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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Community backs abuse hui

The man behind next month's Maori summit on child abuse says the community is driving the kaupapa.

Hone Kaa, a senior Anglican cleric, says iwi, health and social services organisations want to keep the issue on top of the agenda.

The three day hui, at the church of the Holy Sepulchre Auckland, will bring together experts and community workers in Northland, Auckland and Waikato.

Dr Kaa says the health of the whole community is at stake.

“It is a health issue, and it’s to do with redeveloping a great sense of the power and authority that rests in the young and how tio jkeep that from being damaged any further,” he says.

Dr Kaa says while it's not just a Maori problem, Maori people need to find solutions which will work for them and their communities.


Australian Aboriginal tourism groups are looking to Maori operators for tips on how they can take their industry forward.

Dover Samuels, the Associate Minister of Tourism, is in Broome in Western Australia this week for the Australian Indigenous Tourism Conference.

He says there's a lot of interest in the system here, where a government-funded Maori Tourism Council and 13 regional Maori tourism organisations have helped make Maori an integral part of the industry.

“Our point of difference in terms of the way we market New Zealand as a toursim destination stands out very starkly because of the Maori dimension and the indigenous dimension that we’re privileged to have in New Zealand, and they see this as a point of difference, to be able to share their stories, not unlike us as Maori, with their overseas visitors,” Mr Samuels says.

He has invited Aboriginal tourism leaders to come across and see the Maori sector in action.


A Maori-controlled marine reserve near Te Kaha in the eastern Bay of Plenty has just got bigger.

The Raukokore mataitai has gone from 19 to 27 square kilometres, after a redefinition of the local hapu's traditional marine boundary.

Joe Rua, the chair of the mataitai trust, says objections have waned in the two years the reserve has been operating as a non-commercial fishery.

He says most commercial operators now respect the ban on fishing in what is the traditional kaimoana gathering area for the hapu.

“We're always going to have the odd incursion, largely due to ignorance. One of the major factors with a mataitai of course, there is no commercial fishing. Whether we allow it in the future, those are issues we need to work our way through. We’re not opposed to commercialism, but the important issue for us in all types of use including commercial is the sustainability of the resource,” Mr Rua says.

He says the Raukokore experience shows hapu management of the coastline does work.


The country's largest teachers union is welcoming the return of the Treaty of Waitangi to the classroom.

The New Zealand Educational Institute was part of the reference group providing feedback to the Education Ministry about the new curriculum.

Laures Park, the Matua Takawaenga for the primary teachers' union, says members were outraged when references to the treaty were left out of a draft document.

“It's important for the curriculum, but it is also important for Aotearoa as a country. Because if we are not pushing that whole exercise with our tamariki, and also with parents and teachers and so on, then the whole concept gets lost. If it’s not right up front and people can see it, then they’re not going to respond and do what's necessary,” Ms Park says.

Schools have until 2010 to implement the new curriculum.


The chair of an eastern Bay of Plenty mataitai says hapu-managed reserves guarantee a better deal for all kiwis.

The customary fishing reserve at Raukokore near Te Kaha has just been extended from 19 to 27 square kilometers after two years in operation.

Joe Rua says commercial fishing is banned for now, but anyone is free to gather kaimoana or seaweed for personal use.

He says the mataitai is restoring some balance to the coastline.

“Under the current laws, the quota management system, the commercial fishermen would want to take 100 percent of legal sized fish form our rohe, and by and large that is what has been happening up until the declaration of the mataitai. We don’t think that's fair go," Mr Rua says.

Opposition to the mataitai has waned as people see it in action.


Last weekend's Maniapoto Festival took a very black and white view of the birdlife.

One of the events was a magpie shoot.

Organiser Kingi Turner says it's one sort of maanu that is a hoha or a nuisance.

Magpies were introduced from Australia in the 1860s to control insect pests in pasture, but they're now wreaking havoc on native birds in Maniapoto's King Country rohe.

“E tino hoariri te magpie te tatau ake manu tuturu o Aotearoa nei, and we said ‘Oh well, if they’re going to start being hoariri to our manu tuturu, we’ll do something to help our many. And also it’s been deemed a pest and therefore it's a hoha,” Mr Turner says.

It was the only species hunted over the weekend that didn't go in the hangi.


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