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Monday, May 21, 2007

Kokiri Paetae gets blast from private sector

The editor of a monthly Maori magazine says Te Puni Kokiri should not be competing with the private sector.

Ata te Kanawa, editor of Hamilton-based Tu Mai magazine, says Ministry of Maori development's glossy Kokiri Paetae magazine makes it hard for other Maori publications to survive.

Kokiri Paetae is delivered free to 50 thousand homes.

Ms Te Kanawa says while other government departments produce material around their own activities, Kokiri Paetaes' brief seems to encompass the whole range of Maori activity.

“The sea is too small for us to be fishing in, and we cannot match the resources they obviously have. They distribute free. Hey, Hone and Hine in Huntly see me on the newsstand for $5.20. Why should the commit to that when they can get a free one delivered in their post,” Ms Te Kanawa says.


On Checkpoint this evening, just prior to the 6pm news, your Waatea News lead story related to the Kōkiri publication (formerly named Kōkiri Paetae) published by Te Puni Kōkiri.

No comment was sought from Te Puni Kōkiri, had we been given the opportunity to provide a little balance or perspective, this is what we would have said.

For many years, Te Puni Kōkiri, the government agency which delivers services to Māori people has produced a publication to inform staff, Māori and other citizens - about what it is doing. It has done this because it has a responsibility to do so and because those services aren't always covered fully by the media.

Kōkiri is the latest of these publications. It has recently had a face-lift and tells people about the work and programmes being delivered by Te Puni Kōkiri, and the people who are doing it. It concentrates on Te Puni Kōkiri matters and is not set up in competition with any other publications in the private or public sector.

Further, we print 35,000 copies with a mailing list of around 11,000, (not the 50,000 homes alluded to in your news item). It is a bi-monthly publication.

That such a prominent person has highlighted Kōkiri possibly reflects a lack of understanding about Kōkiri’s purpose. Kōkiri highlights initiatives and events that Te Puni Kōkiri has almost always had some involvement with; it does not cover the plethora of Māori issues.

Kōkiri is Te Puni Kokiri’s main external publication and its primary purpose is to inform Te Puni Kokiri stakeholders of its key messages and achievements. These include, celebrating Maori achievement, realising Maori potential and Maori succeeding as Maori.

Ngā mihi
Jaewynn McKay
Communications Director
Te Puni Kōkiri, Ministry of Māori Development


The chief executive of the Maori Tourism Council says Maori businesses don't need to be big to appeal to overseas visitors.

Johnny Edmonds says almost 10 percent of the 400 businesses touting their wares at this week's TRENZ tourism industry showcase in Rotorua are Maori.

Mr Edmonds says while there is a lot of focus on cultural experiences like the Tamaki Brothers Village or the Te Puia Maori arts and crafts institute, many travellers are looking for a more intimate experience which gives them an insight into everyday Maori life.

He says their biggest thrill often comes from whanau-based businesses without an obvious cultural focus, like bush walks, canoe trips or horse trekking.

“The experience of course is the whanau running these horse treks. So we find by being able to participate in activities such as horse trekking, what is happening is the whanau, they’re sharing stories of themselves, of their tupuna, of their whenua,” Mr Edmonds says.


The only Maori to have coached at NRL level says the Huntly Hurricane should be given the number 7 jersey for the Warriors.

That's the name fans have given to Lance Hohaia, who made an impact working off the bench in yesterday's 28-24 loss to the Western Tigers at Mt Smart Stadium.

Tony Kemp, a former coach of the Auckland-based team, says after their third consecutive loss, the Warriors need to give serious thought to Hohaia for the halfback role.

“When he was on as first receiver and we saw exactly what his capabilities were as he sliced through to put them back in the game. He was earmarked as a halfback a number of years ago by myself and Daniel when he first got to the club, so we’ll have to wait and see. He’s not too far off from making it,” Mr Kemp says.

Hohaia has re-signed with the Warriors until the end of 2009.


The Ngapuhi Runanga is breaking ranks with other iwi and supporting an amendment to the Fisheries Act which the Government claims will promote sustainability.

Te Ohu Kaimoana fisheries settlement trust is opposing the change, because it says sustainability is already written into the quota management system.

But Paul Haddon, the Ngapuhi representative on the Hokianga Award group, says Te Ohu Kaimoana is driven by commercial aims, and sustainability must take priority.

Mr Haddon says under the existing regime, commercial fishing pressure on key species is affecting the ability of customary and recreational fishers to catch a feed.

“We support measures that aim to approve the abundance,. Because we’ve got to look to the future, and when Maori go fishing, 99.99 percent of the time, they’re categorised as recreational fisheries,” he says.

The issue is likely to be keenly debated by Maori and the industry at the Seafood Industry Council's annual hui in Wellington this week.


The chief executive of the Institute of Chartered Accountants says every Maori worker should be looking at making at least the minimum contribution to a KiwiSaver account.

Garry Muriwai from Ngapuhi says while the scheme unveiled in the budget has been criticised for delivering disproportionately to middle and upper income earners, it will still benefit the lower-paid, especially if they have yet to buy their first home.

Mr Muriwai says the scheme has benefits for the whole whanau.

“This money is able to be passed on, so you can bequeath this. Unfortunately, with lower life expectancy rates, that’s another area Maori need to think about. That sounds a bit negative, but it’s something that needs to be kept in mind, The positive side is that not only are you getting employer contribution, you’re getting government contribution as well and that’s your money, that’s got your name on it,” he says.

Mr Muriwai says returns from Kiwi Saver will be far higher than other superannuation products.


Playwright and now screenwriter Briar Grace Smith is celebrating another milestone on the way to her first feature film.

Innovative German company Pandora Film has come on board as co-producer of The Strength of Water, which is due to be shot around Hokianga from August.

Pandora co-produced Whale Rider, and its other credits include a wide range of films being made by innovative directors and screeenwriters around the world.

Ms Grace Smith says she's happy with progress so far.

“I'm feeling really positive about it. It’s a really long process, writing the screenplay. The idea was conceived about six or seven years ago so it’s been ongoing since then so to see it finally being made is quite incredible,” Ms Grace Smith says.


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