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Monday, February 25, 2008

Poll leader too good to be true

He may be up to 44 percent in the preferred prime minister polls, but some Maori are still skeptical of what they can expect from John Key.

Rawiri Taonui, the head of Maori and indigenous studies at Canterbury University, says the National Party leader could just be Don Brash with a better face.

He says Mr Key is trying to promote himself as less right wing than his predecessor, but it's clear the same policies are in place.

“The motivation there is not to make treaty settlements fairer. It’s just to finish them off. Which is what the right wing Pakeha vote wants to do. And then after he’s finished the treaty settlements he wants to get rid of the Maori seats. So the rhetoric is nicer, but the message underneath is still pretty much the same,” Mr Taonui says.


The Taitokerau Warm and Healthy Homes project is set to roll.

Health providers will tomorrow put a plan to the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority to assess up to 6000 homes in Northland, with the aim of insulating any that don't make the grade.

Kim Tito, Northland District Health Board's Maori manager, says as well as assessing the health of the buildings, public health nurses will assess the health of the occupants,

He says the link between housing and health is a simple equation.

“Some of the anecdotal research that has been completed following the pilots shows a significant reduction in the numbers of admissions by the same individuals and whanau for respiratory diseases following their housing solutions being provided to them,” Ms Tito says.

Retro-fitting insulation could cost about $2500 a house.


An acclaimed novel by Patricia Grace is to be made into a film.

Producer Rhonda Kite says work on the adaptation of Cousins is going well, and she hopes filming can start before the end of the year.

It's co-produced by Robyn Laing, who is currently filming The Vintners Luck with director Niki Caro.

Ms Kite says the story, about the way three female cousins dealt with the loss of men in their whanau in World War II, is shared by people around the world.

“We look at this family and the transition that they had to make in being Maori and continuing with the loss of our elders, or our potential elders as they were to be, post World War II,” Ms Kite says.

She's excited to be working with Patricia Grace, who is writing the screenplay.


Ngai Tahu is looking for a full year profit of close to $40 million after a strong first half.

In the six months to the end of December its commercial arm reported a net trading profit of 16 point nine million, up 172 percent on the same period the previous year.

Wally Stone, the chair of Ngai Tahu Holdings Group, says it restructuring to get rid of under-performing businesses is paying off, and there have been good returns from fisheries, tourism and property.

“Based on current performance we’ll probably exceed our annual plan so we’re really bullish, we think the first six months has given us a very solid platform. Our annual budget was around $35 million and we’re very confident we’ll be closer to $40m million,” Mr Stone says.

Ngai Tahu has low debt levels, so it should be well placed to take advantage of opportunities if markets turn down.


A new Educational Review Office framework could be a step towards kura kaupapa Maori reviewing themselves.

That's the view of Hone Mutu, the chair of Te Runanganui O Nga Kura Kaupapa Maori, which represents the nation's 60 kura.

The framework requires those reviewing kura kaupapa have a sound understanding of te reo me ona tikanga, and Te aho Matua, the guiding philosophy behind Maori immersion schools.

He says Kura staff will better understand the expectations of the Educational Review Office.

“It's a step closer to the ultimate reality, which would be Te Runanganui reviewing kura kaupapa Maori as an external body and it’s a way that Te Runanganui can also upskill our people, because we have a person on each review, to give us the evaluation knowledge and skills,” Mr Mutu says.


Northland hospitals hope a new programme will encourage more Maori health workers to come and work in the area.

Under the Pukawakawa scheme, 20 fifth year students from Auckland University's medical school will do 35 weeks of clinical practice, based out of the Whangarei, Kaitaia, Rawene and Dargaville Hospitals.

Some 20 fifth year medical students will experience 35 weeks of clinical practice working in the community.

Kim Tito, the Maori health manager for the Northland District Health Board, says the selection panel looked for students with ties to Northland or Northland iwi, who wanted to work in a rural area.

“We're giving them opportunities to come out and look what it’s like, be part of a community that is interested in having them come back and work, and to be part of a community where they are actually supported while they're being trained,” Mr Tito says.

Northland's high Maori population means it needs comprehensive medical services available.


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