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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Organise to win seats

National list MP Tau Henare is urging Maori to stand for seats on the new Auckland super city council.

While most of the submissions to Mr Henare's Auckland governance Maori subcommittee were in favour of dedicated Maori seats, Cabinet has rule out that possibility.

He says Maori can slope back to the pa, as a Ngati Whatua spokesperson has suggested, march up and down Queen St again with no hope of a result, or get organised.

“Take the opportunity now of getting a ticket together, talking to maybe some of the mayoral candidates, and really go to town in the next 18 months and organise so Maori do stand and are elected,” Mr Henare says.

He says based on his performance last election, Waipareira leader and former MP John Tamihere has a reasonable chance of winning a council seat or even the mayoralty.


A new recruitment company sees a gap in the market for Maori expertise.
Mana Recruitment director Brad Walker says many Maori job seekers have skills which haven't been recognised by other agencies.

He says many businesses in New Zealand require a good understanding of Maori culture and, increasingly, language skills.

“It is now becoming popular in some roels to have people with both English and te reo expertise and those are the roles we are looking at supporting. The same with some of the Pacific languages as well, we are starting to get those roles coming through too,” Mr Walker says.

The recession won't affect the company as Maori oriented roles were always in demand.


The people of Ngati Hamua have set aside a longstanding iwi dispute to celebrate the opening of their new marae at Pahiatua.

Rangitaane and Kahungunu have along argued over who holds sway a over the area, even though members in area share closely interlinked whakapapa.

At last month's opening, Ngati Hamua refused to align the mana of Te Kohanga Whakawhaiti o Te Iwi to either.

Kuia Puti Tipene says it's time to put the animosity aside and come together.

“People here are both but it’s really Rangitane whenua so we don’t mind, or I don’t mind, and the whanau’s coming round to that. This is where our marae is,” Mrs Tipene says.

Ngati Hamua started the marae project almost 30 years ago.


The doors have opened at the AUT Maori Expo at Aucklands' Vector Arena, with landlord and mana whenua iwi Ngati Whatua blessing the premises.

Event manager Renata Blair says thousands of people are expected through the stadium throughout the day to see the best of things Maori, hear debate on issues of the day see kapa haka and other entertainment.

He says more than 60 exhibitors have signed up for the Kia Tu Kia Maia; Seize the Day celebration, including universities and polytechnics and government, community and Maori organisations, all trying to open the eyes of rangatahi to what is possible, even in tough economic times.

“There's just so much more opportunities now with education and there’s not many jobs about so it’s a great time to start planning for your career,” Mr Blair says.

The event ends with Ngahau i te Po; Groove the Night, the first Aotearoa Maori music event to be held at Vector Arena.


The New Zealand Maori Council is vowing to keep fighting for Maori ownership of water despite the High Court refusing it leave to go to the Supreme Court over the issue.

Spokesperson Jim Nicholls says under the Treaty of Waitangi water is a taonga, but there is no requirement to give Maori applications priority when consents are allocated.

Publicly listed generator Trustpower and the attorney general, on behalf of the government, applied to have the case struck out.

Mr Nichols says that could have tipped the scales.

“Whether or not it was their influence that caused the High Court to make its decision I’m unsure but what I do know is the issue of water will be debated and the question of the termination and the influence of the Treaty of Waitangi on further decisions is imminent,” Mr Nicholls says.

The Council is considering an appeal.


Twenty years of traditional carvings are going on show at a new gallery in Havelock.

Shark Nett Gallery founder Michael Bradley says they tell the story of Rangitane, the iwi he chaired until 1995.

Mr Bradley says most of the work was done by Ari Liddington, Paul Johnson and the late Karl MacDonald, who were his students on a course run by the top of the South Island iwi in the early 1990s.

“I've just been sponsoring these guys to carve, doing all our tupuna, carving some of our taniwha, our prominent people, just getting the boys to carve our history, because we didn’t have any. It had all been burnt or stolen by tribal invasion invasion down here,” Mr Bradley says.

He says there is little promotion of Maori culture in Te Tau Ihu, and he wants to address that imbalance.


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