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Thursday, November 02, 2006

Crown forestry putea eyed for Maori bank

The Government is looking at ways to form a Maori development bank out of existing Maori resources.

Former fisheries commissioner Whaimutu Dewes is heading a working party which is trying to identify whether $200 million in resources can be pulled out of the Maori Trust Office, the Crown Forestry Rental Trust, Poutama Trust and Te Puni Kokiri's business facilitation service.

Crown Forestry is sitting on $85 million in retained earning, while the Maori Trustee has more than $54 million in his General Purposes Fund and another $34 million in the Common Fund, which is held in trust for Maori owners.

The Poutama Trust has $29 million in equity, which came from the Government's stake in the ill-fated Maori Development Corporation.

Te Puni Kokiri chief executive Leith Comer says he can't reveal any details of the plan.

“What we're trying to do is continually look at continually improving and trying to look at better ways to get greater effectiveness and particularly synergy out of agencies that are focusing on economic development,” Comer says.

Leith Comer says a paper will go to Cabinet this month


Green Party Maori Affairs spokesperson Metitia Turei says raising the drinking age back to 20 will only mask the real problems.

Ms Turei says the Select Committee report shows no evidence that raising the age will stop underage drinking, including drinking by those under 18.

She says the age issue avoids the real challenge about tackling the way New Zealand society as a whole handles alcohol.

“If the problem is that people drink too much and behave badly when they do, then the evidence shows that most of that harm comes from people over 20 who are drinking, most of the violence, the domestic violence, the car crashes, the fighting, all of that stuff that's fuelled by alcohol,” Turei says.


Waipoua Forest iwi Te Roroa is looking for uses for a 165 year old kauri cut down by vandals last week.

Te Roroa Trust member Alex Nathan says the five metre trunk was salvaged, and is sitting in the Conservation Department's Waipaoa depot.

The kauri was one of a pair known as The Twins.

Mr Nathan says Te Roroa elders can remember climbing the tree with steel tipped boots to collect seeds in days gone by, and that history could suggest a modern use.

“The evidence still showing on the bark. We may use it as an interpretive thing, so we are right now looking at ways to preserve it, keeping insects and so on out of it,” Nathan says.


Tens of millions of dollars held by Crown and Maori agencies are being eyed for possible use by a Maori development bank.

A Te Puni Kokiri working party is crunching the sums on a Labour election manifesto promise to review the role of the Crown Forestry Rental Trust, Maori Trust Office and Poutama Trust in financing Maori economic development.

Between them the three organisations are have about $170 million in equity, assets or retained earnings, but they all have unique legal or constitutional arrangements which could prevent the government extracting that money

Te Puni Kokiri chief executive Leith Comer says work is still at an early stage.

“It's very early days to discuss detail, but what is being looked at is better synergy, better effectiveness of a number of economic development agencies. But until there has been further development of that work and it has gone through the process of being approved by the minister, that is the only comment that I am prepared to make,” Comer says.


It's back to loading boxes of meat for Tuhoe golfer Baden Waiwai, who returned yesterday from the World Long Drive championships near Las Vegas.

Waiwai 's best effort of 376 yards earned him the runner up slot.

The 6 foot 8, 130 kilogram golfer has a unique training regime, loading 25 kilo boxes of frozen meat into containers at the Affco Freezing works in Wairoa.

He says that builds upper body strength and helps him drive the ball further.

The 26 year old says he can go one better than his second placing.

“Doing your first event and doing it that well, I wanna take it out. I didn’t go all that way just to make up numbers. Hopefully the people behind me, pushing me, can push me a lot harder to get to the top. I know what it’s like now and I’m gonna do it. I want to win that thing,” Waiwai says.


The creators of a new youth health resource in te reo Maori hope it can encourage teens to stay in school.

The Whai te Ara Mou, Ko Tenei Au programme is aimed at year 9 and 10 students, the age at which they are most likely to give up on education.

Project leader Kahu McClinton from Maori mental health group Te Rau Matatini says it presents traditional Maori concepts through animated films, guide books and other material designed to appeal to young people.

Ms McClinton says while it is an adaption of a similar programme used in mainstream schools, there are aspects which are unique to the Maori immersion environment.

“We got this resource that’s in the reo, and looked at holistically using the Whare tapawha, so so it’s a reclaiming of who they are and celebrating who they are,” Kahu McClintock says.


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