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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Horomia backing land sale ban bill idea

Labour's Maori affairs spokesperson Parekura Horomia is promising to support any bill to ban the sale of land to foreigners.

Maori Party MP Hone Harawira says he's considering drafting such a bill in response to the attempt by a Hong Kong company to buy the Crafar dairy farm empire from its receivers.

Mr Horomia says it's an idea worthy of serious consideration.

“Hone has to be careful he doesn’t again say he will do this and it doesn’t happen, like the Foreshore and Seabed Bill, but certainly the genesis of his bill is something I'm supportive of,” Mr Horomia says.

He says Maori have consistently opposed the sale of land to foreigners, and it's good to see other New Zealanders catching up.


The tobacco specialist at Maori heart foundation Te Hotu Manawa Maori has welcomed a new survey showing a steady decline in the number of Maori teen girls who are smoking.

The ongoing survey by Action on Smoking and Health found just 18 percent of Maori 14 and 15 year old girls smoke daily, half the rate a decade ago.

Warren Moetara says while that's still the highest rate of smoking among young people, it's a sign the campaigns are working.

He says making smokers feel social outcasts is not the Maori way and other ways need to be found to help them quit.


An exhibition at New Plymouth's Puke Ariki marking the 150th anniversary of the start of the Taranaki Wars is drawing to a close, with more than 20-thousand people having passed through its doors.

Jocelyn Millard of Ngati Maru ki Taranaki, the museum's iwi liaison, says many Taranaki residents say it's the first time they have been able to understand issues like the perpetual leases which replaced the initial post-war land confiscations.

She says as well as fixed exhibits, the Our Legacy Our Challenge show included about 40 public events, in which the audience has been engaged in the discussion about the legacy and the future 150 years after the wars.

The Taranaki War 1860-2010 exhibition ends on August 1.


The Department of Conservation is defending its decision to hold a public memorial service Moko the bottlenosed dolphin in Whakatane, rather than at Matakana where he died or Mahia where he spent most of his time in the public eye.

Area manager Andrew Baucke says after tomorrow's service, the dolphin's body will be taken to Matakana for a private burial by Ngai Te rangi.

He says that iwi was given the final say, rather than the hapu at Mahia which named the Moko.

“We recognise that Ngaiterangi have kaitiaki for moko as he died on Matakana beach and that’s been the principle behind us support Ngaiterangi to bring him back to Matakana island,” Mr Baucke says.

DOC rejected a compromise suggestion from the Mahia marae committee that Moko be cremated and his ashes shared.


It's been a memorable afternoon for Tamahou Temara, the operations manager for Toi Maori.

He's been aboard a double hulled waka hourua on its sea trial across Wellington Harbour prior to its launch at Te Papa tomorrow morning.

Mr Temara says the fibreglass covered macrocarpa waka is a testament to the skills of its leader carver, Takirirangi Smith, who is also responsible for the whakairo on Victoria University's Te Heranga Waka marae.

“It's been one of his lifelong dreams to build a waka hourua. He’s also had the pleasure of working with Hector (Busby) building various waka. This is his latest project which he started 5 years ago, and It was only 4pm we placed it in the water,” Mr Temara says.

The waka hourua will be officially launched and names at Te Papa at 11 tomorrow morning.


A Whanganui chef is putting the finishing touches to a sumptuous hakari to acknowledge the Maori new year.

Alvin Ponga says 120 people are booked in to the Whanganui polytechnic tonight for a four-course feast featuring watercress, pikopiko, rewana crostini, titi or muttonbirds and kamokamo and paua pickle.

Because the Matariki cluster isn't visible in Whanganui, it's called the puanga kai night in reference to the star that marks the new year for Atihau a Paparangi.

Mr Ponga says his biggest challenge was harvesting the ingredients.

“Lucky with the help of all our whanau in Whanganui I’ve been able to find al the ingredients. We have a wonderful ngahere here so I was able to find all the fresh herbs that we need,” Mr Ponga says.


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