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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Kingitanga gears up for 150th

Today marks the start of celebrations of 150 years of Kingitanga.

Rahui Papa, the chair of the organising committee, says thousands of people are expected through Turangawaewae Marae in Ngaruawahia over the next five days to reflect on the movement which has given unity and strength to the people of Waikato-Tainui and others around the motu.

Today is reserved for the tribe, as Tainui whanau bring home their kawe mate or memories of those who have died over the past year.

“Some of the people that have passed on of late have been Alex Phillips of Manu Ariki, Te Wao Porima of Kawhia, Winnie Herewini of Waikato Whanui. Thise a just some of the ones that are 80 plus who were the keepers of some of our traditions,” Mr Papa says.

A highlight this evening will be the return from Archives New Zealand of digitised records of documents relating to the Waikato Raupatu Claim.

FORBES SELECTED FOR SEALORD-NISSUI CRASH COURSE

Enthusiasm for the sea has given a Tainui man the chance to work in one of the world's biggest fishing companies.

Manihera Forbes has won Te Ohu Kaimoana's Global Fisheries Scholarship to learn fisheries and business management in Japan with Sealord part-owner Nissui.

Mr Forbes trained as a lawyer, but he also holds a certificate in Maori nautical studies from Te Wananga o Aotearoa and is working towards his Local Launch Operators’ Certificate.

The scholarship marks a step up from his most recent mahi for the Ministry of Fisheries, helping marae in Tainui develop fisheries management plans.

Manihera Forbes expects to work for Sealord Group on his return.

MIRO SECRET INGREDIENT IN FOOD CHALLENGE

A Rotorua chef hopes his knowledge of traditional Maori ingredients will give him the edge in an upcoming wild food challenge.

Charles Royal has gone bush in recent days to gather two types of fungus, haarore and hakeka, miro berries, and supplejack vines and berries.

He'll be supplying South Island restaurant with ingredients and recipes like Titoki duck and miro berry.

“Get my miro berries, give them a quick wash, smear them all over the duck and then tip titoki liquer over it and let it marinate for a night. Next day cut it in half, out it in the oven, roast it, pull it out and make a gravy and that’s your titoki duck and miro berries,” Mr Royal says.

Judging for the wild food challenge is done secretly, with the winner named in August.

CTU TO TRIAL MAORI MENTORING

The Maori runanga of the Council of Trade Unions wants to give young Maori a helping hand into the workforce.

It's planning a mentoring programme to team up rangatahi with experienced workers.

Sharon Clair, the CTU's Maori vice president, says it's one of a number of initiatives aimed at lifting workers' skills.

“It's a two year commitment. We will see a Maori worker who is highly skilled and motivated supporting and nurturing the beginning of the working life of a young Maori in areas we see our young going like forestry and agriculture and into the trades,” Ms Clair says.

The CTU is starting with a pilot of 20 mentors who will work with youth aged between 15 and 19.

RESEARCHERS PONDER CANCER DEATH DIFFERENCE

Maori with cancer are more likely to die than non-Maori - and researchers still don't know why.

Gabi Dachs, from the University of Otago, says a review of the existing literature indicates their cancer is 1.6 times more likely to kill Maori men than Pakeha men, and Maori women have almost twice the probability of the disease being terminal.

She says while Maori are often slower to seek treatment, that's not the full story.

“What we've seen in this review is even if Maori present at a similar stage, their outcomes are still worse, so it is not just due to people not going to the doctor,” Dr Dachs says.

More research into ethic disparity in cancer could offer some valuable clues about the biology of the disease which could help in the design of prevention and treatment regimes.

POLICE PITCH IN TO HELP WITH KINGITANGA HUI

With thousands of people expected for Kingitanga celebrations over the next five days, Waikato police are gearing up to help with crowd control.

Waikato Tainui is marking the 150th anniversary of the appointment of Potatau Te Wherowhero as the first Maori king.

Kimiora Heramia, the iwi liaison officer for the North Waikato region, says it's a major organisational effort and one that police are proud to be a part of.

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