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Monday, November 23, 2009

Stan Walker wins Australian idol in front of whanau

The live feed of whanau watching Stan Walker win Australian Idol made the small Tauranga marae of Tamapahore seem even more sparsely populated than usual.

Most of the whanau had hopped on a plane and headed to the live final at the Sydney Opera House.

Speaking from Australia, Molly McLeod says Stan is very close to his Nga Potiki and Ngaiterangi whanau, and many McLeods, Walkers and Ohia were in the audience.

Stan Walker won a Sony recording contract, $200,000 to develop his skills and a brand new car.

MAORI BUSINESS FOCUS OF AUCKLAND STUDY

Maori business is emerging as an area of study in its own right as distinct from mainstream business studies.

The associate dean of Maori and Pacific development at Auckland university's business school, Manuka Henare, says the new discipline is undergoing major growth.

“There is a thing called maori business and over the last 20 years we’ve all been focused on that, giving it an identity trying to describe its characteristics and then develop courses and programmes that prepare people for a Maori commercial world,” Dr Henare says.

He says the university’s plan to have at least 10 PhD graduates in the next couple of decades will be helped by a new scholarship kicked off by businessman Owen Glenn. Undergraduates studying Maori business can get help from a $1 million fund donated by Paul Kelly.

GUILDFORD EMERGING AS STAR OF TOUR

Rugby commentator Ken Laban predicts that a rugby super star of the future has emerged during the All Blacks tour.

He says Ngati Kahungunu winger Zac showed skill and composure in the All Blacks 19-6 win over England at Twickenham on Sunday morning, belying his 20 years.

The Hawkes Bay flyer was picked ahead of Hosea Gear because he can cover both wing and fullback and is confident under the high ball.

If as expected Guildford gets the nod for the final test against France it will show the selectors see him as front runner for World Cup left winger.

ETS DEAL LEAVES MAORI DIVIDED

The Government's Emissions trading scheme has exposed divisions across Maoridom.

The Maori party's support for the deal to push the ETS through parliament this week under urgency will see an addition $24 million to insulate 8000 more low income family homes... many of them Maori.

In exchange for its support the Maori party says it has won a halving of power and petrol price rises in comparison with previous estimates.

Other Maori specific initiatives in the deal include a Treaty of Waitangi clause in the legislation, the government paying for iwi representatives to travel to Copenhagen for world climate change talks next month, and a bigger allocation of carbon credits for the fishing industry and agreement that they will be paid to quota holders which includes many iwi instead of fishing vessel owners.

Minister of Maori Affairs and Maori Party co-leader Pita Sharples hails it as a win for all New Zealanders saying it will allow the creation of large-scale permanent forests.

Under the deal announced this afternoon by Prime minister John Key around 35,000 hectares of Conservation land will be set aside for some iwi - notably big South Island tribe Ngai Tahu - to plant for carbon credits under the deal, while other iwi will also work with the government to facilitate indigenous planting.

However the Greens and Labour have questioned this saying despite the concessions ordinary Maori families will not only pay through across the board price increases but by funding not being available for health and welfare where Maori are in need of help.

The say Maori foresters are getting special treatment and big business polluters are being sheltered sending the wrong signals in the stated aim of cutting greenhouse gas.

Five iwi which signed treaty agreements prior to 1990 which are getting access to plant on DOC estate as part of the deal.

IWI LEADERSHIP FORUM SALIVATING AT FOREST DEAL

The iwi leadership forum has given the thumbs up to the Government’s scheme.

Speaking from Gisborne today chairman Apirana Mahuika says the forum supports the inclusion of treaty clauses, and is satisfied the relationship between the government and Maori interests paves the way forward to address climate change and economic implications for Maori.

He says the forum supports the five iwi who settled early, and the iwi Crown forest partnership

“Our discussions with Nick Smith have been very constructive and positive, I’d say far more than with the previous administration, and we are absolutely confident that in our discussions with him we can actually move forward and benefit not only Maori but the nation as a whole,” Mr Mahuika says.

FOMA CONCERNED MOST MAORI LANDOWNERS LEFT OUT OF DEAL

However the Federation of Maori Authorities is concerned about the Maori landowners who are not covered by the deal announced today.

Rino Tirikatene, FoMA's chief executive, says Maori will be the biggest owners of land with forests planted before 1990 once all treaty settlements are complete.

Government figures indicate that close to 300,000 hectares of that land is suitable for a higher and better use, but Mr Tirikatene says the cost of changing from forestry to farming or market gardening will be prohibitive.

“We support the arrangements and the deal that have been done with the five iwi. They were specific contractual issue they had around their treaty settlements with the Crown and it’s good they’ve managed to find a resolution to those issues. However our concerns were more general and broader than that in that they relate to the many other private Maori land interests who own pre-1990 forest lands and they haven’t got anything out to the bill before the House,” Mr Tirikatene says.

LABOUR ATTACKS SOUTHERN TOP UP IN EMISSIONS DEAL

Labour party intends to strongly oppose any special deal for Ngai Tahu to compensate the South Island iwi for the impact the emissions trading scheme may have.

Environment spokesperson Shane Jones says Labour does not agree with Ngai Tahu's claim that the scheme as currently proposed could cost them $70 to $120 million by changing the terms of the terms of the iwi's treaty settlement negotiated by former National treaty negotiations minister Sir Douglas Graham.

“The government seems to be convinced by the special pleading strategy from Ngai Tahu that their settlement will be eroded if ETS goes ahead. That’s not a view that Labour has. We had a QC look into the matter. There’s no ways Doug Graham who negotiated the settlement with Sir Tipene O’Regan misled or lied to Ngai Tahu and we don’t agree with the scheme at all as proposed by Nick Smith and we certainly won’t be agreeing with any special deal for Ngai Tahu,” Mr Jones says.

He says the Maori Party has sold Maori short in supporting National to push emissions trading scheme legislation through Parliament under urgency this week.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey! Thanx for this beautiful place of the Inet!!

9:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

kia ora stan your the man had to come to auzzie just to find it out but um....nah you were awsome on idol and yeah mean god bless i no you will go a long way in your singing bro keep it up ohh yeah just brought your elbum today bro but its worth it lolz ka kite ano
arohanui Chur

3:20 PM  

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