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Friday, May 14, 2010

Kaimanawa horses in treaty claim

The future of the wild horses that roam the Kaimanawa Ranges east of the Desert Road could hinge on a Waitangi Tribunal claim.

Up to 120 of the 450-strong herd could be culled later this month to reduce the pressure on the land.

Elder Jenks from the Kaimanawa Wild Horse Trust says the herd is descended from horses that escaped from both Maori and Pakeha owners in the 19th century.

He says that history is recognised in the claim filed by the Ngati Tama Whiti hapu of Ngati Tuwharetoa.

“The Maori peole have a claim through the Waitangi Tribunal on both the land and its contents which includes the horses, so that will be coming up in the very near future. They are seeking to protect and keep at least 300 horses there,” Mr Jenks says.

Any of the Kaimanawa horses that that aren't adopted after the May muster will end up at the abbottoir.


A programme to instil leadership skills in the next generation of Whanganui men is showing early promise.

Manager Justin Gush says Tane Te Wananga aims to give rangatahi aged from 14 and 18 an appreciation not only of their tribal history but ot the way their tupuna lived.

He says they come to value the relationships they make undergoing challenges like caving on the slopes of Mt Ruapehu or spending five nights in the bush beside their tribal awa.

“It's really a spiritual journey, learning about yourself coming down our river. By the end of it we’re going to have a big potaetanga or graduation in December and formally present them back to their whanau, hapua and iwi as young strengthened male leaders,” Mr Gush says.

Tane Te Wanaga is part of the Whanganui River Maori Trust Board's rangatahi succession strategy.


Singer Tiki Taane's hit Always on My Mind has been given a second life.

The song, which sold 30,000 copies in 2008, has been included on the Playstation karaoke game Sing Star.

His manager and sister, Ninakaye Taanetinirau, says it's a great boost for the Maniapoto musician and it should give Maori whanau a buzz as they sing along.

Tiki Taane's next album, due for released in September, has a strong Maori language component.


Hard drinking by young Maori men is leading to serious injuries.

A study at Palmerston North hospital's emergency department found Maori males were heavily represented, with their injuries far more serious than the average admission.

Researcher Sharon Vera says the finding reinforces a national drinking survey that found that while Maori don't drink as often as non-Maori, they tend to drink more when they do.

She says the evidence will allow programmes to be developed, such as interventions in emergency departments and working with Maori agencies to work with Maori males.

Kaumatua were disappointed to see so much alcohol being consumed by Maori culture and wanted to do something about it.


Former Green MP Nandor Tanczos has traded his parliamentary salary for a student allowance.

The now dreadlock-less Rastafarian says he wants to improve his Maori language skills.

He's joined Ataarangi, which uses rakau or wooden rods to help students pick up words.

Mr Tancos says it's starting to pay dividends, with his reo skills improving every day


A Ngai Tahu artist has found connections to her ancestors in the storeroom of a French museum.

Fiona Pardington's photographic suite of life masks collected during Dumont d'Urville's voyages of the 1820s and 30s is one of the highlights of the 17th Sydney Bienalle which opened across the Tasman this week.

They include three Maori, including Banks Peninsula fighting chief Takatahara, the uncle of the Ngai Tahu ariki Te Maiharanui.

She says it was a thrill to find the sculpted head in the Musée de l'Homme in Paris earlier this year, because Takatahara would have known and spoken to her ancestors like Te Horo of Kaiapoi.

Other Maori among the 166 artists in the Biennale are Shane Cotton from Ngapuhi, Brett Graham from Tainui and Reuben Patterson from Te Arawa.


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