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Friday, November 14, 2008

Foreshore review part of deal

A review... rather than the repeal... of the Foreshore and Seabed Act may be on the cards if the Maori Party signs up with a National-led government.

Back in 2004 it was the reason Tariana Turia quit Labour and forced a by-election before forming her own party.

Waiariki MP Te Ururoa Flavell says even though National has not committed to repealing the legislation, there are encouraging signs.

“As far as we understand it they are willing to make some moves as regards finding a way forward on the foreshore and seabed. That’s probably the best I can explain it,” Mr Flavell says.

The Maori Party may have an ally in Rodney Hide's ACT Party, which saw the Foreshore and Seabed Act as an attack on Maori property rights.

The party is holding hui through the country to get support from its members to give National support on confidence in supply in exchange for two ministerial posts outside cabinet.

AUSTRALIANS LOOKING FOR MAORI ECONOMIC LINK

Carbon trading could provide the impetus for a joint venture between Maori and Australian Aboriginal landowners.

Former Ngati Porou Forests chief executive Chris Insley says Aboriginal leaders have been watching Maori economic success and are keen to forge relationships.

His new indigenous economic development consultancy, 37 Degrees South, is working at bringing the groups together.

“We as Maori are pretty sophisticated in terms of what we are doing. The Aboriginal people have tuned into that. They are very keen to form partnerships and relationships with us as Maori. Now I’ve been invited to go over there and talk about a potential large joint venture between Aboriginal and Maori,” Mr Insley says.

Other indigenous nations are also keen to see how Maori can help them develop economically.

TAITOKERAU SAYINGS IN NEW BOOK

Almost 200 proverbs from the north have been collected into a new book being launched tonight at Auckland University's Sir James Henare Research Centre.

Tahuhu Korero: The Sayings of Taitokerau was put together by the centre's co-director, Mereta Kawharu, building on work done in the 1980s by Maori Affairs Department staffers Jane McRae and Tom Parore.

She says there are many ways the book can be helpful to people interested in understanding the ancestral landscape.

“One is to explain to those who might have heard these proverbs or sometimes if you hear them in marae talk or whaikorero, they might be tauparapara as well or even waiata, is to interpret them if they might have heard them and know them sort of but not really, and also for those who don’t know them and there many proverbs that aren’t known and the associated stories aren't known either,” Dr Kawharu says.

The next challenge may be to get younger speakers to use the sayings.

TE AUPOURI FAREWELLS TE IKANUI KAPA

Te Aupouri will this morning lay to rest one of its leading tribal scholars, Te Ikanui Fisher Kapa, who died in Wellington this week at the age of 70.

Mr Kapa went to the capital in 2000 when Te Aupouri's taonga were featured at Te Papa, and stayed on for a permanent job at the museum.

Waka builder Hekenukumai Busby says his friend was generous with the knowledge he had been given by elders in the 1950s and 60s.

“There's quite a few guys that were half chosen and some of the elders passed their knowledge over to him and he was doing pretty well lately. He was back here just a few weeks ago with a group of young people teaching them a few of the old waiata,” Mr Busby says.

The funeral service for Fisher Kapa will be held at Potahi Marae in Te Kao this morning.

He poukorero no Te Aupouri kua ngaro. Moe mai Te Ikanui

MASS HAKA MARKS TAKITIMU FESTIVAL START

The ground shook in Hastings yesterday as 2008 Ngati Kahungunu performed a mass haka to welcome desendants of the Takitimu canoe to a four-day family reunion and festival.

Seven iwi and six Pacific islands have ties to the Takitimu waka which came from Hawai'iki to New Zealand about 700 years ago.

Up to twenty thousand people are expected at the Hawke's Bay Showground over the weekend.

As well as kapa haka, there'll be an arts and crafts village, an art trail, exhibitions, ta moko, and wananga on the whakapapa of the waka.

Modern musical tastes will also be catered for... with performances from Ardijah, Spacifix, Hinewehi Mohi and Jamoa Jam.

VIOLENCE WANANGA SEEKS TO GO BEYOND SHIBBOLETHS

A South Auckland violence prevention worker says Maori need practical solutions rather than more talk about tino rangatiratanga.

The first of five Mauri Oho, Mauri Ora whanau violence prevention wananga is being held today at Manurewa marae.

Suzanne Pene says it will suggest ways to address violence within the family and expose people to some of the services available.

There will also be tips on ways to feed a family on a tight budget and how to soothe crying babies with mirimiri or traditional massage.

“We're kind of not here to say ‘you should do this, you should do that,’ but whatever part of the journey they are on, we are going to have support people alongside to help them.

“We constantly talk about tino rangatiratanga, Te Tiriti o Waitangi without asking ourselves the practical things our whanau probably need right now,” Ms Pene from the South Auckland Family Violence Prevention Network says.

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