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Friday, March 05, 2010

Southland farm deal ends in disarray

What was billed as a bid by a Northland hapu to buy 28 Southland dairy farms with Dubai money has fallen over.

Real estate agent John Wright from L J Hooker has advised the owners of 10 farmers with sale and purchase agreements due to be settled this week the deal is off.

He says Ngai Tupango, which has linked to jailed Australian fraudster Shane Wenzel, failed to deliver on its undertakings.

“From our point of view we probably should have brought it to a head sooner. We tried to give everyone the benefit of the doubt and to take it through to the deadlines that were set,” Mr Wright says.

He says farmers involved have expressed sadness for the hapu.

Waatea News was unable to make contact with Ngai Tupango representatives.


A delegation from Maori Televison heads to Taiwan on Sunday to hand over the mantle of leadership for the next World Indigenous Television Broadcasting Conference.

Communications spokesperson Sonja Haggie says since MTS hosted the first conference in Auckland two years ago, relationships between indigenous broadcasters in nine countries have firmed up.

One outcome has been Indigenous Insights, a weekly programme on global indigenous issues, and broadcasters are also re-screening other members' productions.

Each broadcaster has to provide four documentaries on indigenous issues in their country, and gets another 32 back free of charge.

Television also plans to swap a reporter with Canada's indigenous broadcaster.


The founding dean of Waikato University's School of Maori and Pacific Development is the first Maori to be made an emeritus professor by the university.

The University says Tamati Reedy of Ngati Porou helped create a distinct Maori presence in the institution and strengthened its relationships with Maori, which include staff, students, the community, hapu, and iwi.

Dr Reedy, who also served as pro Vice-Chancellor Maori and Professor of Maori sustainable enterprise, joined the university in 1996 at the behest of Sir Robert Mahuta after a long career in secondary schooling and as head of the Department of Maori Affairs.

He says Waikato University has played a significant role in bridging gaps between Maori and pakeha worlds and he has been honoured to be part of that process.


Associate social development minister Tariana Turia says bulk funding should give Maori service providers more scope to address the needs of the communities they serve.

Prime Minister John Key has indicated Whanau Ora providers are likely to be bulk-funded, with details due in the May Budget.

Mrs Turia says there needs to be a shift from activity-based contracts to relational contracts that pay for outcomes.

“Some providers have got 72 different contracts. It’s ridiculous. And then they’ve got 72 lots of compliance they have to meet. Now we know that if they do that, that will make some huge savings for providers which they will then be able to use in a much more concerted approach in supporting families to make decisions for themselves,” Mrs Turia


Emotional scenes are expected at Orakei Marae in Auckland today as more than half the surviving members of the 28 Maori Battalion gather for their annual reunion.

Convener Brian How says 28 of the 50 veterans have indicated they will attend.

Members of A Company will be welcomed on at 10, and they in turn will welcome their old comrades from B, C and D companies at noon.

Tomorrow there's a visit to Papakura Army barracks followed by a regimental dinner at Vector Arena, and on Sunday there will be a dawn service at the Okahu Bay chapel and a memorial service at the Hall of Memories at the Auckland War Memorial Museum.

Mr How says the 28 Maori Battalion is a special group, with the youngest 85 and the oldest 101-year-old Bill Williams.

During the weekend the veterans and supporters will discuss a plan to set up a memorial trust for when the last of the old soldiers dies,


A record number of teams will turn out at the Te Arawa regional Kapahaka competitions in Rotorua tomorrow.

Organiser Trevor Maxwell says up to 5000 performers and supporters are expected at the Energy Events Centre on the lakeside.

Teams will acknowledge the event's long time patron, the late Sir Howard Morrison, and also reflect on other Waiariki identities who have died over the past two years, including Arapeta Tahana, Taini Morrison and Hawea Vercoe.

Mr Maxwell, a former Ngati Rangiwewehi tutor, says the top four teams, Tuhourangi Ngati Wahiao, Te Mataarae i o Rehu, Manaia and Nga Uri O Te Whanoa, can expect some tough competition, with 17 teams competing for the five places on offer at Te Matatini in Tairawhiti next year.


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