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Monday, April 14, 2008

Tribunal asked to stymie Treelord deal

Kaingaroa-based hapu have asked the Waitangi Tribunal for an urgent hearing to block the proposed Treelord central North island forestry settlement.

Maanu Paul from Nga Moewhare says the proposed $400 million settlement breaches the Crown Forest Assets Act.

He says the Kaingaroa cluster also includes Ngati Whaoa and Ngati Rangitihi, who have claims to parts of the forest based on Maori Land Court titles.

“Ngati Whaoa has a title to its lands in the Kaingaroa Forest and it’s in the same position as Ngai Moewhare, and because we’ve banded together as the Kaingaroa cluster, that then provides a solid entity to go to the tribunal or to go to the Supreme Court of wherever we think we might get redress from some judicial body,” Mr Paul says.

He says the Kaingaroa Cluster hapu were refused entry to the Central North Island collective led by Tuwharetoa chief Tumu te Heuheu.


Te Wananga o Aotearoa has been hosting National's leader John Key at its Auckland campus today.

The last election campaign included a lot of political heat on the wananga, resulting in the departure of its then chief executive and the appointment of Crown managers.

Bentham Ohia, the pouhere, says he'd hate to see any repeat this time round after three years of rebuilding.

He says aligning its business around the Government's new tertiary strategy has galvanised the country's largest Maori tertiary institution.

”We've had to go through some tough times but we’ve repositioned the organisation well for the future. In terms of National, if they were to become the government, I don’t necessarily see much in terms of potential changes or risks to our institution. What we’ve focused on is ensuring students who have enroed in Te Wananga o Aotearoa get a quality positive learning experience,” Mr Ohia says.

He says the wananga welcomes any political parties which share its philosophy of removing the barriers to tertiary education for Maori.


One of the finalists in the country's top contemporary art award is glad to be following the footsteps of great Maori artists.

Lisa Reihana from Ngapuhi is in the running for the $50,000 Walters Prize for her work, Digital Marae.

The work, which was made for New Plymouth's Govett Brewster Art Gallery, used large scale digital photographs to represent Maori ancestral figures.
She says the skies the limit for contemporary Maori art.

Ms Reihana says she is reaping the benefits of a society more aesthetically aware than ever before.

“I'm of a generation able to maximize the opportunities that probably were set in place by an earlier generation of Maori artists, so we are really benefiting from people like Arnold Wilson or Fred Graham or Para Matchitt, there are a number of senior Maori artists who really paved the way for us to follow in these great footsteps,” Reihana says.

Also on the shortlist is Ngai Tahu artist Peter Robinson, painter John Reynolds and photographer Edith Amatuinai.


Maori residents in Papakura are being urged to make submissions on a proposal that would spell the demise of the south Auckland town's council
Council officers were on the streets today handing out Papakura passports to spur residents get fight for their future.

Peter Goldsmith from Ngati Porou, the deputy mayor, says a proposal before the Royal Commisson on Auckland Governance to merge the Papakura, Franklin and Manukau councils won't benefit Papakura residents.

“Papakura's got 27 percent Maori. We have a strong relationship with our mana whenua groups, and there are five of them, so it’s a really important issue for Maori as well. We’ve had a number of discussions with out Maori community and they are also adamant that at a local level, local delivery and local decision-making, Papakura should retain its identity,” Mr Goldsmith says.


One of the world's most respected journalists and war correspondents will take centre stage on Maori Television's Anzac day broadcast.

Chief executive Jim Mather says Peter Arnett will make the Anzac Day address.

He says the former CNN reporter welcomed the opportunity to return home.

“One of the if not the most respected war correspondents in the world, the proud son of Ngai Tahu, Southland born and we really wanted to get Peter to come back to Aotearoa and deliver this special Anzac Day address an share his vast experience with all of us on reporting from the various hot spots around the world
,” Mr Mather says.

Maori Television's live coverage of the dawn service at Gallipoli will be reported from the site by Judy Bailey.


An exhibition of taonga collected by Captain Gilbert Mair has ended up in the same place as the land wars soldier.

Ko Tawa, which includes 28 works held by the Auckland War Memorial Museum, has spent the past three years touring New Zealand and Australian museums.

Dean Flavell, the Tauranga Museum's Maori curator, says Mair was a larger than life character known not only for his military exploits but for his later afforts to assisting Maori to manage the effects of colonisation.

“Gilbert Mair actually died here in Tauranga, retired and died, and his body lay in state her on one of the local marae in Tauranga and waited for the Te Arawa people to come though and receive his body and take it back to Rotorua where he was eventually buried at Ohinemutu Point.” Mr Flavell says.

Unlike many collectors for the period, Gilbert Mair recorded where the taonga came from, who they represented and their histories, providing invaluable information for later guardians.


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