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Friday, October 12, 2007

Marae fights for eel supply

OCTOBER 10 BULLETIN 2

A Temuka marae ... with a reputation for being offering guests a good feed of eels ... is making moves to protect its dwindling supply.

Arowhenua Marae is applying to the MInistery of Fisheries for part of the Opihi and Orari river area to become a mataitai ... a traditional fishing ground for iwi.

Ernest Johnston ... who chairs the Mataitai committee chairman within the runanga ... says commercial eeling is reducing the number of eels ... and iwi are worried that they'll soon have none at all.

Mr Johnston says recreational fishers wouldn't be affected by the mataitai.

“Arowhenua's always well
OUT: 30, 40, 50 nets like they do,” he says.

Ernest Johnston said a mataitai could give the runanga and the local community an opportunity to manage the fishery back to a healthy, sustainable level again.

MORE ALCOHOL RESEARCH NEEDED

An historian ... who wrote a comprehensive report on Maori and alcohol some years ago ... is challenging Maori to continue the research.

Martin Hutt put the report together for the Alcohol Liquor Advisory Council in 1999.

He says it would be useful, for example, to gather more information about the historical moves by Ngapuhi and Ngai Tahu to limit the impact of alcohol on their communities ... and to find out more about prohibition days in the King Country.

Mr Hutt says it's also time to either confirm or dispell suggestions that Maori have a genetic pre-disposition towards alcohol abuse.

“Be great to see young Maori
OUT: is worth investigating,” Mr Hutt says.

OLDER ARTISTS TO SHARE TIPS

In the Far North ... emerging female artists will soon have a good opportunity to pick up hints ... perhaps inspiration too ... from those who've already made it.

Toi Wahine ... an exhibition, celebrating Maori women and their art is opening at The Art Bungalow in Kerikeri late this month.

Raewyn Howell ... who manages the Art Bungalow ... says the exhibition will be a mixture of the traditional and the contemporary ... including glass art, clay and paintings.

But she says there'll be a bonus for novice artists because they'll be able to spend some time at the exhibition with those who already have become well established ... Colleen Waata Urlich, for example, and Davina Duke, Carla Ruka, Theresa Reihana and June Grant.

Toi Wahine at the Art Bungalow in Kerikeri opens on October the 26th and will run for three weeks.

TRIBUNAL BIRTHDAY CELEBRATED

The MP for Taitokerau ... Hone Harawira ... is applauding one of the side effects of the creation of the Waitangi Tribunal.

It's the 32nd anniversary today of the passing of the legislation which paved the way for the tribunal.

And that occasion has prompted Mr Harawira to pay tribute to the Maori leaders ... Matiu Rata and Dame Whina Cooper in particular ... for their efforts leading up to that legislation.

But ... in reflecting on the tribunal's impact and achievements ... Mr Harawira says, quite apart from its decisions, there's been the huge benefit of the settlement process being the catalyst for extensive research into tribal histories.

“It's been great
LW tribunal research,” he says.

Hone Harawira says however, that it's time now to take another step so that ALL the Tribunal's recommendations are binding on the Crown.

MAORI TO BLAME FOR POLL APATHY

Winston Peters, the New Zealand First Leader, says if the Maori response to local body elections is poor, it is Maori themselves who are to blame ... and any apathy is inexcusable.

Postal votes need to be in by midday on Saturday ... and early indications are that the returns will be well down on the last election... and that Maori aren't voting in significant numbers.

Mr Peters says if that low turnout eventuates it's not right for Maori to blame the system.

He says Maori must shoulder the responsibility for voter apathy in their communities.

GLEN OSBORNE BACK FROM JOURNEY

A Maori sportsman ... renowned for his exuberant behaviour and his love of seafood has just survived two weeks in landlocked countries that used to be part of the Soviet Union... with not a drop of ocean in sight.

He's the 36 year old former All Black ... Glen Osborne ... who has just returned from Uzbekistan and Kyrgystan ... being filmed for an episode in the television travel series... Intrepid Journeys.

Not surprisingly ... he found that the locals didn't know a lot about New Zealand ... or even where it is ... let alone being au fait with Maori people and their tikanga. But he says he had a warm welcome.

Viewers may be surprised to see what a quiet, thoughtful, introspective Oz he can be in his Intrepid Journeys role.

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