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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Separatism a right for Tuhoe

Former Labour Northern Maori MP Bruce Gregory is defending Tuhoe's right to establish its own systems.

The eastern Bay of Plenty tribe has come scrutiny because of the arrest of activists including Tame Iti, who has long advocated the mana motuhake or independent authority of Ngai Tuhoe.

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters is labeling it apartheid, and backing the police crackdown.

But Dr Gregory says Mr Iti's vision has nothing to do with the race-based separation imposed by the former South African regime.

“It may be a system of separatism, but who is to say that separatism is a bad thing? The prevention of it is certainly not helping Maori people. We’re not saying to the Pakeha that we’re imposing our system on you. We’re saying that we want to practice under the systems that are ours, on our people,” Dr Gregory says.

He says because Tuhoe did not sign the Treaty of Waitangi, it should be free to practice its rights a a people within its own boundaries.


Triumph has turned to despair for this year's national waka ama champions.

The Orange Country Choppers returned from picking up an award as Te Arawa Sports Team of the Year to find vital equipment had been stolen from the Te Au Rere Waka Ama Club compound beside Lake Okareka.

Hellen Messenger, the club's manager, says the thieves took two ama or outriggers, but were unable to life any of the waka over the high walls.

She says the gear is needed for the team's preparation for the regional competitions in three weeks.

“We can't just buy these things off the shelf. We have to reorder them and get them made again and that takes weeks to get that equipment made up for us because there’s huge demand for them right now, moving into our summer season, so in the meantime we have to borrow and share and it's not ideal,” Ms Messenger says.

The theft could also affect training for next year's World Waka Ama Championships in Sacramento.


One of the country's foremost weavers has had her contribution recognised by Waikato University.

Diggeress Te Kanawa from Ngati Maniapoto and Ngati Kinohaku was awarded an honorary doctorate during the university's graduation ceremony at Te Kohinga Marama marae.

It was a double celebration for the whanau with her moko, Aubrey Te Kanawa, picking up his Bachelor in Management degree.

Her daughter Ata says the attention came as a bit of a surprise for the 87-year-old kai raranga.

“Yesterday was pretty overwhelming for her, and she didn’t realise it was going to be a big deal, which is kind of typical of her, so once proceedings started she just wanted to end and go somewhere for a nice cup of tea,” Ata Te Kanawa says.

It's a big week for the whanau, with many of the 12 children and dozens of mopopuna expected home this weekend to celebrate the 90th birthday of Diggeress's husband Tana Te Kanawa.


Cultural traditionalists, upbeat achievers, strivers, young battlers, and disaffected youth.

They're the five categories developed by market research firm Nielsen and researcher Anthony Wilson to define the Maori marketplace.

Mr Wilson says Neilsen talks to about 1500 Maori each quarter as part to a 12,000 person survey of trends and issues.

He says taking a more segmented approach will help government agencies develop policies, rather than their previous one size fits all method.

“You just call together a whole lot of Maori people, not knowing that each one of them has different behavioural patterns and each one of them has different attitudes towards culture. So what you would get is sort of this one big group of people that has no definition, and therefore your policy or your programme development may not be targeted that well at the groups that really need it,” Mr Wilson says.

The Nielsen survey is finding Maori increasingly recognise the importance of traditional cultural values, role models and language.


Maori men are being urged to be realistic about how their gear... and their bodies.... may have aged before they get in the water.

Mark Haimona from Water Safety New Zealand told this week's Injury Prevention Network hui in Napier that children and Maori men are the two groups who most need to heed water safety messages.

He says tane often get in trouble for reasons which are preventable.

“Maybe not having the correct equipment or maybe just going a it out of your depth or extending your limits a bit more. You might not be as good as the last year,” Mr Haimona says.

Water Safety New Zealand is using Rob Hewitt, who survived 75 hours in the water after being lost on a diving trip, in a campaign to show divers the safest way to collect kai for their marae.


Maori from the top of the South Island have been celebrating their culture.

More than 400 primary and intermediate school children from a dozen kapa haka groups shook the floors at the biannual Te Huinga Whetu festival in Nelson over the weekend

Dayveen Stephens from Te Kaunihera Kapa Haka Maori o Te Tau Ihu o Te Waka a Maui says opportunities to practice their traditional culture in the region are rare, because the Maori community is relatively small.

Nelson's Te Whatukura community club won both the junior and intermediate grades.


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