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Friday, July 02, 2010

Tainui signs up cinema chain for Base

Tainui's chairperson is concerned ongoing resistance from Hamilton City Council could hamper the development of a cinema complex on The Base at Te Rapa.

The tribe has signed a deal with Hoyts to build the country's first purpose-built, fully digitalised movie venue with more than 1300 seats, six digital screens, and an auditorium for shows, conferences, and other functions.

Tukoroirangi Morgan says while the council lost the court battle over a variation to its district plan which would have stymied any large developments at The Base, there is still a pattern of obstruction.

“We're two weeks away from opening stage one of the mall and we’re still having to dilly dally with the council over major consent applications and it doesn’t help nor does it provoke some degree of confidence and certainty when issues like traffic volumes are still unresolved and have been in the resource framework for more than a year,” Mr Morgan says.


Maori Party co-leader Pita Sharples is defending the right of MPs to take their spouses on official travel.

A new review of politicians' expenses led by by former Speaker Sir Doug Kidd says MPs should be stripped of their right to discounted international travel for their holidays, but recommended a 10 per cent salary hike to make up for losing the perk.

Dr Sharples says he'd be alarmed if the perk-busting extended to domestic travel.

“Cos there's a lot of broken marriages in Parliament and I like to keep my wife close to me as much as I can. We talk about marriage and stuff and being together and each other’s strengths. That’s one of the good riles of Parliament, allowing us to have our wives nearby,” says Dr Sharples.


Auckland City Art Gallery has created an online collection of 68 portraits of Maori done in the late nineteenth and early 20th century by Austrian-born artist Gottfried Lindauer.

More than 70 descendants of the portrait subjects, as well as descendants of the painter and his business partner Henry Partridge, were at Awataha Marae in Northcote today to launch the lindauer online dot co dot nz site.

George Parakowhai, a descendant of Pera Tutoko of Nga Potiki, Te Aitanga a Mahaki and Ngai Tuhoe, says having the collection on line will allow young generations to get a visual fix on their whakapapa and tribal histories.

As well as the portraits, the site includes the visitors book kept by Partridge when he exhibited the paintings between 1901 and 1918, and it will allow today's visitors to share stories of their ancestors.


Labour's Maori affairs spokesperson says the treatment of East Coast iwi over the issue oil exploration has exposed the government's Foreshore and Seabed Act reform as a sham.

Energy Minister Gerry Brownlee this week clashed with Ngati Porou over whether the government had made a proper effort to consult before an exploration licence was issued to Brazilian firm Petrobras.

Parekura Horomia says coming so soon after the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the iwi could expect more.

“A ture, the forshore and seabed bille they said they were prepare to enact, and in thew throes of finalizing that they use other legislation just to gazump the local iwi and it really begs the question of fairness,” Mr Horomia.


Auckland War Memorial Museum is celebrating matariki tomorrow with a taste of traditional Maori kai.

As part of its kai to Pie exhibition, chef Charles Royal from Te Arawa will talk about foraging for food in the forest and how to prepare what he finds.

It's a far cry from what he used to cook up in the army ... although the special forces might approve.

“I’m doing a demonstration on how to make a pikopiko bread, which is a basic damper bread, pikopiko pesto which I will be demonstrating, horopito hummus and piripiri, and I will finish off with a kawakawa shortbread cookie and kawakawa tea as a traditional tea, tonic, medicine,” Mr Royal says.


Kath Akuhata Brown admits to being nervous as she waits to hear the parameters for tonight's 24-hour Theatre Challenge.

As part of the Maori playwright's festival in Auckland, five playwrights have 12 hours to write a 15 minute play, which will be directed and rehearsed over the next 12 hours and staged at the Hawkins Theatre in Papakura tomorrow night.

The Ngati Porou Playwright, actor and kaikaranga says she may have underestimated what was involved when she agreed to take part.

Kath Akuhata-Brown will be wielding her pen against Michael Rewiri-Thorsen, Chris Malloy, Challen Wilson and Ariki Spooner.


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