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Monday, April 21, 2008

Te Aute looks for lifeline through claim

Anglican Maori boarding school Te Aute is looking for a lifeline from the Treaty Negotiations Minister as it struggles with a falling roll and limited income.

A group of prominent old boys met Michael Cullen at the Hawkes Bay school on Friday to explain the school's Waitangi Tribunal Claim and seek direct negotiations.

Land given to the school by Kahungunu hapu when it opened in 1853 has been sold by the Crown or perpetually leased to farmers at peppercorn rentals.

Old boy Julian Wilcox says the financial crunch has contributed to the roll plummeting from its capacity of about 250.

“When you've only got 110 students, you can’t offer the best quality education other schools can. If you don’t offer the best quality of education, you can’t get a higher number of students to keep the school going. They’re not talking closure. They’re going to try to keep this school open anyway. But this Waitangi claim and the direct negotiation with the Finance Minister Michael Cullen is possibly a huge lifeline,” Julian Wilcox says.

Dr Cullen gave the group a good hearing, and seemed open to negotiations if resources can be found.


Ngai Tuhoe has launched the country's first iwi curriculum.

Haromi Williams from the Tuhoe Education Authority says the Bay of Plenty tribe has been a leader in Maori education since the late 1970s, when Te Kura o Ruatoki and Te Kura o Tawera were two of the first bilingual schools.

She says the curriculum is already in use in 13 kura.

It emphasises the tribe's dialect and tikanga.

“He iwi tau okeoke. All I want to do is influence the generation that’s not born yet with anything we can possibly give them so that they can succeed. I roto i to ratou Tuhoetanga, first, and then the knowledge of the world later,” Ms Williams says.


The price of Black Gold and Texas Tea may be on the rise... but a Far North iwi plans to run a community bus on vegetable oil recycled from fish and chip shops.

Clean Stream is a joint venture between Te Runanga o Te Rarawa and Kaitaia's Community Business and Environment Centre.

Spokesperson Abe Witana says from June, commercial and domestic cooks can drop off used oil at 12 refuse transfer stations around the Far North.

He says the project should go some way towards addressing the region's lack of public transport.

“A young back-packer living in Kaitaia and wanting to go out to Ahipara, if he can’t get a ride out there, he has to walk. There’s no bus service been provided for that type of clientele,” Mr Witana says.

Clean Stream will stop the oil being tipped down drains and polluting the moana.


A manuscript found in the Alexander Turnbull Library during the Ngai Tahu land claim has formed the basis for into a new history of the South Island tribe.

Ngai Tahu, A Migration History includes interviews done with elders in the 1930s by journalist Hugh Carrington.

It's been edited and additional material added by scholars Te Maire Tau and Atholl Anderson.

Sir Tipene O'Regan, a former chair of the Ngai Tahu Trust Board, says unlike other recent histories, it's not about the claim or the tribe's struggles with the Crown.

“It's about the migrations and traditional history of our people, even though it’s got a very strong focus on 19th century and early 19th century events it’s not a book about Maori or iwi or Ngai Tahu interaction with the state or with settlement, it’s about us ourselves and in that sense it’s an absolute treasure trove,” Sir Tipene says.

Ngai Tahu, A Migration History will be launched tonight at the Bird Room in the Canterbury Museum.


Educationalist Donna Awatere-Huata says a change is school governance may be needed to address problems with education for Maori.

The former ACT MP organised last week's Waipareira education summit, which discussed ways to tackle persistent under-achievement, particularly among Maori boys.

She says there are solutions, backed by research, but principals and teachers may need to be told to make the changes in the classroom.

“I think we have to have another look at Tomorrow’s Schools, because it sure as hell ain’t working for Maori and while you’ve got boards of trustees and principals that can run their ship regardless of how well that ship sails for Maori, then I think we’ve got to look at getting some changes from the top,” Ms Awatere Huata says

She says Maori educationalists may need to come up with a Waitangi Tribunal claim to force the Crown to deliver equity for Maori in education.


A programme to make low income families computer literate is expanding to Taitokerau.

Coordinator Di Das says Computers in Homes has already proved a huge hit on the East Coast, with more than 1000 predominantly Maori families now connected and online.

Families are provided with computers and Internet connections, as well as training and support through their local school.

Ms Das says the programme hopes to replicate that success in the north, where almost half of households with school age children still don't have Internet access.

“Just that opportunity to get up with the online world, with technology, has been taken and grasped very very vigorously and enthusiastically, and this is really what we are hoping in the far north,” Ms Das says.

Some 17 whanau from Herekino graduated from their introductory course last week, and 33 Pangaru and Broadwood families associated with school and local marae will be participating over the coming months.


Blogger Wingate said...

Complaining to Parliament

Sent: Wednesday, April 16, 2008 2:45 PM
Subject: Matakana Island

Tena koe Dr Pita Sharples

Thank you for your letter dated 10 March together with the attached letter of Attorney General Dr Cullen dated 7 February 2008.

Dr Cullen's letter states, the legal matters have been fully considered by the Courts. This is something the Attorney-General's office has been saying for sometime. But they miss the point of my complaint each time. My complaint is the Courts knowingly and intentionally changed various facts that cost Arklow its legal rights. Put simply, the Courts wrote a judgement that was wrong and is a fiction. I understand they did this to allow the Maori defendants to keep the Matakana land. I cannot find any law that allows judges to do this. Clearly they have failed their duty of care. In both the Court of Appeal and Privy Council the point was made by the defence that maybe the bank erred in their duty to Wingate Arklow, but the overriding and important point was the sacred land was now in the ownership of the traditional land owners.

I note with interest what Lord Cooke said in his Harkness Henry speech to fellow judges. He said that the wrongs committed by the Waitangi breaches need not only legislative assistance to correct but that is was up to the judges to do all they can to correct past wrongs. My point and my complaint is that Arklow has been a victim of that policy. Can you please address this issue with Dr Cullen. The main question is; Is it acceptable to the Government for judges to change findings of fact and are the judges obligated to a degree of accuracy when writing their judgments.

The other point I raised with you was seeking to know how in law can the leaders of Ngaiterangi iwi be leaders of the Tauranga Maori community, then when they obtain a business benefit for the people they represent, they ignore their fiduciary duty and take the gain for themselves. That would be like the Prime Minister and the cabinet setting up private companies to take advantage of crown business at the loss for the people who trust them the leadership role. In any area of law, those type of conflicts are not allowed. Can you please address this issue and provide me with the solution. As you would know the people of Tauranga are outraged asking how this could happen. If you require more information please let me know and I will help.

As for the death inquiry of Sonny Tawhiao,http://matakanamurder.blogspot.com/ the INDEPENDENT POLICE CONDUCT AUTHORITY are looking into the original police inquiry. But again, I find a complete fiduciary failure with getting any government assistance with complaints. I write to the Government complaining about faults in the Crown system, and I seek help, but they ignore the wrong-doing and they ignore my complaint. That behavior is something they have done to Maori for more than 100 years but it appears they now do it to the rest of the citizens. Maori are not the only victims of Crown mistakes. I appreciate more than most what it has cost Maori. But it has cost me and my family our lovely home of 20 years, our income, and my belief in the quality of our Crown system of government.

Heoi ano

Christopher Wingate

Background from http://courtsofappeal.blogspot.com/

8:15 PM  

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