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Friday, March 12, 2010

Sharples assured on education changes

Associate education minister Pita Sharples hopes proposed changes to tertiary education won't stop Maori mature students getting to university.

His Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia yesterday warned that suggestions loans will be cut for students who don't pass their exams first time will affect many Maori second chance learners, who can need time to develop study skills.

Dr Sharples says he came away from a meeting with Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce feeling reassured.

“I mentioned I didn’t want entry programmes docked and he thought that wouldn’t be the case, that there’d still be that transition are. I’m hoping that adult Maori can still continue the road into university,” Dr Sharples says

He also gained an assurance the student learning centres which offer support for students would continue.


The opening ceremony for the festival of World Music and Dance or Womad is underway about now at New Plymouth's Bowl of Brooklands.

New Zealand programme director Emere Wano says alongside the international acts, festival goers can catch performances by Te Roopu kapahaka o Te Whanau A Apanui, female vocal trio Pacific Curls, reggae band House of Shem and other Maori musical talent.

Ms Wano says for whanau bands like Kaeo's 1814, it's a chance to rub shoulders with established artists.


It's the fourth Kororareka Festival tomorrow, as Russell remembers the 1845 battle that levelled the Bay of Islands township.

The Kororareka Marae Society is promising a celebration of Maori culture, with kapa haka, Rawhiti band Sweet As, a beauty contest, traditional kai, the Hone Heke Run from Russell township to the flagstaff on Maiki Hill, and firing of a collection of old cannons

Historian Manuka Henare says the festival allows Maori and pakeha to come together with their own views about the sacking.

“Tomorrow there will be the Maori view that Hone Heke and Kawiti and others were protecting Maori rights under the Treaty of Waitangi. But the British soldiers and some of the Pakeha business people felt the British has to stand up to these insurgents and troublemakers. Most of the damage at Kororraka wasn’t actually done by Maori, it was done by the British bombardment.
Dr Henare says.


The Maori Affairs select committee inquiry into the impact of smoking on Maori has heard how the tobacco industry deliberately targets Maori.

A submission by Te Kao-based Whakawhiti Ora Pai Community Health included an interview with a kaumatua who had been the Northland sales representative of a major tobacco company.

Director Errol Murray says the kaumatua detailed how free cigarettes and kickbacks were used to get retailers to give brands priority, and how a large proportion of the sales force was Maori ... not because it was an equal opportunity employer, but because Maori were the market.

“That was his job, selling to his relations, and he thought it was a glamorous job. Everybody thought it was a glamorous job. You’ve got a good job mate. He gets a company car. He gets to fly away. He’s getting good money, he’s on a salary. And it was just a fluke we knew him and we had someone talk to him. He knew what it was for. There was no hidden agenda. But he wanted to share it because he’s now a non smoker and he’s seen the effect tobacco use has had on his family, on his own health, so there’s some regrets there now,” Mr Murray says.


A Rotorua kura kaupapa student who features in a Maori Television series about Maori kids in Chile says her hosts were surprised to hear the students conversing in te reo maori.

The six part documentary Kia Ora Hola follows six students from Te Kura o te Kautu during the six weeks they spent at Colegio Pucalan Montessori school in Colina, just north of the capital Santiago.

Tae Amorangi Rikirangi Thomas says her Chilean hosts were keen to pick up on some reo Maori, after they got over their surprise at hearing the children speak it to each other.

All students at Te Kura o te Kautu are taught Spanish.

Kiaora Hola screens tonight at 9-30 on Maori Television


One of the most popular Maori sportspeople of all time has made another crowd-pleasing move.

Stacey Jones, from Ngapuhi and Maniapoto has teamed up with Awen Guttenbiel to coach the Pt Chevalier Pirates, who take on the Hibiscus Coast Raiders tomorrow in the first round of the Phelan Shield.

The former Warriors have called in former teammates like Wairangi Koopu and Monty Betham to help the Pirates work their way out of third division.

Switching codes to play in the team is rugby commentator Karl Te Nana, whose son is set to join the Pirates if his school's first fifteen doesn't need him.

The Pt Chev Pirates and the Hibicus Coast Raiders square off at Stanmore Bay on the Whangaparoa Penninsula at 2-30 tomorrow.

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