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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Mineral survey upsets Piripi

A far north iwi leader says a plan to mineral resources in the region will rile Maori.

The Northland Regional and Far North District Councils yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Economic Development to conduct an aeromagnetic minerals survey of one and quarter million hectares.

Haami Piripi from Te Runanga O Te Rarawa says tangata whenua were left out because the Crown has taken the rights to the most valuable metals.

He says it undermines work being done to settle Muriwhenua treaty claims.

“This is very serious issue from our point of view. It reflects the extent to which there is any goodwill on the part of the Crown in terms of treaty settlements. We see the conservation estate as not available for treaty settlements but it is available for mining. That really expresses the hypocrisy,” Mr Piripi says.


Whanau facing usuruous debt repayments will be looking to whether Carol Beaumont's bill tacking loan sharking gets beyond its first reading today.

The Credit Reforms Responsible Lending Bill would cap interest rates and require money lenders to not only make sure the borrower understands all the provisions of the loan contract but also that they can afford to make the payments.

The Labour list MP says predatory lenders are pushing some of New Zealand's poorest families into a spiral of bad debt by charging extremely high interest and fees.

“Some of the most vulnerable communities and some of our lowest income New Zealanders are being really hurt. Clearly that has big impacts on Pacific communities, on Maori communities, and on low income people generally,” Ms Beaumont says.

She is picking up widespread community support for the bill.


An Auckland-based community kapa haka is preparing for its first overseas trip.

Nga Uri a te Waiotaiki from Glen Innes has been invited to perform at next month's Te Manahua competition at the Polynesian Vistors Centre in Hawaii.

Spokesperson Georgie Thompson says the roopu has been preparing for three years, raising nearly $100 thousand from hangi sales, art auctions and raffles.

She says the competion is open to entries worldwide, but she was careful not to mislead the Hawaiian organisers, who were happy to have them there as a community whanau group.


The chair of the Far North District Council, Wayne Brown, says he's surprised to hear Maori are upset by plans to map the region's mineral resources.

The Northland Regional and Far North councils yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Economic Development to conduct an areomagnetic minerals survey over 1.25 million hectares.

MPs Hone Harawira and Kelvin Davis say it is a cause of concern, while te Rarawa chair Haami Piripi says tangata whenua were left out of negotiations.

Mr Brown says Maori were consulted widely.

“Iwi groups I met, they were all keen about the idea. I mean it is their people who are working in the china clays mine. It’s the first I’ve heard of that. I don’t believe it if they said that. They forget what they do in the course of a day,” Mr Brown says.

He says the MPs need to spend less time in Wellington and more in Northland to find what iss going on.


A Human Rights Commission study on what people consider is a decent place to work has singled out Nelson's Wakatu Incorporation for the way it runs its mentoring programme.

Wakatu chief executive Keith Palmer says the incorporation looks at its whanau and shareholders for people in their 30s with tertiary qualifications and business experience would could be directors in future.

They spend two years as an associate director on first a subsidiary company and then on the main board, which oversees $250 million in land, horticulture and aquaculture assets.

He says the scheme was started by former chair Steve Marshall and then deputy Paul Morgan, who were concerned the board was stagnating.

“That's why we started to think about it 10 years ago and our board was actually getting older. There was no young blood coming in. You need young people with a different viewpoint to the world and a different way of thinking and a more open mind so it was a problem we were experiencing but which we'd foreseen,” Mr Palmer says.

At the last election two of the former mentorees were elected to the board.


Meanwhile, the Auckland District Health Board is offering leadership training for Maori nurses and midwives.

Taima Campbell, the board's executive director of nursing, says Nga Manukurao Apopo will have separate streams for emerging leaders and for experienced nurses and midwives already working in leadership roles.

She says it parallels a drive to get more clinicians involved in hospital management.
Ms Campbell says the course has been designed around the Maori preference for learning in group settings, so there will be four two-day noho marae over four months, starting in September.


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