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Friday, October 09, 2009

World Cup winner endorses Maori TV bid

All Black legend Michael Jones has endorsed Maori Television's bid for free to air rights of the Rugby World Cup.

Jones first donned the black jersey at first World Cup tournament in 1987, when the New Zealand brought the trophy home.

He scored the first try of the 1991 World Cup, but was dropped in 1995 because he refused to play on Sundays.

He subsequently coached Manu Samoa through two world cup campaigns.

Michael Jones says Maori Television can provide world class coverage of the 2011 event.


Meanwhile, the government will tomorrow launch a scheme to grow vegetables on marae around the country using the same pool of money used to provide Maori TV with $3 million for its Rugby World Cup bid.

Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples, who has apologised to the Prime Minister for keeping him in the dark over funding MTS, says John Key will be with him at Wai Patu Marae in Hasting to launch the Mara kai programme.

“This is a programme where any marae can apply for us and get up to $2000 to help establish gardens there where they can grow food and feed people and how they do that and their rules for it and so on is really up to those marae. These are programmes where I think yeah, that’s good for our people, we’ve got the money in my baseline funding. Let’s go and do it,” Dr Sharples says.

He also intends to use his baseline funding to put community workers in community groups workings in areas like dysfunctional families, antenatal care and truancy prevention.


Te Rauparaha Stadium in Porirua is the place to be over the next three days if you have any interest in contemporary Maori arts and crafts.

The biannual Maori Art Market has brought together more than 2000 works by 200 artists working in everything from paint to pounamu, glass, flax, stone, bone and skin.

Artist and educator Derek Llardelli says the event is growing from strength to strength, and the standard of work on show is extremely high.

“What you're seeing is an explosion of creativity. It really is quire outstanding and not necessarily just Maori. We have our Pacific brothers here and Dempsey Bob from Canada who are exhibiting and also workshopping, and those workshops are also outstanding,” Mr Llardelli says.

The Maori Art Market was launched Thursday evening with a tribute to the late baritone Inia Te Wiata by singers Aivale Cole, Frankie Stevens and Wiremu Winitana.


Maori party co-leader Tariana Turia says sending former MP Taito Phillip Field to prison is an indictment of the justice system.

On Tuesday Justice Rodney Hansen gave her former Labour colleague a cumulative sentence of six years for bribery, corruption and attempting to pervert the course of justice, in relation to his dealings with Thai immigrants.

Mrs Turia, who is community and voluntary sector minister, says Field is a person of high integrity who has more than paid for what happened with the loss of his reputation.

“I'm really sad. I don’t believe Taito Field deserved to go to prison. There was somebody sentenced the next day for a serious violent offence that got three years. What’s wrong with us in terms of our justice system that we would give someone who doesn’t pose any risk at all six years in jail,” Mrs Turia says.

She says MPs are placed under huge pressure by migrants prepared to go to extreme lengths to stay in New Zealand.


Tauranga iwi Ngaterangi is taking healthcare to the streets.

In partnership with a public health organisation it has created a mobile health service based in a caravan staffed by a GP, nurse and social workers.

Iwi operations manager Paul Stanley says the HBU team - text speak for How About You - offers a late night service four nights a week in poor neighbourhoods between Katikati and Papamoa.

He says a priority target is young Maori men... the group least likely to visit a doctor, but its open door policy means anyone who comes along is treated, including parents bringing children and people being patched up in the middle of gang brawls.

Ngaiterangi is considering expanding into dental services and into mobile kaumatua care.


Tangata whenua are reaching into their pockets for victims of last weeks's tsunami in Samoa, American Samoa and Tonga.

Former All Black and Manu Samoa rugby rep Michael Jones, who is helping co-ordinate the relief effort in Auckland, says while all sectors of the community are being generous, the Maori effort is totally overwhelming.

Tthe priorities are first aid and building supplies.

People are invited to join the Samoan community at a memorial service at 6pm Sunday at Waitakere Trust Stadium


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