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Friday, October 12, 2007

Taonga case lodged again


The debate over whether a person can be a taonga looks set to return to the Waitangi Tribunal.

Last week the Tribunal refused to hear Rosina Hauiti's claim that denying residency to her Tongan husband breaches her Treaty rights.

Tuariki Delamere ... the immigration consultant acting for the couple ... says they may have got a step ahead of themselves.

He says ... in hindsight ... they should have established if a person COULD be considered a taonga under the Treaty ... before arguing that that applies to Ms Hauiti's husband.

Mr Delamere says he's sure similar cases will surface at some time.

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Tuariki Delamere says the couple will resubmit their claim to Judge Wainwright ... and are also looking at taking the matter to the High Court.


Maori and Pacific Island patients in need of organ donations won't have much luck this year unless there's a dramatic increase in the number of donors ... particularly in the number of Polynesian donors.

Last year the sum total of New Zealand organ donors was 25 ... which nowhere meets the demand. And the shortfall for potential Maori and PI recipients is even more serious given the shoratge of Polynesian donors.

That's the picture painted by Sue Moroney, a Labour MP who's on the Parliamentary Health Select Committee. But she says it's wrong to assume that the apparent Maori reluctance to donate organs comes from one Maori stance on this issue. She says Maori have awide array of attitudes towards organ donation ... and that needs to be respected.

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Sue Moroney.


A Tauranga lecturer ... who has released her own album in Te Reo Maori ... says she can see similarities between her approach and that of some of New Zealand's top Maori women songwriters.

Carol Storey is presenting a lecture at the University of Waikato at Tauranga today on the history of her Whakatohea tupuna ... Mokomoko ... who was executed by the Crown in 1866 ... and was the inspiration behind her album of the same name.

As part of her research for Master of Arts thesis ... Ms Storey interviewed Whirimako Black, Hinewehi Mohi and Moana Maniapoto all of whom have promoted music in te reo Maori ... even when, for two of them, it wasn't their first language.

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Carol Storey. Her lecture is part of the University of Waikato's series ... Musical Encounters in Aotearoa.


Matt McCarten, best known as a strategist on the national political scene, is suggesting that Maori and Pacific Island candidates are up against it in the present local body elections - for at least two reasons.

One is that the pattern has been for Maori and PI voters to take little interest in local body elections even when they have candidates from their own ethnic communities.

And the other, he says, is that history shows that the majority of those who do vote in any of the local body contests have a habit of ticking the names of candidates towards the top of the alphabet ... and of preferring folk with Pakeha names.

It's partly a matter, he says, of voters being exhausted by choice when they've confronted by a ballot paper with dozens or scores of names on it.

“And they have
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By the way, if you haven't mailed your voting paper yet, you have only a couple more days to do so.


For nearly 30 years Maori wardens have done the work that police might otherwise have been called on to do ... defusing situations here and there ... seeing that big occasions run smoothly.

But they've done that without much help from the Government ... and without training.

Now ... thanks to two and half million dollars of Government funding ... they're able to spend some money on transport, uniforms, and communications ... and they're taking the opportunity to train with the police as well.

In fact, Maori wardens from six rohe are now in Porirua doing a course at the Police Training College.

Jack Taumaunu ... the chairman of the Waitemata Maori Wardens ... says the help is a result of a Parliamentary review ... prompted by New Zealand First.

And the collaboration with the police ... he says ... is both welcome and long overdue.

“This is the first
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A new $7 million, 17 room birthing unit at Middlemore Hospital in South Auckland is being welcomed by Maori and Pacific Island families.

Tish Taihea ... a charge midwife at the unit ... which opened yesterday ... says it's well suited to the cultural needs of Maori and other Polynesian women who tend to have more people present when they're giving birth..

“It just reflects
OUT: who are immediately the birth,” Ms Taihea says.

The new unit replaces one which was designed for 3500 births a year, but had to cope with nearly 7000 last year.


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