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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Gambling seeps into homes

Some 38 percent of Maori know someone in their household or wider family who has got into financial trouble through gambling.

That's one of the findings of an Auckland University of Technology study led by Max Abbot, the dean of health and environmental sciences.

The Maori rate of 38 percent is 10 percent higher than Pacific people, while only about 12 percent of Pakeha and Asian households are affected.

Sue Walker, from the Health Sponsorship Council, says the snapshot survey of 2000 people nationwide will help the council monitor the effect its advertising is having on problem gambling.

“We were pretty interested to see what people in Maori communities knew about gambling harm, what they knew about the way it might affect them, whether or not they were aware of what they could do to avoid harm so we have a lot of new information here that’s going to help us direct our campaign and also our services to help people in Maori communities,” Ms Walker says.

The Health Sponsorship Council is sharing the results of the survey with Maori health providers and community groups.

WANANGA COULD BE FORCED TO SCREEN STUDENTS

Pressure could soon come on wananga to restrict entry.

That's the prediction from David Bedggood from the Association of University Staff, in the wake of Auckland University's decision to cap places in all undergraduate courses from 2009.

He says all tertiary institutions will come under pressure because of a new funding regime designed to bring spending in the sector under control.

That means the social concerns which sparked the creation of Maori tertiary institutions could be set aside.

“The philosophy behind wananga and so on which for all the people, given to common values They presumably will hold out against this pressure but it will be very tough for them, after what happened to Te Wangana o Aotearoa, and again that was because the budget comes first, the profits come first, and the needs of the people come last,” Dr Bedggood says.

He says Maori and Pacific island are likely to blocked out by new university entry criteria.

TE ARIKINUI’’S TANGI REVISITED AT MUSEUM

A unique insight into the tangihanga of the late Maori Queen is on view at the Waikato Museum.

Peter Drury from the Waikato Times was the only photographer with access to every part of the week-long tangi.

He's been a regular at Tainui events for more than 20 years.

Mamae Taakerei, who curated the show, says the 18 images will amaze visitors.

“It captures from the marae during the tangihanga and the process rom the marae to the hill, to Taupiri maunga, on the river and it’s absolutely beautiful. You’ve got these huge images of these men carrying Te Arikinui, they’re all short of life size,” Ms Takarei says.

The exhibition also includes footage from the last interview with Te Atairangikaahu, filmed in the lead-up to her 40th anniversary as the Maori monarch.

SOCIL WORKERS, FAMILIES NEED SUPPORT

The co-author of a new book on child homicides says people are too quick to point the finger at social workers when a child dies.

Lives Cut Short: Child Death by Maltreatment by Marie Connolly and Mike Doolan includes detailed analysis of the 91 killings of children in New Zealand during the 1990s.

The majority were killed by a biological parent, and 52 percent were Maori.
Ms Connolly, Child Youth and Family's chief social worker, says the rate seems to be going down.

That could be because agencies are picking up problems in families before they escalate and offering support - and that should be encouraged.

“We need as a broader community to be coming behind both our families and the workers that try to support those troubled families, and that’s across the whole range from Child Youth and Family and any other professional that looks after and tries to protect the interests of children,” Ms Connolly says.

KAIKOHE TANE GET HEART HEALTH CHECK

Maori men may be getting the message that they're not bullet proof.

A Kaikohe public health organisation is seeing a steady increase in men coming forward for health checks under its Have a Heart programme.

Cathy Turner, a manager at Tihewa Mauriora PHO, says screening for risk factors is just the first step.

“Some of the things we found is we’ve got a big problem with weight. We’ve also got still a significant problem with smoking and lifestyle factors such as exercise, and these are all something we can do something about within our own lives,” Ms Turner says.

Men not feel ill now, but the programme is about the risk of dying early because of lifestyle.

CROP AND FOOD INVESTIGATE INDIGENOUS FLAVOURS

Horopito and Kawakawa-based flavourings may end up on the supermarket shelves.

The Foundation for Research Science and Technology has funded a four-year, one million dollar project to investiate Maori food flavours.

Meto Leach, the head of Maori research at Crop & Food in Palmerston North, Dr Meto Leach, says it will identify potential flavours and work out how they can be produced in commercial qualities.

“The research is about trying to develop a preparation method that enhances that flavour, so there is one important component of a flavour ingredient and that is it needs to be a consistent flavour throughout the year,” Dr Leach says.

Crop and Food is working with the Federation of Maori Authorities to identify knowledge of indigenous plants and flavourings.

1 Comments:

Blogger MrX said...

In my opinion, Gambling is something that every human being has the right to do, and politicians should keep their nosesout of what people do for entertainment or within the comfort of their own homes.

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