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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Back to work policy opens door to abuse

Greens co-leader Meteria Turei is predicting an increase in the abuse of children as domestic purposes beneficiaries are forced back into the workforce.

From the end of September DPB claimants whose youngest child is six will have to be available to work at least 15 hours a week.

Ms Turei says at same time Social Development Minister Paula Bennett is calling on iwi leaders to stump up the money to pay for the Maori victims of abuse, she is introducing measures likely to lead to more abuse.

“The last time that this happened there was a report that said sole parents were extremely stressed out about it because many had to leave their older kids unsupervised, they had to leave the younger kids with the older kids or leave the younger kids at home alone and it put huge stress on those whanau because they had to go to work because the government required them to do it yet they knew they were leaving kids in unsafe situations,” she says.

Ms Turei says Ms Bennett's policies leave iwi leaders - and solo parents - in an impossible position.


A veteran Maori journalist says the Rugby World Cup is a great opportunity to get Maori stories out to the world.

Derek Fox has been hired by Te Puni Kokiri to assist its team trying to get Maori involved in the tournament.

He told a media hui in Auckland today that Maori tourism, the use of marae for ceremonies and accommodation and the wider use of te reo Maori are all possible outcomes.

He says any events and broadcasts relating to the competition must be sanctioned by the organisers.


An Otaki grandmother admits to being a nervous about her fist visit to an island she sees every day.

Nuki Takao is about to start a Tau Mai e Kapiti residency, which allows an emerging Maori writer to live and work on the northern end of Kapiti Island for 8 weeks.

Mrs Takao, who connects to Ngati Rarua Turangapeke, Te Ati Awa Otaraua and Ngai Tuhoe-Tamakaimoana, says she has long looked across at the motu and wondered at the stories it could tell.

“Kapiti Island has so many of it’s own stories – Te Rauparaha’s pa, the wildlife, it’s a gift for a writer, I’m really looking forward to it,” she says.

Nuki Takao plans to work on a children's book in Maori and English, which she hopes to develop into a series.


Whakatane-based Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi has gone into partnership with Waikato University and Bay of Plenty Polytechnic to bring a broader range of education options to its students.

Graham Smith, the wananga's chief executive, says the deal could involve sharing of resources, cross-crediting and staircasing between institutions, research and more diversity.

He says the whole community should benefit.

“Our community here in the eastern Bay of Plenty for example is probably one of the most underdeveloped regions in terms of health and education and therefore the opportunity to diversify programming and potential research opportunities and so on is important for the overall development of this community,” Professor Smith says.

The partnership should allow students to get more rich and varied qualifications without having to leave Maatatua.


Health researchers in Counties Manukau are looking for more smoking Maori mums to join a project aimed at lowering respiratory illness in Maori infants.

Eseta Nicholls, a community health worker on the Te Piripohotanga Research Team, says it seems smokers, or mothers who live in houses where others smoke, are too shy to come forward.

She says the study is still well short of the 200 mothers needed for a scientific sample.

“It’s a great study. I believe in it. It’s Maori working with Maori raising awareness to reduce respiratory illness in our babies,” Mr Nicholls says.


Maori league legend Stacey Jones says he's proud his old mate the Mad Butcher has got a gong.

Mr Jones had whanau on hand to see Sir Peter Charles Leitch receive his knighthood at Government House in Auckland yesterday.

He says as well as his huge commitment of money and inspiration into the game he loves, the canny businessman has been a tireless worker for charity.

“He's been my mentor in life for my footballing career and also after I finished football. We talk just about every day about how things are going and just so proud of what he’s done in his life,” says Mr Jones, from Te Aupouri, Ngati Maniapoto and Ngati Rugby League.


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