongariro and Ngaruahoe.

Tuwharetoa spokesperson Paranapa Otimi says te Heuheu was looking for some kind of joint protection arrangement with Queen Victoria.

“The issues of a gift from a Maori – our understanding – was the furtherest thng his mind, and all he wanted to do was keep the mountain sacred and inviolate and protected,” Otimi said.

Paranapa Otimi says Tuwharetoa wants a much grerater say in the future management of the Tongariro National Park.


A documentary highlighting the inadequacies of mainstream news reporting of Maori issues will screen tomorrow morning.
'Framing Maori' at 9.30 on TV One is part of the He Matapaki series.

Producer Kay Ellmers says director Tere Harrison is looking at why mainstream stories never seem to tell the whole story, the way that Maori understand it.

“A lot of the issues that Tere explored in the piece were round lack of context for the news. Part of that was because of the commercial nature of news, the short timeframes,” Ellmers said.

Kay Ellmers says the Ms Harrison has interviewed Maori working for mainstream news outlets on their views of the work environment.


The second Wairoa Maori Film Festival kicks off this weekend.

Co organiser Huia Kozial says the participating filmmakers will be welcomed onto the marae by this year's hosts, the Ngati Raakaipaaka people of Nuhaka.

The festival includes a survey of the films of Ngati director Barry Barclay of Ngati Apa, and it also includes lectures and workshops for young people interested in film making.

Mrs Kozial says its a chance to celebrate the contributions Maori can make to the silver screen.


A Maori squash tournament which has nurtured many of this country's A grade players will be held for the 26th time in Wainuiomata this weekend.

Maori squash chairperson Dennis Karauna says teams and supporters from as far north as Kaitaia are expected at the Nga Hau e Wha tournament.

Mr Karauna says even when Maori players make it big on the mainstream circuit, they don't forget their roots.

“Top players that come out of the mainstream, a lot of them are whanau that have come through Nga Hau e Wha Maori Squash. We’ve got Tamsin Levy and all of them, they frequent the tournament, the Moeke boys from Mataatua and Whakatane, they’re supporters. A lot of the top players, the A grade players, if they’re not on the circuit or overseas, they attend the tournament,” Karauna said.

Dennis Karauna says for many participants, squash is just the vehicle to get together and the tournament is based on tikanga.


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