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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Work stream on Maori economy for summit

The Prime Minister expects tomorrow's jobs summit will throw up some useful ideas to help the Maori economy.

John Key says there is positive work coming out of the stream headed by former Te Puni Kokiri chief executive Ngatata Love.

He says talk of post-settlement iwi pooling equity to invest in major projects shows people are open to innovation.

“There's also options around Maori land. There’s issues around whether we can speed up some of the consents. There’s some really specific aspects maybe in relation to forestry, some ideas around agriculture, tourism’s another one, so I think you are going to see some initiatives come out, some opportunities coming out which have a lot of potential,” Mr Key says.

While only a handful of Maori have been invited to the summit, the aim was to achieve outcomes rather than have too many people and see the event become a talkfest.


Associate Health Minister Tariana Turia says its vital more Maori are working in the health sector.

Mrs Turia has announced a continuation of the successful Hauora Maori scholarships, which will help up to 500 Maori students with their studies this year.

She says they are helping with the long term objective of building up a Maori health workforce which is able to maintain tikanga Maori values in hospitals and other parts of the system.

That should mean better cultural understanding of Maori patients, who often present a challenge for medical staff recruited from overseas.

“It's very difficult for them to get any understanding of the culture before the are put out into the wards or put out into the health system,” Mrs Turia says.

The scholarships are for undergraduate and postgraduate studies in medicine, nursing, midwifery, pharmacy, physiotherapy, health management and dentistry.


Preparations are underway for the celebration of the relationship between Maori and Croatians forged on the gumfields of the North and the vineyards of west Auckland.

Dianne Tuari from Te Whanau O Waipareira Trust says Tarara Day at Te Rangi Hiroa Park in Massey next month will feature not only a giant hangi but a spit roast of 30 lambs to feed the thousands expected.

There will also be live entertainment, a shantytown, gumdiggers' quarters, and shows of Maori and Croatian art.

Mrs Tuari says many prominent Maori families have Croatian whakapapa.

“Everything on the day is shaped so it does represent the relationship and the traditional cultural values both these parties have so it’s about celebration that historical friendship in New Zealand between the Maori and Croatian people,” Ms Tuari says

Northern Maori in the early 1900s dubbed the new migrants from Croatia's Dalmatian coast "Tarara" in reference to their rapid speech patterns.


The chief Human Rights Commissioner is encouraging government agencies to use the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples ... even though New Zealand is one of only a handful of countries yet to sign the document.

Rosslyn Noonan says the declaration is not a covenant or a treaty, so it does not need to be formally ratified.

She says it provides a useful set of principles which are directly relevant to New Zealand.

“It helps to explain the rights, particularly in article two of the treaty, which is a very brief, succinct statement but which covers a huge area. The declaration really says what are the taonga that indigenous people have to be protected, what is the decision-making they are entitled to in terms of their own area, their own people, and then in terms of article three of the treaty when we say equal rights, what does that actually mean,” Ms Noonan says.

The Human Rights Commission has translated the declaration into Maori and already distributed hundreds of copies in Maori and English.


Te Tai Hauauru MP Tariana Turia has taken Wanganui mayor Michael Laws to task for claiming the city's name is not Maori.

Mr Laws' council this week voted 8-5 to tell the New Zealand Geographic Board it did not support returning the missing 'h' to the city's name.

The mayor said while the city and district's name is derived from a Maori word, 170 years of usage has given the name an identity and mana of its own.

Mrs Turia says Mr Laws is making the issue about Maori versus Pakeha, rather than doing the right thing.

“What he's doing is an absolute denial of our genealogy, our genealogical links to that area, he’s denying the rights of our tupuna to have named those places, and that’s very colonising behaviour,” she says.

Mrs Turia says Mr Laws refuses to accept Maori as equal treaty partners.


South Aucklanders are getting sportier.

That's the conclusion Counties Manukau Sport is drawing from a national survey of physical activity.

Kaiwhakahaere Carla Matua says in the past five years the region has jumped from second last to sixth.

She's crediting free access to community swimming pools, interest in gardening, as well as a range of unstructured activities such as touch, which can be played at any park, and fishing, which reflects the large Maori and Pacific population in the region.

Ms Matua says walking is by far the most popular physical activity among Counties Manukau residents.


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