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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Maori Party suckered into support

Labour leader Phil Goff says the Maori party has been suckered into supporting National's changes to the emissions trading scheme.

Maori party co-leader Pita Sharples last week claimed he'd won a benefit increase to compensate low income people for additional energy costs, and that 2000 Maori homes would be insulated at no cost.

Mr Goff says the Government has since denied those things were happening, so it's hard to work out what the pay-off for the Maori party is.

“Maori people and Pakeha people alike know that if you’re going to provide compensation for people against the costs of global warming and the additional taxes it’s got to be done on the basis of need and it can’t be done on the basis of ethnicity so if Pita Sharples is right, then the solution is wrong. If he’s not right and nothing’s been given, then the Maori Party has been taken for a ride,” Mr Goff says.

He says the Maori Party's support for the bill to be introduced in parliament this week means taxpayers will spend billions to subsidise big business polluters at the same time social services are being cut.


It didn't take long, but Nelson health, community and Maori organisations now know a lot more about councils and companies in their area.

More than 40 organisations signed on to this week's speed networking event run by Whakatu Marae.

Organiser Carol Hippolite says the speed dating format, where people had just minutes to introduce their organisations and look for possible hook-ups, created pressure to make a good impression quickly and added to the fun.

Carolina Hippolite says the session was so well-received Whakatu marae plans to host another one next year... possibly on Valentine's Day


The sole surviving WAI 262 fauna and flora claimant has endorsed the work of Waikato University's Honey Research Unit.

Saana Murray from Ngati Kuri visited the university and thanked the unit for the benefits its research into the healing properties of manuka honey had given to Maori and other beekeepers.

Mrs Murray says honey was a low impact industry which can benefit her far north rohe, where there is much undeveloped Maori land.

“We should look for every avenue for creating free industry from such areas as where the big hives are. I can recall living with beehives in our area. It was our sugar supply, it being part of the business of our people,” she says.

Mrs Murray, who was last week invested with her Companion to the New Zealand Order of Merit award, is still waiting for the Waitangi Tribunal to report on the WAI 262 claim, which was lodged by her and five other elders in 1991.


A national coalition of Maori public health organisations wants an independent agency established to direct funding for Maori health and social services.

Chief executive Simon Royal says the commissioning agency would be the most effective way to implement the whanau ora policy being promoted by associate health minister Tariana Turia.

He says Maori providers have been trying for years to offer primary healthcare and other social and services in a holistic fashion, but they are put at a disadvantage by the way mainstream agencies allocate funds and measure outcomes.

“We want a Maori owned agency in much the same way as we have Maori agencies the National Kohanga Reo Trust, Maori Fisheries Commission and we have other agencies that are owned and operated by Maori. Now obviously some Crown funding agreements and arrangements would need to be sorted out with the Government but that’s what we’re hoping is going to be the future,” Mr Royal says.

A round of hui to inform Maori providers of changes in primary health funding finished on Monday, and Mr Royal says Maori need to prepare expressions of interest to participate in the next stage of the reforms.


Maori broadcast funding agency Te Mangai Paho is encouraged by the initial response to its attempt to find out whether Maori consider its work is helping language revival.

The first of three feedback hui was held in Wellington yesterday.

Researcher Dennis O'Reilly says more than 50 people turned up to say how the agency could help Maori wanting to speak te reo.

‘There was an interesting spectrum of some of the guns of te reo Maori and some of the people who had been involved in the establishment of Maori radio and so really good turn out of guns plus a lot of young people who were not Maori speakers,” Mr O’Reilly says.

The next hui is in Auckland tomorrow.


Central iwi Ngati Rangi isn't waiting around for its Treaty Settlement.

Chairperson Che Wilson says the iwi has endorsed a strategic plan encompassing eight areas, including health, the environment and education.

He says it's already done a lot of the work that other iwi leave until they have banked their settlement putea.

“We've built up relationships with some of the government organisations, with private organisations in our rohe. We’ve got Turoa Skifields, we’ve got a pulp mill, that pulp mill is associated with the forest so we will get the forest back one day. We’ve got the New Zealand army at Waiouru. So we’ve made those relationships now rather than wait for a piece of paper that signs it off and gives us a few million dollars,” Mr Wilson says.

One project is a partnership between Meridian Energy and Mangamingi marae near Raetihi to build a micro hydro power unit to power the marae.


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