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Friday, November 06, 2009

Heat goes on Harawira

There are signs of a split in the Maori Party leadership over maverick MP Hone Harawira.

Mr Harawira is under fire for skipping a meeting at the European Parliament in Brussels to go sightseeing in Paris with his wife Hilda co-leader.

The Tai Tokerau MP has compounded the crisis by accusing a Maori critic of believing the "white man bullshit".

Tariana Turia told Radio Waatea she'd been led to understand Mr Harawira missed the Brussels' meeting because of illness, and his actions raise doubts about whether the Maori Party's word can be trusted.

But her co-leader Pita Sharples says Mr Harawira is known as an entrepreneur who breaks the odd rule here or there.

“New Zealand has to weigh up the value of his intellect and his perception of issues as opposed to his odd rule breaking and that’s how it is and so does the Maori Party. We’re a team and we’ve got to work these things out among ourselves, how we go,” Dr Sharples says.

He says it's up to the speaker to investigate whether Mr Harawira's actions breached parliament's rules.


A former fisheries minister says his recipe for kick starting the aquaculture industry will be of huge benefit to Maori.

Sir Douglas Kidd chaired a technical working group which recommended a raft of changes, including allowing new marine farms outside the existing aquaculture management areas.

Fisheries minister Phil Heatley has welcomed the recommendations and called a fresh round of consultation.

Sir Douglas says it's important to maintain the integrity of the Maori commercial aquaculture settlement, which has so far been a complete failure in terms of giving Maori marine farming space.

“We would preserve the essence of that settlement and find ways to enable Maori to be at the forefront of the newly relaunched aquaculture. We make a very hard stance that 20 percent of the space at least has got to be for Maori,” Sir Douglas says.

There needs to be a special aquaculture division in the Fisheries Ministry as well as are stringent rules to protect the environment.


The selection of Zac Guildford on the wing for the All Blacks' test against Wales this weekend is being seen as proof hard work pays dividends.

Sky Rugby commentator Karl Te Nana says with Corey Jane starting on the other wing, that makes two wingers with Kahungunu whakapapa.

Guildford was just 18 when he first played for Hawkes Bay in the Air New Zealand Cup, and he's notched 13 tries for his province this season.


The Maori Party is considering disciplinary action against Hone Harawira.

A member of the party's ruling council, retired Maori Land Court judge Heta Hingston, says the Tai Tokerau MP's unauthorised side trip to Paris during an official visit to the European parliament in Brussels, and his subsequent expletive-laden emailed response to criticism of his action, doesn't match up to the high standards of integrity the party sets for itself.

“We expect our members, and especially our MPs as leaders and role models, to demonstrate manaakitanga, rangatiratanga, kaitiakitanga and wairuatanga in all that they do. What has happened is a serious breach of the kaupapa and the tikanga of the party,” Judge Hingston says.

Any complaint needs to be discussed with Mr Harawira and his electorate committee, and if there is an unsatisfactory response it will go to a disciplinary committee of senior members.


Ngai Tahu has welcomed one of its own back for a show at Christchurch Art Gallery of the way museums store taonga.

The Vault by Neil Pardington from Kati Mamoe, Kai tahu, Kati Waewae and pakeha consists of 35 large-scale photographic works taken in storage spaces that are normally closed to the public.

Mr Pardington says working in museums over the past 20 years has opened his eyes to how culture is defined by what is collected and stored there.

“There's so much different material in the museum; contemporary art work, taonga Maori, natural history collections, or even cupboards full of props and mannequins. One challenge is honouring those objects and their histories and another is taking compelling photographs that people want to look at and appreciate,” Mr Pardington says.

BBecause many of the works were taken behind the scenes at the Rotorua Museum, last night's opening included a special welcome for Te Arawa members who travelled south with their taonga.


The full house signs are out for tomorrow night for the ninth Kahungunu Sports Awards in Waipukerau.

Event manager Teresa O Brien says more than 350 guests are expected to honour the top Maori athletes with links to the Hawkes Bay and Wairarapa.

The Kahungunu Sports Awards will acknowledge six world champions from rugby, rugby league, pistol shooting and shearing.


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