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Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Whanau sets sights on Raoul Island

A Coromandel family is claiming the right to manage customary fisheries around the Kermadec Islands.

The Ministry of Fisheries has advertised the names of three tangata kaitiaki put up by Te Whanau o Hamiora Mangakahia to administer the Kaimoana Customary Fisheries Regulations, and the area they will cover.

This includes a small stretch of the Coromandel coast taking in Whangapoua and Matarangi beaches, and extending seaward to include the Mercury and Red Mercury Islands, Cuvier Island, and the Kermadec group 800 kilometres to the northeast.

Whanau spokesperson Shena Christian says the whanau has evidence of fishing expeditions to the islands, but she won't say what species were targeted.

“I could tell you but I’m not sure if I should. When it comes to customary, a lot of the customary evidence and knowledge is what we’d like to retain first while we go through this process,” Mrs Christian says.

Te Whanau o Hamiora Mangakahia is registered with the Hauraki Maori Trust Board, and it is consulting with the board on how its tangata kaitiaki nominations fit with the Board's application to manage customary fisheries for the whole peninsula.


A negotiator for Te Atiawa's treaty claims says if settlements are to win public acceptance, New Zealanders need to know more about the events and relationships that shaped their country.

Peter Adds told a seminar at New Plymouth's Puke Ariki Museum to mark the 150th anniversay of the start of the Taranaki Wars that the way history is taught needs to change.

He says whether by accident or design, there are no Maori stories or perspectives in the primary and secondary school history curriculum.

"Certainly there has been major omission in our education system around the teaching of treaty things and the teaching of local histories, and it doesn’t do local communities any good to miss out on that stuff,” Mr Adds says.


A couple of young tennis stars from the north have turned their back on poachers from Auckland.

In just their second year of competing, 12-year-old Hakopa Baker and his 10-year-old brother Matiu Baker cleaned up the opposition at the summer tournaments.

Their mother Sue, who's from Ngapuhi and Ngati Porou, says this attracted the attention of city clubs, but the family decided not to move back from Whangarei.

The family is fund-raising to send the brothers to Brisbane at the end of the month for a junior development tour with professional coach Peter Stenburg.


The union representing early childhood education teachers says changes in the Budget make a mockery of a new government report on the state of Maori pre-school education.

Judith Nowotarski, the vice president of the NZEI, says the Nga Haeata Matauranga report for 2008 and 2009 found good progress towards ensuring every Maori child has the opportunity to participate in high quality education.

That will change once early childhood centres lose the funding which allow them to ensure more than 80 percent of teachers are qualified.

“By cutting the funding bands at the highest levels to services who have 100 percent trained and qualified teachers, is taking that away saying that those children in mainstream services, Maori children in mainstream services are being denied access to high quality and trained teachers,” Ms Nowotarski says.

She says a new scheme to increase participation of Maori and Pacific Island children in early childhood education is being done at the expense of the majority of Maori children who already attend mainstream pre-schools.


Residents of Little Waihi meet on Wednesday night to prepare the fight against their eviction.

Te Arawa Management, the commercial arm of Te Arawa Lakes Trust, has told many of its lessees in the Bay of Plenty coastal township that they have to leave because their dwellings are sub-standard and threatening the health of the neighbouring estuary.

Long time resident Jack Elsworth says the move is premature as a sewerage scheme due to be built next year will remove any threat ... which residents don't accept.

“The flounders are still there and they’re still healthy flounders. There’s still healthy pipis out there and there’s still healthy fish of all sorts. Not one of us has died because we’ve eaten contaminated fish. There’s beautiful fish out there still,” Mr Elsworthy says.

Little Waihi residents are looking forward to put their case to Te Arawa Trust board at a special hui on Sunday week.


The convenor of judges of the Te Reo section of the Library and information Association's children’s book awards says English language readers are now envious about the quality of books being published only in Te Reo.

Alice Heather says in past years most entries for Te Kura Pounamu were translations.

That's not the case today.

“Now we've got people that can’t read Maori being jealous because they’ can’t access the content because it’s only in te reo Maori. Personally I think publishers should be looking at some of that content being available in both languages so that Maori that can’t read Maori and non-Maori that can’t read Maori can have access to that wonderful content about Maori tikanga, Maori practices,” Ms Heather says.

The finalists are Te Kahikatea by Keri Pewhairangi, Darryn Joseph's Te Wahi me te Taiao series, and Hautipua Rererangi by Andrew Burdan, and Katarina Mataira's translation of Hu Hu Koroheke by Kyle Mewburn and Rachel Driscoll.


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