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Monday, September 24, 2007

Climate changing for Maori

The Federation of Maori Authorities fears new climate change policies could have a disproportionately negative effect on Maori.

Executive director Paul Morgan says proposed fuel levies included in the proposed emissions trading scheme will push a lot of the cost on low income earners, including many Maori.

He says while the Government has compromised on sharing carbon credits with forest owners, there are still significant penalties for Maori landowners who want to switch out of growing trees.

He says the rules are extremely complex and hard for most people to understand.

“If you are to honour the rules, we need to put in place policies that will have impacts on all of us, that’s every New Zealander, but particularly Maori, and our focus is to ensure they do not lock up the residual asserts that Maori own today, Mr Morgan says.

FOMA needs to consider whether the climate change emissions policy conflicts with treaty guarantees that Maori have undisturbed posession of their forests and other lands.


The Government is hoping to get another far north settlement off its to do list.

Treaty Negotiations Minister Mark Burton says it intends to consult with overlapping claimants on the redress it is offering Te Aupouri.

This follows the agreement in principle it signed with neighbours Te Rarawa earlier this month for a $20 million settlement.

Mr Burton says the Crown is prepared to offer the slighly smaller iwi a $12 million dollar deal.

Te Aupouri came close to signing a deal just before the last election, but talks stalled over the issue of the Ninety Mile Beach.

It seems the Crown is now prepared to consider a co-management arrangement.

Negotiators have managed to push up Te Aupouri's share of the forest named after the tribe to 42 percent, and they are also seeking to buy Landcorp's Cape View Station and half of Te Paki Farm Park, just south of Cape Reinga.

Consultations open with Ngati Kuri next Monday.


The Maori Women's Welfare League is looking to recruit younger members as it heads into its second half century.

Te Roopu Wahine Maori held its annual hui in the Bay of Islands over the weekend, with several hundred women making the trek north.

Auckland lawyer Pru Kapua says there were strong remits passed about domestic violence, P, and the need for the Government to respect the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

She says as well as the older faces, including a handful of founder members, there were many young mothers, professional women and even some school age members.

“In order to continue to draw people to the league, we need to continue to have that mix, we need to have the members who’ve got the very strong ties ands have been there for a long time and we need to have the younger members coming through as well,” Ms Kapua says.

The league named Te Atawhai Paki, the wife of King Tuheitia, as its new patron, replacing the late Maori queen in the role.


Maori fisheries settlement company Aotearoa Fisheries has gone to the forestry industry for its new chief executive.

It's hired Jeremy Fleming, a former chief executive of Carter Holt Harvey Forests, who is currently an independent forestry consultant.

Robin Hapi, the chair of AFL, says much of Mr Fleming's experience is applicable to the fishing industry.

He says there was strong competition for the role.

“We were very fortunate in that we did have some high caliber Maori applicants for the position, but in the end Jeremy’s background, experience, qualities pulled him to the fore,” Robin Hapi says.

Aotearoa Fisheries is owned by te Ohu Kaimoana iwi, and after an initial bedding in period it will be required to provide a steady dividend stream to those shareholders.


Harking back to traditional Maori ways of raising children isn't going to solve problems like child abuse.

That's the view of Christchurch School of Medicine professor David Fergusson, based on a longitudinal study of more than 1000 children born in 1977.

He says that changes in the way people live their lives mean that it's unrealistic to return to traditional Maori ways of raising children.

“When you just think of the difficulties of a single mother who’s run out of money and doesn’t know what she’s got to do. And she’s got to navigate the benefits system. Traditional support systems won’t help her. You need someone who’s sophisticate and knows how to go through the benefit system, to get accommodation and furniture and all of that,” Professor Fergusson says.

Rather than expecting there to be functioning community networks, more effort needs to go into providing parents with skills to raise their children.


Waiariki Institute of Technology is justifying changes to its marae graduation ceremony.

Some students were upset they were losing the option of picking up their diplomas and degrees on the Rotorua polytechnic's Tangatarua Marae.

But Pim Borren, the chief executive, says what's planned is a new ceremony involving both the marae and the Rotorua Events Centre.

He says that means classmates aren't split, and it acknowledges the bicultural make-up of the student body.

“It's actually an acknowledgement of Maoridom for all students and for Maori tradition as it is about incorporating what has been a long standing European tradition around graduation processes and graduations themselves,” Mr Borren says.

Every student is welcomed onto the marae as part of enrolment process.


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