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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Poor preparation leads to cultural clash

A tikanga Maori expert says older Maori need to make clear to younger people the cultural risks if they die without clear instructions of what to do with their remains.

A High Court judge has found Denise Clarke has a right to have the body of her late husband Jim Takamore returned to Christchurch for burial.

The body had been taken by his whanau in accordance with Tuhoe custom and buried at Kutarere in the Eastern Bay of Plenty.

Tuhoe Adams from Ngati Maniapoto says the issue have been sorted outside the court system, but that can be difficult in cross cultural relationships.

“When we do get into situations of mixed marriages we should be making very sure that our families know what will happen in the event of one of us passing on in that union, and many of us have been remiss over a long time in not making those arrangements properly,” Dr Adams says.


A fire which gutted a mattress room at a Northland marae this morning is a timely reminder of the need to make all tupuna whare fire safe.

Fire Service investigators believed the fire at Paatu Marae near Kaitaia started in a mattress stored too close to a heat source.

Piki Thomas, the services's national Maori advisor, says the construction and building methods one many older marae aren't up to modern standards.

They have aging wiring and the open plan design means there are no partitions to stop a fire engulfing the whole building.

Mr Thomas says all marae need fire detection systems, evacuation plans and sprinklers.


A marine law specialist says a new Aquaculture Technical Advisory Group is the best hope yet of breaking the deadlock in the sector.

The group will report to the ministers of fisheries and environment by the end of September on proposed changes to the Aquaculture Act and the Resource Management Act.

It's chaired by former Maori affairs and fisheries minister Doug Kidd, and includes representatives of industry groups, local bodies, iwi development specialist Keir Volkerling and Kirsty Woods from Te Ohu Kaimoana.

Justine Inns from Nelson firm Ocean Law says there's a lot of firepower on board.

“Chaired by the minister for Te Tau Ihu, as we like to think of the Honorable Doug Kidd, and with the sort of iwi technical expertise provided by Keir Volkerling and Kirsty Woods the thing has certainly got all the skills it needs. It’s just got a heck of a big job. When aquaculture was reformed in 2004, I think that was done with the best of intentions and it’s ended up taking us nowhere so any recommendations this group comes out with can only take us forward,” Ms Inns says.

The amendments to the Aquaculture Act should make it easier for iwi to get a stake in the marine farming industry.


Tangata whenua on Mahia Peninsula are fighting a former All Black's holiday home development.

A group including Murray Mexted has applied for resource consent to subdivide two lots of land at Mahanga into six sections.

Ropata Ainsley, the Wairoa District Council's Maori liasion officer, says Maori are concerned about wastewater, construction effects and the impact of a new seawall on a neighbouring urupa.

The developers also want to divert a stream that runs through the property.

“The spring that it comes form is called Te Inuwai o Tamatea, obviously indicating Tamatea arikinui of the Takitimu waka. Now the problem with that is where the stream comes out is the only place to get onto the beach,” Mr Ainsley says.

A consent hearing before independent commissioners will be held next month.


Maori wanting to study and work in the Waikato face a gloomy outlook if the area's University's plans to cut its foundation programmes goes ahead.

Tom Ryan, the president of the Tertiary Education Union, says University of Waikato is considering scrapping its Te Timatanga Hou and Certificate of University Preparation programmes.

He says up to 450 students could miss out on admission next year, at least 40 percent of them be Maori.

Dr Ryan says Te Timatanga Hou pioneered ways to support Maori undertaking University education, and other institutions have picked up the model.

“This programme has been specifically adapted for Maori. It’s staffed by Maori teachers and support people. It’s got a very high success record. Many of its students have gone on to do bachelors’ degrees, masters degrees and doctorates,” Mr Ryan says.

Staff have been given until the end of next week to respond to the university's proposal.


A Maori balladeer is making a comeback, opera-style.

Deane Waretini's hit The Bridge has been popular song with Maori since its release in 1980.

Now a Christchurch-based taxi driver, Waretini has been back in the studio recording a song a song in memory of his family.

Deane Waretini senior was one of the first Maori to be recorded, releasing a number of records with Ana Hato in the 1920s.

Deane Junior's comeback song, Mum and Dad, borrows its tune from a Luciano Pavarotti hit.

He has also recorded the Ngati Porou anthem Te Waiapu as well as other more recent songs.


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