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Monday, July 26, 2010

Mining consultation lacking face to face touch

Maori affairs minister Pita Sharples says the Government needs to set a higher standard for consultation if it is to win Maori support for its mining plans.

The Government has clashed with iwi groups in East Coast and Northland over whether iwi were properly advised about exploration licenses.

Dr Sharples says people are talking past each other.

"Mining companies say ‘we have consulted.’ Government says ‘we have consulted.’ And when they get down to the people they say they haven’t been consulted. I think there’s different cultures in terms of hat constitutes consultation. Our way is of course kanohi ki te kanohi, face to face and sit down and explain the entire limitations if you like, the boundaries of the exercise that is intended,” he says.

Dr Sharples says each iwi has rangatiratanga rights over its area and should have the right to decide whether mining can be allowed.


A former gang member in Kawerau is using boxing to show rangatahi there are options outside of gangs.

Mongrel Mobster turned sports tutor Warrick Godfrey’s Fight For the Future events pit police, firefighters and rugby players against sports students from Te Wananga o Aotearoa ki Kawerau, most of them from at risk groups or with previous clashes with the law.

Co-ordinator Casey Ngatai say the main draw for the next event on August 17 is a tag bout between sports stars Karl Te Nana and Wairangi Koopu against Owen Guttenbiel and Russell Harrison.

“In Kawerua we’ve got a lot of youth that are wanting to join the gangs and so we’re trying to send a positive message to basically tell them there are other things you can do rather than join the gang,” Ms Ngatai says.


Maori organisations who use macrons as a guide to correct pronunciation could use Maori Language Week to upgrade their web addresses.

From today the New Zealand Internet registry will be able to add macrons to address files.

Domain name commissioner Debbie Monahan says holders of existing names have had three months to apply for macronised versions of those names, and from now on addresses will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.

“You can apply to register a domain name now and if you have got a Maori word you can say exactly how it should look with a macronised vowel. For example we now have dot Maori dot nz as a second level domain name. They will both be able to be accessed with a macronised A or a non-macronised A,” she says.


The United Nations special rapporteur on indigenous rights says he will be raising concerns about the treaty settlement process in his report on New Zealand.

James Anaya spent last week meeting with Maori and Crown officials, including the Minister for Treaty Negotiations and some of the lead negotiators.

He says while some progress has been made on his predecessor Rudolfo Stavenhagen’s recommendation to repeal the Foreshore and Seabed Act, there are clearly problems with the way claims are settled.

“I do note certain initiatives by the government to improve the process. There seems to be a resolve by the government to move forward with those. I do have concerns, questions about that and I will be addressing that in my report,” Professor Anaya says.

He says the Treaty of Waitangi is a unique model of co-existence and self-determination which puts New Zealand in a better position than many other countries.


A former chief librarian for the Alexander Turnbull Library says the way the National Library and National Archives are being merged with Internal Affairs will demean the mana of some of the country’s most treasured taonga.

Jim Traue says the 2003 National Library Act aimed to protect the treasures in the Alexander Turnbull in perpetuity.

But he says the latest reorganization, which the Government claims will save $166,000 a year, treat the items merely as civic information.

“Example the originals of Nga Moteatea, which are in the Turnbull Library, have got, according to this Government, no more mana than the electoral rolls. Sir Apirana Ngata’s letter, again in the Turnbull Library, Sir Peter Buck’s letters, they have got no more mana than the census records,” Mr Traue says


It’s Maori Language Week, and Plunket is reaching out to Maori speakers with a first Tots and Toddlers early childhood unit allowing secondary school students to “Demonstrate knowledge of the needs of young children” in te reo Maori.

Sue Grant, the organisation’s national parenting advisor, says it’s the first of the NZQA-recognised training units to be translated by Plunket’s Maori Health Services Team.

She says the units aim to give students a dose of reality about parenting and focuses on pre-schoolers’ developmental needs.


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