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Monday, June 15, 2009

Moses death misuse of makutu ritual

A Ngati Porou tohunga says the death of Wainuiomata woman Janet Moses stemmed from misunderstandings around the phenomenon known as makutu.

Five of Ms Moses’ relatives have been found guilty of her manslaughter.

Amster Reedy says the whanau members who poured water over Janet Moses and down her throat, ultimately drowning her, showed little knowledge of traditional curses or how to lift them.

He says a makutu stems from a spoken chant, and there is rarely any physical action involved.

“The power of the chant affects the mind and the spirit and the body and the soul and there’s hardly any contact with the one who’s doing the makutu and the one being maketued,” Mr Reedy says.

He says there is a place in tikanga Maori for makutu and advises whanau to seek the counsel of kaumatua and tohunga.


TU MAI TAKES WEB PUBLICATION UNDER ITS WING

Tu Mai is to run a hard copy version of the Federation of Maori Authorities’ new online magazine.

Publisher Ata Te Kanawa says Koha has offered profiles of indigenous businesses to the long-established print magazine.

She says it was a win win situation.

“It gives Tu Mai more commercial business clout because Koha’s focus is only on indigenous business and it gets Koha into a print arena that they weren’t able to pursue – their concentration was the online version so they really didn’t want to engage in the issues around distribution,” she says.

Koha launched in April this year and Tu Mai recently celebrated ten years and its 100th edition.

RANGATAHI WARDEN RECOGNISED FOR QUICK CONTRIBUTION

An Otara Maori warden is being recognised for her contribution to the community after just seven months on the job as a volunteer.

Waiarani Kaihau, of Ngati Te Ara and Te Waiohua, will be presented her rangatahi award this evening as part of National Vounteer week.

Ms Kaihau was suprised by the acknowledgment and believes more rangatahi should join the Maori wardens to serve the community.

UTAH MORMAN HQ ORDERS DESTRUCTION OF TEMPLE

One of the men who involved in the construction of Hamilton's Mormon high school has vowed to fight a decision to demolish the buildings.

US-based elders of the Church of the Latter Day Saints ordered the closure of Church College at Temple View in 2006, and now plan to raze the boarding school at the end of the year and turn the site into pasture.

Matiu Tarawa says the church has no right to destroy buildings with such strong Maori history.

“We support and sustain all our church leader but when it comes to something Maori it is a different question altogether. I resent the idea of becoming a second class citizen. We are the tangata whenua here. We are the ones who should be making final decisions as to what should happen to the buildings,” Mr Tarawa says.

He is seeking an enquiry into the demolition plans.

Since it was built in the 1950's, at least 10 percent of all Mormons in the country have sent their children to Church College, and three quarters of these students have been Maori.

WANANGA STUDENTS ADD ARTWORK TO WHANAU HOUSING

Maori art will add the finishing touches to new accommodation for the whanau of Rotorua Hospital patients.

The $500,000 construction bill for the Paimarie (Haven of Rest) Project was met by Lakes District Health Board, but $100,000 fit out of the six units is the responsibility of Te Whakapono Health Trust, which raises funds for health initiatives in the Bay of Plenty.

Trust manager Tanya Morrison says local businesses have been generous in their support, and Te Whananga o Aotearoa has created harakeke weavings for the units.

She says whanau supporting sick patients need a place to rest and keep themselves well.

DAME KIRI INDUCTED INTO HOLLYWOOD BOWL HALL OF FAME

When Dame Kiri Te Kanawa sings at the Hollywood Bowl's season-opening gala this Friday, she will have plenty of support from her whanau back home.

Tainui kaumatua Tui Adams says the Ngati Maniapoto singer's induction into the Los Angeles ampitheatre's Hall of Fame capped off a successful career.

She joins other famous inductees including Liza Minnelli, BB King, Placido Domingo and Frank Sinatra.

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