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Friday, April 20, 2007

Industry appeals kahawai judgment

The fishing industry has appealed a High Court decision ordering the Fisheries Minister to redo catch levels and quota allocations in the kahawai fishery.

Lawyer Bruce Scott from Chapman Tripp says Sanford Fisheries and the Tuna and Pelagic Fisheries Association are challenging the decision because they believe the judge was wrong in fact and law.

Justice Rhys Harrison said former minister David Benson-Pope fixed the total allowable commercial catch level for kahawai in 2004 and 2005 without having proper regard to the social, economic and cultural wellbeing of the people, and there wasn't enough left for recreational fishers.

Mr Scott says the industry is only entitled to 40 percent of the total allowable catch, which doesn't even cover the by-catch when other species like tuna and jack mackerell are targeted.

He says the industry hopes the appeal can be heard before the new fishing season starts in October.


With the prospect of climate change and rising ocean levels threatening coastal marae, Repurua Marae near Ruatoria is setting an example.

Former marae chairperson Emma Whangapirita says the Ngati Rangi hapu has built a tyre wall between the marae and the sea to halt severe erosion.

Mrs Whangapirita says the problem first emerged in the 1980s, when Gisborne District Council proposed relocating the Marae.

She says the council hasn't acted, so the hapu took matters into its own hands.

“If the sea broke through this particular area it would just take the marae, so that part is quite safe at the moment. The next move for that area is to fence it off and plant native trees in there, pohutukawa in there instead, just to stabilise that,” Mrs Whangapirita says.

Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi helped Repurua Marae with the anti-erosion project.


Maori balladeer John Rowles kicks off his 40th anniversary nationwide tour at the Telstra Clear Events Center in Manukau on Sunday night.

The man responsible for songs like "Cheryl Moana Marie", "Hush Not a Word to Mary" and "If I only had time" grew up in Kawerau, before making it big in Australia, Hawaii and the UK.

Mr Rowles is still recording and hopes to re-unite with his old friend Eddie Lowe to record an album next year.

He says it's hard to know now when you've recorded a hit song.

“With those ballads and those big songs, if you had the commercial hook line like Cheryl Moana Marie or the Delilah’s or all that stuff, you pretty much knew you had a hit, but today it’s pretty saturated with all sorts of music, it’s pretty hard to know what a hit is, but I’ll keep singing the beautiful ballads.” Mr Rowles says.

He's looking forward to visiting some of the smaller centres and performing songs that have made him a firm favourite with New Zealand audiences, both Maori and non Maori alike.


The number Pakeha churchgoers may be falling away but Maori congregations are stable and in some cases have increased.

That's the view of Bishop Kito Pikaahu from the Maori Anglican of Te Taitokerau diocese.

Bishop Pikaahu says Census data showing a decline in church attendance reflects the drop in the mainstream denominations.

“I've looked at all our own internal statistics of the churches and the congregations and in fact we’ve grown, but take those statistics over a national level and that’s how they draw those comparisons,” Bishop Pikaahu says.

The figures could also be affected by the fact many Maori did not fill out the census questions on religion.

Taitokerau diocese is holding its annual Hui Amorangi or the Holy Sepulchre on Auckland's Khyber Pass this weekend.


Tauranga hapu Ngai Tamarawaho has played a major role in the creation of a civic flagpole for the city.

Local car dealer Peter Farmer proposed the 27 metre flagpole after seeing that in the period of mourning after 9/11, there were no flags at half mast because there were no flagpoles in the city.

Mr Farmer says the idea grew from there.

“Council of course got very involved in this because they wanted to make it part of their entrance ad wanted to involve the local iwi because it was Maori land and also wanted to make it part of the whole community so they involved them and came up with a very good idea on the flagpole on the roundabout and a large Maori carving around the base of it which will look quite attractive,” Farmer says.

The flagpole will be on a roundabout at the entranceway to the city on Takitimu Drive.


It's a big night for a league mad whanau from the Waikato.

20-year-old Sam Rapira makes his international debut in the Anzac Rugby League test between New Zealand and Australia in Brisbane.

The Warrior's player has only a handful of first grade matches under his belt and is part of a kiwi squad featuring a new crop of talent, including Krisnan Inu, Greg Eastwood and Evarn Tuimavave

Sam's father, former New Zealand Maori rep Cliff Rapira, says Sam's koro and nana are proud of their mokopuna, and will be even more so if he's called on to lead the pre match haka.

“When we heard they were looking for somebody, straight away all the boys at work said ‘oh yeah, Sam would do it really well,’ because he led it for the Junior Kiwis, and for their provincial sides. I texted Sam about it and he just says he’ll see what happens and if it goes to him, he'll do it,” Rapira says


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