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Thursday, April 12, 2007

National hui called on water

Ngati Tuuwharetoa paramount chief Tumu te Heuheu has called a national hui to discuss water.

Spokesperson Timi te Heuheu says the hui on May 16 and 17 will be at Puukawa on the shores of Lake Taupo.

Issues over the ownership and management of water have been heightened by consultations on the government's Water Programme of Action and by treaty negotiations in Tainui and Te Arawa.

Mr Te Heuheu says while those iwi have been to the fore, other iwi have interests.

“Obviously there's always going to be a kaupapa important for them. Hopefully we can all agree on the principles as we sift through the detail of issues they are particularly interested in, as are we all, and gain a bit more clarity,” Mr te Heuheu says.


The National Party is turning its guns on a scheme aimed at more teachers in priority areas such as Maori and early childhood.

Maori Affairs spokesperson Tau Henare says too many students are failing to complete their training under the TeachNZ scheme.

So far $360,000 has been paid out in scholarships to students who drop out, including $54,000 to would-be Maori teachers.

Mr Henare says rather than keep paying out, a review is needed.

“Let's figure out why people are bailing halfway through the courses. Is the course too hard? Is it not interesting enough? Let’s do some research on figuring out, if we’re going to give all these people these scholarships, why aren’t the students staying until the end? Then we might get value for money,” Mr Henare says.

Only 60 percent of recipients of the early childhood and Maori medium scholarships complete courses.


The National Film Archive is giving Taranaki people a chance to see rare footage of their tupuna.

It's part of its Te Hokinga Mai o Nga Taonga Whitiaahua programme, which aims to return treasured images to their home areas.

Taranaki spokesperson Wharehoka Wano says there is keen interest in the footage, which includes Sir Maui Pomare, Sir Peter Buck, Sir Paul Reeves and other Taranaki identities.

Mr Wano says three shows are planned, starting at Taiporohënui Marae in Hawera on April 16, Parihaka on April 18 and Owae Marae in Waitara on April 19. Screenings start at 7pm. They are open to the public and admission is free.


A high Maori population is being cited as being behind high rates of teen pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections in Rotorua.

Eugene Berryman-Kamp, the Maori health manager for the Rotorua public health organisation, says teenage pregnancies in the region are twice the national rate.

Mr Berryman-Kamp says because of the lower media age of the Maori population, Rotorua has more teenagers than other regions, and it needs to develop programmes to address their needs.

“Traditionally I think people have viewed sex education as something that happens mid teens, 13, 14 years old. The critical issue really is we’ve got to face the facts and get that education in there sooner, 10, 11 years old,” Mr Berryman-Kamp says.

Some health practices in the city find more than half of their consultations are on sexual health matters.


The New Zealand First spokesman on law and order says Maori families need to turn their backs on gang culture.

Ron Mark says too many young Maori are being lured into gang life by their own whanaunga.

He says gang culture breaches Maori tikanga, and undoes a lot of good work being done in Maori communities.
“There is no warrior status in being a gang member, and we should be making it clear to all Maori who are leaders of, participants in, supporters of gang activities, for any of them to be actively involved in gangs or to be actively promoting young Maori to being prospects, that’s an issue that we as a nation of Maori people need to deal with ourselves,” Mr Mark says.


A much-loved Taranaki kuia has celebrated her 105th birthday.

Ivy Papakura, or Aunty Ivy, as she is known to hundreds of her whanau, was a former matron of the Maori hostel which served as New Plymouth's Maori Land Court for many years.

A relative, Whero Bailey. says Mrs Papakura's motto is hard work is healthy because it keeps the mind active.

Mrs Bailey says she offered some other advice on her 100th birthday.

“This was at midnight, and she was line dancing, would you believe it. When she sat down, I was sitting by her, and I asked, in Maori of course, what was the secret of her long life. And she looked at me and smiled and patted my hand and said ‘Well it’s like this pet. When you got to bed at night you go to bed with happy thoughts, and when you wake up in the morning you wake up with a smile,’” Mrs Bailey says.

Aunty Ivy Papakura celebrated her birthday with whanau and the other residents of the Norfolk Lodge Rest home in Waitara.


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