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Friday, October 09, 2009

Night class cuts could cripple Maori institutions

A long established Maori language teaching network is counting the cost of Education Minister Anne Tolley's 80 percent cut in funding for adult education.

Neria Mataira from Te Ataarangi says night classes have provided a convenient way to teach Maori to tens of thousands of Maori and other New Zealanders over the past four decades.

Three out of four schools have dropped their community education programmes because of the funding cuts.

Ms Mataira says Te Ataarangi has played a major role in ensuring there are enough Maori-speaking kai ako for kohanga reo, kura, as well as speakers for marae and other Maori institutions.

Neria Mataira says Maori language skills learned through Te Ataarangi have led thousands of people into jobs and new careers.

CREATING WORKFORCE FOR FOR NEXT MARAE RESTORATION

A master carver says marae are falling into disrepair, because pakeke have failed to teach the next generation how to maintain their tribal centrepiece.

James Rickard, tumu whakairo at Te Paia Maori Arts and Crafts Institute at Whakarewarewa, is restoring Kaiaua Marae on the western shore of Tikapa Moana, or the Firth of Thames.

He says the refurbishment is near completion, and he's now working with Ngai Paoa on a capacity-building strategy to ensure the marae is cared for well into the future.

He says children are being taught to do kowhaiwhai and tukutuku, building a sustainable future for the marae.

He says skills count for more than money in building and maintaining marae.

OLD AND YOUNG TOGETHER FOR MAORI ART MARKET

The opening of the Maori Art Market in Porirua last night saw a coming together of Maori artists spanning the generations.

The biannual showcase features the works of more than 200 contemporary artists.

Darcy Nicholas, the director of Te Pataka Museum and a renowned artist in his own right, says having senior Maori artists like Selwyn Muru, Fred Graham and Arnold Wilson adding their mana to the opening made it a special event.

He says it's been all go since then.

The Maori art market at Te Tauparaha Arena ends on Sunday.

MATATINI TAKES TOP TEAMS TO CAPITAL FOR SPRING CONCERT

The country's top kapa haka teams are taking to the stage this weekend in Wellington.

Te Waka Huia, Whangara mai Tawhiti and Te Kapa Haka o Te Whanau-a-Apanui will be showing the moves that won them honours at the national Te Matatini competitions in January.

Te Matatini chair Selwyn Parata says there will also be sets from solo artists Katarina Walker, Te Hamua Nikora, Ria Hall and a kapa haka supergroup... when all 120 performers come together.

Te Matatini koanga at the Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington is a celebration of the 25th anniversary of Te Maori.

KURA CHOIR JOINS WITH STRING QUARTET

Also on Saturday night and just across the way at the Wellington Town hall, tamariki from a Seatoun kura will be singing out with a string quintet drawn from members of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

Huia Ihakara from Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Nga Mokopuna says the school was approached by concert master Donald Armstrong after he saw them at a local singing competition.

The choir will perform Hine e Hine... Swing Low Sweet Chariot... and Kiri te Kanawa's Tarakihi in what will be a new experience for the children.

The concert is to raise money for children's charity Barnardos


WIKI PUTS ON SAMOAN JERSEY FOR FUNDRAISER

A benefit match for victims of the Samoan tsunami gives former New Zealand Rugby League captain Ruben Wiki the chance to fulfill a lifelong ambition.

The South Auckland-raised international with the dual Maori and Samoan whakapapa will take the field at Mt Smart Stadium tomorrow in the Samoan team against a New Zealand selection.

He says that's something he never managed in his 300 game professional career.

Ruben Wiki says the tragedy in the islands has galvanised all New Zealanders irrespective of their cultural backgrounds.

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