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Friday, September 18, 2009

Turia spells out healthcare changes

Associate health minister Tariana Turia wants to see more integration of the Maori health sector.

Mrs Turia attended the third Maori health providers hui in Auckland yesterday, where hauora serving more than half the Maori population gathered to hear how they could be affected by the government's changes to primary healthcare.

She says while many providers are concerned about their existing contracts, she wants to see a shift to a whanau ora model where the health of the whole family is taken into account.

“This isn't about providers. It’s about whanau, doing the best we can for families and we want integrated care for our families. We want them to have health services but we want education, social justice the whole range of services to be available to them without having 10 different agencies trotting down their pathway,” Mrs Turia says.

Her own experience running a Maori health organization taught her the way government funding agencies measured outcomes had little to do with the health of the people treated.


Upper Whanganui River iwi Ngati Rangi today releases its strategic plan on the best ways to survive and thrive in the shadows of Mount Ruapehu.

Chairperson Che Wilson says the immediate focus is on the sort of assets the tribe should push for in its treaty settlement, with Crown holdings in the area including the Waiouru army base, forestry land and the Turoa skifields.

He says the strategy also takes a long term view.

“The long term vision is that we still exist in 1000 years and it’s about equipping our people to have the opportunities to maintain and develop ourselves as a people so there’s some huge aspirations there but people tend to forget there are many iwi who have faded into history and we don’t want to be one of those in a thousand years,” Mr Wilson says.


The newest member of the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame says people are hearing his music all the time without knowing it.

Richard Nunns and the late Hirini Melbourne were honoured at last night's
APRA Silver Scroll Awards in Christchurch for their work reviving taonga puoro or traditional Maori instruments.

He says samples from their 1993 taonga puoro album Ku Te Whe are turning up everywhere from movies to All Black games.

Mr Nunns says while it's a battle getting people to pay for using the material in new ways, the samples means the music is being embraced.

“The music's out there. People are hearing it an using it and I would venture to think that the New Zealand population are hearing taonga puora seven or eight times a week through radio, tv and film and while they may not know exactly what they’re hearing they know those vopices could come from nowhere else, they are voices of this land,” Nunns says.


Nelson's Wakatu Incorporation has spoken out in favour of a bill which would require land not used for the purpose it was taken to be offered back to its original owners.

Chairperson Paul Morgan says the issues in Maori Party MP Te Ururoa Flavell's Public Works Act amendment bill are so important to Maori, they should be picked up for a full government bill.

He says Wakatu has had to go to court to stop government agencies and local bodies chipping away at their remaining estate for some supposed public good.

“And we've actually accommodated the public good aspect for instance by leasing them land for roads but we’ve done it on a commercial basis so what was initially a bad position we’ve been able to negotiate and I would expect the law to be amended to take no more Maori freehold land. It’s really actually unnecessary,” Mr Morgan says.

Wakatu is also fighting an attempt by the Crown to hand over education land taken from it under the Public Works Act to another iwi to settle treaty claims.


With the government denying Maori seats on Auckland super city, a Northland council has unanimously embraced the idea.

Far North mayor Wayne Brown says his council wants local authorities north of Auckland to form one unitary council ... and they've voted unanimously for three of the nine seats on the new entity to be for Maori.

“We want to have a unitary council up here because the regional council in Whangarei is ineffective and remote and we have offered to have three direct Maori representation seats on our council when we become a unitary authority, hopefully before the next election if I can get Hide to get his head up and look beyond the super dumb city,” Mr Brown says.

Having Maori inside the tent will allow them to understand what councils do, and they may be more inclined to pay their rates.


A Ngati Whatua kapa haka group has been invited to perform at a festival in Finland.

Kahurangi ki Kaipara is a whanau group with the youngest member 5 years old and the oldest is 20.

The invitation to the Tampere Folk Festival next June came through iwi member and photographer Margaret Kawharu, who met the festival organisers during a visit to Finland.

She says it was too good an invitation to turn down.

Ms Kawharu hopes to arrange performances at other festivals so the children can make the most of their trip.


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