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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Long term view taken of fisheries

The CEO of Te Ohu Kaimoana says as long term players in the seafood industry, Maori fishermen have a vested interest in the development of strategies to protect marine resources.

Peter Douglas will be at the annual Seafood Industry Council conference which starts at Te Papa in Wellington today.

He says Maori fishermen are not plundering fish stocks, and he's advocating the integration of traditional Maori practises such as rahui, where fishing in an area is banned, to help protect vulnerable species.

Mr Douglas says Maori occupy a significant role in the New Zealand fishing sector, and will work with the industry to ensure the survival of fish stocks into the future.


Migrants need more manaakitanga to help them fit in.

That's one of the conclusions of a study of migrants who've been in New Zealand for five years.

James Liu from Victoria University's Centre for Applied Cross Cultural Studies says the migrants found very little government or community support to help them adapt.
He says Maori culture could provide an answer.


A Hawke's Bay historian has invited Maori to take part in sharing stories
about the region.

The first of monthly lectures by the Landmarks History Group was held last night at the Hastings District Library.

The group will also develop a website to store oral history from elderly residents.

Historian Michael Fowler says the area has a rich past, and it's important both Maori and non-Maori with stories to share do so... to preserve them for future generations.

He says because Maori passed their history on verbally there is little to be gleaned from written records such as the newspapers of yesteryear.

He was reminded of that when rearching a book on the 1930's Napier Earthquake.


Maori men may benefit from a new study into a common stomach disorder in older men.

Abdominal aortic aneurysm happens when the main artery that runs through the stomach blows up like a balloon... and can cause death if it bursts.

Otago Medical School's Vascular Research Group is working with British researchers from Leicester University to create a genetic screening tests.

Greg Jones, the research director, says they're looking for clues in the DNA which might help understands the condition's biology and point to drugs which can treat it.

He says while Maori men over 65 have about the same incidence of the condition, about six in 100, they are almost two and a half times more likely to die from ruptures.

He says given its prevalance among Maori, it's important some of the research be done in Aotearoa.

Dr Jones says his group wants to do national research, because it's hard to find enough Maori in Otago-Southland to get to get good statistical information.


Look up and Look out... that's the message from ACC's forestry injury prevention manager.

Don Ramsay says rangatahi working in the forestry sector will benefit from new research into safety on the job.

He says a sudden rise in the number of on the job injuries, and a fatality a few years ago, prompted a video study to assess... among other things... how often tree fallers looked up.

Camera's mounted on workers headgear found that experienced workers looked up earlier and more often, and were less likely to be injured by falling branches than novice workers.

He says ACC is encouraging forestry workers, the majority of them Maori, to pass their unit standards by revisiting and refreshing their safety training after they have found jobs.

Don Ramsay says as well as making the job safer, the research is expected to increase productivity among forestry workers.


A Maori artist based in Christchurch has had her work in prisons recognised.

Moana Tipa, from Ngai Tahu, Kati Mamoe and Ngati Kahungunu received her "Big A" award in Wellington last night.

The awards, sponsored by Arts Access Aotearoa, celebrate work which enhances the wellbeing and artistic potential of marginalised people.

Seven years ago Ms Tipa convinced the Corrections Department in Otautahi to allow her to run arts courses in Christchurch prisons.

Ms Tipa says while she's never been interested in the reasons her students are inside, she's constantly amazed by their artistic talent.

Issac Marsh, a 16-year-old from Tokoroa was also recognised for his mahi with Jim Moriarty's rangatahi drama group Te Rakau Hua O Te Wao Tapu Trust.


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