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Thursday, January 07, 2010

Goff makes progress report

December 22

Labour leader Phil Goff says it has been a rough year for Maori.

Mr Goff says there has been some superficial gains for Maori like allowing the tino rangitaratanga flag to fly on the harbour bridge on Waitangi Day but in real terms many Maori will have gone backwards.

He says things like the 90 day rule allowing workers to be sacked without appeal, cutbacks in ACC and pay rates not keeping up with the cost of living will have hit many Maori families particularly hard.

“The real things I think have gone backwards. One or two of the superficial things, yeah, I think some advances but overall not a great year for the Maori community,” Mr Goff says

He says seats on Auckland super city would have been a good way of encouraging Maori participation but instead they got a slap in the face.

TE HEUHEU DEFENDS GOVERNMENT RECORD ON MAORI

However National's Associate Minister of Maori Affairs Georgina Te Heuheu is defending the government's contribution for Maori.

Mrs Te Heuehu says one of her government's biggest successes this year is the way it has worked with the Maori Party to ensure the Maori voice has been heard on all issues.

“I'm very genuine when I say that my colleagues have worked in conjunction with the Maori Party starting with Nick Smith, Simon Power, Gerry Brownlee, all of them. If we want to move New Zealand forward, then the need to work collaboratively and respectfully with the Maori Party and the Maori leadership is critical and that is what we've been doing
Mrs Te Heuheu says.

She says the Maori interest was listened to on the Emission Trading Scheme and Treaty settlements have been progressed, but there is still a lot of work to be done... and she is looking forward to next year's roll out of Whanau Ora.

MAORI TENNIS TOURNAMENT ON THE WAY

Maori tennis stars will be keeping their holiday feasting to a minimum... with their national champs starting just two days after Christmas.

Players from around the country will head to the Waikato Tennis Centre for the week long tournament... the 83rd time the competition has been held.

Organiser and super seniors’ champion Dick Garrett says Maori come from all over the country and even overseas for the annual tournament.

KAIPARA SETTLEMENTS ON THE WAY

The government will this evening be signing agreements in principle with two Auckland based iwi - Ngati Whatua o Kaipara and Ngati Manuhiri.

The $22 million agreement with 6000 member Ngati Whatua o Kaipara covers five marae in the South Kaipara area.

It includes the offer to transfer Woodhill Forest and a 10 acre block at Helensville to the iwi.

The $9 million agreement in principle with 1250 member Ngati Manuhiri which covers an area between Mangawhai to Whangaparaoa includes an offer to transfer South Mangawhai Forest subject to covenants.

Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Christopher Finlayson says in the case of Ngati Manuhiri the Crown wishes to recognise the cultural and spiritual significance of Little Barrier Island to the iwi which the Crown compulsorarily acquired in 1895 evicting residents.

He says the signings show the government is making real progress in settling all claims within Kaipara, Tamaki Makaurau, and Hauraki.

NGATI WHATUA CELEBRATES SIGNING

Ngati Whatua o Kaipara are celebrating the signing of Agreement in Principle with the Crown which will take place this evening.

Naida Glavish, from Ngati Whatua o Kaipara who spoke to Waatea News on the way to the signing is relieved the hard work has paid off.
“It's 20 years in the making. A lot of our people have died waiting and hoping, but we’re here today and our mokopuna will be there tomorrow
Mrs Glavish says.

The iwi still has to negotiate its claim to the Kaipara Harbour.

LAKE WAKA UNCOVERED IN MURIWAI DUNE

A waka tiwai discovered sticking out of a dune on the southern end of Muriwai beach this weekend looks set to remain a bit of a mystery.

The 7m craft, which is typically used for fishing or river travel, was made out of a single kauri tree... so it's likely to have come from the North Island.

However, Robert Brassey, an historic heritage specialist with the Auckland Regional Council, says the lack of other archeaological context means there's no way of telling the waka's true age or origin.

The coastline at Muriwai is changing... the sea is eroding the dunes... and relics are being revealed.

“Quite close to where the waka came up was the wreck of a European ship wrecked in 1916. In that same area are graces from the Orpheus disasters, so as time goes all sorts of things can be exposed that haven’t sent the light of day for quite a while,” Mr Brassey says.

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