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Monday, June 28, 2010

Community Max limits defended

Maori Party leader Tariana Turia is defending the government's decision not to extend Community Max scheme to urban areas.

Social development Minister Paula Bennett has revived the youth job scheme, which was axed in the budget, but only for Northland, the Waikato, Bay of Plenty and East Coast.

Mrs Turia, who is associate minister, says while youth unemployment is running as high as 25 percent in urban areas like South Auckland, between half and two thirds of young Maori in the rural areas where Community Max will continue are without work.

“In the urban settings there are a number of other programmes including Job Opportunities where young people can in fact get work directly with employers and the minister felt that while there is significant unemployment in the cities as well, it is certainly not as high as the areas that have been chosen,” Mrs Turia says.

NGATI WHATUA RENT HOLIDAY DRAWS TO CLOSE

The head of Ngati Whatua's corporate arm says the Auckland iwi is opening to offering its tenants easy payment options once ground rents start being charged.

Under the terms of its deal with the original developer, it's not until August 2011 that Ngati Whatua can collect rent on former railway land near downtown Auckland.

That means owners of the 1800 apartments on the 20 hectares block may have to start paying up to $200 a week on top of rates and body corporate charges.

Tiwana Tibble says that should come as no surprise to owners.

“When people bought the apartments they would have done their own due diligence, their lawyers would have told them that the lease says the ground lease, the head lease to Ngati Whatua, there is no rent until August 2011 and at that time there is a fair process of working out valuations and then they will start to pay rent,” Mr Tibble says.

The rent is based on land value rather than improvements, and it will be reviewed every seven years,

HOLAND-BOUND WAKA NAMED TE HONO O AOTEAROA

The country's newest waka has been launched with three names.

The 14-metre Te Hono o Aotearoa slipped into the waters of Doubtless Bay at Aurere in the far north on Saturday, watched by a group including the chargé d'affaires for the Dutch embassy, Hans Ramaker.

It's headed for the national ethnology Museum at Leiden in Holland, where it will be used as the centrepiece of a display on the links between the Dutch and Maori when it's not being used at events around Europe.

Waka builder Hekenukumai Busby says waka historian Tepene Mamaku from Te Teko chose the name, which means the link to Aotearoa. The name was also called out in Dutch, fulfilling the rite of naming the boat three times.

EAST CAPE PROTEST SOURCE OF FORESHORE PRIDE

Maori party co-leader Tariana Turia says she is proud of the wahine Maori who led yesterday's protests against oil exploration off East Cape.

Fires were lit on the foreshore from Opotiki to Gisborne against the Government's issue of a licence to Brazilian petrochemical giant Petrobras.

Mrs Turia says the people of the Tairawhiti are right to fear a repeat of the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, which could destroy their food basket.

“It's a significant issue and I was really proud to see those women who were leasing the movement against what is happening up there lighting the fires of ahi kaa as well as a way of communicating with other iwi the significance of that issue,” Mrs Turia says.
Energy Minister Gerry Brownlee says he won't be swayed by the protest.

MAORI ALL BLACKS LOOKING TO NEXT YEAR’S PROGRAMME

With the three centenary games safely in the bag, the Maori Rugby Board is looking for match-ups for next year.

Chairperson Wayne Peters says it will be a challenge because of the Rugby World Cup.

But he's confident there will be a good programme to be considered by the board next week.

GORDON FUSION SPICE UP TURANGAWAEWAE MATARIKI MENU

There were suprises all round when the second matariki gourmet hangi was opened at Turangawaewae Marae over the weekend.

The event was a fundraiser for the Raukatauri music therapy centre run by singer Hinewehi Mohi, with chef Peter Gordon from Ngati Kahungunu fusing Asian and Maori flavours.

Ms Mohi says even her grandmother approved of the chef's innovative approach to kina, which was flavored with horopito, lime and chili.

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