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Monday, July 13, 2009

Maori corporates urged to hire own

Former Maori Affairs Minister Parakura Horomia says unemployment is a race thing.

And he is calling on Maori corporates to wake up and start employing Maori.

The number of people claiming the dole has topped 50,000 - almost three times the 17,710 at the same time last year.

Half of that increase occurred in Auckland where Maori and Pacific Islanders now account for one in every two people on the dole.

Parakura Horomia says it is clear Maori are suffering most.

“It gets down to race thing. People are being selective about who works for them and if you own the business, you hire your people. That’s not a redneck thing. That’s a fact and what I’m saying to the big Maori corporates is damn well wake up and give your people the jobs,” Mr Horomia says.

He says the government is using the recession as an excuse and not putting in place measures to support businesses to create jobs.


The director of a trust opposed to the dumping of sewage on an Island in the Manukau Harbour says they are relieved the proposal has been scrapped, and willing to help find a solution to manage the biosolids.

An Auckland Regional and Manukau City Council consents panel last week rejected a bid by Watercare Services to dump more than 4 million cubic meters of treated waste on Te Motu a Hiaroa, otherwise known as Puketutu Island.

Carmen Kirkwood, of the Huakina Development Trust, which put forward a submission against the proposal, says they take their role of kaitiaki seriously and are relieved the waahi tapu will not be damaged.

“There's great relief from our people that it’s not going on the waahi tapu and I can understand the disappointment of Watercare and we’ll be as helpful as we can to look at other potions where the biosolids can go. Certainly not on another waahi tapu, but we’ll try our hardest to be helpful,” Mrs Kirkwood says.

Te Motu a Hiaroa was inhabited by Maori for around 300 years up to the 18th century.


The countdown is on for Taranaki-based ultra distance runner Lisa Tamaki, who starts her repeat run in an ultra marathon through Death Valley in California.

Last year she became the first Australasian women to finish the 200 kilometre test of endurance that also requires runners to climb 5000 feet in extreme temperatures.

Sports producer Te Kauhoe Wano who grew up with Lisa in Taranaki says she is a wahine toa and an inspiration to Maori for the way she has gone about tackling what is a very unorthodox sport.

Te Kauhoe Wano, says Lisa Tamati and her support crew are due to start the Badwater Ultramarathon through Death Valley at 4.30am tomorrow New Zealand time


The Manager of a South Auckland based budgeting service says whanau are doubling up in accommodation as a result of job losses in the Auckland region.

Recently released government figures show more than 50,000 New Zealanders are now on the dole, three times the figure a year ago , with one in every two people on the dole in Auckland being Maori or Pacific islander.

Daryl Evans, who has worked at the Mangere Budgeting Service for the past 20 years says Maori have traditionally been whakama or shy to use the service but tough times and job losses have seen more turn up with stories of real hardship.

He says there has also been a noticeable rise in the number of mortgagee sales in the area in recent months.


And high Maori unemployment levels are adding to the concerns surrounding the pandemic swine flu virus.

Eneora Hakiaha, President of Te Kaunihera o Nga Neehi Maori says that Maori, particularly healthcare workers, are finding it difficult when they get sick as many are sole-income earners for their households.

Healthcare workers are taking extra precautions to be able to stay in work.


The Maori characters of the Far North are coming to the big screen once again, for this month's International Film Festival.

In a sequel to his popular Kaikohe Demolition, Dutch filmmaker Florian Harbicht is releasing the Land of the Long White Cloud - about a group of locals taking part in a fishing contest at Ninety Mile Beach.

He says when searching for suitable locations, he could go no further than Te Oneroa a Tohe, the Maori name for Ninety Mile Beach, and the Maori legends of the beach.

“I love 90 Mile Beach just for its wildness and beauty plus the Maori spirituality I find really beautiful. I’ve known about 90 Mile Beach but I learnt so much about the spirituality of the place from filming there, like it was a real eye-opener to me,” Mr Harbicht says.

His film features a classic Kiwi 50's and 60's rock and roll soundtrack.


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