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Friday, September 05, 2008

Ministry resumes dialogue with Hokianga Accord

Ngapuhi's chair is welcoming the return of the Fisheries Ministry to meetings of the Hokainga Accord.

Wayne McNee, the ministry's recently-appointed chief executive, and other members of his senior management team, attended this week's hui in Waitangi, which brought together commercial, customary and amateur fishing interests in the mid-north iwi.

Sonny Tau says the ministry refused to attend the last three hui because it wanted to split out Maori from non-Maori fishers, but the new management seems to be taking a more constructive approach.

“By the ministry returning to our forum, we can actually help the ministry do a good job, or a better job of managing our fisheries than they’re currently doing. And vice versa, the ministry is able to give us the up to date information on where the Ministry of Fisheries is moving in terms of improving the management of our fisheries,” he says.

Mr Tau says the main issue at the hui was concern over proposed changes to the Fisheries Act, which would give the Minister of Fisheries greater powers to cut quotas.


She may be the most high profile member of the iwi, but Tariana Turia has had to step back from Ngati Apa's treaty talks.

The iwi this week signed a deed of settlement over claims arising from the Crown's 1849 purchase of the 260 thousand acre Turakina-Rangitikei block.

The Maori Party co-leader says her political position means she had to leave the job for others.

“Our young people have taken that settlement through, and because I have particular views about settlements I’ve had to keep wahanui otherwise I’d put all our young people off, but they’ve worked constructively with the government, getting back about 1.5 percent of what was taken, but he aha,” Mrs Turia says.

She says no government can expect settlements to be full and final if justice is not served.


The organiser of tonight's Westfield Style Pasifika fashion show says the cultural flavour of Maori and Pacific peoples makes the designs unique.

More than 150 garments from designers all over the Pacific will be modelled in the Vector Arena spectacular to a soundtrack that mixes kapa haka, bhangra, rap and opera.

Stan Wolfgram says it's a winning mix of indigenous culture and high fashion.

“The flavours do come from our tangata whenua and from our Pacific people, and it comes through in the design. We’ve got some inspiration from the Maori Battalion. We’ve got some weaving brought in. It’s just amazing what is brought in as far as designers are concerned,” Mr Wolfgram says.

Some 300 performers, models and crew are involved in the show.


National and ACT may be gunning for Winston Peters, but the Maori Party would be sad to see him go.

The New Zealand First leader is caught up in multiple investigations into how donations made to his party and to his legal fund were handled.

Tariana Turia, the Maori Party's co-leader, says because of his length of service and contribution to the country, Mr Peters has kaumatua status among his fellow Maori MPs.

“I'm hoping these issues that are confronting him right now, that we’ll see a positive outcome, because this is someone who has contributed hugely to this country and he’s been an interesting politician, probably more interesting than most of the others and probably a lot brighter too,” Mrs Turia says.


There's a strong Maori presence in this year's Cutting Edge addiction treatment conference, which finishes tomorrow in Christchurch.

Sessions have included discussion of Maori whole-of-whanau treatment approaches, the development of a framework so Maori expertise can be valued in addiction and mental health work, and the launch of a book tracing the history of Maori addiction programmes since the 1980s.

Organising committee member Tuari Potiki from the Alcohol Advisory Council says the hui has become an annual highlight for people working in the field.

“These conferences started off being very research based and very clinical, lots of doctors and lost of academics coming along to talk about numbers and statistics and things, but over the years they’ve changes and we now have very strong attendance and participation from Maori alcohol and drug workers as well as a very strong Pacific group as well,” Mr Potiki says.

Many in the non-Maori sector are now looking at methods used by indigenous people to treat their own patients.


A former winner of the Westfield Style Pasifika Supreme Award says her passion for Maori art is key to her designs.

Charmaine Love from Ngati Porou topped the annual fashion show in 2004, and followed it up the next year by designing the golfwear worn by Michael Campbell when he won the 2005 US Open.

Her designs have also been worn by stars like Robbie Williams and Ben Harper.

Ms Love says the competition turbocharged her career what it is today.

“I've always been passionate about exposing Maori art to the world really and teaching people what the designs mean and what they mean to Maori, and I guess Style Pasifika, it really gave me a lot of confidence to get out there and design heavily focused on exposing Maori art, Maori design,” Ms Love says.

Westfield Style Pasifika is on tonight at the Vector Arena in Auckland.


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