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Monday, March 15, 2010

Anonymous attacks irk Tainui loyalist

A Tainui documentary maker says the Maori king enjoys overwhelming support within the iwi, despite attacks on him in the media.

Potaka Maipi says representatives from 13 marae at a hui at Te Ohaki Marae near Huntly last week gave unanimous and unreserved support to King Tuheitia.

He says people are upset their local newspaper is using anonymous sources to raise questions about the king's spending.

“No one will put their name to it. It’s their cowardly behaviour that’s causing a lot of havoc whereas 99 percent of the people are happy with the way things are going. It looks like there are only two or three people doing it and there are over 57,000 beneficiaries,” Mr Maipi says.

The turmoil in the tribe follows the sacking of Waikato Raupatu Lands Trust chief executive Hemi Rau, who Mr Maipi told the Employment Court was a source of previous damaging leaks about Tainui's affairs.


The author of a ground-breaking report on Maori justice is challenging the use of marae for youth court sittings.

So far sittings have been held at Te Poho o Rawiri in Gisborne, Manurewa Marae in south South Auckland, and last week Prime Minister John Key launched Hoani Waititi Marae in West Auckland as a court.

Moana Jackson says Maori should beware of taking elements of the Pakeha justice system and transposing them straight into a Maori environment.

“I am just concerned they with no research backing to say that are now selling it as the greatest thing since sliced bread and without considering the broader issues of the place of the marae in our culture, the effect of using the marae in that way might have on our rangatahi and so on,” Mr Jackson.


It's 150 years since first shots were fired in the Taranaki wars, but Pukeariki Museum in New Plymouth is expecting heated debate about what happened and why.

Its exhibition Our Legacy - Our Challenge which opens this week tries to present both Maori and Pakeha accounts of the war using historic photographs and heritage objects.

Chief executive Bill McNaught says it includes the first display of a rare New Zealand Cross awarded to Frank Mace, an officer of the Taranaki Mounted Volunteers.

Our Legacy - Our Challenge opens on Wednesday and runs until August.


Nothing was going to stop C Company veteran Takamoana Delamore joining his mates at the 28 Maori Battalion reunion 11 days ago.

Mr Delamere from Whanau a Apanui, who joined the battalion in 1939 and fought throughout the war, died yesterday sat his home in Kawerau.

His son, Larry Delamere, says there was a sense of disbelief in the whanau when their father insisted on travelling to Auckland for the reunion despite a recent stroke, but it showed the sense of cameraderie among veterans.

His father spent most of his time at the reunion with the only other surviving 39er, Arthur Midwood.

Takamoana Delamore was taken to Whitianga Marae, with the funeral on Wednesday morning.


An Auckland historian says New Zealand shouldn't have to defend its record before the United Nations Human Rights Committee.

Justice Minister Simon Power is in New York tomorrow presenting New Zealand's Fifth Periodic Report under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

Paul Moon from AUT University, who has written two books about the Treaty of Waitangi, says it demeans New Zealand's sovereignty to have to answer questions about adherence to the Treaty of Waitangi and the position of Maori in society.

“Here we have this organisation of unelected officials saying this is what we expect of you and we are going to act as the teacher supervising your work and give you a grade at the end depending on how well you have performed. Well I think we can credit our country with enough intelligence to do that for itself, that we have passed the stage where we need any other entity outside to supervise the way you perform,” Dr Moon says.

But Victoria University academic Aroha Mead from Ngati Awa, who has participated in UN committees, says part of sovereignty is being prepared to meet the standards you help to create, and New Zealand has always been active in developing human rights treaties.


Residents and hapu round Manikau Harbour fear the lease of Puketutu Island by Watercare Services shows the council-owned company still plans to dump treated sewage on the island.

Watercare has taken a lease conditional on the outcome of its appeal against the Environment Court's denials of its resource consents.

Itania Nikolao says Puketutu will end up a contaminated wasteland leaching leach heavy metals into the Manukau harbour.

“It's also waahi tapu. It’s also a Mangere-Puhinui heritage zone and it’s a bird sanctuary. We think it’s outrageous that this type of project with all these protections could actually go ahead,” Mrs Nikolao says.

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