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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Barrier mining snub to treaty claimants

Greens leader Meteria Turei says the government is showing its priorities when it is prepared to open land on Great Barrier Island to mining behind the back of the local Maori.

The island's Ngati Rehua hapu has accused the government of being hypocritical in not once talking about its intention to allow mining on 705ha of conservation land on the barrier's Te Ahumata Plateau when they were holding Treaty negotiation in good faith over the land.

Mrs Turei says the government has been hiding its intentions for some time, and now intends to give land under claim bnot to claimants but to the mining industry to use and destroy.

Mrs Turei it should be a warning to other maori with an interest in conservation land.


The Maori Trustee and chair of Maori business development project Tekau Plus, John Paki says an independent financial review has found that $2 million under his stewardship had been fully and accurately accounted for.

Earlier this week the Ministry for Maori Economic Development - Te Puni Kokori - suspended the project designed to develop 10 Maori businesses so each would earn $10 million in overseas funds within 10 years.

Te Puni Kokiri was concerned about a lack of reporting by Tekau Plus.
Mr Paki, who as Maori Trustee makes up the Tekau Plus partnership with the Federation of Maori Authorities and the Poutama Trust says all monies have been accounted for.

“Price Waterhouse Coopers carried out an independent review of the Tekau Plus programme and found that the $2 million under the stewardship of the Maori trustee has been fully and accurately accounted for, because one of the things that led to this was there were allegations of misappropriation,” Mr Paki says.

PriceWaterhouse Coopers and two independent reviewers deputy state services commissioner Tony Hartevelt and Maori businessman Whaimutu Dewes will now undertake a Value for Money Review.


A west Auckland kura is finally getting its own site after 19 years.

Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Te Kotuku Board of Trustees chair Tara Hape says the kura which became a stand alone in 2004 started its life at
Hoani Waititi marae, moved to a Korean church and has been operating from Rutherford High school while its searched for suitable land to build.

She says to finally have new premises is a tribute to those who have been loyal to the kura over the years.

Maori king Tuheitia will open the new school premises on April 15.


The chairman of the Maori Tourism Council is adopting a wait and see approach to the government's plans to mine parts of the Conservation Estate

National has proposed removing 7058 hectares from the protected status of schedule four of the Crown Minerals Act which would allow it to be mined.

The rohe affected include Great Barrier Island, parts of the Coromandel and in Paparoa National Park on the West Coast.

John Barrett, from Ngati Toarangatira, Te Ati Awa and Ngati Raukawa ki te Tonga, says New Zealand is firmly tied to its clean green image and that needs to be protected.


A Maori researcher looking at alternative ways to generate power believes more hapu need to invest in the area.

Dr Maria Bargh from Te Kawa a Maui at Victoria University has been examining indigenous companies involved in the energy sector both here and in Canada.

Dr Bargh, who affiliates to Te Arawa, Ngati Kearoa, Ngati Tuara and Ngati Awa, says hapu need to be getting in on the ground floor of what will be a major industry in the next 50 years.

She says there are examples in Canada of indigenous groups investing in wind power and micro hydro.


While the government introduced legislation into parliament yesterday to make its easier to enforce court judgments both sides of the Tasman a Maori working in Australia says they are more interested in getting things connected with their Maoritanga than summons.

Robert Birch who works in the mines of Western Australia says the children of Maori who crossed the Tasman in the early 80's are keen to stay connected with their taha Maori.


Blogger Samoth said...

Mining is undermining the rights of all of New Zealanders.

The government would retain only 1% of the value of the ore - currently the people's treasure - as a royalty, giving 99% of it to the (foreign owned) mining companies!!!

Who right in their mind would support such a bad deal? Dig up our treasured last wilderness, leave a mess and take 99% of the value???

Who benefits?
Answer: Overseas owners of the mining companies and the sticky fingers of the usual culprits here in NZ who were the 'middlemen' through which many of NZ's past privatization deals handed public assets at fire-sale prices to private pockets. It is a very small cabal of protected and privileged individuals who again and again like vultures steal NZs taonga and build castles in overseas tax heavens from the proceeds....
We need to wake up and stop the loot!

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