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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Stand firm on smacking says trust

Maori child advocacy group Te Kahui Mana Ririki is applauding the government's indication that it will not be changing the law in response to the referendum on smacking.

Chair Hone Kaa says the low turnout by Maori voters shows they are also happy with the law in its present form.

He says only a third of Maori voters took part in the referendum - 11.2 percent of those Maori voters voted yes to the question, "Should a smack as part of good parental correction be a criminal offence in New Zealand", and 88.8 percent voted no.

“The law has been working well. What do we need to change? We want the current law maintained, and we will continue to promote the anti-smoking message with our iwi,” Dr Kaa says.

He says Prime Minister John Key has maintained his position that the current law is working well and at this stage he has no intention of changing it.


Labour leader Phil Goff says the government's consultation on the structure of Auckland Super City was obviously a sham.

Phil Goff says people will be angry that the government made the decision not to have Maori seats on the council before the select committee looking at the issue had reported back to parliament in two weeks.

He says people will also be angry that National was held to ransom by ACT leader Rodney Hide who currently has just one percent public support.

“He’s held the Government to ransom. John Key has been prepared to allow himself to be held to ransom and that doesn’t do anything at all about the relationship with the Maori Party, it doesn’t do anything for that positively. It was meant to be mana enhancing. Actually it’s a slap in the face,” Mr Goff says.

He says the system of Maori seats in central government works well stopping Maori from being disadvantaged through lack of representation and there is no reason why the same process should not happen at the local government level.


Maori artists and musicians are inspiring the indigenous cultures of Northern Canada this week to take a leadership role in event management.

A group of Maori performers attended the Planet Indigenous festival in Toronto over the weekend, taking part alongside hula groups from Hawaii, Inuit circus performers, singers and other performers.

Wharehoka Wano, an event manager for Tihi Limited, says although impressed with the scale of funding and infrastructure available to other cultures, the Aotearoa group made an impression with the way they used traditional protocol in running an event.


ACT leader Rodney Hide is coming in for continued harsh criticism for his part in stopping Maori having seats on Auckland super city.

The royal commission on the super city recommended three Maori seats and Prime Minister John Key acknowledged that Mr Hide's threat to resign if this happened was a factor behind the decision not to follow the recommendation.

Labour leader Phil Goff says by threatening to throw his toys out of the cot Mr Hide held National and the country to ransom with just 1 percent public support for his party.

And mana whenua iwi Tainui's chairman Tuku Morgan says the epitaph Rodney Hide created with his threat to resign is total disregard for the cornerstones of Maori mana and sovereignty in New Zealand.

“These are people who don’t give a stuff about Maori aspirations, about Maori development in this country, nor the historic agreement hinged around the Treaty of Waitangi,” Mr Morgan says.

Ngati Whatua spokesperson Ngarimu Blair says middle New Zealanders have been lead to fear Maori representation by Rodney Hide and his far right ACT party when all Maori want to do is contribute.


Iwi and marae around the country have benefited from the pioneering work of Tutuatahi Tui Adams who died at the weekend.

Dr Adams, who is being laid to rest today, was instrumental in organising courses for kaumatua to prepare them for running the paepae.

Maania Clarke, who covers the Tainui rohe for Waatea News, says the idea originated with the Maori Queen and was picked up by Dr Adams.

The success of the programme was evident when elders rose to speak at the yearly Coronation events, and other iwi took note. Te Wananga o Aotearoa now runs similar programmes all around the country.


A Maori artist says she is taking her tipuna with her to Italy.

Mangatu artist Tawera Tahuri, says as a Maori artist she is honoured to have been chosen to attend the Florence Biennale contemporary art exhibition to be held in Florence in December, showing artwork based around her iwi.


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