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Friday, August 21, 2009

Maori Part and ACT at odds on Auckland history

Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia says Prime Minister John Key should accept Rodney Hide's resignation over Maori representation in Auckland.

The local government minister has threatened to walk if National includes Maori seats on the Auckland super city council.

Mrs Turia says the ACT leader is has his eye not on the local government election but the next general election, and he's trying to boost his vote with those in society who oppose Maori initiatives.

“Frankly if I was John Key I would accept his resignation and accept that in actual fact they only need ACT’s vote for confidence and supply, in the same way that’s all they expect from the Maori Party. I think he should do the same with ACT and allow Rodney and the ACT Party to go its way,” Mrs Turia says.

She says Rodney Hide is making his threat because he feared National might be wavering on the issue.


Meanwhile, Rodney Hide says the Maori Party turned down an offer to work on ways to improve Maori input into Auckland governance.

The Minister for local government says while he has threatened to resign as minister over Maori seats, he believes councils need to work effectively with iwi and hapu groups in their areas.

He says he raised the issue with Maori Party co-leader Pita Sharples.

“One of the difficulties I’ve had is that I’ve discussed this with Pita Sharples and said can we work on a second option which would mean not having Maori seats but a way in which mana whenua could sort of feed into the council. He quite legitimately said ‘Look, I’m going for gold, I’m going for the Mori seats and I don’t want to work on a second option,’ so that’s where we got to on that,” Mr Hide says.


A week on the water has strengthened the relationship between Maori and native American nations from the Pacific northwest.

Toi Maori operations manager Tamahou Temara and Francis Mamaku joined a family group from the Grand Ronde tribes of Oregon for a week long paddle from Lummi, near the Canada border, to the Suquamish reservation near Seattle.

Mr Temara says the annual tribal journeys event has grown from 7 canoes in 1989 to more than 100 this year.

He says it's become an important way to celebrate and pass on traditions,
and it is positive way to motivate young people as well as a chance to meet up with other tribal nations.

Toi Maori's participation is leading to artistic exchanges, and a group from the Grand Ronde confederation may come to Aotearoa to participate in cultural and waka events.


Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia believes Maori are not as opposed to the sale of public assets as the population at large.

The Maori Party supported Labour MP Phil Twyford's bill requiring a referendum before any sale of Auckland's assets, but National, ACT and United's Peter Dunne voted the bill down.

Mrs Turia says while the outcome of the first reading was not a surprise, what could surprise is the attitude of iwi who want to become players in the economy.

“As iwi are getting their assets back through treaty settlements we’ve heard a lot of korero from them about buying state assets or certainly investing in shares. Obviously they’re not as opposed as maybe the people at large to the sale of assets,” Mrs Turia says.

She says referenda on asset sales would be costly to run.


King Tuheitia's third koroheihana hui switches focus today as Maoridom celebrates the king himself.

Over the past two days, Turangawaewae Marae in Ngaruawahia has been devoted to the kawe mate, the farewelling of the spirits of the deceased from Tainui and the rest of the country.

With fine weather forecast, up to 3000 people are expected today.

At 10am Anglican bishops Ngarahu Katene and David Moxon from Waikato will lead the coronation service before iwi spokespeople affirm their commitment to the King Movement and King Tuheitia.

The king himself is expected to make his speech at 1pm.

The King’s previous speeches have focused on education and unity within Maoridom.


The Minister of arts and heritage has put two lawyers onto the board of Te Waka Toi, the Maori arm of creative new Zealand.

They're Nathan Gray from Ngai Tahu, Rangitaane and Waikato, who wrote a book about his 4000 trek along the Great Wall of China, and Ngati Porou treaty negotiator Matanuku Mahuika.

Mr Mahuika, who appeared for claimants in the Wai 262 Maori intellectual property claim, believes he was picked for his legal rather than his creative expertise.

In another change, writer and academic Ngahui te Awakotuku has been dropped after one term in the chair, and Te Waka Toi is now headed by Darrin Haimona of Tainui, the chief executive of Te Hauora O Ngati Haua Trust in the Waikato.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am Maori and I agree with the decision that Maori not be represented on the super city council simply because Maori are a separate legal entity and need to follow tikanga Maori and the current common law statutes provided for them that enables them their hapu and whanau to establish a lawfully and legally constituted body to incorporate themselves into the common law to become a law making body unto themselves (the legislators)and to enter the upper house of the NZ Government to direct the Parliament of NZ in managing the affairs of NZ citizens. Most Maori follow the Treaty of Waitangi Act 1975 that confirms the english version of the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi 1840 which according to statute under Te Ture Whenua Maori Act 1993 section 2 (3) is the incorrect version and that the Maori version prevails. If you put an act of the NZ Parliament up against a statute brought into existence by the British Crown and Maori obviously the NZ Parliamentary Act will fail and become subject to the Crown statute. The Minister of Maori Affairs Pita Sharples needs to be informed of these matters as they affect all Maori and all citizens in this Country of ours. If you require more info on this matter of Maori representation my email address is phemarab@gmail.com

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