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Monday, July 06, 2009

Maori target rugby world cup cash-in

Te Puni Kokiri and the Maori Tourism Council are putting a Maori face on the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

TPK ran a seminar during this weekend’s Atamira Maori in the City show in Auckland on how Maori cash in on the thousands of tourists and the billions on television viewers.

Project coordinator Paora Ammundsen says there are groups being formed around each of the 13 game venues to link in to the world cup organising body.

He says Maori are getting excited about the opportunities, but there needs to be a coordinated response.

Paora Ammundsen says he is also working with the Maori language commission Te Taura Whiri on ways te reo Maori can be highlighted on banners, signage and other communications.

MAORI LEGAL DOCUMENTS GO ON LINE

A major collection of legal documents in te reo Maori has gone on line.

More than 14,000 pages of 19th century documents with references to Maori situations or concepts have been digitised by Victoria University's electronic text centre.

They include speeches by Maori MPs, land deeds, translations of acts and bills, petitions from Maori and reports of the Native Affairs select committee.

Mamari Stephens, the leader of the Legal Maori Project, Te Kaupapa Reo-a-Ture, says it’s a resource for those who want to use Maori vocabulary to describe Western legal concepts.

She says the documents have been publically available but hard to access until know.

Mamari Stephens says the material has been collected as part of a bigger project to produce a Maori legal dictionary.

WRITING WORKSHOPS COULD UNLOCK FAMILY STORIES

Maori are being encouraged to use series of workshops run by Manukau City Libraries and the New Zealand Society of Authors as a way to learn how to get their stories recorded.

Jocelyn Watkin, project manager for Write Around Manukau, says the workshops on different themes will be running at libraries around the city until November.

She says the sessions on oral story-telling may appeal to Maori and spur them to get their words on paper.

The series also includes a session on short story writing run by Ngapuhi author James George.

PROTEST PHOTOS WORTHY OF ART GALLERY SURVEY

Maori protest has entered the museum in an exhibition of photography which opened at New Pymouth’s Govett Brewster Art Gallery this weekend.

Photo Histories looks at the way three photographers, Mark Adams, Bruce Connew and John Miller from Ngapuhi, document social reality.

Miller, a familiar figure wherever people have gathered to challenge authority over the past four decades, says his images of Nga Tamatoa, the Land March, the Raglan and Bastion Point Occupations, Waitangi Protests and the Foreshore and Seabed Hikoi are a way Maori can hold on to their own history.

“I just felt at the time it was important these events be recorded. People pass on, a younger generation arises, and it’s really important that they can look at these images and see what happened in the past so they realise where we’ve come from,” Miller says.

The Photo Histories show was opened by Taranaki kaumatua Lindsay McLeod, whose tuakana, the late Eddie McLeod, features in a 1972 image of Nga Tamatoa members on the porch of a Waiomio meeting house.

NELSON MAORI GROUPS GET INTO JOB-FINDING BUSINESS

Nelson iwi have gone into the job-finding business to tackle the high level of high Maori unemployment in the region.

Kimi is a joint venture between Ngati Rarua Atiawa Iwi Trust and Wakatu Incorporation with support from Work and Income, based at Wakatu House.

It will offer advice on careers, training, apprenticeships and study options.

Project manager Jenny van Workum says while the long term focus is to get more Maori into middle and senior management positions, it is also important to encourage participation in training and education at all levels.

“We are wanting people to go into particular industry groups so particularly in Nelson Marlborugh we are focused on aquaculture, horticulture, viviculture, tourism, so we are keen people get the right skills and training in those areas to put them in a place to get good job opportunities into the future,” van Workum says.

Kimi will work closely with employers so it can ensure Maori are getting appropriate training for what’s available in the region.

RELAXED APPROACH TAKEN TO MARAE SUBMISSIONS

The select committee on Auckland governance starts a marathon session in the city today to hear the thousands of people who want their submissions heard.

Maori who don’t want to join the crush at Parnell’s Barrycourt conference centre can go to Orakei Marae, Te Puea Marae and Hoani Waititi later in the week.

Maori Party MP Hone Harawira says a special subcommittee will hear formal submissions in the morning sessions, then open up the floor in the afternoons.

“It’s going to be like an open forum on any marae so people can feel comfortable getting up. I mean, we’re not really comfortable writing submissions. Some of us are, but most of us aren’t, and you can tell from the hikoi that people will give their energy in different ways, so what we are saying is be a Maori, come to the marae and tell us what you have to say,” says Mr Harawira, whose Tai Tokerau electorate includes Rodney district, North Shore City and parts of Waitakere City.

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