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Monday, December 03, 2007

New directors for AFL

The chief executive of Te Ohu Kaimoana says Maori will be well served by new directors on the Board of Aotearoa Fisheries.

Peter Douglas says the appointments of Harry Mikaere, Fred Cookson and Wayne Peters will allow the board to continue it's role at the forefront of the fishing sector.

He says Mr Mikaere has 30 years experience, having represented iwi on a number of fishing consortiums.

Fred Cookson is an accountant from the Bay of Plenty and a director of Te Ohu Kaimoana, while Mr Peters is a Whangarei based lawyer who has previously represented Ngati Wai on fisheries cases.

Mr Douglas says the $400 million company will benefit from their combined experience.

“It's a complicated set of responsibilities that the directors have on a board like this and nobody takes them lightly. We’re fortunate enough to have good candidates in these and the other members on the board are very good, every experienced as well, so it all augurs well for the future," Mr Douglas says.

Existing directors include lawyer Mataanuku Mahuika, accountant Keith Sutton and former Fonterra chief executive Craig Norgate.


A treaty signed by some Bay of Plenty iwi and hapu may be the vehicle for closer co-operation between Maori and other indigenous peoples.

First nations peoples from the United States, Canada and Australia were in Whakatane for last week as members of Te Hono o Mataatua put their names to the United League of Indigenous Nations Treaty.

Sheldon Cardinal from Canada's Cree nation says the treaty promotes collaboration on cultural, environmental and economic opportunities.
He says they all face challenges over the loss of land and language.

“We're really proud of what the Maori have been able to do with respect to their universities, the protection of their language and their culture, and we want to try to replicate that and put a first nations angle on it for our people in our country,” Mr Cardinal says.


Low Budget maori films may get their first releases on a marae circuit.
Veteran producer Tainui Stephens says that's one of the possibilities opened up by new digital film making technology.

He says an agreement between the Film Commission and Maori film and televison group Nga Aho Whakaari paved the way for more innovative ways of making and distributing work by Maori.

“The notion of film screenings on a marae is a good one, so the paepae may decide a digital film for marae exhibition only which cuts out all the distributors if you don’t want to go is an option. Once they’re made a film for marae exhibition and it goes down really well on the marae, a distributor may pick it up and it may find its way into the theatres,” Mr Stephens says.

Showings of archival films on marae have always been extremely successful.


A document representing a largely unknown part of New Zealand history is going under the hammer in Auckland tomorrow.

It's a complaint by Northern Maori MP Hone Heke Ngapua about Parliament's refusal to accept his Native Rights Bill, which he introduced after his election in 1893.

Historian Paul Moon, who has written a book about the northern leader, says it was an attempt to create a separate Maori Parliament.

“Now this wasn't back in the 1840s. This was 1894. He introduced the bill into Parliament. What happened, probably the only time in New Zealand’s history, all the other members of Parliament either stood up and walked out or turned their back to him. And it was devastating for him because this was really the purpose of his life, to set up a kotahitanga parliament, and it was completely rejected,” Dr Moon says.

Also in the Webb’s auction are a Charles Goldie oil and a work from Ralph Hotere's Requiem series.


Come to our place. That's the call Pita Sharples has made to a new international forum.

The Maori Party co-leader attended last month's meeting in Geneva of indigenous groups called by the Committee for a Democratic UN, which is pushing for an elected assembly within the United Nations.

The meeting discussed how indigenous people could be represented within such a world parliament.

“I spoke enough to invite the people to New Zealand for the next big hui which is in the summer of 2008-2009. And so the world will be descending on Auckland on that day, so goodness, gracious, what have I done,” Dr Sharples says.

He says an elected world assembly could look at issues like global warming, disarmament and poverty without kow-towing to the interests of the big five nations in the United Nations.


A move into jazz has brought an almost completely new audience for Maori songstress Whirimako Black.The Tuhoe singer is just back from Australia, where she was promoting her new album.

After years of recording contemporary waiata Maori in te reo, the reaction to her collection of jazz ballads came as a surprise.

She says 95 percent of her new audience is non-Maori.

“It's nice. I get to wear two potaes. I get to service my iwi Maori and do my Maori thing and then I get to jump on to the other side and introduce our reo to a jazz audience, which is predominantly a Pakeha audience,” Black says


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