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Thursday, March 29, 2007

Mataitai plan riles white fishers

Ngaiterangi iwi hopes a hui tonight will ease concerns about a proposed mahinga matatai at Mount Maunganui.

Recreational fisheries groups have threatened to boycott the hui because of their opposition to the notion of a customary reserve managed by Maori.

Ngaiterangi chief executive Brian Dickson says the iwi is just trying to protect a traditional resource in a way which will ultimately benefit the whole community.

“The Act gives us tools. For example, we can put temporary closures on certain species. We can say we want the kaimoana taken from this area but not that area, put bylaws in to change quantities that can be taken but all in the interests of sustainably managing the resource,” Mr Dickson says the decision to grant the reserve status ultimately lies with the Minister of Fisheries.


Two Ngati Porou women are creating a home away from home for non-Ngai Tahu Maori living in Kaikoura.

Delia Stirling and Rupia Te Ua have formed Te Roopu O Nga Maata Waka for the 40 or so Maori from other areas living in the town.

Mrs Stirling says it's a way to support those who feel homesick, especially as they get older.

“New Zealand may be a small world but when you’re outside the area you’re not from and you move into an area, it’s just really lonely you know, and it’s good to know you’ve got family here or even just people from over on the other island close to you when you come together. It’s amazing who knows who and how you’re connected,” Mrs Stirling says.

Te Roopu O Nga Maata Waka has a tangihanga fund to help whanau who face a bereavement far from home, and it is also considering another fund to help kaumatua in the community.


Te Papa's senior Maori manager says the highlight of his six years on the job has been the opportunity to reconnect iwi with their taonga held by the national museum.

Te Taru White is standing down as kaihautu.

He says the mana taonga principle allows the museum to engage with iwi in a cultural and intellectual way with iwi.

“The highlight of that for me has always been our iwi exhibitions, and when you see 1500 Tuhoe haka-ing their way into Te Papa at half past four in the morning it really hits you where it matters the most, right in the ngakau. If anyone were to say well how do you know iwi support you, well they do that with their feet, and that’s the best way,” Mr White says.


Maori Affairs Minister Parekura Horiomia says Maori could be doing more to get their people into housing.

The government is looking at questions of housing affordability, after reports this week that home ownership is out of reach for increasing numbers of New Zealanders.

Mr Horomia says there may be ways Te Ture Whenu Maori land act could be changed to make it easier for Maori to build on their own land.

But he says the best way is often for whanau to work together.

“We preach whanau whanui, we’ve got to actually practice it. But it’s certainly what the Indians and Chinese have done over years in this country, they’ve merged their mortgageable asset, they’ve gone and used the banks, they’ve used the government agencies and they’ve gone and used whoever they can, and they’ve certainly built up equity,” Mr Horomia says.

He says it may also be time for the larger incorporations and land trusts to free up land for housing their people.


Bay of Plenty Maori are concerned a proposed cemetery will contaminate local springs and waterways.

Rotorua District Council has bought 41 hectares at Horohoro to use as a lawn cemetery when the cemetery in the city, 20 kilometres away, are full.

Eru George from Te Whaanau o Horohoro says a meeting of the whole community at the Kearoa marae found that Maori and Pakeha residents alike opposed the plan.

“The frustrations that we had is why didn’t they come and see the community before making the decision to purchase the land. We had thought that by the time they get to purchase they had actually take the land over, which is in May, they wd have made the decision then it’s not worth buying the land,” Mr George says.

Residents are also concerned about traffic problems, the distance mourners must travel from Rotorua, and the risk the cemetery will attract undesirables.


Two thirds of the viewers tuning into Maori Television are non-Maori.
The channel is celebrating the third anniversary of its launch.

Chief executive Jim Mather says the monthly cumulative audience is now around the 600 thousand mark.

He says interesting programming is behind the increased ratings, with the indigenous documentary slot proving particularly popular.

“Many cases do have strong parallels with the history of Maori here in Aotearoa and seeing what issues they have had to face and address through their history of colonisation and not only has this appealed to our Maori viewers but has drawn a large non-Maori audience as well,” Mr Mather says.


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