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Friday, July 03, 2009

Foreshore intentions must overcome obstacles

The conciliatory tone of the Ministerial Review of the Foreshore and Seabed Act has struck a dischordant note with a veteran Maori rights campaigner.

The report called for repeal of the Act and the recognition of Maori ownership of the takutai moana, but said all New Zealanders consider they have a right of public access to the beach.

Moana Jackson says the submission he prepared for Ngati Kahungunu challenged that access being taken from granted.

“We would be prepared to allow access, but if it was ours we could determine and should be able to determine the terms of the access and if we are to grant that access, then those Pakeha who also have entitlements to the foreshore and seabed like marinas and harbour boards should able be required to give access to the foreshore and seabed,” Mr Jackson says.

He's skeptical about National now standing up for Maori rights, because it was then leader Bill English in 2003 featured on billboards saying beaches were for all New Zealanders.


Ngati Mutunga has become the first Taranaki iwi to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the New Plymouth District Council on how the two parties should work together in future.

Iwi chair Jamie Tuuta says it is seeking cultural and economic benefits from the deal, including collaborative projects.

He says the north Taranaki iwi has wanted to improve its relationship with the council since it started treaty settlement negotiations with the Crown 15 years ago.

“The iwi was seeking greater control over our rohe and everything relating to us and it was clear many of the day to day matters that directly impacted or affected our iwi actually emanated from the actions and policies of local government rather than central government,” Mr Tuuta says.

Ngati Mutunga wanted a stronger relationship with the council at operational and governance levels than it could get through participation in New Plymouth's iwi liaison subcommittee.


A Ngati Hine woman is crediting art with changing her life after a serious illness.

Theresa Reihana's show Matariki is at Whangarei's Tuatara Gallery & Design Store until the end of the month.

She took up painting seriously 10 years after a bout of mastitis forced her to give up work and return home to Taitokerau.

Ms Reihana says painting healed her and made her proud of her Maori heritage.


As celebrations continue for the achievement of the multi-iwi central North Island settlement, there are calls for the lessons learned in the process to be applied elsewhere.

Te Arawa, Tuwharetoa, Tuhoe, Ngati Whare, Ngati Raukawa and Ngati Rangitihi will gather at Hirangi Marae by Lake Taupo tomorrow to mark the handover of the Crown's forests in the region.

Rawiri Taonui from Canterbury university says the historic deal came together because the previous Labour government stopped taking advice from the Office of Treaty Settlements and took a rangatira to rangatira approach.

He says that's what's needed to complete the settlement of Auckland claims, rather than just relying on the plan put up by facilitator Sir Douglas Graham.

“The proposed settlement they had a couple of years ago with Ngati Whatua left our Ngai Tai, Te Kawerau a Maki, Waiohua, all of those tribes whose occupation of Tamaki predated that of Ngati Whatua. It’s not a put down for Ngati Whatua but it was a real lesson about doing proper justice for all the parties,” Mr Taonui says.


A Wellington paediatrician is calling for a national post natal education programme to wake parents up to the danger of skin infections.

Brendon Bowkett says a patient audit at a Porirua clinic where last month, when more than 120 people presented with skin infections over 10 days, is an indication of the scale of the problem.
He says New Zealand's skin infection rate is comparable to third world levels, with Maori particularly affected.

Many infections are avoidable if the broken skin is treated early, but often parents don't act until infection sets in.

“When there is a lesion like a mosquito bite or a cut or a scratch, it gets treated there and then. The knowledge to do that has to be imparted on the people who are looking after that child, and that’s the key factor, because I work in some third world countries, and I haven’t seen rates of skin infection in those populations that mimic what we see here,” Dr Bowkett says.

Whanau support workers, plunket nurses and midwives could be used to get the word out.


Historic Places Trust conservators have been stockpiling natural fibres in Rotorua to be used in the restoration of the United Kingdom's only Maori wharenui.

Maori heritage advisor Jim Schuster says the restoration of Hinemihi in Clandon park in Surrey was held up because funding in the sector had been diverted towards preparations for the 2012 London Olympics.

But architects have drawn up plans for the interior, and Te Arawa weavers can start creating the interior tukutuku panels.

The National trust has launched a webpage devoted to the Ngati Tuhourangi wharenui, which was salvaged after the Mt Tarawera eruption 123 years ago.


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