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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Hoani Waititi penalised out of top spot

A time penalty has cost Te Wharekura o Hoani Waititi the top spot in the Maori competitions at this year's Auckland secondary schools' cultural festival.

Te Kahurangi from Auckland Girls Grammar School came through to win for the first time, with Te Kapunga from James Cook High School in Manurewa and Otara's Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Piripono taking the minor placings.

Polyfest director Craig Seuseu says Hoani Waiti was given the top prize on the day, but a check of the paperwork on Sunday found judges hadn't counted a five point penalty for staying on stage too long.

“It was very close between the top four schools. They’re four schools that regularly in the top four of the Maori stage first division, and five points was enough to move Te Wharekura o Hoani Waititi from first to fourth,” Mr Seuseu says.

The schools have all been contacted, and they will be coming to host school Wesley College for the taonga to be reallocated.

The Maori section was this year divided into three divisions, with another James Cook roopu winning the second division and a combined team from Wesley and Waiuku Colleges


The Prime Minister says there is a precedent for separate Maori seats for an Auckland regional council.

Peter Salmon, the chair of the Royal Commission on Auckland governance, says that's one of the ideas that could be considered.

Helen Clark says it's been tried successfully elsewhere.

“The Bay of Plenty Regional Council put to Parliament through Mita Ririnui a local bill to enable the Maori people in the Bay of Plenty Regional Council area to have elected representatives on the Bay of Plenty Regional Council so there is a precedent for that and we will just have to look very closely at what the Royal Commission says,” Ms Clark says.


The Problem Gambling Foundation says pokie machines are poisoning Maori communities.

Chief executive John Stansfield says pokies are the addiction of nine out of 10 of the Maori women who seek help for gambling.

He says times have changed since housie was the only game in town.

“Some people did have problems with Housie but because it was a socialised activity. If you lost all your money at the housie, you could reach across the table and borrow a fiver from auntie Min to buy some spuds and a bit of mince on the way home to put the kids’ tea on, and you couldn’t do it all day and all night, and you weren’t placing a bet, as you are on a pokie machine, every 2.6 seconds,” Mr Stansfield says.

He says gambling used to be a predominantly male activity, but over the past decade the industry has targeted women, introducing pokie machines with feminine themes.


The Te Arawa Lakes Trust is sounding out beneficiaries on the feasibilty of a Te Arawa superstructure to manage the affairs of the Rotorua-based confederation.

Chairperson Toby Curtis says the trust's annual hui was concerned at the proliferation of groups representing tribal interests.

The trust itself is responsible for the lakes settlement, and has taken over many of the functions of the old Te Arawa Maori Trust Board.

There is a separate organisation managing Te Arawa's share of the fisheries settlement, and other groups pursuing land and forestry claims.

Mr Curtis says the call is driven by the increase in assets and income held collectively by the confederation.

“Instead of the iwi being confused with the money here, money there, we have got to get in and say hey we don’t confuse the people, let’s set up one superstructure. Let’s amalgamate, so it makes it easier for the people, and that we don’t end up competing but we’re all doing it for the good of the people,” Mr Curtis says.

He says the Lakes Trust will consult with iwi members over the coming year and report back to the next annual meeting.


We've had the blue light disco.

Now the police are trying the kanikani kahurangi approach to recruitment.

Tia Winekerei, the iwi liason officer for the Auckland district, says the 12 Maori officers involved in Te Haerenga made an impact when they hit the stage for the first time last night at Whangarei.

“We're using kapa haka as the waka and it’s just an approach I guess to engage with our whanau and I guess we’re selling our experiences in our jobs but also that we have a whanau side that we love and enjoy and that we’re Maori but we also work for the police,” Ms Winekerei says.

A threatened protest against Te Haerenga failed to materialise.


A new study has found out what Maori whanau talk about in their every day lives.

Researcher Huia Tomlins-Jahnke says the idea of the pilot, funded by the Families Commission, was to discover how tamariki were socialised and learn core values through talking.

She says little is known about communication within Maori whanau, and the pilot showed the concept of the study is sound.

“We got some pretty good information from the study and it provides some pretty good information for examining what the role is in everyday talk which might help us understand how various kinds of Maori whanau, what makes them tick. It has implications not just for Maori but for other New Zealanders as well,” Ms Tomlins-Jahnke says.

There were four families involved in the Whanau Talk Project, including one committed to Maori language immersion at home, and there is scope for a larger study.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi just like to say small error here this is the 2nd time kahurangi have taken the title they won polyfest in 2002

3:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Te Wharekura o Hoani Waititi Marae won Polyfest fair and square.

7:59 PM  

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