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Monday, December 17, 2007

Goodall confirmed top of the south

Ngai Tahu has a new chief executive.

The top management job at the country's largest iwi has been vacant most of the year, since the departure of Tahu Potiki after a long power struggle with kaiwhakahaere Mark Solomon.

It has now been filled by Anake Goodall, a former Ngai Tahu employee who has also worked as a policy analyst for Te Puni Kokiri.

Mr Goodall helped research the Ngai Tahu claim, and managed the claim process.

“I've had the privilege of being round the organisation since before the time there was such a thing in fact, so get a good feeling of where we’ve come from and why we’ve established its institutions the way we have, so that’s obviously a significant advantage,” Mr Goodall says.

He is keen to build up staff numbers to support the South Island tribe's institutions and its 500 million dollar asset base.

SMALL FARMERS URGED TO JOIN AHUWHENUA COMPETITION

Maori dairy farmers are being told they're never too small to enter the largest Maori farming award.

The Ahuwhenua Trophy is given year about to dairy farms or sheep and beef operations.

Doug Leeder, the chief judge, says by competing, farmers can gain confidence in their professional skills and get valuable feedback from industry experts.

He says it's not just the big incorporation farms in with a chance.

“There are individual sole traders out there who do an excellent job, They just get on, day in day out, turning grass to milk and I think it’s those individuals we need to encourage to participate in this competition this year because I’m sure there are many sole trader dairy farmers, dairy families out there, performing equally as well as the top 10 percent are in the New Zealand dairy farming industry,” Mr Leeder says.

Farms are rated on governance, financing, management, sustainable farming and the recognition of nga tikanga Maori.

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PAKANAE FIRST MARAE TO INSTAL SPRINKLERS

The Fire Service is applauding the first Northland marae to fit sprinklers.

Pakanae Marae, north of Opononi, has put 100 sprinklers in its dining hall, kitchen and toilet buildings.

Trevor Andrews, the Northland commander, says only 20 of the region's 256 marae even have fire alarms.

He says many marae cry poor, but they put their heritage at risk.

“That's a funding issue, but we look at Pakanae Marae, they faced those issues. They’re a beacon to Hokianga. They’re a beacon to Northland and they’re a beacon to Maori throughout New Zealand. I’m really proud of them,” Mr Andrews says.

The sprinkler systems at Pakanae were fitted unobtrusively so they don't detract from the look of the building.

COXHEAD, CLARK JOIN MAORI LAND COURT BENCH

A Hamilton lawyer chosen by the Government to steer Te Wananga o Aotearoa through a major restructuring has been made a judge of the Maori Land Court.

Craig Coxhead has acted as executive chairperson of the Maori tertiary institution over the past year and a half, while its finances have been under the control of a crown manager.

His career has combined practical experience before the courts and the Waitangi Tribunal with his work as a senior lecturer at the Waikato University law school.

“While those skills that I’ve got ion practice will help me in fulfilling requirements of the job, I also think academic experience in terms of writing, in terms of the critical rigour you take in academic work will also be of assistance, so I think those are two of the main things I bring, along with knowledge of reo and tikanga,” Mr Coxhead says.

The second new judge of the Maori Land Court is Stephen Clark, a partner at Hamilton law firm McCaw Lewis Chapman, where Mr Coxhead used to work.

REPORT CARD POSITIVE FOR MAORI STUDENTS

More Maori are starting school earlier and staying longer ... and that time in the classroom is paying off.

Nga Haeata Matauranga, the Education ministry's annual report card on Maori education, found 60 percent of year 11 Maori students passed their NCEA literacy and numeracy credits last year, up 8 points on 2005.

Their completion rate at wananga and universities was 47 percent, compared to 44 percent for all students.

Cherie Shortland-Nuku from the ministry's Maori Policy Group says there are gains across the education sector.

“There's been an increase in the number of children attending early childhood education; they’re up to about 90 percent. There’s been a 10 percent increase in the number of children enrolled in Maori immersion or Maori medium education. More Maori whanau have put themselves up for boards of trustees. And in the national certificate of education, there have been increases across all three levels of NCEA,” Ms Shortland-Nuku says.

Nga Haeata Matauranga gives the ministry rapid feedback on the effect of policies and new initiatives.

TRUST WILL AMPLIFY TUATARA MESSAGE

Iwi and community groups at the top of the South Island are banding together to preserve tuatara.

They have come together as the Spinyback Tuatara Education and Conservation Charitable Trust, to support Ngati Koata's work as kaitiaki of the living fossil.

Dion Paul, the trust's chair, says the trust will develop resources to take into schools, giving the iwi's perspective on conservation and its relationship with tuatara.

“Because of its longevity, it lives up to 100 years, we see it as a taongha that holds a lot of knowledge, and so putting it up as an ancient taonga allows us to think in a long term,” Mr Paul says.

90 percent of the known 40,000 tuatara population live on Takapourewa or Stephens Island at the top of the South Island in the Ngati Koata rohe.

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