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Friday, July 23, 2010

Law change to break aquaculture bottleneck

An expert on marine farming moves to free up a bottleneck in aquaculture licences is good news for Maori and the country as a whole.

The government intends to legislate changes to the regional coastal plans in Tasman and Waikato which it considers present significant barriers to aquaculture growth.

In other regions, the aquaculture unit within the Ministry of Fisheries will work with councils to improve sustainable aquaculture development opportunities.
Vaughan Payne, the policy manager with Environment Waikato, says the council welcomes the move.

“Going through Environment Court appeals and all that sort of thing, the Government wants to short cut that process and just insert that into our plan which note everyone will be happy with but I think from a big picture point of view, growing our economy, I think it’s a good thing,” Mr Payne says.

The changes will allow a stalled development in the Wilson’s Bay marine farming zone in the Firth of Thames to go ahead, as well as a major offshore development that Whakatohea has planned in the eastern Bay of Plenty.

CARVERS NAMES FOR NETHERLANDS PROJECT

Four kaimahi whakairao are off to Holland to carve a whare waka.

The house at the Volkunkunde Museum in Leiden will house the canoe Te Hono ki Aotearoa, which is going on permanent loan.

Tamahou Temara, the operations manager for Toi Maori says Takirirangi and Hinangaroa Smith from Ngati Kahungunu, Sam Hauwaho from Tuhoe, and Brett Rollo from Ngapuhi will carve barge boards and posts during their four-week stay.

He says like the waka, there a safeguards in place for the pieces, with Toi Maori retaining ownership so they would come back if the museum’s circumstances change.

CAM FERGUSON TAKES SHEARING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

We have another Maori world champion.
Cam Ferguson from Waipawa has become the first Maori to win a world shearing title, beating team-mate David Fagan to win the individual machine shearing title at the championships in Wales.

He also teamed up with Fagan to win the world teams' title.

Shearing New Zealand's media officer, Doug Laing, says the 26-year-old Te Aute old boy is over the moon about the win.

“Just one year ago he had only won three open championship titles in his life. He was a Golden Shears senior champion back in 2004 and not a lot of those guys actually end up making the grade at the top level in the open class. It takes a lot of commitment to make it at this level and to see him winning the Golden Shears open title in Masterton to get into this team and then to win the world championship is really a phenomenal achievement,” Mr Laing says.

New Zealand also picked up the world wool handling team title

INDIGENOUS RIGHTS RAPPORTEUR WILL SHAPE VIEWS

Tainui chairperson Tukoroirangi Morgan hopes the Government will pay heed to the report of the United Nations special rapporteur on indigenous rights.
The rapporteur, James Anaya, had a session at Turangawaewae Marae yesterday with Tainui and King Tuheitia as part of his week-long visit to New Zealand.

Mr Morgan says not one of the 23 recommendations made by his predecessors, Rudolfo Stavenhagen, has been adopted, including calls for the Waitangi Tribunal to be given binding powers and more resources, and the Treaty of Waitangi to be entrenched in the constitution.

He says the statement by Prime Minister John Key, that any recommendations made by Professor Anaya would not bind the New Zealand Government, is shortsighted.

“The UN rapporteur may not have binding powers in relation to his report on this governance report card but he does bring some enormous global influence on how people shape their views of New Zealand and how the government plays its role here in this country,” Mr Morgan says.

Professor Anaya wanted to know whether treaty settlements had improved conditions for Maori.

REPORT SPIN GETS UNIONS IN UPSET

The president of the Council of Trade Union, Helen Kelly, is challenging the Prime minister's claim that the 90-day trial period for new employees has created job opportunities for young Maori.

Mr Key has used a Labour Department survey to dismiss Maori Party reservations about the effectiveness of the policy, saying it showed many small companies had taken on staff because of it.

But Ms Kelly says Mr Key is cherry-picking the survey's findings.

“That survey showed that 22 percent of these people employed under the 90 day probationary period were sacked unfairly within that 90 days and that’s the real story of that survey. Many many of them were young people and I can guarantee many many of them were probably young Maori people and the damage to them and the unfairness to them is excusable,” Ms Kelly says.

SHORT FILM TRUE TO LIFE FOR FORMER GANG LEADER

A former mobster says it wasn't hard for him to play the role that won him best actor in a short film at the Wairoa Maori Film festival.

Tuhoe Isaac was in the Mongrel Mob for 35 years before a near death situation drove him to re-examine his life and become an evangalist ... a story he recounted in his memoirs, True Red.

Mr Isaac says his role in the 10 minute film "Day Trip" mirrored aspects of his life.

The film is about of young gang member saying goodbye to the gang lifestyle.

Day Trip also features in the Digital shorts section at this year's New Zealand International Film Festival.

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