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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Prophet Alec Phillips dies

Ko hinga tetahi totara nui o te wao nui a Tane.

Alexander Phillips, the charismatic leader of Te Kotahitanga Building Society, has died.

Mr Philips, also known as Arekahanara Piripi, built one of the largest marae in the country, Mana Ariki near Taumaranui, as a sacred place to unite the twelve tribes of Israel.

More than 5000 supporters gathered at the marae last August to celebrate his 90th birthday.

Reuben Collier, one of his assistants, says he was the last Maori prophet.
“He's a leader of many many people, of many many nations throughout the world. His main cause, his main kaupapa, was to unite the people, despite our colours and our creeds,” Mr Collier says.

Alexander Phillips received a Queens Service Medal in 1986 and was made Commander of the British Empire in 1995 for services to Maori.


And in another sad loss, singer Mahinarangi Tocker died this afternoon.
She had been on life support in North Shore Hospital for a week after an asthma attack cut off oxygen to her brain for several minutes.

The 52-year-old, who always declared her pride for her Ngati Raukawa, Ngati Tuwharetoa, Ngati Maniapoto, Jewish and Celtic ancestry, left behind a partner of 19 years and a daughter.

Fellow musician Ngahiwi Apanui says Tocker made a huge contribution to New Zealand music over the past three decades.

“Her voice was an absolute revelation when I first heard it. I thought she was an overseas performer but to actually put a name to it and know it was a Maori was a wonderful thing for me because our people are so talented. I think Mahinerangi was a special talent and she was a talent that transcended a lot of societal and racial barriers. You will find she has as many Pakeha fans as she has Maori fans,” Mr Apanui says.

Mahinerangi Tocker became a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in January for services to music.


The Government has no intention of taking the Maori Party's advice to buy out the top up clauses in the Tainui and Ngai Tahu settlements.

Waiariki MP Te Ururoa Flavell told a symposium that the clauses, which guarantee the tribes 17 percent of the total spent on settling historical claims, were now proving a barrier to settlement of other claims.

But Prime Minister Helen Clark says they were an acknowledgement of the risks the iwi took in being the first to settle.

“I don't think we’re at the point where you would think about triggering that clause. The Government’s getting on and settling in good faith with iwi, and of course it has got to be remembered that those who settled early, and with Tainui we are talking 1995, so this is 13 years ago, they have had the benefit of a large putea which has been able to be invested and the asset has grown enormously,” Ms Clark says.


There is a new guide for Maori who want to build houses on ancestral land.

The Papakainga Development Guide is a joint effort by Te Puni Kokiri, the Maori Land Court and Hasting District Council.

Marama Laurenson, the council's cultural and heritage advisor, says building on multiply-owned land means taking account of the three Ws - whanau, whenua and whare.

The book takes people from planning issues within whanau, going through the court to get occupation licenses, and the consents needed from the council.

She says the fact there are only three papakainga in the council's region shows the need for a guide.

“Maori landowners were being confused between our agencies because we had different protocols and procedures, so we thought it would be to their benefit and to ours if we worked together to harmonise our statutory requirements in terms of processes that worked for people,” Ms Laurenson says.

Te Puni Kokiri and the Maori Land Court intend to pick up the guide and prepare versions for other council rohe.


AUT University has joined a World Health Organisation initiative to measure quality of life.

Chris Krageloh, the co director of the new centre, says academics and health professionals will use a standardised methodology to track psychological, physical, social and environmental wellbeing.

He says its work should give policymakers better information to develop programmes for Maori.

“Quality of life is always changing and hopefully to the better and that is also a way in which you can track government policy. You can see this is quality of life now and after that policy has been a certain trend so you can monitor changes in the quality of life both for the whole society and as well different sub-populations such as Maori in this case,” Dr Krageloh says.

He says district health boards and health agencies measure quality of life in so many different ways, it makes comparing groups difficult.


One of the countrys most respected broadcasters says she's honoured anchor Maori Televisions Anzac Day broadcast from Gallipoli.

Judy Bailey says it will be her first visit to the battlefield that forged the Anzac spirit.

“It's an absolute honour for me to be asked to be part of the Maori Television coverage. I look on it really as one of the highlights of my career. And this year we’re having a degree of input into the Chanuk Bair service, the commemoration that marks the battle called our finest and cruelest hour,” Ms Bailey says.

She says Maori Television's coverage won't glorify war, but aims to remind Maori and non Maori of the sacrifices made to win the freedom New Zealanders enjoy today.


Blogger PrInCeSs501 said...

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++(aue ka tangi au ki taku koro kua mate kua haere te poropiti maori haere atu ra e koro :(:(:()++

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