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Friday, October 12, 2007

Small iwi squeezed in talks

OCTOBER 11 BULLETIN 1

Small iwi and hapu are the big losers when large iwi enter direct negotiations with the Crown for their Treaty settlements.

That's the view of Metiria Turei, a lawyer and Maori affairs spokesperson for the Greens.

She says it's right that Ngati Porou should investigate the best options for settling their historical claims ... whether through the Waitangi Tribunal or the Office of Treaty Settlements.

But she has concerns for smaller iwi and hapu in the region ... who, she says, will struggle ... because they don't have the financial or human resources of larger iwi.

“It's going to alright
OUT: direct negotiations with OTS," Ms Turei says.

NEW CHRISTCHURCH RESERVE PLANNED

The site of a significant South Island battle in 1830 will be protected as an historic reserve ... following a decision by the Christchurch City Council.

It's a 14 hectare stretch between Akaroa and Onuku Marae and includes Takapuneke ... where Te Rauparaha and a hundred of his Ngati Toa warriors from the north attacked a Ngai Tahu settlement.

They'd come down ... so the story goes ... hidden in the hull of an English ship ... the Elizabeth ... and in a further bit of trickery had enticed on board the local ariki ... Te Maiharanui ... and captured him as a prelude to the surprise attack.

In recent years there've been concerns raised by the Onuku Marae and by the Historic Places Trust that the site could be sold to developers.

George Tikao ... who chairs the Onuku Runanga ... says they haven't yet had the good news from the council, but they'd welcome any move that would keep the developers away from Takapuneke.


NELSON FESTIVAL SPARKS NEW GROUPS

Two new musical groups have been formed for the Nelson Arts Festival which starts today.

"Village of the Idiots" is a group of musos from various New Zealand bands ... such as Fat Freddy's Drop and the Black Seeds ... while "Ipurangi" is a gathering of performers from very different areas of Maori music.

Ipurangi is presenting song over traditional taonga puoro... in what the festival organisers are calling ... "sublime music from an ancient sound world."

Waimihi Hotere... who'll be singing with Ipurangi... says her approach is different from the classically trained opera singer ... Mere Boynton... who's also in the group ... and she expects that to be an interesting counterpoint.

The Nelson Arts Festival opens today... and Ipurangi will be playing at the Nelson Cathederal on Saturday night.

MORE PETERS ON LOCAL GOVERMENT POLLING

Winston Peters ... the Minister of Foreign Affairs ... is signalling dismay at the lack of interest so far among Maori voters in the local body elections.

He says Maori have been among the many Kiwi soldiers who've given their lives through the years, fighting for democracy ... in effect, fighting for the right of New Zealanders to vote.

Mr Peters believes too many Maori are ignoring their opportunity to have a say in who runs their communities ... and shrugging off what he sees as a responsibility to vote.

Mr Peters argues that if Maori were to vote ... and vote en masse ... they'd wield considerable political power... but they're letting the chance go by.

WARDEN COURSE NOT POLICE FOCUSED

One of the Maori police running the wananga for Maori wardens this month says there is no intention to turn them into cops.

Paddy Whiu, the iwi liason officer for the Taitokerau District is one of 3 staff in charge of the course... which starts on Sunday at the Police College in Porirua.

He says the wardens roopu, drawn from six regions, won't be learning how to apprehend criminals, that's a police job.

Mr Whiu says the Maori wardens just want to concentrate on what's relevant to their line of work... such as doing point duty... to keep roadways safe during hui and tangi.

MUSIC EXPO PLANNED OUT WEST

Young Maori hoping to make it in the music business are being offered a chance to hear from those who know how it really works.

Bola Puletaha... from Te Whanau o Waipareira... is one of the coordinators of today's [THURSDAY] Maori Entertainers Music Conference... being held at the Waitakere Trust Stadium in West Auckland

He says there'll be plenty of experienced performers and industry heavyweights on hand... including representatives from Te Mangai Paho and New Zealand On Air, record company bosses, recording studio managers, entertainment lawyers, and radio and music TV heads from here and Australia.

Mr Puletaha says it may serve as a reality check for some of the rangatahi, when they hear from more senior members of the entertainment industry.

However Bola Puletaha says it's not all doom and gloom... there is a possibility of work overseas... as well as back room jobs... in technical support.

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