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Thursday, April 03, 2008

Policy will continue developments

National's Maori affairs co-spokesperson is promising the party's Maori policy will build on the positive developments of the past two decades.

Georgina te Heuheu says the policy is still being developed, but don't expect a lot of change.

Treaty settlements will continue to be an important part of the mix.

“The settlements, those now are a matter of rolling them through and try and build on the kind of momentum that Maori have generated themselves, starting in the 12990s, when they have shown a very clear aptitude for service provision in the fields of education and health especially.” Mrs te Heuheu says.

She says Maori have shown they don't need to wait on government to promote development and lift outcomes.

MAORI IDENTITY NEEDED BACK IN THE LANDSCAPE

Landscape architects are being challenged to restore and develop the Maori identity in Aotearoa's landscape.

Ngarimu Blair, from Ngati Whatua o Orakei Maori Trust Board, will speak on the cultural landscape of Tamaki Makaurau to the Institute of Landscape Architects conference in Auckland today.

He says the land has been completely transformed since his ancestors welcomed Pakeha settlers to the isthmus, not just the forests the signs of Maori occupation.

“Our tohu, our marks on the land, our pas, our burial sites, our waka landing sites have been completely obliterated and the landscape design industry has played a large role in that process of pushing us off our own landscape,” Mr Blair says,

He says architects and planners should look to Maori tikanga to help them design more environmentally friendly and sustainable landscapes.

URUPA RESTORATION GIVES SENSE OF CLOSURE TO WHANAU

The son of a First World War hero says the family has a sense of closure after restoring his South Waikato grave.

Jack Moore won the Distinguished Conduct Medal for bravery in France in 1917.

His suicide in 1929 was attributed to the emotional trauma of his experience in the trenches of Gallipoli and France.

His letters home from the battlefield were edited by his son into a book ... Anzac Jack.

Jack Moore junior, who's now 82, says there are close family links to Pikitu Marae and Ngati Huri, who joined in last weekend's re-dedication near Putaruru.

“When the bugler played The Last Post on Saturday over my father’s grave, and in that beautiful setting of Te Hotu Urupa, those beautiful bugle notes were to me a closure and I looked around and not only was I in tears myself but half the 250 people who were there were also in tears. We’d honoured our father and he could rest in peace now forever,” Mr Moore says.

CHALLENGE AHEAD TO GET AUDIENCE FOR FREEVIEW TE REO

A veteran Maori broadcaster is predicting significant challenges for the new Te Reo channel.

Waihoroi Shortland produces and presents an interview programme on Maori Television's digital second channel, which screens three hours of Maori language programming a night.

He says it needs to convince Maori to spend money on the set top box needed to access the channel on either Freeview or Sky.

It may also struggle to get its programmes to a wide audience.

“If people are dedicated to the reo, then what I suppose the channel is saying is ‘you can find it over here’. What I hope it doesn’t become is a dumping ground for reo programmes so we can say we’ve met the criteria, we’ve put it out there, not my fault if the people don’t watch it,” Mr Shortland says.

DIABETES PROGRAMME MAKING IMPACT IN TAIRAWHITI

If you think people in Tairawhiti are looking a bit thinner the next time you visit the East Coast, you may be right.

Ngati Porou Hauora and Orago University's Edgar National Centre for Diabetes Research are celebrating the success of the Ngati and Healthy diabetes prevention project.

Team leader Helen Pahau says it's meant a change in diet for many East Coasters, an increase in the amount of exercise people do, and a greater awareness of the problem.

She says the interventions were developed after researchers found high levels of insulin resistance among people over 25 ... one of the precursors to developing diabetes.

“We had 50 percent of people that were insulin resistant in 2003. That dropped down to 20 percent, which is a huge reduction. There was a huge reduction in weight. There was a huge reduction in terms of blood pressure and other clinical readings as well,” Ms Pahau says.

Ngati and Healthy succeeded because it addressed the diabetes problem on a community basis, rather than putting all the pressure on individuals to change their lifestyles.

MAORI ON THE BUS HEADING TO TAITOKERAU

A Maori arts promotion group wants to get more Maori writers on the road.

This year's On the Bus Maori Writers Tour sets off around Taitokerau next week.

Storyteller Joe Harawira and writers Hinemoana Baker, Apirana Taylor and Kelly Anne Morey will run readings and workshops in high schools and community facilities.

Garry Nicholas from Toi Maori says the On the Bus presentations are popular with Maori who want to develop their writing skills, but more regular visits are needed to maintain interest.

“We haven't had a team in the north since 2004 and four years is too long. It’s too long a gap for us to get into some of those communities and keep feeding the interest. It’s one thing to take a great show to town but if you never turn up for another four years, what have you really achieved?” he says.

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