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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Pirirakau loses historian Rolleston

The Pirirakau hapu of Tauranga Moana has lost leader and historian Peter Rolleston, who has died aged 57.

Hapu chair Rawiri Kuka says Mr Rolleston was a valuable source of information whenever archeological sites were uncovered in the rohe.

Mr Kuka says the former freezing worker was asked in 1994 to research the hapu's Waitangi Tribunal claim, and he was given a wealth of knowledge by the region's elders.

“His knowledge of history for Tauranga Moana as well was really acknowledged where he was employed by the Waikato University to do lectures on Taurangamoana history. He’s going to be sadly missed, and at such a young age. We looked at him not as a elder but as a son of the Piriraku people, because it’s too young to die,” Mr Kuka says.

Peter Rolleston was buried at Tutereinga Marae on Saturday.


Green MP Metiria Turei is concerned many small treaty settlements may be unsustainable.

The Maori Party today released the Treaty of Waitangi section of its alternative budget, calling for an end in practice to the billion dollar cap on treaty settlements, a minimum quantum for each settlement, increases in claimant funding, and an independent authority to develop settlements.

Ms Turei says settlements of 10 to 20 million may not be economically viable, given the cultural obligations on post-settlement iwi.

“The administration costs of running iwi, the costs of running and rebuilding marae, that’s expected of claimants once they’ve settled their claims, all of those costs get very high over time and I’m very worried that claimants are being forced to take what is actually very small amoints of money, given the responsibilities they need to use it for,” she says.

Ms Turei will ask the Maori Affairs Select Committee to review the settlement process.


One of the most successful Maori contemporary musicians says New Zealand Music Month has little to offer artists who record in te reo Maori.

Mina Ripia from electronica duo Wai has been touring the world for seven years on a ground breaking first album that fuses kapa haka and techno beats.

Ms Ripia says while its music is embraced by international audiences, Wai struggles to get airplay in this country outside Maori radio.

She says music month represents a lost opportunity.

“Opportunity for mainstream radio stations who don’t play any Maori language music to play it for that month, and that would be great if that happened, but I know it doesn’t and I’m just trying to stay positive on music month kaupapa but it’s just a weeny bit one sided,” Ripia says.

Wai's next stop is Beijing this weekend to take part in a world music concert, and it's trying to get its second album completed this year.


Ngapuhi chairperson Sonny Tau says recruiting skills rather than burglary or other crimes seems to be qualities sought by today's gangs.

Mr Tau says Ngapuhi is concerned at an upsurge in gang activity in the north, with the gangs targeting 12 and 13 year olds for roles in drug distribution networks.

He says the iwi wants to confront the gangsters responsible, but they stay hidden in the shadows.

“They're not patch members who do the recruiting. It’s guys about 17 or 18 who are on the verge of being patched up, and sending them out there to get as many recruits as they possibly can,” Mr Tau says.

Several gangs are involved in the build-up.


Ngati Kahungunu chairperson Ngahiwi Tomoana has won a fourth term in the role.

Mr Tomoana says the Hawkes Bay and Wairarapa iwi has opted for stability at a time it faces major challenges.

He says Kahungunu's multi-level electoral structure means its leaders need to win comprehensive support.

“You have to be nominated from your whanau to your hapu, then your hapu to your rohe, an then your rohe to the iwi whanui, and then everyone gets an individual vote as well, so you’ve got whakapapa entitlement as well as a general electoral entitlement, so it us comprehensive support for anyone who goes through that gauntlet of whanau, and then that gauntlet of an election,” he says.

As well as his Kahungunu role, Ngahiwi Tomoana has assumed a leading role in efforts to achieve more coordination between iwi leaders, and he was recently appointed to Te Ohu Kaimoana fisheries settlement trust.


Former New Zealand Maori representative first five eighth Glen Jackson has scooped the Professional Rugby Players' Association Player of the Year Award with his English club Saracens.

Jackson is the leading points scorer in the Guiness Premiership with 272 points, 90 ahead of his nearest rival.


Two Rotorua modelling agencies are joining together to encourage Maori into the industry.

Peter Moengaroa from Reflexions Model and Talent Agency says his firm and Toi Te Aranga Hair, Beauty and Art will offer a beauty salon, catwalk and training centre for Maori.

Mr Moengaroa says there is unmet demand from clients here and overseas for Maori models.

He says Maori have a lot of personality which can shine on the catwalk, but many young people are too shy to have a go.

“When they are given something to learn and they do it well, they are that much more confident, that much more proud of themselves, which is what we are aiming for. The whole modeling aspect is to instill some confidence and self development, particularly into some of our younger Maoris.” Mr Moengaroa says.

Modelling can give young people confidence and skills which will help in any other career they want to pursue.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

peter moengaroa should stick to training models in the garage of his home and not wrecking computers with need a nerd they completely wrecked my computer because need a nerd are useless would suggest use talk tech now
need a nerd are useless

1:56 PM  

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