Claims deadline shortchanging Maori
Under the Maori Purposes Act passed last week Maori have until September 2008 to lodge historical claims with the Waitangi Tribunal.
Mr Taonui, the head of Maori and Indigenous Studies at Canterbury University, says the deadline puts pressure on claimants to accept quick settlements.
He says with compensation running at about 2 percent of what tribes lost, that's clearly unfair and will damage race relations.
“In the spirit of reconciliation, we need to do the job properly. Maori tribes are entitled to a full hearing of the facts of every claim. In terms of natural justice, that’s the right of any victim,” Mr Taonui says.
He says while 1300 claims have been lodged with the tribunal, less than 300 have been settled.
MAUI SOUGHT FOR TIKI TOUR
The co-producer of the stage production, Maui - One Man Against the Gods, is looking forward to taking the show offshore next year.
Andre Anderson says New Zealand audiences warmed to the age old stories of Maui told with sophisticated staging including aerial and trapeze work, contemporary kapa haka and weaponry.
Mr Anderson says he's received several requests to present the show overseas.
“Places as bizarre as Fayetteville, Arkansas expressed serious interest in this show, and of course there’s performing arts centres in Hawaii where there’s a natural connection with the same demigod from mythical history,” Andre Anderson says.
He says great reviews from the Wellington and Christchurch seasons helped drive overseas interest in Maui.
HAYMAN MAORI PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Otago prop Carl Hayman was named the Tom French Memorial Maori player of the year at last night's annual rugby awards.
Hayman, who hails from the central North Island iwi of Ngati Tuwharetoa, was the anchor of the All Black scrum during the Tri Nations series and the tour of Europe.
New Zealand Maori coach Donny Stevenson says the award is an appropriate acknowledgement of Hayman's contribution to the game.
“I don't think it came as a surprise to anyone. I think he had an outstanding year and it was reflected in the fact he was one of three that Graham Henry named as critical top his team: Carl Hayman along with Daniel Carter and Ritchie McCaw, so it’s a well deserved accolade for Carl,” Mr Stevenson says.
TE HANA TO GET NEW POU
A 5 metre carving will be unveiled at dawn tomorrow at Te Hana, just north of Wellsford, in what tangata whenua hope will be the start of a revitalisation of their village.
Thomas de Thierry, the chair of the Te Hana Community Development Charitable Trust, says the kai poutiaki is carved by Abe Paul of Tinopai in the traditional Ngati Whatua style.
It will be the centrepiece of a proposed $6 million marae and tourism centre to be built on 10 hectares beside Steate Highway One.
Mr de Thierry says the pou features the Ngati Whatua ancestor Te Hana, who the village and nearby battle site are named after.
“This poutiaki carving will symbolize the guardian of the area, and she’s facing south towards Auckland and faces down the river, the Te Hana creek. So all those people that pass the site, she is acting as a guardian for the site. Once we unveil her, it gives the charitable trust to move into the development stage,” Mr de Thierry says.
FOCUS ON MAORI MEN NEEDED
Former Labour MP John Tamihere says Maori men have some catching up to do with Maori women.
Mr Tamihere, who's now back running Te Whanau O Waipareira Trust in west Auckland, says many Maori women have taken advantage of improved education and career opportunities over the past 20 years.
He says there has also been an improved focus on whanau ora and women's health, which has improved overall health statistics.
But Mr Tamihere says Maori men still have an aversion to going to their doctor for a check up.
“So we got some catching up to do as menfolk. To do that, we’re going to have to support them, and menfolk are no brought up to ask for help. It’s like pulling teeth to find out what’s wrong with them. A lot of our elderly men die prematurely from things that are preventable. We have to actually stand up and take some ownership of that, some responsibility for it,” Mr Tamihere says
The Brothers concert Waipareira is running in Henderson on Sunday afternoon will include free health checks for Maori men.
KAUHI IMPRESSES MAORI COACH
Waikato rising star Richard Kahui has been named Air New Zealand Cup player of the year.
Kahui was a standout at centre this year for Waikato, which was judged champion province for 2006.
Maori coach Donny Stevenson says 21 year old Kahui, who also represented the New Zealand Colts, is a player to watch:
“After the Churchill Cup and then he went to the Colts he just had an awesome year with Waikato and then there was times there when they were talking about his as a possible tourist for All Blacks so he’s certainly a boy for the future and one I’m sure Graham Henry and them will be having a good look at him in the Super 14,” Mr Stevenson says.