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Friday, May 30, 2008

Dolphin decision has views for and against

A west coast hapu is backing tighter restrictions to protect one of the world's rarest dolphins.

Maori commercial fishing interests are opposed to the decision by Fisheries Minister Jim Anderton to create new sanctuaries in Southland, Marlborough and the North Island west coast, where a ban on set nets has been extended from four to seven nautical miles.

But Davis Apiti from Ngati Te Wehi says his hapu has been trying for years to get a sanctuary for Maui's dolphins in Aotea Harbour, near Kawhia.

He says the restricitions, which also cover Hector's dolphins, will help.

He says it's also positive the plan will restrict sea-bed mining in dolphin habitats


Murihiku Marae near Invercargill is this weekend celebrating not only its first 25 years but the previous quarter century of work that led up to it.

Organiser Cyril Gilroy says whanau from Kai Tahu, Kati Mamoe and Waitaha will mark the event with a church service, history display and a party.

There will also be input from other whanau whose move into the area from the 1950s to work at Ocean Beach freezing works eventually led to the marae being built.


A student from a small East Coast kura has walked away with the top prize for Maori Language learning.

Marcia Lavinia Jaine Pohatu-Brown from Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Te Waiu o Ngati Porou got her award from the Governor General this afternoon at Government House.

The tertiary scholarship is worth $2000 a year for three years ... as long as she maintains a B average.

Ms Brown says coming from a class with only three students, winning the award was a surprise.

She is studying teaching at Waikato University... and hopes to eventually teach back on the Coast.


Maori mums and dads will be offered a new vaccine when they take their tamariki to the GP.

Prevenar protects children from pneumonia, meningitis, ear and sinus infections caused by pneumococcal bacteria.

Pat Tuohy, the Ministry of Health's chief advisor on Child and Youth Health, says Maori are twice as likely to get pneumococcal disease... and between two and three times as likely to end up in hospital as a result of it.

“In young babies it spreads very quickly from the lungs into the blood and from the blood it can go to the brain and cause meningitis, but it’s a different sort of meningitis than we got with meningococcal. The meningococcal vaccine doesn’t work with this. That’s why we need a new vaccine,” Dr Tuohy says.

The Health Ministry is aiming for an immunisation rate of 95 percent by 2012, which would put a serious dent in the disease.


The largest Maori commercial fishing company says closing parts of the west coast will harm to Maori fishers with no benefit to endangered Maui and Hector's dolphins.

Jeremy Fleming, the chief executive of Aotearoa Fisheries, says the company believes a four mile set-net ban and one mile trawl ban, introduced by Government and the industry in 2003, provide the necessary separation between commercial fishing and the dolphins.

He says extending the set net ban to seven miles and the trawl ban to three miles along the North Island west coast aren't backed by the facts.

“From what we understand the main cause of dolphin mortality is not fishing. It’s just natural causes, so they do suffer from predation and disease, also a bit from pollution like plastic contamination. Any attempt to control mortality has to address those issues as well as commercial fishing,” Mr Fleming says.

Aotearoa Fisheries wants to know how the Fisheries minister, Jim Anderton, will compensate the companies and communities who will carry the cost of his decision.


Percussion ensemble Strike takes on the elements in a new show playing in Napier over the next three nights.

Member Tim Whitta from Ngati Kahungunu says Earth, Fire, Water and Air all play a part in Elemental ... as well the different rhythms of our shared heritage.

The former rock drummer says it's a big change from what he's used to, and it's more than just keeping time.

Tim Witta says there's even a Bedford truck in the line up at Napier's Century Theatre.


Also this weekend the Copthorne Hotel and Resort in Paihia is hosting the fifth Matariki Art Exhibition.

It features painting, photography, flax and sculpture from established Northland artists as well as local schools

Organiser Stephanie Godsiff says there are also activities to mark the Maori new year, including kite and kete making workshops.


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