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Friday, June 19, 2009

Te Arawa mourns teacher extraordinaire Tamahori

Te Arawa is tonight farewelling a kuia whose commitment to education was an inspiration to hundreds.

Maxine Joan Te Arapokahau Tamahori was taken on to Tamatekapua marae in Ohinemutu this afternoon by her six children.

She died yesterday morning at home in Auckland aged 92.

Her brother in law, Bishop Kingi, says Mrs Tamahori, a member of the Hayward whanau, was from Ngati Rangiteorere, Uenukukopako and Ngati Rangitihi.

She met her husband, Canon John Tamahori when he became vicar of St Faith's Church.

Mr Kingi says she worked extensively as a school teacher in the bay of Plenty and East Coast without undergoing formal training, and also pursued her own education extra-murally to masters level.

In later years she became a teacher of Maori, teaching many peole to become speakers.

Maxine Tamahori will be buried on Sunday at St Faiths Church, alongside her husband.


Maori Party leader Tariana Turia has attacked an Auckland many for profiteering from the fears of Pacific Island overstayers.

Gerrard Otimi has been holding meetings on south Auckland and Waikato marae claiming to be able to whangai overstayers into his hapu for a $500 fee, so they can stay in New Zealand.

The Te Tai Hauauru MP says Mr Otimi has a history of challenging the system in the name of Maori sovereignty, but his latest action is totally unacceptable.

“What we should be doing is looking at these people, meeting with them to see hw we can be more helpful but I’m not happy abut anybody who is out there gathering putea from people who essentially are very desperate and who are very poor,” Mrs Turia says.


With two Tairawhiti finalists, the Gisborne Event Centre will be packed tonight to hear the winner of this year's Ahuwhenua Trophy for best Maori sheep and beef farm.

The competition is between Hereheretau Station west of Wairoa, Pakarae Whangara B5 north of Gisborne, and Morikau Station from Ranana on the Whanganui River.

Ikaroa Rawhiti MP Parekura Horomia says the competiton, started in 1932 by Sir Apirana Ngata and revived in recent years, highlights the importance of Maori farming efforts.

“In Gisborne nearly 65 percent of all the product that goes out through the port comes from Maori assets an the Ahuwhenua Trophy reminds us we have those assets there. We just need to get better at utilising them and making sure our people benefit from them,” Mr Horomia says.

The gala award ceremony is one of the highlights of the Maori farming year.


West Auckland's Te Whanau o Waipareira is mourning the loss of one of the founding stalwarts.

Wiremu Tairua died peacefully at his home overnight.

The secretary of the trust's roopu kaumatua, Ngaire Te Hira, says Mr Tairua was a pou of Maori life in the city.

He chaired Piringatahi Marae in West Harbour, and through his connections into Ngawha and Ngati Hine was prominent in issues affecting Ngapuhi nui tonu.

Uncle Willie Tairua is at Te Piringatahi Marae tonight, where a decison will be made on where he will be laid to rest.


The Film Commission's development executive says the strong line-up for this weekend's Wairoa Maori film festival demonstrates the way new technologies have unleashed a new generation of Maori filmmakers.

The commission and Te Waka Toi, Creative New Zealand's Maori arm, are major sponsors of the festival, which is in its fifth year.

Hone Kouka says Maori Television is giving many young Maori the chance to learn film techniques, and several actors and producers have also directed short films, including Nancy Brunning, Mike Jonathon and Ainsley Gardiner.

He says the festival is putting Wairoa on the creative map.

“You can cheekily look at it much as how Sundance started off in Utah. It seems like an out of the way place but filmmakers want to go to those festivals and Wairoa is quietly building itself up to be like that as well,” Mr Kouka says.

Festival highlights include the world premiere tonight of Garth Wateneh's feature Rua, and audio-visual exploration of the underwater life of Mahia’s newest folk hero, Moko the Dolphin, and a gala evening with music supplied by the Billy T.K. Experience.


Tomorrow's All Black Test against France in Wellington could be the opportunity for starting number 7 Tanerau Latimer to show what he is capable of.

Former international Sevens player turned commentator Karl Te Nana says the Steelers captain and Super 14 chief has the speed and aggression needed from the side of the scrum.

He says coming on for the last 20 minutes of last week's first test loss at Carisbrook, Latimer performed creditably, and the 24 year old Te Puke-born flanker will relish his chance in the starting line-up.

Maori lock Issac Ross also has a chance to consolidate his position in the national squad after a strong debt performance last week.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi there, could you please check your facts on Maxine before publishing your blog online. You've incorrectly spelt her name and have well and truly understated her commitment to and level of education. The fact that this post is the second thing to show when you google her name is a shame as it doesn't do justice to a fantastic and well respected woman.

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