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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Electoral college considered for Tamaki

An electoral college system similar to that used to chose representatives on the Fisheries Commission is being considered for Auckland Super City.

Prime Minister John Key recently meet with manu whenua tribal leaders to discuss a Maori Party proposal whereby those on the Maori roll in Auckland would elect people to sit on an electoral college which would in turn select people to represent Maori interests in Auckland.

Te Rununga o Ngati Whatua chairperson Naida Glavish says Maori have gone back to the government with their response which includes the electoral college choosing representatives for both the super city council and a Maori advisory board.

She says yesterday's hikoi gave those fighting for Maori representation great support.

“We’re not asking them for a handout. We know how we could apply our right, our treaty right in a democratic way but it’s either their way or the highway and why is that? Because they insist on holding unfair power,” Ms Glavish says.

A response from the government is expected within the week.

RANGATAHI NEED QUALITY FAMILY TIME TO DEVELOP

One of the kaupapa for Youth Week is for whanau to spend more time with rangatahi.

Sarah Helm from Aotearoa Adolescent Health and Development says the Make Time for Youth campaign comes from a study of ten thousand secondary students where rangatahi revealed they are happy with their lives but want more time with their whanau.

“The young people also said in this survey that half of them felt they didn’t get enough time with their parents. Having a quality time intensive relation ship with a parent is a really good indicator for young people with their health and well being,” Ms Helm says.

The study was conducted by the Auckland University Adolscent Health Research Group.
Youth week will run until May 31.

OTAKAU MARAE SET FOR MAJOR REFIT

Final drafts have been drawn up for the refurbishment of Otakau Marae in Dunedin.

Hoani Langsbury, from the marae committe says the last time restorative work was done was in 1990, and plans are for construction of a new dining hall to compliment the Wharetupuna Tamatea.

He says the project will cost a couple of million dollars.

The whare, built in the 1940's will remains the centrepiece of the upgraded marae complex.

SOCIAL CONDITIONS DO MUCH TO EXPLAIN EDUCATION STATISTICS

A long term study into the way New Zealand children learn has found social and economic circumstances explain lower Maori educational success rates.

The study, called Competent Children, Competent Learners has followed the progress of 500 New Zealanders through the education system since 1993.

Principal researcher Cathy Wylie says the reasons behind lower Maori achievement became quite obvious.

“Some of the differences for Maori student achievement are due to parents having lower education success and lower incomes so those are the things that may be behind some of the difference that attract headlines in Maori lower student achievement,” Dr Wylie says.

Supporting kids interests, limiting television, and more books in homes are key to keeping kids in schools.

LAWYER CROSSES DITCH TO BE PART OF HIKOI

A Maori industrial lawyer based in Australia returned home to join the thousands at yesterday's hikoi in Auckland.

Tipene Keenan, of Te Atiawa, Te Whanau a Apanui, and Ngati Porou, who has lived in Sydney for 22 years, says he knew he had to be part of the hikoi to fully tautoko this kaupapa.

Mr Keenan believes no Maori representation on a super city council is a prelude to what may happen for Maori in the future.

“When we're not represented there, where does it leave us in terms of making decisions. John Key’s taken a band aid approach to Maori in terms of giving a portfolio to but he’s also handicapped it in terms of not having that portfolio inside Cabnet. That’s painting a picture that Maori contribution towards politics and decisions about themselves is going to be minimized,” Mr Keenan says.

He hopes Maori unite under this issue as it affects Maori around the motu, not just in Tamaki Makaurau.

GOLDIE PORTRAIT BOUGHT FOR ROTORUA COLLECTION

A painting of one of Rotorua's important tupuna has joined the ranks of valuable artwork held by Rotorua's Heritage Collection.

The Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust has purchased a painting by Charles F Goldie, of Te Arawa/Ngati Whakaue leader Mita Taupopoki, from Dunbar Sloane Galleries in Wellington for $170,000.

Trust chairman Grahame Hall says the portrait will join the collection's four other Goldie paintings of famous Rotorua legends, Guide Sophia, Hinemoa, Maramena Uiari, and Pipi Haerehuka.

“Mita Taupopoki was a very important player, particularly for Tuhourangi of Te Arawa and Ngati Tunohopu hapu of Ngati Whakaue. And of course times are pretty tough, the world and global economic conditions aren’t that easy at the moment, but we decided it was really important to bring this painting home,” Mr Hall says.

A homecoming celebration will be held in July.

The Heritage Collection, which contains more than 120 works of art, is maintained on behalf of the trust by the Rotorua Museum of Art and History _ Te Whare Taonga O Te Arawa and is valued at more than $2 million.

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