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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Maori TV to broadcast Manly games

Maori Television is again playing the sports card to increase viewer numbers, signing a deal with the Manly Sea Eagles to rebroadcast all its National Rugby League matches on Monday nights.

Chief executive Jim Mather says sport has proved to be an effective way to normalise te reo Maori.

He says the deal will build on the success of the channel's Breakers basketball coverage and its broadcast of David Tua's fights.

“For us to be a successful television organization, we have to have viewers. Sports, along with music, are probably the best opportunities to connect emotionally with the widest possible number of New Zealanders that would watch us so it’s part of our strategy to broaden our audience, give them good and compelling reasons to watch Maori Television and when they are there, introduce them to other aspects of our programming,” Mr Mather says.


Local Hero Haami Chapman says youth justice measures passed by Parliament yesterday will stoke the fires of resentment among young Maori.

The law change means the Youth Court rather than the Family Court will deal with the worst 12 and 13 year old offenders, and it can impose tougher sentences including sending rangatahi to boot camp style residential care.

Mr Chapman, who was honoured in the New Zealander of the Year Awards for his work in south Auckland, says rather than taking young people out of the community, the government should put its resources into community programmes that work.

“All that will happen is the kids will get tougher, they will retaliate even more so. It’s more in how they think. You begin to alienate our kids more from mainstream society, from the values of society. I don’t believe they work. It will have the opposite effect. We will see the results in another 10, 15 years from now,” Mr Chapman says.

The law will create a new generation of alienated youth who will gravitate towards gang culture.


Some major Maori sculptural works have been unveiled today as part of the New Zealand International Arts Festival in Wellington.

Shapeshifter, in the Lower Hutt Civic Gardens and the New Dowse art museum, includes new work by Para matchitt, Joe Kemp, Tim Wraight and others.

Para Matchitt says viewers should be ready to be surprised at an eclectic show.

Shapeshifter is at the NewDowse for three weeks.


Maori broadcasting claimants and national Maori bodies are weighing up whether to enter negotiations with the Crown.

Piripi Walker from the Wellington Maori language board Nga Kaiwhakapumau i te Reo says while the Crown has in the past allocated some radio and television frequencies for protection of the language, it refuses to concede Maori have a right to spectrum as an economic resource.

A national hui at Nga Whare Waatea in south Auckland today and tomorrow is looking at the opportunities created by the shift from analog to digital television.

“We're hoping to get a decision n whether to enter negotiations. The Crown has offered it and the Prime Minister has offered it with a signal they may be willing not guaranteeing, to soften and change their position and to put in the table the claimants request to make all the legislation and the Radiocommunications Act consistent with the treaty,” Mr Walker says.

The Crown has ignored 20 years of guidance from the Waitangi Tribunal and the courts on Maori rights to spectrum.


The Minister of Maori Affairs Minister says Auckland Maori should put their faith in the proposed super city Maori advisory board.

Ngati Whatua and Tainui says they will reluctantly join the Maori statutory board, but their preference is still for seats on the full council.

Pita Sharples says he can understand their disappointment, but the board can be made to work to their benefit.

“It is not part of the council and therefore cannot be subject to marginalisaiton if information or things like this. Now I know it’s nothing like what these groups wanted but we still fought to have this out in and to make it a statutory body with its own mana and in its own right,” Dr Sharples says.

He says Maori may get another chance at getting seats at the top table if a sympathetic mayor is elected.


There's some progress on rebuilding the historic chapel at Hukarere Maori Girls school chapel in Napier.

Carvings by Hone Taiapa and tukutuku panels designed by Lady Arihia Ngata were removed from the chapel when the building became unusable six years ago.

Ikaroa Rawhiti MP Parekura Horomia says a hui at the school on Sunday will discuss ways to restore what is a national treasure.

“Only one of two in the country, the other one is in Tikitiki, where the whole inside is full of Maori art and design that Sir Apirana drew up and did, so it’s worth putting the effort up and I’m confident they will do that,” Mr Horomia says.


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