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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Young Maori vulnerable to 90 day rule

Labour leader Phil Goff says extending the 90-day job probation period to all workplaces makes young Maori even more vulnerable.

Mr Goff says National's employment law reforms plans unveiled at the weekend take away basic rights of fairness in the workplace.

He says allowing bosses to fire people without giving a reason isn't the recipe for luring people off the dole queue.

“There's more young Maori in the workforce proportionately than other groups and those are the most vulnerable in any case. In an environment of high unemployment they are going to find they have got even less employment security,” Mr Goff says.

The existing law covering firms with under 20 staff has already resulted in many cases of people being dismissed without finding out why.


A Kaitaia GP wants doctors and whanau to be more vigilant when treating children with sore throats.

This week 600 far north children are being tested for respiratory illness.

Dr Lance O'Sullivan of Ngati Maru says similar scanning programmes in South Auckland and Kawerau had picked up a high rate of previously undiagnosed rheumatic heart disease amongst Maori.

He says that can happen when strep throat turns into rheumatic fever ... but many overseas-trained doctors may not have seen a case and won't think of it.

“Because rheumatic fever is so common among Maori and Pacific Island children we have to be thinking this could be a rheumatic fever, a rheumatic heart disease causing sore throat, let’s make sure we do the appropriate thing, let’s take a throat swab and treat them with penicillin if their chances of having a strep throat is likely,” Mr O'Sullivan says.

Whanau need to push their doctor or nurse to check their children for strep throat even if they think it's only a cold or virus.


Supporters of Maori publishing are being urged to go online and vote for their favourites in the Nga Kupu Ora Maori Book Awards.

Organiser Spencer Lilley, Massey University's Mäori library services manager, says there are three finalists in each category ... art, architecture and design; biography; history; and te reo Mäori.

“It's one way that we can be sure these books are getting the attention they deserve because people go out of their way to look at the books and give them due consideration so the awards are all about promoting books on Maori subjects so we really want people to take the time to have a look at the items,” Mr Lilley says.

A link to the voting page can be found through the news section on Massey University's web site, and voting closes on August 1.


Ngau Tahu and Ngati Kahungunu today fareweled Te Puru o Te Rangi Parata, who died this week at the age of 73.

Mr Parata's career in the Maori Affairs department and the Maori Land Court started in 1955 after leaving Dannevirke High School, and he continued to consult on land and whakapapa issues until three years ago, including a spell unraveling the Ngai Tahu Ancillary Claims.

He was a keen performer with kapa haka groups throughout his life, and also served on school boards, local government, the Ngai Tahu Maori Trust Board and the Ngai Tahi Economic Development Committee.

Mr Parata was awarded a Queens Service Medal in the New Years Honours for his community service.


One of the authors of a report on the health needs of prisoners and their families says change could come under the Whanau Ora model.

The report by the National Health Committee report called for responsibility for health care in prisons to shifted from Corrections to the health sector.

Te Kani Kingi, a researcher at Massey University, says the idea of Maori providers offering integrated services opens up opportunities not previously available.

“At least of the recommendations was centered on a more comprehensive and integrated seamless approach to health service delivery and we saw that outcome or objective fairly consistent with the notion of Whanau Ora, particularly given the prison population, there are a high number of Maori there unfortunately,” he says.

Mr Te Kani says healthcare needs don't start or stop at the prison gate.


Maori sports awards convenor Dick Garrett says Benji Marshall is living up to his role as Maori sportsman of the Year.

The 25 year old NRL superstar was at his scintillating best last night in the Tigers 26-16 win over the North Queensland Cowboys in Sydney.

The Ruatoki raised Kiwi captain set up 3 tries and ran 60 metres to score late in a second half comeback after the Tigers trailed 16-4 at the break.

Mr Garrett says says Marshall is a great international ambassador for Maori sport.



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