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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Sharles sure South Australia leading the way in rehab

Bulletins August 21

A trip to South Australia has left Pita Sharples even more convinced his call for Maori focused prison rehabilitation centres is the right way to go.

The Associate Minster of Corrections who has just returned from Australia says he wanted to know how South Australia has maintained a steady prison population in recent years, of just on 4000 inmates, while in New Zealand the number has doubled.

He says the success is due to the South Australian prison delivery regime, where inmates can be moved between hard core, medium, low security and rehabilitation centres, depending on their behaviour.

He says the model of Maori focused prison rehabilitation centres would work in a similar way.

“What it showed me is our model will definitely work. It really is about whether my model can have a measure of autonomy so it can exist in its own criteria, and I know it will work,” Dr Sharples says.


One of New Zealand's most successful Maori tourism operators says riding out the recession comes down to forward planning.

Mike Tamaki, a director of Tamaki Group Holdings which has ventures in Rotorua, Christchurch and pending in Manukau, says its important for Maori to think laterally during times of economic crisis.

He says the world is going to look entirely different for the global traveller in the next three years and Maori needed to make dynamic changes to be prepared.

Mike Tamaki says an example is his group setting up an interactive website called Global Storytellers to co-ordinate indigenous stories from around the world.


The head of the union representing tertiary staff says there are good reason why Maori researchers are producing less than other academics.

A just out Ministry of Education report shows that in 2006 academics working in Maori research completed less than half the significant research of academics in other areas.

Union president Tom Ryan, says this was down do the high number of new Maori researchers with extensive community commitments.

“A high percentage of Maori academics are working n their own iwi areas or not too far away and they do have heavy commitments on a wide range of whanau and iwi organisations, far more so than the average academic, many of whom are international and have fewer local commitments,” he says.

Institutions and more experienced academics need to encourage and support Maori staff to develop their capacity.

The research shows that just 14 percent Maori research produced significant results compared to 32 percent of general research.


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