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Friday, July 31, 2009

Forgiveness for fresh start

Taranaki kaumatua Sir Paul Reeves says Wellington claimants believe their statement of forgiveness creates a platform for a fruitful relationship with the Crown.

The former governor general delivered the statement at parliament yesterday, following the Crown apology that came with the passing of the Port Nicholson Block Settlement Act.

He says Taranaki Whanui didn't want the Crown to have the last word, so they looked to the traditions of Parihaka prophets Tohu and Te Whiti.

“To go from apology to forgiveness leads to the thing we are really looking for and that is reconciliation. Treaty settlements are one thing but treaty relationships are the real thing and we feel that through that pathway of forgiveness which is our gift to the Crown, that we can get where we want to be which is a whole of government relationship, which is a sense of reconciliation with the Crown, it is finished,” Sir Paul says.

It took 25 years to negotiate the claim.


At dawn tomorrow, Ngati Waewae will open its new Maori Heritage centre in Hokitika.

Lisa Tumahai, the Ngati Waewae representative on Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu, says the centre will put the hapu at the front of Maori tourism development in Te Tai Poutini, the West Coast.

Its initial focus will be on consolidating the hapu's pounamu ventures, with other business and educational opportunities to follow.

Lisa Tumahai say is working with Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu to improve the way the raw pounamu sources are managed.


The weaving world has lost a tohunga with the death last night of Ngati Maniapoto kuia Diggeress Te Kanawa. She was 89.

Fellow Maniapoto master weaver Te Aue Davis says from the 1950s Mrs Te Kanawa and her mother Rangimarie Hetet were at the forefront of the revival of traditional weaving, and in particular the making of kakahu or cloaks.

She co-founded the Aotearoa Moananui-a-Kiwa Weavers Association in 1983 as a centre for the renaissance of the art form, and created a weaving academy at Waitomo under the auspices of Te Wananga o Aotearoa.

Te Aue Davis says she took the knowledge of the elders and made sure it would be passed down to generations to come.

Diggeress Te Kanawa is lying tonight at her Oparure marae, and will be moved to Te Tokanganui a Noho in Te Kuiti tomorrow. The funeral is on Monday morning.


A Maori supporter of Taito Philip Field expected the former Labour MP to be found guilty.

Amato Patira Hoani Tohu Kake Akarana-Rewi, or as he was previously known, Dan Davis, is one of a group of Maori sovereignty campaigners who have joined Field's Samoan supporters for the final days of the trial at Auckland High Court.

A jury is now considering whether Field is guilty of bribery and corruption as an MP, in relation to work on his homes by Thai tradesmen.

Mr Davis, who also claims the Samoan title of Tupa'i, says the system is stacked against his Samoan whanaunga.

They're going to find him guilty, that’s why we’re here. Then I will, with the right I have as tangata whenua, lodge an appeal to the Supreme Court and then the World Court. It’s a constitutional issue,” Mr Davis says.

The Jury has retired for the night without reaching a verdict.


Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia is disappointed National won't support a public holiday marking Matariki, the Maori new year.

Debate on a bill sponsored by Te Tai Tonga MP Rahui Katene was adjourned this week before it came to a vote, but National indicated it won't allow the bill to go on.

Labour was prepared to back the bill as far as the select committee stage.

Mrs Turia says the concern seems to be around creating another holiday.

“The business community simply won’t support it, but there was a suggestion it could be swapped with Queen’s Birthday, maybe that is where the debate should lie, but I do think Matariki Day is a very important day for New Zealanders as we grow together,” she says.


It was hakamania today at Air New Zealand.

Workers met at Auckland Airport's Te Manukanuka o Hoturoa marae for the 2nd annual haka championships.

Coordinator Andrew Baker from Te Arawa and Ngati Tuwharetoa says the airline has a large staff working in a range of trades and professions, and today's kapa haka was a rare chance to come together and celebrate Maori culture.


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