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Friday, June 25, 2010

Community Max returns in regions

The head of a south Auckland social services agency says the limited return of Community Max is bizarre.

In this year's budget the Government axed funds for the job scheme for 16 to 24-year-olds, but social development and employment minister Paula Bennett now says she's found $17 million to fund positions in Northland, Bay of Plenty, Waikato and East Coast.

Peter Sykes from the Mangere East Family Service Centre says it reeks of politics rather than policy.

“Garnering favour in the rural areas or the communities that maybe didn’t get the funding in the first place. To say that it’s too costly, too expensive and not effective and then to roll it out again, there has to be some other agenda,” Mr Sykes says.

He says Paula Bennett is doing nothing to help young Maori in Mangere who lost their Community Max positions after the budget.

ROLE OF HAKA ON AGENDA FOR ART EXPO

Organisers of next year's Maori Art market in Porirua are planning to include a wananga on the role of the haka in contemporary Maori society.

Creative director Darcy Nicholas says the market will be on during the Rugby World Cup, and could appeal to some of the thousands of international vistors who will be in the country.

He says they might learn there's more to the haka than they see at the start of a rugby game.

“Is it all about aggression, is it challenge, is it expression, is it a mark of respect? I had originally conceived of small teams of say about eight coming in and then having an in depth discussion of their views of the haka, both male and female,” Mr Nicholas says.

Next year's market will be the biggest ever showcase of Maori art.

WAKA HEADING FOR HOLLAND WITH HAND PICKED CREW

A select group of kaihoe will be chosen to deliver a new ceremonial waka to its home in Holland.

The 14 metre kauri waka, the 32nd built by tohunga Hekenukumai Busby, will be launched tomorrow at Aurere in the far north.

It will then go on permanent loan to the Volkenkunde Museum in Leiden, where it will be used by the Njord Royal Rowing Club as well as visiting Maori crews.

Toi Maori operations manager Tamahou Temara says the chair of the Aotearoa Nga Waka Federation, Robert Gabel, will be casting a critical eye over the paddlers tomorrow.

“He will be selecting a crew from here to be actually go up there just before the handover of the new waka to train them and work alongside them. We’re also looking at exchanges that can happen between the Njord Royal club and the Nga Waka Federation based here,” he says.

The launch will feature the premiere of a special haka composed by waka historian Tepene Mamaku

SHORT FILM STRIKES CHORD WITH FELLOW NATIVES

A short film based on the 1888 New Zealand Natives rugby tour of Great Britain has won second prize at the Montreal First People’s Film Festival in Canada.
Warbrick, by brothers Meihana and Pene Durie from Rangitane, tells the story of how captain Joe Warbrick inspires his physically exhausted teammates to take the field against England.

Meihana Durie says the film seemed to strike a chord with the jury, despite differences of language and sporting code.

“Resilience was a word they used to describe the typical experience many first nations people have in lots of different areas and in this particular case it was rugby and there’s not too much rugby over there but the theme of resilience and commitment to the kaupapa was something they talked about,” Mr Durie says.

The award came as a surprise, so the brothers made their acceptance speech via Skype.

FAR NORTH FORESHORE CLAIM OFFERS WAY AHEAD FOR COUNTRY

A far north claim negotiator says Muriwhenua iwi have one of the strongest cases in the country to customary ownership of the foreshore and seabed.

Haami Piripi from Te Rarawa says the actions of elders in the 1950s to have Te Oneroa a Tohe or Ninety Mile beach classified as Maori land have provided a solid base for today's negotiators.

He says far north iwi have never given up the struggle, and the outcome could be better for everyone.

“This is the kind of new institutional arrangement the country needs if it is move on to our next phase of maturity. Same for conservation estate land. You can’t have a whole forest or foreshore full of Maori nomenclature and run on a Roman paradigm, it doesn't fit,” Mr Piripi says

Far north negotiators have been using some of the models already established by Ngati Porou and te Whanau a Apanui to advance their case.

PRINCIPLED LAWYER REMEMBERED

A former head of the Maori lawyers association is being remembered as a gifted and passionate advocate who in her short career was able to get courts to give weight to Maori principles.

Jolene Patuawa-Tuilave of Te Roroa and Te Uri o Hau died in Tauranga yesterday at the age of 34.

Ms Patuawa's courthouse battles included stopping Unison Networks from putting a wind farm on an area of immense spiritual importance to Maori in the Hawkes Bay.

Her step-mother Jackie Patuawa says her daughter continued to fight, even when she was diagnosed for the second time with cancer.

“Jolene was a very principled girl and if she believed in it she would fight for it until the bitter end, it didn’t matter how tough that fight was, and I think her whole journey over the past eight months was testament to that again,” Mrs Patuawa says.

Jolene Patuawa will be taken back today to Taita marae at Mamaranui near Dargaville, with the funeral at 11 on Monday morning.

E hine, hoki atu ki a Matariki kainga kore, ki te huihuinga o Matariki.

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