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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Prison business needs to be rehabilitation

A former prison officer has joined the call for Corrections to get back into rehabilitation as a major part of its work.

Hori Hauraki says when he worked for the prison service inmates were taught trades and skills which equipped them for the outside world.

“And the majority in my time never came back. In recent times the government changed the polices. It’s a failure. The prisons are filling up. They don’t know where to take the fellows,” Mr Hauraki says.

He agrees with former New Zealand First MP Ron Mark that the answer does not lie in an amnesty for prisoners as suggested by chief justice Dame Sian Ellis but in putting proper rehabilitation and education programmes back into the prisons.


While one Maori is calling for a return to teaching prisoners trades and skills the Maori university Te Wananga O Aotearoa yesterday launched a programme to teach Maori to be police officers.

CEO Bentham Ohia says the 18 weeks programme with modules on critical thinking, reasoning, math, fitness, Te Ao Maori and transformative leadership training is a joint effort between the wananga and the New Zealand Police.

“Programmes like this create employment opportunities for our people. We’re privileged to be in a relationship with the police, but it’s all geared to whanau transformation through education which is our core business,” Mr Ohia says.

The programme is expected to help boost police numbers to fill up to 400 new recruits required in the Counties Manukau region.


A West Auckland child advocate says smacking tamariki is not a traditional Maori practice and was imported by Pakeha.

Sue Ngawati Osborne from the Tu Wahine Trust, says it is well documented by early pakeha settlers that Maori had a very relaxed and tolerant method of child rearing.

Ms Osborne, of Ngati Hine, says tamariki were seen as taonga and any form of abuse was unaccepted.

“Our culture says that our tamariki are carriers of whakapapa and mana and they must be respected for that so physically disciplining our tamariki was frowned upon because they were held in such high regard,” Ms Osborne says.

Tu Wahine Trust is encouraging whanau to tick yes in the upcoming referendum.


Maori are still behind the eight ball when it comes to representation on university councils according to the Maori students association.

Nga Tauira is trying to get Maori a seat on council at Victoria University.

President Victor Manawatu says polytechnics often have Maori student representation at the council level but universities rarely allow that to happen.

“If the government and its institutions are serious abut looking at Maori success in tertiary education, we believe Maori should be a part of all aspects of decision-making areas so we have representation on faculty and academic committee and academic board but never at the governance level,” Mr Manawau says.

The University of Canterbury is the only university to allocate a specific Maori seat on its council which is filled in consultation with Ngai Tahu.


A Ngati Porou entrepeneour is tailoring television to target Maori in an effort to spread health and wellbeing information.

Travis O'Keefe is the founder of Health TV which sends tailored programmes to television screens in general practices around the country.

He says specific content like smoking cessation and diabetes information can help increase access to services for Maori therefore allowing them to manage their health earlier.

Travis O’Keefe received the Eye of the Needle’ Maori Innovation Icon award at Atamira - Maori in the City earlier this month.

He says Maori are more receptive to messages about lifestyle change and health once they are facing the reality of being in a medical centre with a health problem.


The team teaching popular children's television cartoon character Sponge Bob to speak Maori have just a week to do so.

Nicole Hoey of Cinco Cine Films, which put forward the idea of producing five episodes of Sponge Bob Squarepants speaking te reo, says funding for converting the programme which screens on Sky TV's Nicholodeon channel into te reo for Maori Language Week has only just come through from Te Mangai Paho, the Maori Broadcasting Funding Agency.

“It’s a really quick turnaround but we did a little of the work beforehand in terms of figuring out how we are going to do it and we have an awesome production team,” Ms Hoey says.

Sponge Bob and his sea-dwelling Bikini Bottom friends, including Squidward, Mr Krabs and Patrick, will be speaking in te reo Maori for five days next week.


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