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Friday, July 30, 2010

Undignified exit prongs stark contrast

Former Alliance president Matt McCarten says the events that led to Te Atatu MP Chris Carter's expulsion from the Labour caucus are in stark contrast to the way list MP Shane Jones handled his demotion around ministerial expenses.

The Unite Union leader says while Mr Jones made a genuine apology and set about rebuilding his political career, Mr Carter has nursed a grudge against Phil Goff which culminated in his distribution of an anonymous attack against his party leader.

“He's obviously held onto it and you compare that with Shane Jones of course who was also demoted, more severely I might add, at the time and he was looking round for more people to apologise to so you kind of have the two extremes,” Mr McCarten says.

He says Mr Carter's expulsion should not harm Labour if it is handled well.

SOUTH AUCKLAND POETS LAUNCH COLLECTION WORTH READING

It's National Poetry day, and the South Auckland Poetry Collective is marking the occasion by launching its first CD and book, Something Worth Reading.

Member Grace Taylor says the predominantly Maori and Polynesian group started two years ago.

She says many of the rangatahi who got involved were surprised at how passionate they found themselves getting about poetry.

As the group has grown, so has the poets' confidence to perform their work in public.

STRATEGY GROUP TO REVIEW REO SPENDING

A member of the Maori language strategy review group announced yesterday by Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples, Pem Bird, says its mahi should lead to better value for the $225 million spent each year in the sector.

Hai taa tumuaki tautoohito a Pem Bird tetahi kei roto i te roopu raa...kia tika nga tohanga me nga whakaritenga hai whakatupu i te reo.

The seven-member group, which is chaired by academic Tamati Reedy, is due to report early next year.


PROGRESS OVER PAST 40 YEARS IN REO ACCEPTANCE

As te Wiki o Te reo Maori winds down for another year, Whale rider star Rawiri Paratene says over the past 40 years Aotearoa has completely changed in its acceptance of the Maori language.

As an 18 year old in 1972 the Ngapuhi actor took part in Nga Tamatoa's protest on the steps of parliament which set in motion the Maori language revival.

He says it began with small steps such as getting television newsreaders to say "kia ora".

Je says some people objected a “foreign” language was being heard on the television.

He's made a commitment to his grand-children to improve his ability to speak Maori.

LAIM MESSAM GETS BREAK FROM TOUR

The All Blacks take on the Wallabies in Melbourne tomorrow night, but blindside flanker Liam Messam from Ngai Tuhoe isn't making the trip.

He's turning out instead for home province Waikato against Bay of Plenty in an ITM Cup clash at Waikato Stadium.

The New Zealand Maori captain says he'll rejoin the All Black squad next week, but his temporary omission gives him some overdue whanau time to spend with his son, after five weeks away with the All Blacks and the New Zealand Maori.

FINALISTS PICKED FOR APRA MAIOHA AWARD

Tuhoe songwriter Ngatapa Black is thrilled her song He Maimai Aroha has been nominated as a finalist in the contemporary Maori music section of the APRA Maioha Awards.

Hai taana...he wawata ano kei roto i a ia mo nga tau kei te tuu mai.

The other Maioha nominations are for Jamie Greenslade's song Sin City as performed by maitreya and Ahorangi Winitana for Óku Máreikura.

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