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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Whakapapa driving crime prevention strategy

The police are looking at how the whakapapa information they get from the Maori they arrest can be used to reduce Maori offending.

Inspector Hurimoana Dennis, the police national Maori strategic advisor, says the information has been collected for some time.

He says it's helping runanga develop iwi-led crime prevention plans.

Ngapuhi and Te Arawa have finished their plans and are seeking a formal response from government.

TE HEUHEU STAYING OUT OF RUGBY BID SCRUM

The minister with responsibility for Maori broadcasting is refusing to get embroiled in the row over Te Puni Kokiri's funding being used to bolster Maori Television's bid for rugby world cup broadcast rights.

Labour MP Shane Jones says associate Maori Affairs Minister Georgina te Heuheu held back information from her Cabinet colleagues, because being candid could have scuttled the bid.

But Mrs te Heuheu says everything has been above board.

“I won't comment on Dr Sharples. He’s the shareholding minister and that might be why he’s taking the lead the last 10 days or so. I don’t think it’s helpful at all for an associate minister who may have a delegation on terms of a broadcasting but who’s not the shareholding minister to be adding to the discussion that is going on in public,” Mrs te Heuheu says.

When Dr Sharples was on leave in early September, she informed the other shareholding minister, Bill English, the bid was imminent.

LUKE MCALISTER READY TO BOUNCE BACK

Rugby commentator Karl Te Nana says Luke McAlister can bounce back from what has been a horror season.

After six weeks on the sideline with a broken cheekbone, the Te Atiawa midfielder was in top form for North Harbour's 28-7 win over the Bay of Plenty at the weekend.

But he's now in doubt for the All Blacks' end of year tour after rolling his ankle at training this week.

Mr Te Nana says McAlister is an inspiration for young Maori sportspeople, and he has the mental toughness to get back.

BROADCAST BATTLE PITTING TREATY PARTNER AGAINST OTHER

A former member of Maori Television's Aunties panel says the National Government is pitting the state-owned broadcaster against its treaty partner.

Broadcasting Minister Jonathan Coleman today admitted offering Television New Zealand extra funding to allow it to trump Maori Television's bid for Rugby World Cup broadcast rights, which relies on a subsidy from Te Puni Kokiri.

The intevention means the International Rugby Board deferred its decision on the free to air broadcaster.

Ella Henry, who now teaches Maori development at Auckland University of Technology, says it's an extraordinary denial of Maori aspirations.

“Maori Television of course is not a state owned broadcaster, it’s part of a treaty settlement process. It’s the treaty partner in broadcasting in this country, particularly in free to air. So we have a predominantly Pakeha government now saying the predominantly Pakeha broadcaster has to win at all costs against the Maori partner in broadcasting. Historically, I think that one is going to come back and bite this government on the bum,” she says.

Ms Henry says it's clear the Government did not consider how New Zealanders would watch the games until the broadcasters were at each other's throats.

GAMBLING FIGHT HAMPERED BY COUNCIL LOOSENING

A Maori problem gambling manager says more harm will be done if Auckland City Council eases up on gambling venues.

Zoe Hawke from Maori public health group Hapai Te Hauora Tapui says the council is considering reducing the distance pokie venues need to be from schools or churches, and it might also allow pokies to be resited if roadworks force a venue to close.

She says Maori opposition helped get sinking lid policies in both Waitakere and Manukau, and Maori need to put pressure on Auckland.

Ms Hawke says a lot of people want to make submissions, and it would be great if the council listened.

TUHOE RAIDS ART AUCTIONED FOR DEFENCE

Artworks inspired by the police raids on Ruatoki in 2007 go on show at Wellington's Thistle Hall tonight.

The 50 plus works in the Explosive Expression exhibition will be auctioned on Saturday to raise funds for the defence of the 17 people facing charges stemming from the raids, which stemmed from what police said were military-style training camps in the Urewera.

One of those people, Tuhoe activist and artist Tame Iti, says his contribution is a self portrait of red eyes on a black backround, inspired by the importance of eye to eye contact during the arrests.

“At the day of the raid nobody was allowed to say anything, nobody was allowed to boo but what has happened to most people is the fact they were still able to see things and view things from what happened to them on 15 October 2007. That piece of artwork I have here is about that, kanohi ki te ao, a self portrait,” Iti says.

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