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Thursday, June 03, 2010

Maori ignored as Petrobras signed up

Labour's Maori affairs spokesperson is attacking the issue of a licence to Brazilian company to prospect for oil off the North Island East Coast.

Parekura Horomia says energy minister Gerry Brownlee failed to consult Maori before signing over the Raukumara Basin to Petrobras International.

“Nobody knew about it. It wasn’t discussed in Parliament and the Maori Party didn’t say anything. And all of a sudden you’ve got this huge agreement signed up even with this disaster in Mexico, and also without even talking to the iwi leaders, Whanau a Apanui, Tairawhiti, Ngati Porou, Turanganui, those people where it is relevant to,” Mr Horomia says.

He says the decision shows up the government's supposed interest in reforming the Foreshore and Seabed Act as a farce.


A Taupo trust says it's happy to share its experience with other Maori landowners who want to develop their geothermal power resources.

Tauhara North No 2 has just won resource consent to build a geothermal power plant at Nga Tamariki just north of the lake.

Its first such joint venture with Mighty River power opened last month.
Chief executive Aroha Campbell says the trust, which represents almost 800 Ngati Tahu beneficiaries, is aware many other hapu and iwi are keen to get into generation.

She says Ngati Tahu has at least one more geothermal property suitable for power generation, but a third project would be a long way off.


Maori rugby coach Jamie Joseph says the centenary jersey is a fitting tribute to those who have worn the Maori jersey before.

The new Te Ao Hou strip was designed by Dunedin graphic designer David Burke, with input from New Zealand Rugby Football Union Maori cultural advisor Tiki Edwards and kaumatua Whetu Tipiwai and Luke Crawford.

It incorporates silver ferns and mangapore or hammerhead sharks woven into a ball shape.

Mr Joseph says the explanation from Mr Edwards brought the significance of the pattern home by explaining its whakapapa.

The Maori squad will assemble in Auckland on Sunday before their hit out against a Barbarians lineup in Whangarei on Wednesday.


A Maori intervenor fears the plug is about to be pulled on a case which could set the rules for allocation of water and other resources.

Vern Winitana from Ngati Ruapani says he asked to be heard in the action between dairy processor Synlait and irrigation company Central Plains Water because the interests of the public and Maori were being overlooked.

But he says with deadline Friday for Synlait to file its submissions to the Supreme Court, indications are a deal is about to be struck which means water would continue to go to the first party to file a resource consent.

He says that would be a repeat of last year's case when Central Plains settled with Ngai Tahu Properties on the eve o0f a hearing, and it's an abuse of the legal process.

“It just may be that the court system is going to be taken for a ride here by big business and whilst they might be posing as litigant parties, in fact they don’t appear to be treating this very seriously,” Mr Winitana says.

Pat Morrison, the chair of Central Plains Water, says the comapny has been in amicable discussions with Synlait and he is optimistic a deal can be signed soon.


Labour's Maori affairs spokesperson Parekura Horomia says dropping the name Te Irirangi from the Auckland super city's eastern suburbs ward was an act of redneckery.

Pakuranga MP Maurice Williamson yesterday used a supplementary order paper to change the name to Howick, claiming he could not find anyone who knew where Te Irirangi might be.

Mr Horomia says desipe its agreement with the Maori Party to be man-enhancing, National puts pandering to it core constituency ahead of concern for Maori sensibilities.

Te Irirangi was the principal chief of the area when Europeans first visited in the early 1800s.


Filmmakers and fans were this afternoon welcomed on to Taihoa Marae in Wairoa to mark the start of the fifth Wairoa Maori Film Festival.

Organiser Leo Koziol says more than 50 films will be screened over Queen's Birthday weekend, including documentaries, music videos, short and feature-length films from Maori and indigenous filmmakers.

They include a film Real Injun about the portrayal of native people in films, including and analysis of Once Were Warriors.

After the festival seven short films will be toured around the country as part of a Matariki Maori Movies at the Marae initiative.


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