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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Anderton takes on whole sector

The Minister of Fisheries says he's not picking on Maori in his fight for a more precautionary approach to fisheries management.

Jim Anderton came under fire from Maori fishers after he told Waatea News vessels chartered by Maori companies were plundering the resource.

He says recent court decisions have paralysed the quota management system, because he can't change quota levels without a higher level of scientific evidence than the industry can afford.

Mr Anderton wants the whole industry, Maori and Pakeha, to give him more leeway to make decisions.

“I've had some hard words to Pakeha fishers, don’t you worry, around my table if you ask Sanfords and Talleys and others, they’d tell you. I’m giving the strong message to the whole fisheries sector, Maori or Pakeha, I don’t care who they are, that if they go on without a much more precautionary approach to the fishery, they are putting their whole livelihood and the fishery at risk,” Mr Anderton


Ngati Hine is set for a shake up.

The Northland iwi met at Otiria over the weekend to address concerns it was falling behind other tribes because it lacks a robust governance structure.

Project manager Delaraine Armstrong, says the Ngati Hine Runanga is considering registering as a charitable trust.

It will hold fresh elections and overhaul its membership lists.

“We've had different existing forms of registration over the years for Ngati Hine but we want to consolidate all that data into one database so we know where Ngati Hine live, who they are, and are able to connect with them as a runanga and see what they feel about what the runanga is doing,” Ms Armstrong says.

She says iwi members living in Ngati Hine's rohe are well served by the runanga from its operations in Whangarei and kawakawa, but more needs to be done to link up with tribal members who have moved away.


Mainlanders can catch some of the flavour of life Great Barrier Island at an exhibition opening tonight in Auckland.

Tihei Mauri Ora - Te Motu o Aotea at Artstation on Ponsonby Road was organised by the Maori Womens Welfare League of Aotea.

Chairperson Noelene Ngawaka-Fortzer says the branch holds an annual show on the island, and decided it was time to bring it to the mainland.

“We decided it's about time we took this to Auckland to portray what Great Barrier Island, Aotea, is about. We belong to Auckland central so it was only appropriate we bring it to Auckland Central first,” Ms Ngawaka-Fortzer says.

The works draw inspiration from island life and include painting, sculpture, ceramics and weaving.


Protecting a waahi tapu on Waiheke Island has become a Tainui wide issue.

The Ngati Paoa Trust Board intends challenging a resource consent application to build two houses at Owhiti Bay.

It's on land belonging to the family of multimillionaire John Spencer.

Interim chair Joe Tupuhi says it's also on a pristine burial site in the dunes which shouldn't be touched.

He says development on Waiheke has already destroyed many of the iwi's waahi tapu, but this one warrants a strong response.

“We will consult our wider Tainui kaumatua, Pare Haurake, Pare Waikato, Maniapoto, this is a Tainui issue. For Ngati Paoa, with its limited resources to try to respond to this, it is hoped by calling inour Tainui whanaunga we will be able to address these matters from a stronger standpoint,” Mr Tupuhi says.


A Hawkes Bay school has put up a memorial to the first Maori helicopter pilot.
William Waterhouse died in a helicopter crash 40 years ago while preparing to serve in Vietnam.

His old school, Elsthorpe, unveiled the monument last week in front of students, comrades, family and friends ... and an Iraquois helicopter crew which dropped in.

Principal Kathryn Rowe says it's tried to draw some lessons from the event.

“We've collected the stories some of the older people have told us about him, thios make him a real person just like them and give them the motivation as an ordinary person to step out and do something great,” Ms Rowe says.

The unveiling of the memorial, which was paid for by the Waipawa RSA, was done this month to provide the children a link to Anzac day.


A leading commentator says the New Zealand Rugby Football Union would be doing the game a disservice if it let Troy Flavell go back to Japan.

Ken Laban says the Maori hardman can't be blamed for the Blues' erratic form in the Super 14 competition.

He says Flavell is the sort of player needed to win the big games.

