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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Te Rarawa housing project cleared

Te Runanga o Te Rawara has got the green light to develop a communal pa kainga in Ahipara at the southern end of Ninety Mile beach.

Chairperson Haami Piripi says the runanga has resource consent to build a cluster of homes with shared spaces.

He says the project, a joint venture with Housing New Zealand's housing innovations scheme, tackle problems experienced by single parent families.

“We're hoping the project will lead to more pa kainga, preferably built on Maori land among Maori families. It’s a much easier way of living together. All it requires if for people to commit themselves to each other as a whanau and to each other’s children. The main kaupapa of this kainga is child safety, creating a sanctuary where children can reach their potential,” Mr Piripi says.

Construction of the pa kainga will start this summer.

LONG TERM FOCUS INSPIRING IN AGRICULTURE

The first Maori to head a Crown Research Institute says New Zealand business as a whole could learn from the long-term focus of Maori organisations.

Michael Ahie from Nga Ruahine and Ngati Ruanui has been made chair of Plant and Food Research.

The former New Zealand Dairy Board and PGG Wrightson executive says Maori trusts and incorporations weathered the global financial crisis by having a long term focus.

“They are by nature very conservative and they look at things with a very long term focus and I think that’s a strong and powerful lesson for New Zealand business as a whole,” Mr Ahie says.

He's keen to see Plant and Food work more closely to increase the value Maori get from their farming and marine assets.

FLEDGLING EXPORTER DEFENDS TEKAU PLUS

A gourmet food business under the wing of the Tekau Plus programme has just signed a deal with Hawaiian distributors.

An independent review has recommended a redesign of the export development scheme set up by Te Puni Kokiri, the Maori Trustee and the Federation of Maori Authorities because of faults in governance and performance.

But Hayden Pohio of Ngati Pikiao says he's putting together a trial shipment of 8000 Manuka Boosta for a Hawaiian company interested in natural authenticly New Zealand products.

He says the whanau-owned business may be one of the commercially unproven "cottage industries" the report criticises Tekau Plus for working with, but it was a great help.

“It’s all new for me to be working in export markets and particularly Paul Morgan has been helpful in giving me tough questions on had I thought about certain regulations and capacities for my factor and it’s been extremely helpful,” Mr Pohio says.

Manuka Boosta is also looking at the Australian market.

FAILED WHALE CONFERENCE FINISHES WITH FAINT HOPE

Te Ohu Kaimoana says New Zealand's compromise position on whaling could still provide a basis for a future deal, even though it failed to win the necessary support at the latest International Whaling Commission meeting in Morocco.

Chief executive Peter Douglas says New Zealand's commissioner, Sir Geoffrey Palmer, took a constructive approach by proposing Japan be allowed to take whales from its own waters in exchange for reducing its scientific whaling programme in the Southern Ocean.

Mr Douglas says that fits with the Maori fisheries trust belief that tradition needs to be respected.

“Tradition is tradition and even Japan has tradition which is many hundreds of years old and I often feel they are painted in a bad light by people who don’t really appreciate what they are trying to do. They are not responsible for the decimation of the species all over the world. They’re not trying to make money out of the process. They are trying to maintain a tradition where they can consume kai they have eaten for many generations in a way they can feel dignified about,” Mr Douglas

TOBACCO INDUSTRY GETS FINAL GRILLING

The head of Maori anti smoking group Te Ao Marama says cigarette manufacturer Phillip Morris can expect a torrid time tomorrows from the Maori Affairs Select Committe inquiry into the tobacco industry.

It's the last day of hearings, and the committee has recalled representatives of the global giant because it was unhappy with its one page submission delivered earlier.

Shane Bradbrook says the committee can now draw on last week's testimony by industry whistleblower Jeffery Wigand that tobacco companies deliberately target youth and indigenous communities.

“Committee members will be pushing hard for more disclosure about what’s actually in their product to hook Maori and non-Maori alike. That’s going to be a really good clash. I think they’re really going to be put on the spot and having roe responses that ‘we are a legal product’ is not going to go down at all tomorrow,” Mr Bradbrook says.

HENARE O’KEEFE NAMED HONORARY LION FOR COMMUNITY WORK

The Lions Club has singled out Flaxmere councillor and community organiser Henare O'Keefe for a special award.

Despite never having joined the service club, he's now an honoured member of the Lloyd Morgan Lions Clubs Charitable Trust.

Mr O'Keefe, who with his wife Pam has fostered more than 200 children and been involved in a wide range of community activities, says the presentation at the Hastings District Council came as a surprise.

His sense of community was honed watching his social worker mother Paki, who worked tirelessly for her community while also raising her 11 children.

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