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Friday, July 23, 2010

Regional council adopts treaty model for resources

Hawkes Bay Regional Council is to share management of natural resources in its region with the 12 iwi in its area.

Taro Waaka from Ngati Pahauwera says the co-management committee, approved by Cabinet this week to clear the way for the treaty settlements, will be responsible for all matters covered by the Resource Management Act.

He says councilors have recognised that iwi have a lot of contribute to on the ground management because of their kaitiaki responsibilities.

“This is an opportunity, a breakthrough whereby we can get some meaningful discussion, meaningful input by sitting beside councilors influencing things at a higher level,” Mr Waaka says.

The new committee is likely to improve relations between claimant groups and help with the way treaty settlements in the area are structured.

RECOMMENDATIONS OF PAST RAPPORTEUR STILL LANGUISHING

The United Nations special rapporteur on indigenous rights winds up a week-long visit to New Zealand today, with Maori he has met with hoping for strong words on issues like the foreshore and seabed, resolution of claims to radio spectrum and recognition of tino rangatiratanga.

Tukoroirangi Morgan, the chair of the Waikato-Tainui executive, says James Anaya is an acknowledge expert in international law as it relates to indigenous peoples, and his words will carry weight outside this country.

He says it would be a mistake for the government to treat his report like that of his predecessor Rudolfo Stavenhagen, whose 23 recommendations were ignored.

“Notable in those recommendations were three elements that go to the heart of our treaty settlements: that the Waitangi Tribunal should be given legally binding powers; that the Waitangi Tribunal should be given significant resources; and that the Treaty of Waitangi should be entrenched as part of this country's constitution,” Mr Morgan says.

YOUTH MOBILISE AGAINST LIQUOR STORE OPENING

The chair of a South Auckland community group says young people are driving a protest against more liquor outlets being planted into their neighbourhoods.

Waian Emery from the Clendon Community Support Group says a shop that was awarded a liquor licence this week is in the same complex where community pressure stopped a similar application three years ago.

She says it's an area with a high Maori and Pacific Island population that already is well served by liquor stores.

The march is planned for July 31.

SENSITIVITY SHOWN IN UN OFFICIAL’S VISIT

Maori affairs minister Pita Sharples says UN special rapporteur James Anaya has shown great sensitivity towards Maori concerns during his visit to New Zealand.

Dr Sharples invited Professor Anaya to New Zealand when he signed the UN Declaration on Indigenous Peoples Rights in New York earlier this year.

He says the Apache lawyer had a hectic schedule during his week-long visit, meeting with Maori groups and virtually every government minister dealing with Maori issues.

“Right from the beginning he’s shown the sort of sensitivity which can only come from, to me, in my view, come from an indigenous person himself who are living that sort of life and he is an Apache, and he shows all the sensitivity round indigenous issues we would expect,” Dr Sharples says.

A farewell dinner tonight will be an opportunity to tell Professor Anaya how great it has been to have him here.

STARS THE CATALYST FO9R MAORI SPORTING GROWTH

A sports researcher says many codes would benefit if they can bring through some high quality Maori or Pacific players.

Ryan Holland from Massey University has been looking at the lower levels of participation by Maori and Pacific Islanders in coaching and sports administration.

He says many of the codes he's talked too have few Maori involved anyway as players, but that can change quickly.

“It just takes the presence of one or two Maori or Pacific people in a sport to encourage more to get involved. I think that’s a sort of a key finding that keeps coming back from these sports that haven’t got Pacific Island or Maori in, they’re saying if we get that one person there it’s sort of like a breakthrough and young people can look at that person and say ‘I want to be involved in that sport’ because there’s someone they can relate to,” Mr Holland says.

Having Maori in sports administration can boost the achievement on the Maori on the players in that code.

NATI MATCHITT DIES AT 105

Te Whanau a Apanui and east Coast iwi are mourning for Hararata Poiwa Matchett of Te Te kaha, who died this week at the age of 105.

Mrs Matchitt was the mother of seven children, including artist Paratene Matchitt.

Writer Keri Kaa, who grew up in Te Kaha, says Mrs Matchitt was known as Nati because of her Ngati Porou connections.

“I remember her as hard working and always at the marae doing the hard slog. She was never out the front doing the decorative bits. She was the hands at the backl. Haere kui. Haere te wahine rangatira ki te Marae o Hinenui te Po,” Ms Kaa says.

Nati Matchitt's funeral is tomorrow at 11 at Tukaki Marae in Te Kaha.

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