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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Rickards reveals $300,000 payout

Former assistant police commissioner Clint Rickards has broken his silence over his payout from the NZ police saying it was substantially less than people might believe.

Mr Rickards was suspended from duty on full pay for three years while he was investigated, prosecuted and acquitted of 20 charges including the rape and sexual violation of Louise Nicholas when she was a teenager in Rotorua in the 1980s.

He had expressed a desire to return to work as a police officer, but later accepted a confidential severance package ... which he says was far from a golden handshake.
$ I got a total of 300,000, that was gross. You take the tax out of that and it’s roughly about $180,000 for 13 months salary. That’s about the sum total of it. I just wanted to finish my studies. That was one of the areas we focused on and said ‘look I didn’t want to have to look for work while I was studying at the same time so that was something we discussed and we arrived at that figure,” Mr Rickards says.

He has now completed his law degree and has been deemed a "fit and proper person" to practice as a lawyer by the New Zealand Law Society... and is hoping to work in Treaty and Maori land law.

NGATI KURI KAUMATUA RAITI APERAHAMA DIES

Staunch to his faith, staunch to his people... that's how Hone Harawira recalls Renata Raiti Aperahama of Te Aupouri who was buried in the Far North yesterday.

Mr Aperahama was part of the very powerful Te Hapua whanau aligned with the Ratana faith ... and was an Apotoro with the church.

He was with the Maori Party from its inception ... traveling from Auckland to lead karakia at the Temple at Ratana when Tariana Turia left Labour to stand in a by-election for the Maori Party.

He was one of five senior figures who founded the Tamaki Makaurau branch of the Party, and instructed Pita Sharples to stand for Parliament.

Hone Harawira, the Maori Party MP for Te Tai Tokerau says Mr Aperahama was staunchly Maori.

“Raiti Aperahama had an annoying habit of asking us younger ones questions that we knew he was going to tell us we were wrong about when we gave him the answer. He was always challenging us. He was never satisfiedand I loved him for it. He could be quite painful at tiemes nut whenever you saw Raiti, you knew any conversation was not going to be light. It was always going to be challenging,” Mr Harawira says.

No reira e te matua, takoto mai, takoto mai, takoto mai

WEEPU DARK HORSE AS ALL BLACK CAPTAIN

Like Kiwi winning the Melbourne Cup from the back of the pack, Piri Weepu … who was unwanted for the World Cup because of playing and behavioural difficulties ... will captain the All Blacks against Munster tomorrow.

Julian Wilcox, a former pupil at Maori Boys boarding school Te Aute College, says Piri Weepu used to captain the first fifteen... and he lead the team back from the brink of disaster to some epic victories over their traditional rivals Tipene and Hato Paora.

He says the Whakatohea, Ngai Tahu halfback brings more to table than rugby skills.

“People forget that he was also the head prefect of the school. Now to be the head prefect of Te Aute College you need to not only show stamina, strength and endurance in the field of battle on the rugby field, but you also have to have a level of respect and attain a level of mana in the hearts and minds not only of the students but also the staff and the faculty,” Mr Wilcox says.

The All Blacks play Irish club side Munster ... which features former Kiwis Doug Howlett, Rua Tipoki and Lefami Ma'afi ... tomorrow morning.

RICKARDS KEEN ON CAREER IN TREATY LAW

Former Assistant Police Commissioner Clint Rickard who has spoken publicly for the first time on his application to become a lawyer says he for wants to avoid working for criminals.

Mr Rickards was suspended from duty on full pay for three years while he was investigated, prosecuted and acquitted of 20 charges including the historic rape and sexual violation of Louise Nicholas.

During that time he studied law... and last week he was granted a certificate of character by the New Zealand Law Society which allows him to practice law in Aotearoa.

He says the hard thing will be handling inquiries and pressure from whanau to handle criminal matters for them.

“I've got a lot of demand from family, once they know you’re a lawyer they all want to come at you with their issues, but the area I want t I’d like to specialize in is treaty, Maori land law, employment is an interest of mine, and maybe some criminal stuff, but treaty, Maori land law and employment at this stage,” Mr Rickards says.

DOUBLING UP ON IRISH HAKA FOR MUNSTER MANA

Two for the price of one... that may be the case when the All Blacks set themselves for the haka before their game against Irish club side Munster tomorrow morning.

Jim Perry, a Maori rugby stalwart, says the boys from Munster... including Kiwis Doug Howlett, Lifeimi Mafi and former Maori captain Rua Tipoki... have every right to do a haka of their own.

The trick, he says, will be for the All Blacks to recognise the honour... and the challenge... and know how to respond.

“You don't stand them and watch them. You actually respond by putting another haka in lace. You should have a second one just to be able to respond to the response. It’s a mana thing that whoever started the haka regains the mana by doing the second one,” Mr Perry says.

The All Blacks have at least two haka in their arsenal... Ka Mate, Ka Mate and Kapo o Pango.

The Welsh coach, former All Black hooker Warren Gatland, has hinted his side might also be about to respond to the All Blacks pre-match haka.

AID FOUNDATION WANTS BETTER OUTREACH TO MAORI

The New Zealand Aids Foundation is looking to establish better working relationships with the Maori community.

Spokesman Anton Blanc says a hui held in Auckland over the weekend discussed how the organisation can liaise more effectively, and offer more support to Maori who use their services.

He says while there is a strong awareness of the foundations work in urban gay communities, that is not the cases in rural settings.

Mr Blanc says the Aids foundations strategy to improve its delivery to Maori clients is reliant on support from both Maori and non-Maori health organisations.

“It shouldn't just be the Aids Foundation that is working on these issues so there’s a whole sector of Maori providers out there who need to become more aware of these issues and I feel really hopeful that we will get there and I think it will end up being a really powerful working relationship between the foundation and Maori,” Mr Blanc says.

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