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Monday, March 15, 2010

Spectrum key to future development

The chair of Te Putahi Paoho, the electoral college which chooses the board of Maori Television, says new spectrum allocations should create a greater capacity for maintaining te reo Maori.

Maori broadcasting claimants have decided to enter negotiations with the Crown over how Maori should share in the digital dividend, the reallocation of spectrum once the switch is made from analogue to digital television.

Tu Williams says the claimants want to see more channels created for regional Maori broadcasters.

He says previous allocation of radio, television and third generation mobile phone spectrum shows what Maori need to benefit economically and culturally from technology development.

That kind of sets a benchmark for opportunities for our people to engage in training, acquiring the skills, in order to meet the rapidly changing technology in this space,” Mr Williams says.

New ways of delivering content create more opportunities to maintain te reo Maori.


The Associate Minister of Health, Tariana Turia, says a hui on Maori mental health has highlighted the need to increase the number of Maori working in the sector.

The hui in Whangarei of the New Zealand College of Mental Health Nurses looked at workforce development issues and at various strategies for treating tangata whaiora.

Mrs Turia says there are historic and societal reasons for the disproportionate number of Maori with mental health problems.

“The loss of identity. The loss of land. The loss of the essence of who we are as a people. That in itself creates a situation of unwellness in us,” Mrs Turia says.

One in three Maori will have an episode during their life involving mental unwellness.


A top Maori rugby player is putting family first and heading for the land of the Rising Sun.

Tamati Ellison, the Hurricanes back and All Black utility, is taking up a contract in Japan at the end of this year’s Super 14, ruling himself out for next year’s World Cup.

Sky commentator Karl Te Nana, who played professional rugby in Japan before returning home three years ago, says the 26-year-old is thinking about the financial security of his young family – and Japan is a good place to bring up children.


The largest study in New Zealand of the effects on children of having a parent in prison has found swelling prison musters are having a devastating effect across Maoridom.

Liz Gordon from Network Research interviewed 137 prisoners, their families and social agencies for Pillars, a Christchurch charity that provides support and training for prisoners’ families.

She says with Maori making up more than half the prison population, thousands of Maori children are highly traumatised.

“That trauma affects every element of their lives. They get poorer. They get sicker. Their education goes backwards. They get angry. Some of them get physically ill and really that anger is stoked right through childhood to adolescence. They have nowhere to go and they start engaging in youth crime,” Dr Gordon says.

She says the answer lies in less imprisonment, not more as is likely under ACT’s three strikes legislation now before parliament.


A new website is being launched today to show Maori secondary school students and people changing careers how they can enter the health workforce.

It’s part of the Kia Ora Hauora project, which aims to recruit 1000 Maori into health jobs over the next two years.

Project manager Tuhakia Kepa says to meet the demand for Maori across the health sector, it’s critical to get to rangatahi before they make decisions about their course of study.

The website will be at KiaoraHauora.co.nz.


It was tranny legend time on K Road last night as Carmen Rupe from Ngati Haua and Maniapoto was named the first recipient of the Mika Haka Foundation’s Aroha Lifetime Achievement Award.

Carmen has lived in Sydney since 1980, but came across to present a floor show for the Aroha Festival harking back to her heyday at Carmen’s International Coffee Lounge and Carmen’s Balcony.

She says her start in show business came through entertainer Lou Clausen from Lou and Simon, soon after she arrived in Auckland from Taumarunui.

“I was working in the hospital at Greenland and he was calling out for talent quests so I got up and he said ‘What do you do?’ I said ‘I do the hula.’ He said ‘OK, come along,’ so I got my hula gear and went along and started off with them,” Carmen says.

All profits from the Kapai Cabaret were to go to a fund to buy Carmen a new mobility scooter.

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Blogger Tarun Kumar said...

nice blog on health problems

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