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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

ACC privatisation back to bad old days

A Maori lawyer says privatisation of accident compensation will leave many Maori without cover.

Moana Jackson says the Government’s review of whether the ACC’s workers’ account should be opened up to competition is just the latest in a long line of attempts to whittle down the world-leading system.

He says before ACC most Maori couldn’t afford accident insurance and did not have the resources to sue if they were injured at work.

“A large majority of Maori people who were injured in those days were nor covered, got no compensation, spent their lives really ill afterwards because they couldn’t get proper care and so on. Do we want to go back to a situation where a great majority of our people do not get coverage,” Mr Jackson says.


Paraninihi ki Waitotara is having a good year.

The giant incorporation, which manages 18,000 hectares of Taranaki land and produces two million kilograms of milk solids a year, suffered setbacks in recent years from property investments across the Tasman.

But general manager Ranald Gordon says the farming operation is going well, despite the recession and the high kiwi dollar.

He says last year was testing with the drop in payout, but the incorporation is now well ahead of budgets, it has its costs under control and it is just waiting for the weather to improve.

Ranald Gordon says dairy farmers see demand for their products lifting across Asia, increasing hope of an increased pay out.


There's new hope for the one in seven Maori men who suffer from gout.
Otago University researchers say the painful form of arthritis can be beaten once and for all by upping the dose of allopurinol, the main medicine used to treat it.

Rheumatologist Lisa Stamp says by taking allopurinol above the levels recommended by United States regulators, 86 percent of gout sufferers had less uric acid in their blood.

In many cases it led to a complete cure.

She says gout tends to run in families, but there is still a stigma surrounding gout meaning people don’t seek treatment.

Lisa Stamp says while alcohol and fatty food does bring on gout, seafood is also full of uric acid so Maori from whanau who are genetically predisposed to the disease need to be careful about the amount they eat.


Groups involved in spectrum claims plan to meet next month to discuss how Maori can share in the digital dividend coming as frequencies used for analogue television are freed up by the shift to digital transmission.

Mavis Mullins from Te Huarahi Tika Trust says the Maori spectrum trust’s involvement in the establishment of mobile phone company Two Degrees through its Hautaki subsidiary shows how involvement in the area can have benefits for Maori and the country as a whole.

She says there’s still a lot of opposition to the notion that radio spectrum is covered by the treaty, so a united front is needed.

“Even though Te Huarahi Tika and Hautaki came from a tribunal claim, it’s not actually a settlement of, so it has left perhaps the door open for those original claimants. This is about more than Te Huarahi Tika Trust. This is also about all spectrum and there’s a lot happening in this space right now,” Ms Mullins says.

The hui at Kokiri Marae in Petone on November 5 and 6 has been called by the Maori Council and Nga Kaiwhakapumau o Te Reo Maori, which successfully led the Maori language and broadcasting claims and then negotiated a resolution to the spectrum claim.


A Creative New Zealand board member says the $320,000 a year previously spent maintaining the Toi Iho Maori made mark will go to other Maori artistic activities.

Erima Henare says seven years after it was launched only 230 Maori artists had registered for to use the guarantee of authenticity.

He says Creative New Zealand’s Maori arm, Te Waka Toi is looking for a suitable kaitiaki to maintain the mark, if that’s what the artists want.

But it can’t justify any further spending.

“The $320,000 that had previously been spent on it will go to Te Waka Toi to prioritise into some of the other funding cateories they have, so it will stay iin the Maori arts community,” Mr Henare says.

He says any marae will know how hard it is to raise $320,000 and how far it can be stretched.


Local knowledge gave Taranaki surfers the edge at the Auhi Kore Aotearoa Maori championships over the weekend,

They took home four trophies including the hotly contested open men’s title, which went to Bachelor Tipene of Ngati Ruanui.

Te Kauhoe Wano, the host of Maori Television’s surfing show, says Tipene has come close in past years, and this year has show consistent competition form.

In the women's division, Jessica Santorik of Ngati Raparapa beat defending champion Jayda Martin-Fitzharris of Ngati Porou.

Daniel Procter from Uepohatu took out the longboard division, and 13-year-old Waretini Wano from Te Atiawa picked up the Under 18 title.


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