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Friday, March 07, 2008

No link between claims and seats

Maori Party co-leader Pita Sharples says National's leader is making no sense when he links the Maori seats with treaty claims.

John Key says he will move to scrap the seven seats once historical claims are settled, which he believes will be in six years.

Dr Sharples says that shows he understands neither the treaty process nor the reason the seats exist.

“The claims are a question of justice, raupatu and measily repayments and compensation for the iwi. The Maori seats are an entirely different thing. They were seats provided to allow Maori to have a voice in the whare,” Dr Sharples says.

Any party which wants to form a coalition or a political partner with the Maori Party will need to understand the concept of tino rangatiratanga and what it means to be tangata whenua.


Mighty River Power is pushing aheads with plans for a $450 million geothermal power station just north of Taupo.

It's the second power joint venture the company has in the Rotokawa steam field with the Maori landowners, the Tauhara North No. 2 Trust.

Carole Durbin, Mighty River's chair, says a final decision will be made later this month once procurement contracts are completed.

The 132 MW Nga Awa Purua station will be more than four times bigger than the existing Rotokawa station and will connect into the transmission lines which run directly over the field.

Mighty River also has joint venture geothermal projects with Maori owners at Kawerau, Mokai and Nga Tamariki.


Maori have their own area for the first time in the world's largest celebration of Pacific culture.

Pasifika opens in Auckland tonight with a free concert, and more than 100,000 people are expected tomorrow at Western Springs.

One of the organisers, Ole Maiava, says to show how the different cultures link together through their stories, the event will have a theme, which this year is the eel or tuna.

“And that's based on the Maori name for Western Springs which is Te Puna o Te Wai Oria –TeWai Oria is the lake of eels. Because of that we also have an inaugural tangata whenau village, part of the 10 Pacific villages that will be linked with their stories around the eel,” Mr Maiava says.

A highlight of the music will be a rare appearance of Herbs for a short unplugged set tonight and a longer set tomorrow.


Nelson iwi Ngati Tama is challenging the sale of a council camping ground.
Chairperson Fred Te Miha says when the Tasman District Council started selling off camping grounds, he demanded a title search.

That revealed a quarter of the Collingwood Motor Camp at the mouth of the Aorere River is on Maori land.

He says the owners, descendants of three rangatira, deserve compensation for the half century the council has made money off their land.

He says the Maori owners are unlikely to want to sell the land, so the council should talk to them and the other owners about future plans.

“We could look at a partnership or a joint venture, but I don’t believe in leasing – we’ve leased too much of our land in years previous and only got minimal return on it,” Mr Te Miha says.

The land was once the site of a pa and the first church of the district.


The latest crop of academic high fliers will bring their achievements back to the marae tonight.

35 postgraduates from the country's universities are being honoured at the Te Amorangi National Maori Academic Excellence Awards at Turangawaewae in Ngaruawahia.

Herearoha Skipper, the University of Waikato's awards manager, says a wider range of subjects is being studied than when the awards were started six years ago.

“Some of them we can’t even pronounce because just the subject areas are quite amazing. You have anything from psychology to neurology to Maori and indigenous studies,” Ms Skipper says.

There is a special lifetime achievement award for former Labour MP Koro Wetere.


Women's Refuge wants Maori men to mark International Women's Day tomorrow by making a personal commitment to curb violence towards women.

Heather Henare, the chief executive of the national collective of independent Women's Refuges, says on average 14 women a year die in New Zealand from domestic violence, and countless others are badly injured.

She says men should remember the important roles women play in their lives.

“They're their mothers. They’re the mothers of their children. They’re their partners. They’re their lovers. They deserve more. They deserve respect and they deserve to live in an environment that is free from violence and harm. And the only way that’s going to stop is if men step up to the plate and say we don’t want to do this any more and we’re going to take responsibility and stop the violence in our whanau,” Ms Henare says.


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