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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Mystery injury keeps king home from school

Kingitanga representatives are refusing to discuss the injuries that kept King Tuheitia from opening a west Auckland kura kaupapa yesterday morning.

A spokesperson says the king was in an accident at his Huntly home on the weekend, but his injuries are not serious.

Eru Thompson from Te Kawerau a Maki says the king's absence at the opening of Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Te Kotuku in Ranui was a disappointment, but the show went on with members of the royal household and from Tainui.

MAATATUA UNITE OF FORESHORE STRATEGY

Mataatua iwi are presenting a united front on their claims to the foreshore and seabed in the Bay of Plenty.

Whakatohea, Ngati Awa, and Ngaiterangi were among the tribes represented at a consultation hui in Kawerau on replacing the Foreshore and Seabed Act.

Kaumatua Joe Mason from Ngati Awa says the iwi approve of the repeal of the Act, the removal of automatic Crown title to coastal areas and allowing Maori to go back to court to prove their title.

He says the legacy of the land wars of the 1860s means the iwi would struggle to prove the unbroken relationship with the takutai moana that is needed for customary rights claims ... and that needs to be addressed in any reform.

“We are actually talking about the extinguishing of customary title I suppose. That goes much further than the Act. For example, the extinguishment of title as the result of the confiscation in the Bay of Plenty along the coastline adjacent to that foreshore and seabed,” Mr Mason says.

Today's foreshore and seabed consultation hui and public meetings are in Gisborne.

CREWS TRAINED FOR EPIC OCEAN VOYAGE

Waka expert Hoturoa Kerr is confident the crews of four double-hulled voyaging waka will be ready to head for Tahiti with a few more months training.

The fibreglass vessels underwent trials on Waitemata harbour last weekend.
Mr Kerr, the head of Te Wananga O Aotearoa's waka culture course, says crew members come from Vanuatau, the Cook Islands, Samoa, Fiji and Aotearoa.

“We've got a good mix of fairly experienced waka sailors and a lot of ones that are just trying to build that experience up so I’m kind of looking at it, if everything goers right in the next three or four months, of a band of reasonably experienced sailors for this sort of vessel, so it’s all looking good,” Mr Kerr says.

The voyage later this year is to draw attention to the environmental threats faced by Pacific nations.

MANA TAMARIKI BUILDING WINS ARCHITECTURE PRIZE

A Palmerston North Maori immersion school designed by non-Maori architects has been singled out in the public architecture category of this year's New Zealand Architecture Awards.

Project leader Ewan Brown says while his Wellington practice Tennant and Brown has designed many schools, Mana Tamariki kura kaupapa was the first time it was required to incorporate Maori concepts into a building.

“It was trying to make it a Maori building without reflecting it as a wharenui. They wanted to have it all under the one roof so we put the kohanga and kura under one roof so we picked up on the idea of the cloak, the korowai so this roof that went over both organisations became the korowai, sort of this over-arching support over the whole organization,” Mr Brown says.

He and partner Hugh Tennant have joined a reo Maori class and are working on a project for Te Whare Wananga O Raukawa in Otaki.

TAURA WHIRI WANTS TO CONTINUE COMMUNITY FUNDING

The Maori Language Commission is making a case for continued funding of flax roots Maori language regeneration programmes.

Te Taura Whiri acting chief executive Wayne Ngata says Ma Te Reo, which distributes $1.8 million each year to iwi, hapu, whanau and individuals to promote the language, is due to be wound up this year.

Applications have just opened for the final funding round.

Mr Ngati says since the programme was launched in 2001, huge strides have been made.

“There is scope for more to be done and we have been carrying out research to make a case to continue to support community-based language,” Mr Ngata says.

To encourage a spread of Ma Te Reo funds across regions, Te Taura Whiri is encouraging iwi, hapu and other providers to collaborate on applications.

Deadline is May 7.

SOPHISTICATED HOOKS FOR FISHING RESEARCH

A researcher into traditional Maori fishing practices says it appears different sized hooks were used as a sophisticated way of conserving fish stocks.

Sarah Coup from Mapua and Richard Hamill from the New Zealand Marine Studies Centre are studying middens around the Wainui estuary in Motueka.

She says they will make replicas of any hooks found to test the theory.

“What we think was that a partcular sized hook was used for the middle sized fish, If you have a large fish, the hook slips out, and a small one couldn’t target so it was obviously to target that right sized fish,” Ms Coup says.

The findings could be used to develop sustainable methods for modern day fishing.

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