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Friday, May 14, 2010

Chefs back for seconds at Turangawaewae

Monday May 10

Last year's gourmet Matariki banquet at Turangawaewae Marae went so well, the exercise is to be repeated.

Celebrity chef Peter Gordon from Ngati Kahungunu will be back in Ngaruawahia on June 27 to rattle the pots and raise money for the Hineraukatauri Music Therapy center.

His sous chef, Nancy Pirini from Te Whanau A Apanui, says the best part of the job is working with the marae's ringa wera ... even though some of the wahine in the kitchen were taken aback by last year's hangi menu of meat infused with red curry, and chicken with saffron and wholegrain mustard.

TE PUNI KOKIRI BEST PLACE TO DRIVE WHANAU ORA

Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples is defending the choice of Te Puni Kokori to manage Whanau Ora.

Labour has criticised the use of the Maori development ministry to oversee the new welfare service delivery model, and the limited funding to set it up.

But Dr Sharples says he and associate welfare minister Tariana Turia consider TPK is the ideal agency.

“Whatever we think individually about TPK they’re doing the business out there, they’re in the rohe, they know their areas, they know who’s who in the district, and they work to support local iwi and organisations so they’re ideally place to help set this up,” Dr Sharples says.

He says $33 million a year for four years is a substantial set-up budget, and up to $100 million a year will be coming in from existing government programmes run by the 20 Whanau Ora providers.

NZ WARS THEMED STUDENT FILM GETS PLACE AT CANNES

A 40-minute film set during the New Zealand Wars has won entry to the short film corner at the Cannes Film Festival.

Oku Tuakana, My Brother" is based on the unlikely bond between a British soldier and Maori warrior.

The writer and director, 20-year-old Matt Inns from Invercargill's Southern Institute of Technology, says he relied on Kai Tahu elders and experts on New Zealand history to check the script for cultural authenticity.

He says the exercise may have given his cast the acting bug.

Matt Inns and his producer Bryan Campbell are off to the south of France on Wednesday.

NGATI HINE PUSHING FOR INDEPENDENT CONTROL OF NGAPUHI ASSET SHARE

As the Waitangi Tribunal today opens its hearing into historic claims in Northland, Ngapuhi's largest hapu is staging a breakaway.

Ngati Hine has been holding hui to discuss withdrawing from Te Runanga a Iwi o Nga Puhi.

Pita Paraone, the Ngati Hine representative on the runanga, says it wants to manage its own assets and entitlements.

He says the hapu, whose rohe includes Whangarei and Kawakawa, wants to use the next Census to get some estimate of its size, but it is being blocked by the parent body.

“Now Ngati Hine has received approval and support from all adjoining iwi except Ngapuhi and because Ngapuhi refuse to give their consent to allow the name Ngati Hine to be added to the list of iwi on the census form, we can't be listed,” Mr Paraone says.

Support at the hui for the split has been overwhelming.

POI E ENTRANCES NEW GENERATION

The promoter of the New Zealand box office hit Boy says it's wonderful to see a whole new generation tuning into the film's theme tune.

The Patea Maori Club's 1984 hit Poi E is back on the charts as the Taika Waititi's film becomes the second most popular New Zealand film.

The song was written by Ngoi Pewhairangi to encourage young Maori to feel proud of their culture during a period of high unemployment.

Trevor Shailer from advertising agency GSL Network says with one in three young Maori unemployed, its time has come again.

There will be a reenactment of the song in Wellington some time this week, using social media to inform participants of the time and place to spontaneously break into song.

AOTEAROA WAIATA UPDATES FOR WAI LONG PLAYER

Maori electronica duo Wai are also mining the music of the 1980s, copying two songs from reo reggae pioneers Aotearoa.

Singer Mina Ripia says she and partner Maaka Phat are looking forward to performing the songs later this week at Te Papa in front of Aotearoa's songwriter and lead singer Joe Williams, who is now a judge of the high Court.

Mina Ripia says the performance, to launch Wai's new album Waiora, is part of New Zealand Music month

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