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Friday, October 12, 2007

Dolphin sanctuary excludes Maori

A new plan to protect the Hector's and Maui's dolphins is being seen as a threat to the Maori fisheries settlement.

Sonny Tau, the head of the Ngapuhi Rungaga, says the plan developed by the Fisheries Ministry and the Department of Conservation is flawed because it is based on anecdote and hearsay rather than scientific fact.

Set netting is currently banned on the North Island west coast from Maunganui Bluff near Dargaville to just north of New Plymouth, out to four nautical miles.

The plan is to push fishing bans out to 12 miles and into the west coast harbours, creating a 1.2 million hectare sanctuary.

Mr Tau says the moves will give the dolphins no more protection than they get now, but it will have a devastating effect of commercial, recreational and customary fishers.

“That's where Ngapuhi is up in arms in terms of our customary (fisheries) and the ability to feed our tamariki. A lot of our people set net for mullet and flounder, and that will be all down the tubes if they implement this strategy,” Mr Tau says.

He says there have been no Maui's dolphins killed by fishing-related activities since the fishing industry implemented voluntary controls.


Praise for Maori health providers in the south.

Mahara Okeroa, the MP for Te Tai Tonga, says a hui in Riverton yesterday of providers showed the sector was in good heart with a developing skill base.

The hui included the Child Youth and Family Service, Alcoholic Liquor Advisory Service and other social agencies, giving the providers the opportunity to develop their networks.

Mr Okeroa says it is changing the health status of Maori people.

“The Maori Health providers have been in business for a long time and they have been able not only to build their skill bases but also to own their delivery to an extent that they service our people across a whole range of our needs that is absolutely excellent,” Mr Okeroa says.


A unique relationship forged in the gumfields of the north will be celebrated on a west Auckland rugby field this weekend.

The annual Tarara Cup is played between Auckland Maori and a New Zealand based Croatian team.

It dates back more than 50 years, and was revived five years ago after a 10 year break caused by tensions in the Croatian community over the break up of the former Yugoslavia.
Michael Gugich, the Croatian manager, says he's been talking to his squad at training about the significance of the Tarara Cup.

“Remind the guys of what this game means to our forefathers and to our current crop of young fellows coming through, just to let them know that this here we’re playing for a proud history, the Tarara Cup, and the history we’ve had two people together,” Mr Gugich says.

The Croatians will be keen to turn around last year's result, when they narrowly lost to the Maori team in Kaitaia.


Builders are back on site at Acacia Bay after police foiled an attempt to reoccupy a disputed block of Maori land.

A man and an elderly woman were arrested on the Taupo lakeside land Hiruharama Ponui Trust has leased to developer Symphony Group.

They'll appear in Taupo District Court next week.

It's the latest in a series of attempts by minority shareholders to block the development, which they say is on a waahi tapu.

Dan Hakaraia, Symphony Group's development manager, says since the protests started in June the Maori land Court and the District Court have rejected those claims and upheld the trust's decisions.

He says it's time to move ahead.

“Our contractors have resumed work and getting on with the development of the lakeside retreats which is what we are currently building, and we’ve certainly got plans as we always have to get on and develop it as a prestige residential development and also hotel block,” Mr Hakaraia says.


Pita Sharples says the Maori Party will survive the departure of his co-leader.

There is speculation Tariana Turia won't contest the next election, after she told an interviewer she wanted to spend more time with her family.

Her office says the Te Tai Hauauru MP intends to contest the next election.

But Dr Sharples told Waatea News the party's caucus has known for at least 6 months that she will probably retire after the next term.

He's sure a suitable successor will be found who shares Mrs Turia's commitment to the party's kaupapa.

“We're hoping to capture the whole seven seats at the next election and hopefully perhaps a woman can come through somewhere, I don’t know, I would hope so. Youth and women are what we probably need to invest in for our future,” Mr Sharples says.


The Maori Anglican Church is this weekend asking some hard questions about its responses to homosexuality and transgender issues.

Bishop Muru Walters has invited the Human Rights Commission and the Aids Foundation to a hui at Waiwhetu Marae in Lower Hutt on the church's perception of sexuality.

Writer Anton Blank, who is speaking at the hui, says the church needs to be responsive to changes in society.

“With law changes and things like that they’re having to think about ‘OK, what does that mean for us?’ And I’m hoping the hui will be a chance to embrace diversity and invite gay men and lesbian women into their communities,” Mr Blank says.

He says for Maori, excluding people because of their sexual orientation weakens the structure of the whanau.


The sound of a kouau split the Flanders dawn a short time ago as hundreds of New Zealanders gathered on the First World war battlefield to remember the slaughter at Paschendaele.

One of the group, Labour list MP Shane Jones, says it was a haunting and moving service.

He says the hundreds of young New Zealanders who flock each year to Gallipoli may also want to come to the poppy fields of Flanders, because there lies the nation's youth.


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