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Saturday, December 06, 2008

Morgan, Te Heuheu make power list

The chief executive for the Federation of Maori Authorities has been picked out as the top powerbroker in Maoridom in the annual Listener survey.

Paul Morgan won the accolade for his energetic and astute lobbying on behalf of the Maori incorporations, trusts and boards which make up FOMA's membership, particularly in relation to the impact of the Emissions Trading Scheme on Maori landowners.

Tuwharetoa chief Tumu Te Heuheu was ranked the fourth most powerful person in the country because of his role pulling together central North Island iwi into the half billion dollar Treelord forestry settlement.

New Maori Affairs minister Pita Sharples jumped from ninth to sixth position, with the judging panel rating his winning personality and his cross over appeal to Pakeha.

Other Maori on the list include Maori Television boss Jim Mather, academic Wharehuia Jim Milroy for his contributions to the first monolingual Maori dictionary, Tainui chief financial officer Hinerangi Raumati, politician turned broadcaster Willie Jackson, lawyer Annete Sykes, Fonterra shareholder board member and Ahuwhenua Trophy winner Dean Nikora and artis Derek Llardelli.


Maori Television is welcoming a ministerial review of its governing Act.

The five year review, by veteran broadcasters Tainui Stephens and Hone Edwards and lawyer Jane Huria, is a statutory requirement of that act.

MTS Communications manager Sonya Haggie says the Act has worked well, but it may need some refreshing.

“The Act when it was first drafted was very much an act that was targeted to Maori television in terms of a start-up. We’re now five years old, it’s time to review the act because we’re not in start-up m ode any more. What we’ll be looking for out of the review is an act that ensures Maori Television as a broadcaster can continue to develop and make strides as an indigenous broadcaster for Aotearoa New Zealand,” Ms Haggie says.

The Review panel is expected to report to the ministers of Maori Affairs and Finance by the middle of next year.


An 8 metre pouhaki gifted in 1920 in Rotorua to Crown Prince Edward was today rededicated at its new home in Cambridge University's anthropology museum.

The flagpole, which was carved from a single trunk by Te Arawa master carver Tene Waitere, has for more than 80 years stood in a rose garden in a naval base in Portsmouth in southern England.

Historic Places Trust conservator James Schuster, Waitere's great grandson, says the navy agreed to a long term loan of the pouhaki after he advised them it was at risk of blowing over in the next storm.

“It had been exposed to the rain and the sun. The elements had aged it. Nothing had been done to keep it looking good. It had no paint left on it, no paua eyes left on it. And it also had woodpecker hole in it.
Woodpeckers aren’t something we have problem with at home,” Mr Schuster says.

The rededication ceremony also included a contribution from London-based kapa haka Ngati Ranana.


The new Maori Affairs Minister has been welcomed home by Ngati Kahungunu.

Pita Sharples was given a mass powhiri today at his old school Te Aute College, halfway between Hastings and his birthplace Waipawa.

The powhiri followed the form composed by Dr Sharples for last month's Takitimu Festival.

He says it was a great honour.

“I spent eight years as the chairman of the tribe way back and I stay really close and I’m very proud of our tribal runanga and our leaders so it’s a great honour for me,” Dr Sharples says.

He says it was Ngati Kahungunu who pushed him off to university, setting the course for his subsequent career.


They may have been preaching to the choir... but the trust set up to tackle Maori child abuse is happy with its first community workshops.

Anton Blank from Te Kahui Mana Ririki says the hui in Rangitukia and Hastings attracted a mix on community workers and people interested in non-violent parenting.

He says it's raising some useful questions for people working with Maori families.

“Even though they believe in non-violence, I don’t think many providers have made that next step into thinking OK, how do we train families to discipline now that they effectively can’t smack their children,” Mr Blank says,

Te Kahui Mana Ririki will assess feedback from the hui before hitting the road again next year.


The manager of Maori programmes for Water Safety New Zealand says too many rangatahi are leaving school unable to swim.

Mark Haimona says maintenance costs have forced many schools to close their pools.

He says Maori parents often can't afford professional tuition or don't see the need, so their tamariki are in vulnerable around water.

If they are not getting taught at schools, private swimming lessons may be unaffordable, especially for larger Maori families.

The Greens has called on the government to boost school swimming programmes after researcher found a quarter of year 6 pupils struggle to tread water or swim 25 meters.


Maori are taking touch rugby global.

The coaching development manager for New Zealand Touch, Peter Walters, says it's one of the fastest growing sports in New Zealand with over 300,000 players.

They take the game with them when they travel, as he's found when he run's into Maori players as far afield as Barcelona, San Diego, and Ireland.

“Just wherever they are, be it for work or OE, and they get a group together and they play touch on a Sunday. Next thing that nation is starting up a team, so they actually play a big role in the global development of our sport,” Mr Walters says.

He’ll be on the field again this weekend playing for the Tamaki Makaurau Open Mixed Team at the National Maori Touch Tournament in Hopuhopu.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey thanks for the informative post, Swimming classes should be something that a person takes up when young. Well I guess an adult can also take up swimming lessons. Never too young to try!

6:45 PM  

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