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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Ngati Koroki Kahukura files awa claim

On the even of Waikato-Tainui signing its historic river settlement with the Crown, a hapu further up the Waikato River has filed a last minute Waitangi Tribunal claim to protect its interest in the awa.

Ngati Koroki Kahukura has mana over the river from Karapiro to Arapuni, but because its territory is outside the raupatu confiscation boundary its claim is not included in tomorrow's settlement.

Negotiator Willie te Aho says it fears the settlement could prejudice its prospects of reaching a fair deal with the Crown.

"The concern is that the Crown needs to recognise that others have rights and they need to demonstrate how those rights can be accommodated so they're in discussions with Raukawa and also Te Arawa that have interests on the Waikato River, particularly Ngati Tahu from the Reporoa area, and we want to make sure that Ngati Koroki Kahukura is a part of those discussions as well," Mr te Aho says.

Marutuahu from Hauraki could also join the claim.

The Counties Manukau Distrct Health board is taking steps to make its workforce reflect south Auckland's ethnic diversity.
It's entered a joint venture to build a centre for health innovation next to Middlemore Hospital which will cater for up to 500 trainees.
Bernard Te Paa, the DHB's manager Maori, says the centre should attract more Maori to the health profession.

"Counties Manukau's population is going to be roughly a quarter European, a quarter Asian, a quarter Maori and a quarter Pacific. We can move towards that by making sure these sorts of innovations and opportunities are based out here in south Auckland," Mr Te Paa


A Massey University professor is advocating marae classrooms to emphasise the importance of education to Maori Children.

Tom Nicholson says Maori children can become number one in international literacy if the right steps are taken.

He presented his 10-year plan to an education wananga at Nga Maata Waka marae in Christchurch this month, with an emphasis on phonics, one on one tuition and raising expectations of Maori children.

He says culture-based education is the key.

"It just made to me so much more sense. Sitting in the marae it was just so powerful and strong, and I thought if we could have those programmes after school, in the summer school holidays, in the marae itself, that would be a really great way of sending out a signal that Maori people want things to change," says Professor Nicholson, who is the joint head of Massey University's Centre of Excellence for Research on Children’s Literacy.


The Greens Maori affairs spokesperson has gone in to bat for one of her political opponents.

Meteria Turei says National MP Georgina te Heuheu has been slighted by her placing at number 17 on the party list.

That's behind newcomer Steven Joyce, the former Party President, who is being tipped to be parachuted into Cabinet if National wins.

"It is a disgrace. She has been ranked lower than two first time MPs, and she is an ex-cabinet minister. I'm shocked they have ranked her below those other three, who have nowhere near her experience or mana," Ms Turei says.


A Fulbright scholar is setting out to prove cultural expression in Aotearoa can be measured through t-shirt slogans.

Chanel Clarke will has been funded to present a paper on Horiwear at the Textile Society of America's biennial symposium in Honolulu.

Ms Clarke is looking at the way the designers have taken negative stereotypes, such as the word Hori, and turned them into a positive expression on fabric.

She says a sense of pride comes with the transition.

"This kind of tongue in cheek aspect that comes with the t-shirts, Horiwear being one of the good examples in turning what has always been a negative stereotype into a postive. There was a lot more staunchness, right down to your tribal t-shirts when everyone has their Te Arawa or their Ngapuhi or whatever, so there was all that kind of pride," says Ms Clarke, who is Auckland War Memorial Museum's curator Maori.

There's few places as lonely as Koroniti on the Whanganui river, but Lonely Planet is making it less lonely.

Koroniti Marae is one of the grassroots Maori tourism ventures highlighted in the latest edition of the influential travel guide as giving independent an authentic experience.

Sonny Teki, who hosts groups on the marae over the summer months as part of a Journeys on the Whanganui package, says the endorsement helps bring a steady stream of mainly German and Dutch travellers.

He says the venture has been a lifeline for the marae, which is about an hour's drive from Wanganui.

"If we didn't have this the marae would fall to rack and ruin, because all the marae makes at the moment is just enough to pay for the wear and tear of the buildings and the upkeep. Me and my wife work for nothing but everyone else gets wages but what we do is put the money back into the upkeep of the marae, and that's just the way it is," Mr Teki says.

As well as a concert and hangi meal the 24 hour stay on Koroniti Marae can include bush walks and waka journeys on the Whanganui river.



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