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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Pumautanga deal set for signing

The Minister for Treaty Negotiations will today sign a revised deed for a comprehensive settlement of Rotorua land claims.

Te Pumautanga o Te Arawa, representing 11 Te Arawa iwi and hapu, will get a package including, cash, forestry assets and some iconic sites.

The ceremony at Te Pakira Marae in Whakarewarewa this morning should end years of wrangling.

The original 2006 deal involved a complicated arrangement giving Te Pumautanga some forestry land and allowing it to buy a lot more, boosting its value well above the sticker price.

Other central North Island iwi protested that the Te Arawa affiliates were getting special treatment, and the government opened talks with what's known as the CNI iwi collective.

Now the two settlements are being dovetailed together.

Te Pumautanga will get 15.6 percent of the 90 percent of the Crown's central North Island forests going into the CNI Treelord settlement, as well as $42 million in accumulated rentals.

The ownership of the underlying land will be sorted out later.

The Whakarewarewa Thermal Springs Reserve and the Te Puia Maori arts institute will be vested in a joint trust representing Tuhourangi Ngati Wahiao and Ngati Whakaue.

Postal voting on the deal closed on Monday, and meetings were going late into the night trying to sort out final details.

WESTIE PHO TAKES GPS INTO WORKSITES

A West Auckland Maori Public Health Organisation is targeting working men who won't visit a doctor.

Waiora chief executive Simon Royal says many men claim they can't get away from their jobs to get to the surgery.

They only seek help when they get really sick, and they won't change their lifestyles for the sake of their health.

He says the Make a Stand pilot programme will send medical staff into workplaces to test for early signs of heart disease and diabetes.

“If our Maori, Pacific Island and low income populations aren’t gong to come to our general practice clinics, we’re going to go to them to provide and in reach service into workplaces, give everybody a full health assessment and provide a report back on everyone’s individual health status directly back to the worker,” Mr Royal says.

AOTEAROA SHOWBAND REVIVES PAST ERA

The Maori showband tradition is being dusted off for a celebration of the Maori new year in west Auckland.

Legendary singer Rim D Paul will be joined at the Titirangi War Memorial Hall on Saturday week by other musicians from the era including Rewi Greening, Gary Ruka and steel guitarist Ben Tawhiti.

Waiora Spraggon, Waitakere's community arts co-ordinator, says the showband format of musical virtuosity and versility mixed with generous dollops of Maori humour has proved popular over the decades.

He says Showband Aotearoa band know there’s an audience for their act and want to take the show on the road.

IWI VULNERABLE TO CYBER RANSOM

Iwi and marae are being urged to take possession of their names in cyberspace before someone else does.

Chris Rennie, a Christchurch public relations consultant, says a search on behalf of a Maori client found the .com version of their iwi name was held by an individual in Texas.

Cybersquatters who buy up Maori words and ancestral names typically demand $1000 to transfer them to the rightful owners.

He says iwi authorities should check their name through a domain name company, and spend the $30 or $40 a year needed to secure their corner of the Internet.

“Many of them are completely unprotected, the whole range of .com, co.nz domain names for many iwi have simply not been registered and sooner or later someone is going to discover that, kidnap it, and you are going to have to pay the ransom,” Mr Rennie says.

Owning the .com version of a name could be important if an iwi wants to establish international credibility for a New Zealand-based tourist, food or souvenir businesses.

SIMPLE SERVICE CHANGES COULD IMPROVE OUTCOMES

A Massey University researcher says simple changes in the way health services deal with Maori women could make a big difference in health outcomes.

Denise Wilson from Ngati Tahinga has been looking at the significance of culturally appropriate heath services.

Giving the annual Oteha lecture at the university's Te Mata o Te Tau Academy for Maori Research and Scholarship, Dr Wilson said Maori women felt they weren't treated with dignity and respect by mainstream services.

That meant many did not get the treatment they need.

“There's a real need for Maori women to be able to have effective access to health services; being able to get greeted in a pleasant way that’s going to make you feel welcome; to being able to understand the language being used; to having the time to digest what’s being said the them so they can ask questions,” Dr Wilson says.

Maori women need to be encouraged to look after their own health, instead of always putting the needs of their whanau first.

TE TAU IHU HISTORY MAKES BOOK AWARDS LIST

A social history of tangata whenua the top of the South Island has made the finals of the Montana New Zealand Book awards.

It's the second volume of Hillary and John Mitchell's monumental Te Tau Ihu o Te Waka, which draws on the material they collected for claims to the Waitangi Tribunal.

Mrs Mitchell says first volume focused on the histories of the eight tribes of the region, settler occupations and land dealings.

Te Ara Hou: The New Society deals with the social impact of colonisation.

“We are thrilled because it is a different sort of history and it is great to get recognition that it is a valuable history, and the other person who should be acknowledged if Brian Flintoff who did beautiful illustrations including the cover,” Mrs Mitchell says.

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