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Monday, June 14, 2010

Rotorua trust seeks to mollify Little Waihi

The Rotorua Lakes Trust has told residents of Little Waihi facing eviction that each case will be treated individually.

The trust met with 200 residents and supporters of the Bay of Plenty coastal settlement yesterday to discuss its plan to terminate about 30 leases because of concerns about contamination of the estuary by septic tanks.

Chairperson Toby Curtis says the trust had no option than to issue the strongly-worded eviction notices, but it does not mean they will be enforced in all cases.

“There are one or two properties down there, it appears at this stage no matter what they do, the place has to be condemned. There are others where they need to attend to the matter of sewerage and there’s every likelihood they will continue to stay on,” Mr Curtis says.

The trust has agreed to set up a joint committee with residents to work through the issues with individual lease holders.


Maori men are being targeted for special attention during men's health week.

Joe Puketapu from Mana Tane Ora o Aotearoa says Maori men have the lowest life expectancy of any of the major population group in New Zealand.

They're twice as likely to die prematurely from heart disease, cancer and diabetes.

Mr Puketapu says tane are looking for ways to turn the situation around.

“There was a demand by our Maori men that more things be done to facilitate better access to health services and development of forums that allowed men to come together, particularly Maori men, to start debating the issue around health and social circumstances for Maori men,” Mr Puketapu says.


Waikato-Tainui today unveiled a palisade marking the boundaries of one of the region's oldest known pa sites.

Kaumatua Tame Pokaia says Puke-i-aahua at Ngaruawahuia, across the river from Turangawaewae Marae, is an important place for the iwi.

“During settlement time when Tainui arrived and penetrated inland from Kawhia into the area we know now as our Tainui boundary, Pukeiaahua was one of those places that was settled,” Mr Pokaia says.

The palisade beside the Ngaruawahia cemetery can be clearly seen from State Highway One.


Australian-based kapa haka groups battled it out in Canberra over the weekend to determine who should represent Australian Maori at Te Matatini in Gisborne next year.

Isaac Cotter, the chair of Maori Performing Arts in Australia, says the standard was high and the large crowd lapped it up.

“We had multi-cultural Australia in the audience. That can only have massive benefit for us living here in Australia and it confirms our people are living away from home but we are still proud of who we are and where we come from,” Mr Cotter says.

Winner Manawa Mai Tawhiti from Western Australian will be joined in Gisborne by Victorian teams Te Waka Raukura and Poi Piripi.


Te Arawa leader Toby Curtis says there is a lot of hard work ahead for iwi if they want to make today's deal on the Foreshore and Seabed Act reform work for them.

The Maori Party is claiming victory after its meeting with the Prime Minister, alongside the Iwi Leaders Group, resulted in the government agreeing to go ahead with repealing of the Act.

Its replacement will give the foreshore and seabed public domain status rather than being in Crown ownership, and Maori can go to court to pursue claims to customary ownership.

Mr Curtis says what iwi want is the sort of coastal management powers which Ngati Porou secured through negotiations with the previous government, but they might struggle politically to put up as strong a case as the East Coast tribe.

“They said ‘well this has always been ours, we’re the only ones up here, no Pakeha come here, so hat are you worried about,’ whereas with ours, there are more people using our beaches than ours and that makes it very awkward, and most other tribes, they’re in the centre of Pakehadom, so it’s not going to be as easy establishing the same conditions as Ngati Porou has achieved,” Mr Curtis says.


Maori musos were out in force in Auckland last night to support of the country's most popular music hosts.

Te Hamua Nikora, who fronts television karaoke show Homai Te Pakipaki is battling cancer.

Organiser Moko Templeton says the Hearty Ngati Concert drew more than 600 people to hear entertainers like Maisy Rika, Native Sons and soul diva Annie Crummer make their musical tributes


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