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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Porou shore deal disgraceful

A Green MP has slammed Ngati Porou's foreshore and seabed deal as disgraceful.

Metiria Turei says the Government will have a fight on its hands if it tries to get enabling legislation through before the election.

She says the East Coast tribe has done the right thing for its own people, but it's not good for other iwi.

The government played favourites, using the negotiation process to divide Maori on the issue.

“Ngati Porou were constrained in their opposition to the foreshore and seabed legislation, they’re the first cab off the rank. Their agreement is very good for them but it does not mean that any other agreements will be as good for other iwi because the rules are so tight and they rely on government largesse for getting a good deal,” Ms Turei says.

She says the government should recongise the customary rights of every hapu to the foreshore and seabed.

FISHERIES SCHOLARSHIP OFFERING YEAR AT NISSUI

Te Ohu Kaimoana is looking for graduates who want to spend a year in Japan working for one of the world's largest fishing companies.

The Global Fisheries Programme is offered by Nippon Suisan Kaisha, which owns a 50 percent stake in Sealord Group.

Peter Douglas, the Maori fisheries settlement trust's chief executive, says the scholarship is an extraordinary opportunity for young Maori to kick start a career in the fishing industry.

“You get a perspective on fishing from their point of view which gives an insight into the scale of the industry, the significance it plays, the exact approach they take to hygiene, processing, the development of pharmaceuticals from fish and fish products and oils and things like that and a range of connections,” Mr Douglas says.

Students who have done the Global Fisheries Programme are keenly sought in the New Zealand industry because of the international perspectives they can offer.

WIKI WILL BE IN DEMAND IN EUROPE

There's life after the Warriors for a league legend.

That's the reaction of another legend, Stacey Jones, to news 2008 will be Ruben Wiki's last with the Auckland-based club.

By the end of the season the 34-year-old prop, who has Maori and Samoan whakapapa, will have played more than 300 NRL games.

The little general says his former teammate will have no trouble getting work if he wants to finish up his career playing in the lucrative European Super League.

“Ruben's got a huge amount of respect over there as a person and as a player. You don’t hear anyone say one bad thing about Reuben over on that side of the world and I’d say there would be a lot of clubs out to get him,” Mr Jones says.

TREATY PROCESS FOUNDERING IN INCONSISTENCY

A leading treaty lawyer says the Government's failure to create a consistent approach to treaty settlements is undermining the whole process.

Grant Powell says in its eight years in power Labour has squandered the goodwill built up by the Tainui and Ngai Tahu settlements.

He says successive ministers have given the portfolio a low priority, and there are problems at every step, including mandating, the way negotiations are conducted, the type of redress available to claimants, and the type of governance entities claimants can have post-settlement.

Mr Powell says the Government needs to admit it has a problem.

“The old way of doing things is no longer working, and instead what’s happening is the rules as they’re being applied are becoming increasingly inconsistent, which is directly affecting the ability of claimants to get into negotiations, to successfully conclude negotiations and to start moving on into the future,” Mr Powell says.

It would be a mistake to try to push more settlements through under the current inconsistent rules, because they are unlikely to be sustainable.

CELEBRITY HAS A PRICE ONLINE

The founder of the Maori Internet Society says Maori need to careful about what they put online.

A Justice Ministry study has found Maori, women and young people are most at risk from electronic crime, including identity theft and email harassment.

Ross Himona says young Maori are embracing social networking sites like Bebo and Facebook, but exposure carries risks.

“Young people in particular like to be highly visible and like to have a high profile and if that’s the case then there are consequences,” Mr Hi\mona says.

He says people should avoid publishing their email address or phone number.

KEARNEY GETS LEAGUE TOP JOB

The Kiwi League team have a new man at the helm.

The NZRFL have just appointed Steve Kearney, who's Te Atiawa ki Whakarongotai, to the top job.

The second-rower played 45 tests for the Kiwis, including a stint as captain. He won a premiership with the Melbourne Storm in 2007, where he is now the assistant coach.

The rookie national coach will be supported in the role by Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett. He succeeds Gary Kemble, who was to have guided the Kiwis through to the World Cup but resigned last month after a player revolt, having been just five months in the job.

The Kiwis next game is the centenary test against Australia on May the ninth in Sydney.

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