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Thursday, July 19, 2007

More Ngarimu money but eligibility cut

The government has more than doubled the amount available for Ngarimu Scholarships.

The scholarships have been awarded annually for 60 years, in honour of Victoria Cross winner Te Moananui a Kiwa Ngarimu.

It's funded by endowments and government grants.

Maori Affairs Minister Parekura Horomia, who chairs the scholarship committee, says by 2009 there will be $217,000 on offer.

He says there will be a greater focus on post-graduate studies and development of Maori leadership, with up to $30,000 available in a new leadership scholarship.

“What we are trying to do is focus at the upper end to try and accelerate those modern sciences that we know we need but at the same time not losing track of our culture and our language and that,” Mr Horomia says.

Eligibility will be restricted to those who can whakapapa to a member of the 28 Maori Battalion.

TREATY REFERENCES A HEALTHY SYMPTOM

A public health specialist is warning racism in health will continue unchecked if references to the Treaty are removed from legislation and policy documents.

Gay Keating, the director of the Public Health Association, made the point today to the select committe considering New Zealand First MP Pita Paraone's Principles of the Treaty of Waitangi Deletion Bill.

She says the fact Maori are less likely to receive elective surgery is an indication of systemic discrimination.

Dr Keating says increasing awareness has led to a significant increase in health services.

“By having Maori developed and Maori controlled services, we’re beginning to see a distinct improvement in Maori health. If we take away references to the treaty, if we undercut that founding approach, we undercut the gains that we are beginning to make,” Dr Keating says.

The health of Maori is worse than other New Zealanders at all levels of income and education.

MOTEATEA 4 LAUNCHED

It may not fly off the shelves, but Auckland University Press knows its latest publication will still be selling when today's bestseller is pulped.

This evening at Waipapa Marae it's launching Volume Four of Nga Moteatea, the collection of traditional Maori songs and poems collected early last century by politican and cultural revivalist Sir Apirana Ngata.
The first volume came out 80 years ago, and is still selling.

The final volume was prepared for publication by respected academics Tamati Reedy and Hirini Moko Mead.

Christine O'Brien from AUP says it book a CD of many of the moteatea, drawn from the university's archive of historical recordings.

“I think it's just absolutely fantastic because Nga Moteatea is a great taonga. It’s a really great national literary and cultural treasure and we’re just enormously proud to be involved in bringing this to the wider public,” Ms O'Brien says.

KEY SUPPORT NEVER LIKELY

John Key says Tariana Turia needed to try harder if she wanted National's support for overturning the Foreshore and Seabed Act.

National's leader is rejecting suggestions he gave the Maori Party false hope, before finally saying this week his party won't support Mrs Turia's bill at its first reading this parliamentary session.

He says both parties agree it is an issue of property rights, but National wants fundamental uncertainties around the foreshore and seabed resolved.

“There was never a position where it was going to change. It doesn’t mean that we won’t revisit the topic at some stage. We certainly will, and we’ve made it clear to the Maori party that we’re happy to look at alternatives, but we want to put up a suggested solution, without just having a simple repeal,” Mr Key says.

He says politics is not just a question of legal argument, but of winning the hearts and minds of the country.

CHINESE-MAORI TRADE DELEGATION SETS OFF

A Maori tourism delegation heading off to China tonight, will be accompanied by Chinese living in New Zealand.

The delegation will visit five cities in 10 days, promoting Maori tourism products to travel agents and government officials.

Johnny Edmonds from the Maori Tourism Council says the presence of members of the China New Zealand Business Council in the delegation will be invaluable in bridging the cultural and language barriers.

“You know we've got quite a useful combination between the two, and communications will be made a lot easier. Our partners here, the China Business Council, have become increasingly familiar, not only with Maori culture of course, because we’ve done a number of things with them, but also with the Maori tourism products or the range of products that we have,” Mr Edmonds says.

The delegation is led by associate tourism minister Dover Samuels.

TAONGA CURATOR TO BE APPOINTED

Hawke's Bay Museum is creating a new position to deal with demand from people wanting to see its taonga Maori.

Director Douglas Lloyd Jenkins says the Napier City Council will fund a half time curator from next year.

The museum's Ngati Kahungunu advisors want the artifacts to be shared with the communities they come from, while remaining protected.

Mr Lloyd Jenkins says because of the contributions of some active early curators and collectors, the museum's collection is one of the best outside the main centres.

“We've got a very extensive taonga Maori collection here that was assembled in the late 19th century right through, and it’s a very strong collection and at the moment we don’t really have the specific expertise to display it and discuss it to the level we would like,” he says.

The collection includes many rare Ngati Kahungunu matau or fishhooks, about 100 kete, 80 cloaks and hundreds of other artifacts.

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