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Friday, October 12, 2007

Porou confident of referendum

Ngati Porou leaders are confident of a good response from iwi members to voting forms sent out over the weekend.

Registered members of the East Coast tribe are being asked to indicate whether Ngati Porou should embark on direct negotiations with the Crown, rather than wait for their claims to be heard by the Waitangi Tribunal.

Unlike local body elections where Maori turnout is low, with Ngati Porou affairs the registered members are keen to have input into tribal decisions, spokesperson Te Rau Kupenga says.

“Previous experience we've been through a voting
our people to vote in this time round,” Mr Kupenga says.

The last census showed 75,000 people affiliate to Ngati Porou. However only 25,000 have registered to vote on tribal affairs such as their treaty claims.


Ko Papatuanuku toku turangawaewae. That's the theme of Mental Health Awareness Week which starts today.

It's to underline the message that good mental health comes not from being an outsider in society or your community but from belonging ... and knowing that you belong. So we're reminded that Papatuanuku ... or Mother Earth ... is our turangawaewae.

And one of the projects to help build a more effective Maori mental health workforce ... one that can strengthen a sense of belonging where that's needed ... is a survey to find out what Maori mental health workers we already have.

Rawiri Evans, from Te Rau Matatini who are doing the survey ... along with the Ministry of Health ... says they'll able to do better once they have a clearer picture of where Maori staff are working.

“Some are mainstream
LW... a really good indication,” Mr Evans says.

Findings of the survey will be out next month.


Mike King, the Maori entertainer, says he never anticipated how much impact filming his new series would have on him... he's described the experience as life changing.

The Waipu-based comedian is gathering stories about the Treaty of Waitangi for a series called "Lost In Translation". He's tracing the various copies of the Treaty that travelled around the country after the initial signing at Waitangi.

He spent last week looking at the Tauranga copy... as well as talking to the descendants of signatories ... they're talking to some people who whakapapa back to other key players of the era... such Hori Tupaea.

“He was one of the most feared leaders down there and they thought by getting his signature others would follow and so we looked at the reasons behind him not signing which is why I was on Matakana island because rumour has it that's where his bones lie,” Mr King says.

The Lost In Translation team heads to the Bay of Plenty next... following the journey of trader James Fedarb who collected 26 signatures from chiefs at Opotiki, Te Kaha, Torere and Whakatane


Maori living in the Napier suburb of Maraenui now have a brand new urban marae for their hui.

It's the Pukemokimoki marae which was officially opened on Saturday, 20 years after the idea was first mooted.

Parekura Horomia, the Minister of Maori Affairs, was in Napier for the ceremony and he says the $1 million complex is a credit to the vision of the kaumatua of yesteryear and it's an achievement the whole Maraenui community can be proud of.

“Been a lot
Out.. its just a great marae,” Mr Horomia says.

Napier has been the only city in New Zealand without an urban marae.


Maori women need to put aside any fears or sense of shame and have a breast cancer check ... according to a woman who had a check-up ... was diagnosed with breast cancer ... was treated ... and has survived.

She is Annie Tupaea from Nga Rauru in Taranaki who was found to have breast cancer five years ago and then had a double mastectomy and chemotherapy.

This month is Breast Cancer month... and Mrs Tupaea is spreading the word about the value of having regular checkups. She says she understands that Maori women may be whakama about having mammograms ... but, she argues, they need to bear in mind that the whole whanau is affected.

“It's not just yourself
OUT... the first place,” she says.

In the five years since she was diagnosed ... Mrs Tupaea has survived to see the arrival of two mokopuna.


Noel Harris... the veteran Maori jockey... has pulled off another racing coup over the weekend, riding the winner in New Zealand's richest race.

The 52 year old Matamata based jockey rode Princess Coup to victory, in the $2 million Kelt Classic at Hastings on Saturday.

Up until that victory he hadn't been having a great season ... only a handful of winners over the last couple of months ... so it was especially pleasing to win a race when the stakes were so high.

His win came in trademark style... he came from behind to win in the last stride, riding higher in the stirrups than any other New Zealand rider.

“When I went
OUT...a winning style mate,” Mr Harris says.

He's waiting for confirmation of rides at the Melbourne Spring Carnival.

His goal this year is to ride 36 more winners ... reach a career total of 2000 ... and join an elite group of Jockeys... Bill Skelton, Lance O'Sullivan and David Peake.


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