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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Minister tones down rhetoric

The Minister of Fisheries has toned down his demands for more leeway to cut quotas.

Jim Anderton's speech to the New Zealand Fisheries Conference in Wellington this morning was in stark contract to a combative speech to a Maori Fisheries Conference in Napier last month.

There Mr Anderton demanded Maori fishers support a change to Section 10 of the Fisheries Act giving him more power to cut quotas if he had concerns over sustainability.

He later told Waatea News that fishing vessels chartered by Maori were plundering fish stocks.

His message today to a mainly Pakeha audience was more moderate.

He said many species were now in better shape than they had been for years, because of the quota management system and the restraint of commercial fishers.

But questions of sustainability would continue to affect the way customers saw the industry, and New Zealand's reputation had to be spotless.


A proposal to unify the worldwide Anglican community will threaten Maori sovereinty says a senior priest.

Hone Kaa, an archdeacon within the Maori branch of the church, says the ordination of a gay bishop in the United States was a catalyst for the covenant - which seeks to centralise the churchs authority, and may lead to some churches being cut off.

He argues the proposal will not sit well with the tenets of the Anglican faith - who prefer authority to be shared, rather than centralised around a single person... such as the pope.

Dr Kaa believes the move would also rub Maori the wrong way as it smacked of colonialism.

The General Synod of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia is meeting in
Wellington this week.


Mainstream courses for pregnant women aren't appealing to Maori mums... according to a Tai Tokerau midwife.

A new national survey has highlighted the poor attendance at antenatal classes by Maori and Pacific Island women.

Wiki Davis, an independent midwife in the Far North, says classes designed specifically for Maori whanau would have a better result.

She says imported techniques like Lamaze or the Bradley method don't automatically fit with Maori tikanga.

Wiki Davis says Maori midwives from Whangarei to Kaitaia are meeting this month to work out a way to offer culturally appropriate classes to their clients.


The man behind a claim for the Treaty Grounds at Waitangi says he wants it dealt with separately to the main Ngapuhi claims.

David Rankin from Te Matarahurahu says the alleged purchase of the land by James Busby from Hone Heke and Tuhirangi Pokaia was never assessed by the Crown, though it promised to review all land transactions before the 1840 Treaty.

The Waitangi Tribunal has given the claim the WAI number 1466.

Mr Rankin is excited the claim now owned by the Waitangi National trust wasn't knocked back.

He says the hapu will resist any attempt to cluster its claim with others in
the North.


A Maori academic says a claim for the Waitangi Treaty grounds was forced by the artificial deadline for lodging historic claims.

Rawiri Taonui, the head of Maori and indigenous studies at Canterbury University, says the September deadline was a knee jerk reaction by Labour to then National leader Don Brash's Orewa speech in 2004.

He says no such deadline exists for the elimination of systemic discrimination against Maori.


One hundred and fifty rangatahi are headed to the capital for the third Aspiring Leaders' Forum tomorrow.

They will have the chance to rub shoulders with actual leaders... such as the Minister of Youth Affairs.

Nanaia Mahuta says the focus is not just politics: it is also about encouraging young people to lead in the areas they are already involved in, such as the arts, business, politics or sport.

Nanaia Mahuta says an increasing number of Maori rangatahi are taking part in the forum.


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