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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Kahungunu reaches out to next generation

Hawkes Bay and Wairarapa iwi Ngati Kahungunu is in Te Waipounamu this week casting its net for tauira.

It met Kahungunu students at Christchurch's Nga Hau e Wha Marae to discuss how the iwi runanga can assist its people in culture, education and environmental development.

Its research and policy manager, Kym Hamilton says many whanau moved to Christchurch to get trade training under the former Maori Affairs Department in the 1960s and 70s.

“We're really conscious that we’re not providing as many opportunities for our taura here whanau and rangatahi and tauira to contribute to our development as an organisation so we wanted to open those things up and the other thing too is when we run the hui in our rohe we are often getting the same people coming so we’re wanting to extend out contacts with our people,” Ms Hamilton says.

The Ngati Kahungunu roadshow will be in Dunedin tomorrow at Otago University's School of Maori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies.


A leading Maori doctor says better understanding of how Maori patients experience the health system will lead to improved care.

Peter Jansen, a senior medical adviser for the Accident Compensation Commission, is reporting on his findings to the first National Maori Cancer Forum, which started today in Rotorua.

He says the research on Maori consumer use of health & disability and ACC services provides a solid foundation for change.

“The major purpose of that research was to pilot an experiences-of-care survey so in other words ‘what can we do to find out from Maori patients and their whanau abut the interaction they had with the healthcare service and can we use that information to track the ability of our services to engage with Maori over time,” Dr Jansen says.

Health services will be able to use the survey template to design better services and monitor their effectiveness.


The post-war generation is being credited for a previously unrecognised contribution to the Maori renaissance.

In her lecture for Auckland University's Winter Lecture series, historian Aroha Harris says Maori leadership between 1945 and the late 1960s has been regarded as too conservative to be effective, especially when compared to the protest generation that followed.

But a deeper look reveals that as Maori were moving to the cities in large numbers during that period, their efforts to maintain their culture and identity is what eventually led to the creation of Maori play centres, churches and urban marae.

“The fact is that they happen at a time when Maori policy was really pushing vigorously for integration, so they are initiatives that happen against the grain of what Maori policy was going for at the time,” Dr Harris says.

She says Maori leaders of the period were creative negotiators.


In a few hours, the Globe Theatre in London will ring with the sound of te reo Maori.

Actor Rawiri Paratene, who is in the Globe's current production of Romeo and Juliet, will read a translation of William Shakespeare's 18th sonnet ... the one starting “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day.”

The translation was done by Te Taura Whiri i Te Reo Maori at the request of the Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand, and scribed onto soft flax paper as a gift to the theatre.

Actor Matu Ngaropo, who did an informal internship at the Globe a decade ago after Young Shakespeare Company, says Shakespeare has been an important influence on Maori theatre, starting with Pei Jones' translation of the Merchant of Venice.

“There's a really similar weight of the way that the language is used in the musicality and poetical nature of it that both Maori and Pacific Island peoples can really understand and relish the tastes of the language, so Shakespeare and classical work as a whole has been a big part of Maori theatre and bicultural theatre in its development,” Mr Ngaropo says.

The Maori translation will hang alongside a Korean translation of the same sonnet.


A Northland Maori health leader says more needs to be done to inspire young Maori to keep physically active.

Kim Tito, the Northland District health board's general manager of service development, says the board will keep funding a healthy lifestyle programme for rural Maori communities.

That's despite the government withdrawing its putea from nutrition programmes in favour of funding sport in schools.

He says there's more to exercise than sport.

“We need to provide greeter emphasis and incentive for tamariki and rangatahi generally but Maori tamariki and rangatahi more specifically to make sure they maintain a health attitude towards daily exercise, beneficial exercise programmes,” Mr Tito says.

The Northland DHB has been able to customise the Health Eating Healthy Action programme to suit the needs of Maori communities in Taitokerau.


Maori news is now going out across Te Moananui a Kiwi.

From tonight Te Karere, Television New Zealand's daily Maori language news show, is being broadcast via satellite to 14 Pacific island nations.

Paora Maxwell, the general manager of Maori and Pacific programmes, says the subtitled transmission will acknowledge the special relationship between Maori and other Polynesian cultures.

It already sends One News and Tangata Pasifika to the islands.

“It is my view that there is a cultural synergy between the and the rest of Polynesia and they may be interested in our Maori slate here at TVNZ,” Mr Maxwell says.

He says TVNZ is also sending the rangatahi show I AM TV up to the islands.


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