“Big strong mean tough blokes, belting people out of the way by contact and collision dictates whether or not they are going to win the game, so these guys have got very specialist roles to play and I can’t believe the New Zealand Rugby Union are also just going to roll over and let Troy go back to Japan. In my view, he’s a marquee player, a very important player to the Super 12 competition and a very important player to international rugby,” Mr Laban says.


New Zealand First wants to get kaumatua more mobile.

Leader Winston Peters told a Greypower meeting in Christchurch the super gold card developed as part of his party's support agreement with the Government will soon allow the elderly to travel free off peak on public transport.

Maori Affairs spokesperson Pita Paraone says that will make a big difference for many Maori whanau whose kaumatua and kuia may have been confined to their homes because of lack of affordable transport.


A Hauraki Gulf iwi says it has to cling on to what's left of its legacy.

Interim chairperson Joe Te Puhi says the Ngati Paoa Trust Board will fight the building of a luxury hideaway on a burial site on eastern Waiheke Island owned by the family of multi-millionaire John Spencer.

He says the demand for coastal sections has meant the loss of many of the iwi's waahi tapu, but it can't fight every development.

“We want to respond to this one because the isolation of this particular urupa has preserved it to date so this is not a situation where people have already built and we’re coming in as an after thought to preserve what’s left, this is a pristine site, it's intact,” Mr Tupuhi says.

He says Ngati Paoa is under constant pressure to respond to the high numbers of resource consent applications from the six district councils in its rohe.


More New Zealanders are wearing Maori culture on their sleeves.

Historian Bronwyn Labrum, the editor of Looking Flash: a history of clothing in Aotearoa New Zealand, says Maori dress is a major influence on contemporary fashion here.

It's creating a look unlike anywhere else in the world.

“It's both to do with the materials things are made with and also the style, the koru design for example appearing everywhere, the kind of hybridized mixture of traditional elements and high fashion you see and you get designs and materials that are worn here and people wear them overseas when they travel and they stand our because you don’t see them anywhere else,” Ms Labrum says.

She says there's a popular perception New Zealanders dress badly, but the country has a rich history of clothing, both Maori dress and Pakeha.


Two Hawkes Bay Maori boarding schools are said to be on borrowed time unless long standing claims are resolved.

Researcher Gary Meroiti says Te Aute boys’ school and Hukerere girls are dependent on land gifted to them in the 1850s by two Ngati Kahungunu.

But the Crown sold some of the land off, and leased the rest in perpetuity to encourage Pakeha settlement of the area.

The leases are paying about $120 an acre, compared with its current market value of 14-hundred an acre.

He says last week's meeting of prominent old boys with Treaty Minister Michael Cullen was an attempt to put the issue back on the agenda, after years of neglect.

“The bottom line if we don’t resolve this issue, Te Aute and Hukarere, it’s not an if issue, it’s a when issue when the schools will close. They cannot survive unless the issue's resolved,” Mr Meroiti says.

He says the financial pressure on the schools is taking its toll on staff, and makes it hard to attract students.


The Fisheries Minister is blaming election year pressure for the firestorm over his claim Maori fishing companies are plundering the resource.

Jim Anderton made the comments to Radio Waatea, after dressing down attendees of a Maori fishing industry conference for refusing to back his bid to be given more power to lower or raise quota levels.

Mr Anderton says he's talking tough to the whole industry, not just Maori, because catch levels for some species are unsustainable - and the courts won't let him act.

“This beat up that I said Maori are plundering the fish is just rubbish. There’s a certain event later this year called an election which this is more to do with in my view,” Mr Anderton says.

He says some of the people making the loudest noise are supporters of the Maori Party.


Kaumatua who have for years lived with hearing difficulties are being targeted in a new initiative by New Zealand First.

The party has negotiated an increase in funding of hearing aids for the elderly in the next budget.

Pita Paraone, the party's Maori affairs spokesperson, says a hearing aid can be life changing for many kaumatua, who have done without in the past because of prohibitive costs.


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