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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Hapu carping about spray use

Lake Tutira, north of Napier to be ground zero in a battle between Biosecurity New Zealand and the hydrilla weed.

Hydrilla crowds out native plants and forms dense mats of vegetation.

George Ria, the head of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry's Maori strategic unit, has been talking with iwi about ways to tackle the ngarara.

He says Hawkes Bay tribes Ngati Tu and Ngati Pahauwera want MAF to use carp rather than poison to eradicate the weed before it gets well established in the lake.

"They're the ones that did not want the use of the spray but their objective is they do not want the weed, so while they have a concern about using the spray, their option was really the carp. If there was to be use of the spray, they would reluctantly support that," Mr Ria says.

Biosecurity NZ hopes to start its eradication programme in spring.

A tourism researcher believes Maori ecotourism ventures need more marketing to become sustainable.

Chrys Horn from Landcare Research says it's one thing to develop products, but many international visitors don't appreciate what a unique experience they can get by booking in to Maori ventures.

Her four-year study Te Tapoitanga Maori - Growing Regional Maori Tourism found that many tourists know almost nothing about Maori.

She says tapping the market will need good business heads.

"It's quite a subtle business attracting people into a new area and into Maori culture where they may not have a good understanding of what that culture entails or what it is they might be getting when they buy a product. It's not a straightforward business. You can't just develop a business and expect people to come. There's a lot of work in the marketing and selling it to people," Ms Horn says.

Most non-Maori New Zealanders are ven less interested than internationals tourists in Maori experiences ... though a small number are very keen.

One of Michael Campell's early mentors says the former US open champion can regain tournament-winning form with patience and hard work.

Campbell finished eighth equal in Dutch open, his best result this year.

Vic Pirihi,  who helped develop hundreds of Maori golfers including Campbell and Phil Tataurangi,  says the former Titahi Bay resident is much better than his current form suggests.

"He's been having a bad run and when your confidence is low it's bloody hard to pull anything together but he's too good to stay there. the wheel always turns," Mr Pirihi says.


Secondary school students will now have access to material on the Treaty of Waitangi long buried in the nation's archives.

A three-DVD set of documents and film material was launched last night at the New Zealand Film Archive

It includes 1930s newsreels of Lord Bledisloe, television documentaries of the protest movement of the 1970s and 80s, and backgrounders on the claim settlement process.

Judith Tizard, the associate minister of Minister of Culture and Heritage, says it's the warts and all story.

"What we want to do is make sure the real story of New Zealand's founding and our history since the treaty is out there, but this particular part I think is going to be really exciting. No kid in a New Zealand school will be able to say they didn't get told the real story by real people who were part of both the early signing of the treaty and all the things that have happened since," Ms Tizard says.

The Treaty: Te Tiriti o Waitangi is part of the On Disk library, a lending service for schools.

The principal negotiator of Tainui's Waikato river settlement says a $210 million clean-up fund will be open to everyone.

Tukoroirangi Morgan says the welfare of the awa tupuna is at the heart of the deal.

He says it will take decades to address more than a century of degradation caused by unsafe environmental practices and  runoff from farms.

The settlement recognises everyone has a role to play.

"The cleanup fund is a fund we've negotiated that will be accessible to anyone who has a fantastic idea to clean the river up, whether it's riparian growth, planting trees or restoring some of the land back into wetlands or whatever, that fund is there for everyone, whether you're Maori, Pakeha, if you've got a good idea to clean this river up, you'll get some funds to do it," Mr Morgan says.


The Arowhenua Runaka is backing the Geographic Board's refusal to change the name of an area near Fairlie in south Canterbury.

Local historian Jeremy Sutherland wants to revive the name Te Ngawai, which was replaced on the map in 1963 with the names Camp Valley and Limestone Valley.

But runaka spokesperson Mandy Waaka-Home says that was the name lazy settlers gave the 35 kilometre long river and former township.

She says local hapu Kati Huirapa called it Te Ana a Wai, after the caverns found in the river.

"The korero is there and it's an old trail. There are caves the water runs through and the other caves have disappeared because they were limestone and the waters washed them out," Ms Waaka-Home says.

The runaka is considering consulations with the community about putting a case to to Geographic Board to go back to the correct name.



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