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Monday, May 19, 2008

Anderton kudos for Aotea veto

A ministerial visit to Great Barrier is being credited for ending the threat of a giant no-fishing zone.

Fisheries Minister Jim Anderton has vetoed the Conservation Department’s plan for a 500 square kilometer marine reserve along the north side the Hauraki Gulf island, known to Maori as Aotea.

Martin Cleave from Ngati Wai says Maori and non-Maori residents alike feared the threat to their sustenance.

“Jim Anderton come down for a hui which again through the concurrence process he was not obligated to do so. Having the minister come down and listen, unlike his counterparts, was fantastic. Did we believe he was going to reject the marine reserve? The answer was no. So for him to reject it and ultimately support the tangata whenua, we’re overwhelmed,” Mr Cleave.


An exhibition in Whakatane is looking at the way Maori embraced and adapted haki or flags.

In her show Tangi, Rona Ngahuia Osborne looks not only at how Maori grieve for their dead, but at the way flags were incorporated into the process.

The Auckland-based artist also looks at the way prophets like Rua Kenana and Te Whiti o used haki.

“They also took over the role that traditionally the kite or manu aute or that type of thing would have played, which was a sort of physical connection with the gods and the act of flying it was a way of connecting us with the heavens,” Obsorne says.

Also on at the Whatakane Gallery is Taku Tuhoetana, a photographic installation by Aimee Ratana.


A member of the Ngapuhi claims committee says the iwi isn’t concerned about a new claim for the Treaty Grounds at Waitangi.

Titiwhai Harawa says preparations for either tribunal hearings or direct negotiations of the main claims are well advanced.

She says the new claimant, David Rankin from the Matarahurahu hapu, is deliberately sidestepping the tribe’s process.

“Ngapuhi is in a process at the moment with Muriwhenua talking about our maunga and talking about settlements, whether they’re just and all those sorts of thing, and that kaupapa did come up over the weekend but Ngapuhi collectively are saying we’ll wait and see if it has any substance,” Mrs Harawira says.

David Rankin says he’ll resist his claim being considered as part of an umbrella process.


Half a million hours of Maori.

That's the milestone being celebrated tonight in Parliament’s grand hall by Maori broadcast funding agency Te Mangai Paho.

Whatarangi Winiata, who drove the Maori Council’s broadcasting claim in the 1980's, says it has had a profound effect on the nation.

“Maori radio and television have meant that entertainment, education, news, information, have reached tens of thousands of ears with a different world view, a Maori world view. Yes, it certainly is something to celebrate,” he says.

Professor Winiata says the availability of Maori speaking for themselves has led to a revival of tribal dialects.


Maori are being urged to tackle their own carbon emissions and not wait for government to act.

Willie Te Aho, who has been leading consultations on the proposed Emissions Trading Scheme says an average household produces 18 tonnes of emissions a year.

He says Maori should support action which will enhance the environment.

“In Maori terms we see a direct connection with Ranginui, Papatuanuku, Tangaroa, Tawhirimatea, and if we’re serious about that connection, we should be looking for a way forward that actually enhances that relationship and nurtures and sustains those resources,” Mr Te Aho says.


A new show by a young Tuhoe artist is exploring her connection with early 20th century prophet Rua Kenana.

Aimee Ratana’s Taku Tuhoetana at the Whakatane Museum and Gallery uses photographic images from the museum’s archives as well as self-portraits and pictures of modern Tuhoe life.

She’s used several images of one of the prophet’s wives, Te Arani, who was her father's grandmother.

“Dad would tell us stories about the arrests up at Maungapohatu and her hiding in the bushes with a revolver but not knowing how to use the gun and so those are why those images are in the show, the images of Rua and his wives and there’s some of her when she was younger and then there’s images of her when she was older and also some of our other tupuna in there,” Ratana says.

She installed the images in the gallery the way they would be displayed on a marae.


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