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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Quick action needed on mobile charges

2Degrees is calling for quick action on a Commerce Commission recomendation which could slash its cost of doing business.

The mobile phone company uses frequencies made available to Maori as part of a treaty settlement, and Maori shareholders own just under 12 percent of the company.

Chief operating officer Bill McCabe says the Minister of Telecommunications, Stephen Joyce, needs to act fast on the recommendation that the amount charged to terminate a mobile call on another network be regulated.

“Every time a customer of ours calls a Telecom of a Vodafone customer, Vodafone or Telecom clip the ticket, and the Commerce Commission is saying ‘well you can clip the ticket but at the moment it’s way too much, it’s an excessive amount, and those rates have got to come down,’” Mr McCabe says.

As long as the process for determining the cost of calls is not delayed by court action, customers could benefit from lower rates across the board by early next year.


A South Taranaki iwi is fuming at the damage done to a waahi tapu site on land owned by troubled corporate farmer Crafar Farms.

Debbie Ngarewa-Packer from Ngati Ruanui Group Management says overstocking of dairy cows on Hillside farm at Ohangai led to what could be permanent damage to Te Ruaki Pa during recent wet weather.

Crafar was put into receivership last October with more than $200 million in debt and multiple prosecutions for illegal waste discharges from its 16 farms.

She says the iwi is talking to local government about how the mana of such sites can be protected.

“We're not just talking about rectifying it now but we’ve put this waahi tapu, our pa site on the attention list so it never ever happens again. Deliberate damage by over-stocking paddocks in wet weather is (negligent),” Mrs Ngarewa-Packer says.

Ngati Ruanui is trying to contact the Crafar Farms receiver, KordaMentha about the damage.


A Maori sports broadcaster says tamariki will be lining up to play soccer after the All Whites' success at the 2010 football World Cup.

Te Kauhoe Wano says the performance of Maori players Leo Bertos, Jeremy Christie, Rory Fallon and especially goal scorer Winston Reid in yesterday's 1-1 draw with Slovakia will inspire young Maori boys and girls.

It's even getting to the traditionalists at Maori Television, where soccer was the only topic of conversation among the sports team.

A Maori studying in Australia has been picked as one of that country's top 100 brightest young minds.

Areti Metuamate of Ngati Raukawa, Ngati Kauwhatu and Waikato-Tainui is on Freyberg Scholarship to the National University in Canberra, studying for a masters degree in international politics, defence and strategic studies.

The former Hato Paora head boy and executive member of the Catholic Runanga says his selection over thousands of Australians shows Maori can do anything with focus and hard work.

“For so long we have been back seat, second class citizens. For so long we’ve been seen as ‘oh no, you’re not really an achiever, the Pakeha will become the doctor and so forth.’ That is complete rubbish and we have to change the thinking in that regard. We can do it not only in our own country but on the global stage. We’re competitors everywhere,” Mr Metuamate says.

The 25-year-old will attend next month's Brightest Young Minds summit in Sydney to discuss current issues with leading business and community leaders including Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.


Green's co-leader Meteria Turei has praised the promotion of fellow Maori MP Nanaia Mahuta to Labour's front bench as a result of the reshuffle brought on by the ministerial expenses controversy.

She says the Hauraki-Waikato MP is showing the way for others.

“She's got huge years of experience. She’s a young woman, a young mother. She’s an excellent role model for other young Maori women who’re starting families and things that you can be involved in politics and have longevity in politics. I think it’s long overdue that she’s been promoted like this,” Ms Turei says.

She was also impressed with the dignified way list MP Shane Jones took his demotion in the Labour ranks.


It was the feast of a lifetime, and it's being recalled several lifetimes later.

The time was 1844, when Tainui and Ngati Whatua chiefs invited Auckland's 6000 Pakeha residents to feast on the slopes of Remuera, now known as Mt Hobson, to thank them for past hospitality and as a show of power.

The menu was fish and chips ... more than 9000 sharks and 11,000 baskets of potatoes were consumed over four days.

Exhibition developer Janine Love has used a watercolour by Joseph Merret recreated the amazing event for Auckland museum's Kai to Pie show.

“From that watercolour lithographs were made which we’ve reinterpreted digitally so it becomes a lithograph that on a touch screen, it’s actually a computer console, you can actually fly into the space and explore the lithograph,” she says.

Kai to Pie also features the 1854 Albert Barrack ball and banquet at which Aucklanders celebrated Queen Victoria’s birthday and the first sitting of the New Zealand parliament by dining in knee deep mud on tinned food imported from around the world.

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