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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Sealord sells mussels to rival

The 50 percent Maori owned Sealord Group has sold $23.4 million worth of mussel farms in the Marlborough Sounds to free up money for aquaculture developments elsewhere.

Sealord chief executive Graham Stuart says the sale to Sanford Fisheries, the largest fishing company on the New Zealand stock exchange, makes sense.

“Sanford have a big mussel processing plant in Havelock so they are concentrating on the Marlborough Sounds, and we are spreading a bit thin. We’re in the Marlborough Sounds, we’re across in Tasman Bay we’ve got some water space in the North Island and we’ve got some water space around Coromandel so we want to concentrate and settle on Tasman Bay and Coromandel as being our focus,” Mr Stuart says.

He says the two companies get on well with a mussel processing joint venture in Tauranga and fishing together for orange roughy off the Chatham Rise.

Sealord is jointly owned by Maori company Aotearoa Fisheries and Japanese fishing group Nippon Suisan Kaisha, or Nissui.


Katerina Te Heikoko Mataira’s work to revitalise te reo Maori has been recognized internationally.

Each year the UNESCO backed Linguapax Institute based in Spain chooses one person around the world to honour for their outstanding work in the field of linguistic diversity and/or multilingual education.

The award was presented at Parliament yesterday by Professor Miguel Angel Essombe from the Linguapax Institute.

Her son, Te Ratu Mataira, says his mother gave credit to others such as Te Atarangi participants who helped keep the language alive.

Katerina Mataira has been active for 30 years on Maori language issues.

In the late 1970’s she co-developed, alongside Ngoingoi Pewhairangi, the Te Atarangi teaching method, a community based programme of Maori language learning in which native speakers of te reo Maori were trained to be tutors.

She also helped co-author Te Aho Matua, which as a charter provides the philosophical underpinnings for the kura kaupapa movement.


A contingent of Tahuri Whenua members have returned from a trip to South America where they compared the South American indigenous systems to Maori ways of growing taewa.

The group visited potato growers in Chile as well as the International Potato Centre in Peru to explore how Maori varieties link to the 4.5000 types held at the gene bank in Lima.

Chairman Nick Roskruge says Maori could take some hints from the indigenous growers there, who because of poverty mostly cultivate their crops by hand.


He Pataka Kupu - te kai a te rangatira, the first-ever dictionary written entirely in te reo Maori, has won this year’s Te Reo Maori Literary prize at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards.

Compiled by Te Taura Whiri i te Reo (the Maori Language Commission) and published by Penguin Group New Zealand, the dictionary that translates to ‘A Storehouse of Words - the food of chiefs’ contains some 24,000 head-words from the old world through to the idioms of modern Maori.

Te Reo Maori Literary Award Advisor, Hone Apanui says He Pataka Kupu is a ground-breaking work that has a major role to play in the ongoing renaissance of te reo Maori.

He says it’s the biggest dictionary since the Williams opus of 1844.

The award was presented last night at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards gala dinner ceremony held at the Auckland Museum.


The Ratana movement has called for government help to improve existing houses at Ratana Pa near Whanganui and to build 50 additional homes.

Adrian Rurawhe from the Ratana Ahu Whenua Trust says a strategy for the development was handed to Prime Minister John Key and Housing Minister Phil Heatley at the weekend.

“What’s happened over the past 20, 25 years is that young people who have been raised at Ratana Pa There have been no new housing developments available so moved off to places like Palmerston North and Whanganui and further afield, and there are a number of them who would wish to actually live at Ratana Pa, so that’s why we’re doing it,” Mr Rurawhe says.

He says the move will help keep the community together.


Ngai Tai Iwi are taking pro-active action on managing their marae and papakainga wastewater.

Over the last two years, NIWA has been working with the iwi at Torere looking at alternatives for the community to handle their wharepaku and waste water including composting toilet blocks and setting up wetlands using greywater.

Ngai Tai chief executive Lucy Steel says the papakainga's change from long drops to septic tank systems over the years had led to poorer environmental management.

“We're right by the sea and the septic tanks are old, they leach into the river that runs into the sea, so we won’t something that will take care of our environment in a more user friendly way,” Ms Steel says.

NIWAs National Centre of Maori Environmental Research is collaborating with Ngai Tai, Te Roroa and Tainui Awhiro, on the 3 year eco-technology project with funding from the Foundation of Research, Science and Technology.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

ae tika ngā korero a te Raruwhe mo te tono pepa mo nga kainga kei a Ratana. Ahua tawhito nga tukanga i reira.
He aha ou whakaaro pa ana ki te Sealord torangapu? He momo purihia putea pea?
Wetahi hākinakina i te rangi nei i te hoki mai Temepara (Bubby) George ki te Hiriwa ne ha

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