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Friday, July 09, 2010

Tracey Tawhiao second in Gobi run

Ultradistance runner Lisa Tamati says she's glad to be back home in one piece after completing the absolutely brutal Gobi March.

The Taranaki woman took second place in the female section and 20th overall in the seven day, 250 kilometre race through Gobi Desert in northern China, across some of the lowest and hottest parts of the planet.

One of the other runners, a 31-year-old American man, died on the race of dehydrtation and heat exhaustion.

Lisa Tamati hopes her feat will inspire other Maori to get out of their comfort zones and try to do the best they can in their chosen fields.


The annual hui of Maori health and science researchers in Rotorua has unveiled a new ethical framework for people engaging in research among Maori.

Maui Hudson from the Institute of Environmental Science and Research says the Hui Whakapiripiri is a chance for Maori to discuss how methods like the use of embryos or brain tissue in research fit in with the way Maori approach knowledge.

He says the framework is based on the sort of questions communities might ask anyone who wants to come in and study them.

“So we've got four questions this kaupapa is based around – he aha te whapapa o te kaupapa, what’s the genesis of this project; kei a wait e mana, who is going to have the control; me pehe te tika, how do we know the project will produce what you say it will; and ma wai i manaaki, who is looking our for the interests of the people,” Mr Hudson says.


A last minute change of line-up for tonight's Native Noise concert shouldn't stop fans enjoying what's become a fixture on the Auckland music scene.

Organiser Renata Blair from Ngati Whatua O Orakei sayss tickets to the Auckland town Hall sold out weeks ago.

He says the late withdrawal of headline act Kora because of family issues was unavoidable, and they have been replaced by the Black Seeds, who bring a more reggae flavour to the evening.

Other acts on the bill are 1814 and Six60.


The head of an umbrella group for Maori medium schools says Maori teachers in mainstream schools should learn to work with national standards rather thing fight against them.

The annual hui of the NZEI's Te Reo Areare Maori section this week called for the new assessment framework to be trialed, rather than imposed nationally as is happening now.

But Pem Bird from Nga Kura a Iwi, a former college of education lecturer now teaching in Murupara, says kura are embracing their version of the standards.

He says a standard is just a way to characterise what a child of a particular age should be capable of.

“All that requires then is for teachers to plan accordingly and the activities and the strategising and the fundamental function of teaching to ensure that the pupils’ learning is aimed at achieving those characteristics, and it’s all good stuff, it’s what we should be doing anyway,” Mr Bird says.

He says the NZEI's campaign against national standards isn't in the best interests of Maori pupils.


A manager from listed healthcare company Abano Healthcare says the rate of brain injury among Maori is high because many young Maori are more likely to engage in risky behaviour.

The company this week opened a new residential rehabilitation facility in Hamilton, Pumau O Te Aroha.

Judy Green-Philpott says the most common cause of brain injury is falls, followed by motor acccidents, drug and alcohol abuse, and daredevil feats.

She says the fact about one in two people hospitalised with brain injury are Maori says more about behaviour than race.

“Brain injury is not something that picks out one ethnicity over another. It simply picks out the people who are perhaps greater risk takers than others.
Ms Green-Philpott says.


When artist Tracey Tawhiao invited taggers to contribute to her Matariki installation in west Auckland, she didn't expect so many blue spraycans.

Ms Tawhiao says her assigned space at the Corban Estate was so big, she invited contributions from a group of rangatahi who had been expelled from school for graffiti.

The result wasn't quite what she or the organisers expected, with a lot of swearing committed to the black plastic.

Tracey Tawhiao from Ngai Te Rangi, Whakatohea and Tuwharetoa.

The exhibition closes on Sunday.


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