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Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Pariroa Pa unveils Waionui monument

Ngati Ruanui today celebrates its oldest pa and the tupuna who created it.

Pariroa Marae spokesperson Debbie Ngarewa-Packer says a monument will be unveiled to Tutange Waionui, who started the pa 115 years ago as a way to rebuild a Ngati Ruanui presence in south Taranaki after three decades of war, land confiscation and exile.

She says Waionui was credited for killing flamboyant Austrian mercenary Gustavus Von Tempsky at the battle of Te Ngutu o te Manu, but it was his diplomatic and political activities after he returned from imprisonment in the South Island that laid the foundation for the tribe's survival.

“I believe that he was round at a time he could see what these changes were going to mean for us culturally, for us as whanau and hapu, and he preserved a lot of whakapapa. He’s documented in the Maori Land Court and all those sorts of things as recording how we got to this stage and who this land belonged to and which family whakapapa was here and all of that was really significant,” she says.

Guests at Pariroa Marae this morning include Prime Minister John Key and Te Tai Hauauru MP Tariana turia.


Maori Language Commission chief executive Huhana Rokx says Pakeha New Zealanders have nothing to fear if Maori Television wins the chance to air rugby world cup games.

MTV says if it secures free to air broadcast rights in 2011, up to 10 percent of the commentary could be Maori terms and phrases.

Ms Rokx says this would be a great way to promote te reo.

“The incorporation of any phraseology may occur at the beginning, the end, and sprinkled through the game itself we might have some exciting phrases go through, where the way you might explain things the listener is involved in the flow of the discussion, the korero,” Ms Rokx says.

Visitors will be coming for more than the games and would greatly enjoy the unique broadcasts incorporating Te Reo Maori.


The president of Golden Shears says Maori women play an essential role in the profitablity of the wool industry.

Mavis Mullins from shearing contractor Paewae Mullins says the dominence of wahine Maori in last weekend's South Island Merino Shears event is a sign of their importance.

Tina Rimene took the open fine woolhanding title, while Ngahuia Thwaites from Masterton was top junior woolhandlers.

Ms Mullins, a former champion woolhandler, says their job is to remove any faults from fleeces and class the wool as it comes off the sheep at speed.


Tauranga Moana iwi Ngaiterangi is concerned at the high level of depression and suicidal tendencies it has detected among Maori teenagers.

The iwi's new mobile health unit, which includes a doctor, nurse and several social workers, has been traveling the city in a caravan offering services to rangatahi.

Manager Paul Stanley has been shocked by what the late night consultations have uncovered.

“The single issue young people present with is depression and on a weekly basis we deal with at least one potential suicide case a week. It’s devastating, the amount of sadness that’s happening with these young people and it’s certainly consistent with other research around the country but I didn’t know it would be that bad,” Mr Stanley says.

Three quarters of the unit's clients are young Maori men, who typically are least likely to visit a GP.


The Maori Language Commission says use of Maori phrases during broadcasts of the 2011 rugby world cup would greatly enhance the experience for New Zealanders and visitors alike.

Chief executive Huhana Rokx says indications up to 10 percent of the commentary will be in te reo if Maori Television wins the free to air rights is exciting.

She says it will be loved by visitors who want to see what makes New Zealand different in the world.

Pakeha will also benefit by having Maori put before them in an accessible manner.


Young Maori playing their rugby league across the Tasman have forced their way into the new look Kiwi team to play Tonga next week.

Selector Tony Kemp says Australian-born Bulldogs' winger Bryson Goodwin qualifies through his grandmother's Waikato whakapapa.

Warrior Kevin Locke of Hauraki and Ngapuhi and Manly Sea Eagles back rower Jared Waerea-Hargeaves are also in the 23=man squad.

“He's a big raw boned Maori from Rotorua, someone who the selectors saw as having a bright future for New Zealand.

“The other one is Kieran Foran, he moved away from Auckland when he was 12, he is seen as one of the best halfback prospects we’ve seen come out of our country for a long time,” Kemp says.

Maori returning to the squad include captain Benji Marshall, Greg Eastwood, Lance Hohaia, Isaac Luke and Sam Perrett.

The Kiwis go into camp in Auckland today before moving to Rotorua on Saturday to prepare for a one-off Test against Tonga before flying to England for the Four Nations competition.


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